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 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Police department carries on without chief

Cloquet police chief Jeff Palmer resigned last week, something which will change operations at the police department very little, as he had already been on “voluntary paid leave” since April 16. Palmer, whose salary was set at $102,096.37, submit...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Cloquet authority to call the shots at CAT-7 comes into question

Cloquet city officials got some unexpected news last week. It appears that Cloquet city administrator Aaron Reeves had no authority to make any decisions regarding the CAT-7 cable access station -... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Suspicious couple leads to meth arrest

A Pequot Lakes man was arrested early Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Brandon James Salgy, 34, was charged Monday, Aug. 12, with first-degree possession of drugs in Sixth District Carlton County Court. According to the criminal...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Iowa pastor arrested in Cloquet on sex charges

A singer and pastor from Iowa was arrested Saturday, Aug. 10, by Cloquet police officers on a warrant accusing the man of fondling two minor girls. Emanuel J. Rodriguez, 44, was charged in Douglas County, Nebraska, with two counts of third-degree...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Esko examined under comp plan study

About a dozen people gathered at Thomson Town Hall Thursday evening for a brainstorming session on both the present and the future. On Tuesday, at the National Night Out celebration in Esko,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Citing trafficking, Enbridge donation denied

It was quite a first meeting for interim Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor Chris Swanson last Wednesday. The agenda appeared simple and uncontroversial. Then Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb made a motion to... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019 

Cromwell road project delayed

The Highway 210 project through Cromwell is unable to be delivered in 2020 as planned, and MnDOT staff will attend the Cromwell city council meeting Aug. 21 to give an update and field any questions. The project is now scheduled to be constructed in...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019 

VFW plans for picnic, meeting

The Eighth District VFW and its 22 member posts are holding two events this weekend. Attend a picnic in Cloquet’s Veterans Park 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Open to all VFW members, auxiliary members and their families. The cost is $7 per...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019 

Vaping linked to lung injuries

The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesota health care providers to be on alert for novel cases of severe lung disease potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and young adults. Children’s Minnesota has...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 16, 2019 

County auditor job to return to appointed status

With little public input, the Carlton County commissioners unanimously voted to change the Office of Auditor/Treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. Cloquet’s Clarence Badger was the only person to address the board during the public...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 16, 2019 

Big Lake sewer plan in mediation

The stalemate over a joint powers agreement between the Big Lake Area Sanitary District and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa required a mediation session this week. Results of that...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 16, 2019 

Clarity surfaces between school boards

The second joint board meeting this summer to broach the idea of consolidation between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts, in Wrenshall Monday, went much like the meeting in July at South Terrace in Carlton. Until it didn’t. After a series...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Cloquet raises ticket costs to cover staffing expenses

In light of cuts to academic programs earlier this year to help with budget costs, Cloquet school board members said Monday that they were happy to vote in favor of increasing fees to help cover costs for additional coaching and theater staff. At...

 By Stephanie Hammit    News    August 16, 2019 

Thunder Thoughts: Tribal college has a lot going on these days

Although it is summer and no classes are in session, much work continues at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and to another great year. The college’s $1.157 million bonding project i...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019 

Mortgage loan makes reservation history

Without much fanfare, David Danielson and David Hein made history last Wednesday. Danielson, a Fond du Lac band member and Vietnam veteran, sat on one side of a table, while the Korean vet and...

 By Catherine Conover    News    August 16, 2019 

Farmers market news

It's peak produce season at the Carlton County farmers market - we recently celebrated National Farmers Market Week and are looking forward to our harvest festival in mid-September. Meanwhile,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 9, 2019

2018 police budget blown by $200,000

Results of the recently completed 2018 city audit raised the alarm for at least one Cloquet city councilor last month, when city finance director Nancy Klassen stated that the police department came in $211,000 over its approved $2.79 million budget... Full story

 By Dave Anderson    News    August 9, 2019

Dogged heat may stay at bay in August

An old farmer I knew passed away, and my part of the inheritance was a big box of old almanacs dating back to 1925. There were plenty of Farmer’s and Old Farmer’s almanacs and several other...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 9, 2019

Cloquet Legion marks 100 years

Cloquet's American Legion Post 262 celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and members of the Post and Auxiliary will mark the occasion with a picnic and 50-year awards Thursday, Aug. 15. The festivi...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 9, 2019

Cloquet street dig nears the finish line

As the end of summer vacation comes into view, so does the end of the $3 million Washington Avenue reconstruction project - at least those parts of the project near Cloquet Middle School. Assistant...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 9, 2019

Priest accused of past abuse

On Sunday, parishioners in Carlton and Sawyer heard that their pastor, Father David Tushar, is on administrative leave after the Diocese was notified of allegations of past sexual abuse involving a minor in 1978-79, when Tushar was serving as a Holy...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 9, 2019

Speak your piece on auditor/treasurer

The Carlton County board of commissioners is asking for input on changing the county auditor/treasurer job from an elected position to an appointed position. A public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Carlton County transportation...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 9, 2019

Man dies after ATV accident at cabin

One Minnesotan is dead following an ATV accident Sunday off South Finn Road in Lakeview Township. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Carlton County Dispatch received a report of an...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 9, 2019

Sappi gets $100,000 state training grant

Sen. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) announced Tuesday that Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet was selected to receive a $100,000 grant from Minnesota’s Dual Training Grant Program. The grant will help Sappi provide 25 employees with an opportunity to advance...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 9, 2019

Disabled veterans can apply for tax exclusion

Carlton County assessor Kyle Holmes said due to a clarification in the tax law during the recent legislative session, there is a new special refund provision for disabled veterans who were eligible but did not receive the veteran-with-a-disability...


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