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 By Jana Peterson    News    September 29, 2023 

School officer issue is settled, for now

Cloquet will keep its school resource officer after Attorney General Keith Ellison released a revised opinion on the legislation last spring regarding the use of force in schools. That was better...


Science fair students just keep on winning

Three Cloquet High School science fair students who excelled at regional and state science fair last spring continued their winning ways at national and international competitions across the country...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 1, 2023

Gym conversion creates fitness center

Walking through the halls of Cloquet High School last week, principal Steve Battaglia noted the pending return to school days. "The timing always seems right," he said. As summer waned and the $4.7...


Board aims to keep door open

Wrenshall school board members got their first look at Carlton’s response to their recent consolidation overture during Tuesday’s work session meeting. While Carlton’s response was by unanimous...

 By Ted Lammi    News    July 21, 2023

Carlton hires former Wrenshall business manager

The Carlton school district hired Angela Lind to fill the open business manager position, after the previous business manager, Norm Nelis, took a job at the Hermantown school district. Lind formerly worked just up the road at Wrenshall, but was laid...

 By Ted Lammi    News    July 14, 2023

Esko breaks ground on new fitness center

Work should begin on the Esko fitness center next week. The project is behind schedule by more than a fortnight, school board members heard Monday night. The permitting process was the first snag to overcome, according to John Erickson and Ian...


Esko, Carlton High School Honor Rolls

Esko High School Quarter 4 Honor Roll GPA between 3.650 and 4.0 Bella Abrahamson Will Abrahamson Emma Adkins Ashley Aker Parker Anderson Joshua Antonutti Lucye Backstrom Ellahna Barnes Ellynor Barta Joel Barta Lucy Barta Alena Beare Harper Benedix... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 30, 2023

School lacrosse fate remains in limbo

The debate over making lacrosse a sanctioned high school sport advanced slightly at Monday’s meeting, as administration and the local Northern Siege Youth Lacrosse Association inch toward an acceptable agreement. But it won’t be an easy sell, at...


Honor roll: Cloquet

Cloquet High School Second semester A Honor Roll Grade 9 Olivia Aldridge Ellis Allen Joseph Bender Ethan Berg Audrey Berube Alexandra Bouchie Isabella Bridge Nattie Butler Dru Danielson Callie Davis Alivia Fleck Ava Gist Bodyn Gunderson Allison...


college notes

Alexis Stich of Cloquet was named to the spring dean’s list at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota. • • Josh Belden of Cloquet was named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout spring dean’s list. • • Chelsey Smith, a...


Honor rolls: Cromwell-Wright School, Barnum High School, Wrenshall School

Cromwell-Wright School Second semester Honor Roll Grade 12 Avery Aho Ellie Anderson Noah Foster Romain Jacques Isaac King Steven Ridlon Liam Schoenberg Grade 11 Elliott Anderson Avery Birman Tanner Collman Marissa Dahl Brandon Dickey Gracie Foley Aur...


Education notes

High school seniors Payton Rosbacka of Wright and Amanina Sheetz of Moose Lake have been selected as the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 11th District College Scholarship award recipients for 2023-2024 academic year. They were awarded $2,000...


College Notes

The University of Minnesota Duluth announced its dean’s list for spring semester, which included the following students from the area: Barnum Madeleine Manahan, Oliver Swimeley Carlton Andrea Hille, Connor Kanirie, Ezekiel Palmer, Ben Talarico... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 16, 2023

District takes cautious approach with budget

Cloquet school board members unanimously passed the closest thing to a balanced budget the school district has seen in years, with only $2,366 in the red for the unassigned general fund versus a projected deficit of $514,000 this time last year....

 By Brady Slater    News    June 16, 2023

District welcomes new superintendent

There's a new superintendent in Wrenshall following unanimous school board approval Monday. Retired Deer River superintendent Jeff Pesta was approved for a part-time role. It's what the financially...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 9, 2023

Esko Class of 2023 did it their way

Although they weren't always the most well-behaved students, the Esko Class of 2023 garnered high praise from school administrators and each other during Friday's commencement for the way they embrace... Full story

 By Edward Schulstrom    News    June 9, 2023

57 graduate in Barnum

Barnum seniors celebrated their graduation last Friday in the high school gym. In addition to the 57 official high school seniors, principal Jodi Fanth took the opportunity to award an honorary cap... Full story


Math Masters make their mark

The fourth-grade Math Masters teams from Cloquet's Churchill and Washington elementary schools competed at a competition in Duluth on April 21. The team from Washington finished in sixth place, with...

 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


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