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 By Mike Creger    News    December 2, 2022

Cloquet teacher wins state award

Dave Perry curled his hand in front of his face, forming a small circle. "What I like to see is a kid with that hood, and all you see is about this much of him or her," he said. "And all of a sudden... Full story

 

Review issues call for submissions

The English department at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is accepting submissions of high-quality creative work for the 11th edition of the Thunderbird Review. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15. Based at FDLTCC, the Thunderbird... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    November 18, 2022

District will borrow way out of red

In debt by more than $300,000, Wrenshall schools administration and its school board are expected to begin three rounds of cuts in December. The first cuts will total $50,000, followed by further...

 

District explores turf, other athletic complex upgrades

What started in March as a group of sports-minded private citizens, business owners and coaches brainstorming ways to fundraise for artificial turf at Cloquet High School has now turned into a much...

 

Divided board approves $10.8 million in renovations

After overturning a vote on $8.3 million in projects in March, the Barnum school board voted 4-3 to bond for $10.85 million on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Beth Dinger, Beth Schatz, Steph Ferrin and board chair Jessica Unkelhaeuser voted yes, while Paul...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    October 28, 2022

Former chief finds new way to serve

Mike Tusken grows into leadership role at college There were days as Duluth police chief when Mike Tusken was exhausted, yet still found himself driving to Cloquet to teach a three-hour night class on... Full story

 

Four-year teaching degree unveiled

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will soon be offering a four-year degree targeting those in pursuit of a career in elementary education. Announced this month, the move makes it the first... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    October 21, 2022

Schools agree on Raptors pairings

Struggling financially and facing declining enrollments, the Carlton and Wrenshall schools agreed to bring together all junior high and high school sports earlier this week. The move to combine sports... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    October 14, 2022

Challengers urge change at school board forum

An amicable gathering last week brought together most of the Wrenshall school board candidates in a public forum for the first time. As it concluded, the six candidates in attendance expressed pride... Full story

 

Esko board approves maximum levy

Esko board approves maximum levy The Esko school board held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 26 to approve the proposed levy payable in 2023. The board was not able to vote on the levy at its normal meeting on the second Monday of the month because...

 

Churchill school gets 'blue ribbon' for closing the gap

Nothing changed at Churchill Elementary School on Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools - and the Cloquet school as one of 297 to make...

 

Carlton joins Wrenshall in wanting further cooperation

Superintendent John Engstrom confirmed Monday that the Carlton school district will proceed with further talks with Wrenshall on sharing sports and other after-school activities. Engstrom noted that both district boards have passed an agreement to...

 

'Fatigue' not in Wrenshall vocabulary

The Wrenshall school board’s stamina for conflict proved unyielding Monday, when its regular monthly meeting devolved into bickering and generated new insights into ongoing turmoil. Board member Nicole Krisak revealed that board members looked...

 

District, paraprofessionals headed to mediation

Finding a balance between funding streams and paying school district staff adequate wages in a time of inflationary pressures is challenging, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. The Cloquet public school district...

 

Esko teachers, students embrace return to 'normal'

At their first meeting of the new school year, the Esko school board heard good news from district administrators. Principals Greg Hexum and Brian Harker told the board Monday, Sept. 12 that there is excitement in the building like never before. With...

 

Despite rising graduation rates, Cloquet alternative school flagged

The Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, a small alternative school for grades 6-12 which draws from 12 school districts, made a list of 371 schools that will receive extra support by the state department of education last week. The program...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    September 9, 2022

Superintendent puts foot down in Wrenshall

The superintendent's introduction of a formal complaint form for use going forward opened the floodgates at Wrenshall Schools on Wednesday. Meeting during the committee of the whole, board members...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    August 26, 2022

Wrenshall board disciplines someone, but who?

There were more questions than answers Wednesday, Aug. 24, when the Wrenshall school board agreed to discipline an employee during a specially called meeting. The meeting was planned to review results of a personnel investigation which began earlier... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    August 19, 2022

Raptors sports, activities co-op tripped up near goal line

The Carlton-Wrenshall Raptors football program won’t take the field for varsity action this season. It’s a victim of not having enough players despite the cooperative agreement between schools in the eastern half of the county. The schools will...

 
 By Rebekah King    News    August 19, 2022

Esko board plans new fitness center

A quiet summer for the Esko Public Schools has allowed administrators and school board members to move forward with plans for a few school improvement projects that will begin construction during the...

 

College Notes: Barnum students attend MN Youth Institute

High school students from across the state were invited to present food security research findings and participate in the Minnesota Youth Institute on May 16, an educational program hosted by the University of Minnesota’s College of Food,...

 

Graduates

University of Arizona Franny Slater of Cloquet graduated summa cum laude this past spring from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in business economics. Wichita State University Taylor Roen of Esko graduated magna cum laude from Wic... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    August 12, 2022

Teacher confronts board behavior

Another tumultuous week within the Wrenshall School District saw a school board member formally apologizing to one group of people, while offending another, and teachers and administrators... Full story

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    August 5, 2022

No more free lunches for all

As with many other area school districts, the Barnum school board approved an increase in lunch prices, at 10 cents per meal at various levels for the lunch program during its July 26 meeting. The coming school year marks the first time in two years...

 

College Notes

Dean’s list Savannah Lyytinen of Cloquet was named to the Hamline University dean’s list for the spring 2022 term. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 16 credits. Lyytinen is majoring in forensic...

 

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