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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 1, 2021

Sappi builds on 'people, planet and prosperity'

Locally, nationally and internationally, Sappi has been working hard at sustainability practices and people are taking notice. In February, Sappi North America received the SEAL Business Sustainabilit... Full story


Toy collection fills squad cars

The Cloquet Police Department held its fourth annual Stuff the Squad Dec. 16 outside the Cloquet L&M Fleet Supply and Walmart stores, where people were invited to fill the squad cars with new,...


Operation Round Up nets more than $53,000

Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up trust board recently approved $53,497 in assistance to various community programs during its quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s trust board...


Enbridge buys holiday meals for workers

To thank the men and women who are building Line 3 and the communities all across the right of way, Enbridge purchased more than 3,600 gift cards from northern Minnesota restaurants, totaling more than $90,000. “We wanted to find a way to give back...


Lake Country Power offers money for school

The Lake Country Power rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2021. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over four years to help pay for college or...


Bringing rubbed grub to Moose Lake

Dinel and Lance Hollerbach were asked to smoke a whole hog for a birthday barbecue years ago, but they didn't have a smoker that was big enough. "One man said that he had a big roaster," Dinel said...

 By Jamie Lund    News    November 13, 2020

Home bakers find business sweet spot

There may not be any bakeries left in Cloquet, but that doesn't mean there aren't some fabulous bakers around. "The gooey salted caramel center wrapped up in the moist chocolate cake with caramel... Full story


Frandsen hires new Cloquet bank president

Mark Lanigan has been named Bank President of the Frandsen Bank & Trust Cloquet office, effective Aug. 12. Lanigan, a native of Waterloo, Iowa has more than 30 years of banking experience, the...


Mischke hired at National Bank of Commerce

National Bank of Commerce continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Roger Mischke as vice president-commercial banker. Roger is from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He has a bachelor of science degree from Kent State...

 By Shannon Genereau    News    July 31, 2020

New business striving to fill thrift store gap

A new store is doing its best to fill the gap left by the departure of the popular Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores in Cloquet. The Highway 45 Thrift Store opened in June. The for-profit stor...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Black Bear casino goes smoke-free

Effective Wednesday, Black Bear Casino Resort is 100-percent smoke-free inside the building. Guests may still smoke outside. General manager Dan LaPrairie said the Reservation Business Council made... Full story


Bike biz turns 10

While the Carlton and Jay Cooke State Park area is known for its recreational trails, many people who would like to experience the beauty of these trails by bicycle may not be aware of a great resourc... Full story


Nantiques shop open for curiosity seekers

With people looking for opportunities to get out of the house and find something new, interesting and safe to do, a local shop with some decidedly dated inventory may prove to be a fun and worthwhile... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 15, 2020

On the Mark: Past economic challenges offer lessons

Through interviews, we’ve been learning about Carlton County’s small-business challenges with COVID-19 social distancing requirements and mandatory shutdowns of many kinds of businesses. Here’s...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Cloquet boutique takes store to customers online

When Gov. Tim Walz mandated that non-essential Minnesota businesses close to the public, Mainstream Boutique's Kris and RyAnna Anvid decided to take the store to their customers. They didn't violate...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 6, 2020

Sustainability brings rewards at Sappi plant

Being green has its benefits. Just ask the folks at Sappi. What started almost 20 years ago as an effort to prolong the life of the on-site landfill at the Cloquet paper mill has turned into an...


Cloquet chamber honors members

The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce honored businesses large and small along with its volunteer of the year at its annual meeting and banquet Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Otter Creek Event Center at the... Full story


Old Applebee's restaurant sold

The first sign that the former Applebee’s building may have new owners came when a crew of workers were crawling all over the extensive roof earlier this month, shoveling off snow. Carlton County assessor Kyle Holmes confirmed that the building at...


Lemon Tree store is sold

Across the highway and about a block north of the Applebee’s site, the former Lemon Tree Liquor and Gas store at 1212 Highway 33 has also been sold. According to the county auditor’s office, the property sold for $140,975 to Pru Properties in...


Carlton family business thrives in changing times

When Neil and Theresa Erickson bought Carlton's Woodland Grocery back in 2013, it was already like an old familiar friend. Theresa had found her first job at the store, which was then owned by her...


Expanding on Kwik corner

1. Current Kwik Trip store. 2. Current Kwik Spirits liquor store, formerly Gramma Polo’s, to be demolished and replaced with car wash. 3. Trapper Pete’s is staying put. 4. Golden Gate motel will...


Wendy's will become Burger King

Cloquet Wendy’s store sold, Burger King coming The Wendy’s in Cloquet is closed for good, and will be replaced by Burger King. “Thanks for a great 15 years,” says a sign on the window of the local fast food restaurant, which is located in a... Full story


Credit union is top in the state

Members Cooperative Credit Union has been named the top 2019 Minnesota Credit Union of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to an MCCU press release, the award is being...


Coates RV store leaves area

After being acquired by national retailer Camping World in March, it seemed to be business as usual at the Coates RV showroom in Scanlon. Not anymore. Although it is still filled with all kinds of...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 26, 2019

New counseling and legal offices opening downtown

A peek inside the windows of the former Goodwill building on Cloquet Avenue shows big changes ahead. Empty for months since the charity shop closed its Cloquet location in December, office and...


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