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 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

Cloquet council censures its own member

The Cloquet city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to censure Ward 5 City councilor Steve Langley, after independent investigator Michelle Soldo found that Langley had sent an unwanted text message to former... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

History hits the market

One of Cloquet’s most historic homes is for sale, for a cool $625,000. The house at 1 Park Place was built in 1919, after the previous home was destroyed in the 1918 Fires. A nearly exact replica wa... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 21, 2019 

Carlton schools budget stays red

Despite making $143,000 in cuts, the Carlton school board faces an approval Monday of a 2020 budget that shows the district $580,809 in the red when comparing expenditures versus revenue. At a discussion meeting Monday, business manager Renee...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

Council to name interim

After voting to hold a special election to fill Ward 3 councilor Dakota Koski’s seat at the June 4 council meeting, city officials learned that they have to follow a state calendar for the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

Vaping forums are next week

If you missed the last educational forum on e-cigarettes and vaping, don’t worry. The Minnesota Department of Health is hosting two free Tobacco 21 Education Forums Tuesday, June 25. The first forum is 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cloquet High... Full story


District Court report

Following are recent felony and gross misdemeanor court cases resolved in Carlton County Sixth District Court. Arresting agencies are abbreviated as follows: Cloquet Police Department (CPD), Carlton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Fond du Lac...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 21, 2019 

County tax base still on the rise

Few Carlton County taxpayers attended local boards of review to contest — or at least ask questions about — the estimated market value for the buildings and land they own. Land values continue to improve with a typical 40-acre piece valued at...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

County files opioid lawsuit

The Carlton County attorney’s office filed a lawsuit in federal district court Friday, June 14, against six of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers — including Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and the three largest...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

DNR, MPCA balk on Line 3

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are committed to a fair, efficient, and thorough review of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project applications. After reviewing the Minnesota Court of...

 By Jennie K. Hanson    News    June 21, 2019 

Cromwell-Wright news

There is a new minister for the Bethlehem and Bethany Lutheran parish: Pastor Debra L. Hanson-Carlson will begin her ministry July 1, with her first worship service on July 7. She and her husband will... Full story

 By Cathy Niemi    News    June 21, 2019 

Volunteer services

While people are living longer today, negative age-related stereotypes are still prevalent in our society. Unfortunately, health struggles and difficult changes in life chapters are a reality. Some people look back and want to hang onto the “good...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 21, 2019 

Wrenshall, Carlton school boards to meet

The off-again, on-again consolidation discussions between the Wrenshall and Carlton school districts may be on again. Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro told board members at the Monday school board meeting that she and chair Matt Leveau would...

 News    June 21, 2019 

Cloquet honor rolls

CLOQUET SENIOR HIGH Quarter 4 A HONOR ROLL GRADE 9: Amelia Allen, Mason Anderson, Samuel Bailey, Donte Bell, Winnie Benjamin Hall, Ilei Benson, Amaya Bridge, Abigail Brown, Thorin Brown, Samuel Buytaert, Kate Conway, Marina Dostal, McKenah Downing,...

 News    June 21, 2019 

Carlton honor rolls

Carlton High School Quarter 4 A Honor Roll Grade 12: Jordan Hyry, Kaitlyn Kalli, Scott Rousseau, Peyton Schmidt, Jayden Swanson, Alena Wallin, Jennifer Zylka. Grade 11: Spencer Anderson, Kaylee Asleson, Alaina Bennett, Alisha Broneak, Kaden Crane,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 14, 2019

Caution: Public building boom approaching

With the Great Recession firmly in the rearview mirror, local governmental bodies are eyeing and undertaking building projects that many say are long overdue. In most cases, they're correct. Still,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 14, 2019

Sudden death of play director reels Cloquet theater community

A young man with an outsized personality and impact on the Cloquet theater world died Saturday, while gardening at his home in Cloquet. Landon Hall, 23, a 2014 Cloquet High School graduate and the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 14, 2019

Firefighter accused of assault resigns

Following the airing of a Fox 21 news story about a backlog of rape kit investigations in Duluth and the success of related prosecutions, an unnamed Cloquet Area Fire District firefighter is no longer on the job. The firefighter, age 29, was not...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 14, 2019

Woman charged after meth found

An Aitkin woman was arrested June 3 after a police officer found methamphetamine in the car she was sitting in. Teresa Anne Wells, 36, was charged with felony first-degree drug possession in Carlton...


Power company gets $52 million

U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber announced that Lake Country Power will receive $52 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This investment will be used to finance 1,400 new consumer connections, build and...


Franklin sells Moose Lake and other weekly papers

Tim Franklin sold his group of northern Minnesota weekly papers to Northstar Media, Cambridge. Included in the sale were the Moose Lake Star Gazette, the Hinckley News, the Pine County Courier in Sandstone, the Askov American, the Evergreen shopper...


The old brick plant

This photograph postcard from 1912 shows the Thomson Dam area between Carlton and Thomson. The bridge is the automobile and footbridge over the St. Louis River. The dam is in the background. The...


Learn how to stop elder abuse

Every year on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is commemorated in America and around the world to raise awareness of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Older Americans are vital, contributing members... Full story

 By Pete Radosevich    News    June 14, 2019

Esko approves comprehensive plan consultant

The Thomson Township board approved the hiring of a comprehensive plan consultant at its June 6 meeting. The current comprehensive plan is 20 years old and township officials are working on updating...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 14, 2019

Parking lot wins, neighborhood loses

After sending rezoning and comprehensive plan change requests back to the Planning Commission and getting the same recommendation back — to deny the requests — the Cloquet City council voted 5-1...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 14, 2019

Commissioners ponder how to pay for new Barnum shop

All options are on the table as Carlton County board commissioners try to figure out how to pay up to $10 million for a new or renovated shop building at the Carlton CountyTransportation Center in Barnum. During its Tuesday, June 11 regular session...


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