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  • FDL leader seeks 'healthier community'

    Janis Fairbanks|Jul 12, 2024

    There are no term limits for Reservation Business Committee members, once elected by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa band members. That does not guarantee a lifelong career for those who hold office when band members decide to make a change, as happened with two of the three seats in the June 11 election. Newly elected RBC chairman Bruce Savage and returning District I Cloquet representative Wally Dupuis were officially sworn into office Friday, July 5, while Earl Otis, the new... Full story

  • Get ready to rock out in Moose Lake

    Jul 12, 2024

    Moose Lake will celebrate the state gem - the Lake Superior agate - by throwing its biggest party of the year this weekend: the 55th annual Moose Lake Agate Days. The event includes a gem and mineral show in the hockey arena (with a free kids' dig outside) and free admission to Moose Lake State Park and its Agate and Geological Center both Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. One of the area's three agate pits, near the Moose Lake airport, will also be open all weekend for those who enjoy... Full story

  • Police host training event

    Jul 12, 2024

    The Cloquet Police Department will be hosting an "Active Shooter Response" law enforcement training event at Cloquet High School from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 11, 15, 16 and 18. CPD wants the community to know this is a planned event. Community members may hear loud sounds, sirens, emergency lights, yelling, and there may be a display of firearms in or outside of the school. Expect a large police presence in and around the school. Cloquet police chief Derek Randall stressed that...

  • Grants offered for farm grain storage

    Jul 12, 2024

    Minnesota farmers looking to add safety equipment to their on-farm grain storage facilities can now apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Grain Storage Facility Safety Grant program. The program reimburses up to 75 percent of the cost to purchase and install eligible safety equipment for on-farm grain bins or silos. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $400 per bin or silo, with a limit of $2,400 per farm per year. Find out more at https://www.mda.state.mn.us/grainstoragesafetycostshare....

  • Carlton man is top ATV safety instructor

    Jul 12, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Eric Senarighi, of Carlton, as the 2023 ATV instructor of the year. He also won the award in 2021. Senarighi is president of the Carlton County Riders ATV Club and works to expand the sport while ensuring people have the knowledge they need to ride safely and in an ecologically sound way. The club trains about 100 kids per year in ATV safety. Senarighi also founded a community group in Moose Lake to ensure a positive relationship between...

  • Children vandalize high school

    Jana Peterson|Jul 12, 2024

    Four "surprisingly young kids" caused thousands of dollars in vandalism at Cloquet High School on July 4, superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. Cary said camera footage shows the children checking doors at the school until they found one that was not securely latched. Much of the incident was recorded on school security cameras, inside and out. Police have identified the suspects, who won't be named because they are juveniles. Technology director T.J. Smith told the...

  • Kettle River dairy farm family honored

    Pine Knot News|Jul 12, 2024

    Carlton County's Farm Family of the Year is the crew at Pasek Dairy Farm, run by Jeff Pasek and his family in rural Kettle River. Each year the University of Minnesota's Farm Family Recognition Program honors farm families from each county in Minnesota for contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. The Pasek Dairy Farm in Split Rock Township has been in the family since Jeff's great-grandfather bought it in 1909. As the farm was passed on from one generation to the...

  • Pay raised throughout sheriff's office

    Brady Slater|Jul 12, 2024

    Law enforcement took center stage Monday at the Carlton County board’s first meeting in July. A series of public tours of the new $75 million Justice Center along County Road 61 in Carlton was announced for August. It was a surprising development, given an expected delay in the opening of a facility that will feature a courthouse, jail, and both sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices. “It’s so exciting,” board chair Susan Zmyslony said, later turning to jail administrator Paul Coughlin, who oversaw the multiyear construction project. “C... Full story

  • Police: Alcohol likely involved in vehicle-ATV crash

    Jana Peterson|Jul 12, 2024

    Jana Peterson [email protected] A Moose Lake woman faces nine criminal charges after rear-ending an ATV at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Dannaka Lennea Miller, 30, was arraigned in Sixth District Carlton County Court on Tuesday, July 9, on multiple charges of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation, bodily harm, as well as gross misdemeanor DWI charges, and misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation, not carrying insurance and having an open bottle of an alcoholic... Full story

  • Wrenshall: City, school could share some burdens

    Brady Slater|Jul 12, 2024

    The Wrenshall school board converged Monday on Holyoke, where board members watched a sudden downpour and a whistling train outside, and were met by Wrenshall mayor Gary Butala. Butala agreed with the board that the city and school district ought to examine how to share snowplowing duties in the winter as well as fuel costs and access, already located on school district property. “We would like to share if we could with the school,” Butala said, inviting board member Eric Ankrum, head of the school’s building and grounds committee, to the J... Full story

  • Wrenshall man charged in sex assault of preteen

    Jul 12, 2024

    A 55-year-old Wrenshall man remained in Carlton County Jail this week following his arrest June 26 on multiple felony charges of criminal sexual conduct. Kevin Lee Young was charged in Sixth District Court in Carlton on June 28 with first-degree criminal sexual conduct — penetration or contact with a person under 14, and felony solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct. Aggravating circumstances, including being more than 36 months older than the victim, mean Young faces 30 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine for the first o... Full story

  • Cloquet hospital joins state coalition

    Jana Peterson|Jul 12, 2024

    Community Memorial Hospital is joining a healthcare network that should allow it to gain the strength of numbers while maintaining its independence. The Headwaters Network is a new coalition of 19 rural Minnesota hospitals and more than 50 clinics - including CMH and Raiter Clinic in Cloquet - that will provide care to more than 750,000 Minnesotans. "With a bunch of other rural facilities together, Headwaters has over three quarters of a million patients," CMH CEO Rick Breuer said. "Suddenly,...

  • Carlton Honor Rolls

    Jul 12, 2024

    Carlton schools Second semester honor rolls. A Honor Roll Grade 12 Luukas Korpela Gavin LeBrasseur Megan Matarelli Tiffany Meade Abigail Mitchell Sam Ojibway Keanna Simula Gibson Reed Brody Vernon Harlee Ziebol Grade 11 Cody Shaw Gavin Gibson Lauryn Hilton Jackson Korpela Kayla Radtke Julia Peterson Amy Schoch Ariadna Rovira Sanchez Grade 10 Karysa Brown Alexis Coy Sophia Schmidt Nadia Tessier Grade 9 Harley Erickson Lydia Kiehl Brielle Simula Teagen Tessier Grade 8 Jaylah Crane Jack Gibson Jorgen Herman Gabriella Loucks Cooper Miller Selah... Full story

  • Beavers are busy, and dam problems multiply

    Noah Beardslee|Jul 5, 2024

    Robert Dahl was driving down a road in Carlton County when he received a call from an excavator operator. The operator was going to leave two beaver dams alone and told Dahl about new ones popping up at other sites the county monitors. It was not an unusual call for the county’s department of transportation maintenance supervisor. “Once a week [we] have the excavator out opening all these sites,” Dahl said. “Looking at them, monitoring them, making that decision: Do we need to open it up? Is... Full story

  • College's latest crop of cops graduates walk

    Jana Peterson|Jul 5, 2024

    In the years that followed the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and subsequent calls for law enforcement reforms, choosing a career as a cop got more complicated and less popular. In 2019, 48 students graduated from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College law enforcement program. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, there were 27. In 2022, only 15. Last year there were 24. There were 22 graduates at this year's Enhanced Skills Professional Peace Officers Education Program ceremo... Full story

  • Moose Lake police change starts Aug. 1

    Jul 5, 2024

    Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake attended the Moose Lake city council meeting in June and publicly shared that the city will have its first dedicated deputy available Aug. 1. In February, the council voted to contract with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office for its law enforcement services. The decision meant the city’s longstanding police force would come to an end. The city and sheriff’s office agreed to a plan that includes assigning four deputies to cover the city. The city’s police department is still operating under chief Chad Pattiso...

  • Master Gardeners tour set for July 16

    Jul 5, 2024

    The Carlton County Master Gardeners are once again hosting a garden tour. The July 16 tour will showcase five gardens in the Cloquet area. Highlights of the tour will include a small-space garden with a children's area; a garden where a resident grows garlic and herbs and harvests maple syrup; stops at a beekeeper and a berry farmer; a community garden; and lots of perennials and garden art. The free, self-guided tour runs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, rain or shine. Maps will be available after...

  • Probation in case of cat abandonment

    Jana Peterson|Jul 5, 2024

    A couple who moved away without their pets, resulting in the death of five cats due to lack of food or water, were sentenced last month for their crimes, a combination of probation and fines. Karlee Lynn Strum, 32, and Dominic James Welch, 28, moved from Cloquet to Arkansas in December 2023, but left seven cats behind without access to food or water. Four cats were dead by the time someone entered the apartment 18 days later. A fifth cat died the same day it was rescued and two cats were nursed back to health. At the time, Strum and Welch were...

  • Stay sober on water this Fourth weekend

    Jul 5, 2024

    Minnesota Department of Resources conservation officers are part of Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign that runs July 4-6 to highlight the dangers of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and call attention to the heavy penalties associated with boating while intoxicated. In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor to boating accidents and fatalities. In Minnesota, which has particularly strong BWI laws, anyone convicted of drinking and driving — whether they’re operating a boat, motor veh...

  • Car shows are a big draw in county

    Jul 5, 2024

    Whether you love the old classics or Rat Rods are more your style, there are numerous summer car shows in and around Carlton County. Even if you missed Gordy's Curbside Classic on May 30 - it came early this year - or the big show during Spring Fever Days in Barnum, there are still lots of opportunities to see and be seen. The Northeastern Hotel & Saloon hosts two car shows every summer: one on July Fourth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the other 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Carlton...

  • New rules could jeopardize rural broadband initiative

    Jul 5, 2024

    Ana Radelat MinnPost When the president of a trade association representing Minnesota’s telecom industry was asked how many of his members would participate in a $652 million federal program aimed at providing internet access, he was quick to respond. “Zero,” said Brent Christensen, president and CEO of Minnesota Telecom Alliance. His group represents 70 companies that provide advanced telecommunications services, including wireless video and high-speed internet, to Minnesota’s metropolitan and rural communities. Many of the smaller compani...

  • Local spongy moth treatments set for Wednesday, Thursday

    Jul 5, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is preparing to treat multiple sites in Carlton and southern St. Louis counties to slow the spread of spongy moth. Officials will conduct the aerial management activities July 10-12, beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. each day and continuing throughout the day. The dates are dependent on weather conditions in the area. There are 13 treatment sites throughout Carlton County, including an area in the city of Cloquet. There are five treatment areas in... Full story

  • Prepare for frolic on Fourth

    Jun 28, 2024

    Past visitors have relished the small-town flavor of the Cloquet July Fourth celebration. From the races to the 11 a.m. parade down Cloquet Avenue, to an afternoon of family fun at Veterans Park, ending with fireworks over the St. Louis River, the Independence Day recipe doesn't change much. There's pie eating and wiffleball, in the same spot that kids used to play baseball decades ago. Inflatables and mini-train rides, a magic show, balloon animals. So much food. Find times and places on Page... Full story

  • Dan Gunderson|Jun 28, 2024

    Minnesota has long collaborated with tribal governments on water quality issues. But a new federal rule could give tribes a stronger voice in that process. The new Environmental Protection Agency rule is designed to protect the reserved rights of tribal members. Reserved rights are the rights to hunt, fish and gather resources. Tribes commonly reserved, or did not give up, those rights when they signed treaties ceding land to the federal government. “This rule is laying out a standard and a way for the EPA to require states to protect those r...  Website

  • Updated: Celebrate the Fourth of July all day long in Cloquet

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2024

    July Fourth festivities are thundering toward the big day. In Carlton County, both Cloquet and Moose Lake put on a communitywide celebration. "Fingers crossed for good weather," said Cloquet co-coordinator Jana Peterson. "We have a full slate of activities planned, and a nice summer day would be the icing on the nation's birthday cake." Fireworks will cap a full day's worth of activities, beginning at 8 a.m. with the Sawdust 5K at Pinehurst. A second footrace, the LaVonna 1-Mile, starts at... Full story

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