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Volunteers come together to feed the children

You've heard of manna from heaven? Last weekend, 432 volunteers came to the Cloquet Armory and packed 109,080 special MannaPack rice meals for the Feed my Starving Children charity in a "mobile pack"... Full story

 By Erin Bates    People    September 23, 2022 

Community Education: Partners helped preserve childcare

Li’l Lumberjacks and Kids Corner are open for business at our new Pine Tree Plaza location. Thanks to much assistance from the Cloquet football team and National Honor Society, the physical moving of both programs began Sept. 1. The Li’l... Full story


Music Man

Jeremy Gardner plays the piano in the "Ivory Garden" outside Wood City Nutrition on Avenue C in the West End of Cloquet last week during a break from work. Gardner's wife, artist and photographer... Full story


Cloquet alum pens puppy stories to make those tough talks easier

When it comes to children, it can often be difficult to explain life's complicated issues or work through complex feelings. Cloquet class of 1982 alumnus Colleen Gilchrist Collins recognized... Full story


Teachers, students greet the new school year

There were more smiles than tears Wednesday morning at Cloquet's Washington Elementary School, as students arrived for the first day of school. The atmosphere was almost celebratory among some... Full story


Duluth man claims Lost Forester race

Trail runners and walkers, plus a few leashed dogs, gathered at Pine Valley early Saturday, Aug. 27 for the sixth annual Lost Forester Trail Run. The 26 participants completed one lap of the...


Former county attorney in Who's Who

Former Carlton County attorney Marvin Ketola is included in the most recent edition of Marquis Who’s Who. A 1961 Cloquet High School graduate, Ketola spent more than four decades defending and enforcing the law as an attorney. He began his legal...


Blacksmith finds inspiration at the fair

Warren Hietala came full circle last month while working in the blacksmith's shop at the Carlton County fair. It was there that the Cloquet High School junior once escaped as a youngster while his... Full story


'Inclusion' group forming in Cloquet

Sometimes it helps to just talk about things and that’s what a Duluth-based nonprofit hopes will happen at its free Cloquet Area Inclusion Learning Cohort. Amber Lewis, Welcoming Community Program coordinator for Northspan Group Inc., said they wan... Full story

 By Gail Olson    People    September 2, 2022

This little chicken goes to market

Barbequed chicken served with coleslaw and potato salad ... roast chicken with baking powder biscuits and homemade gravy ... a whole chicken rubbed with a secret spice blend and smoked to perfection.... Full story


Farm honored after nearly 50 years raising buffalo

American buffalo have roamed Don and Marlene Solwold's farm near Esko for 48 years. Marlene died of Alzheimer's 10 years ago, but Don, 89, still has a small buffalo herd and enjoys spending time with... Full story


Faith: The Sabbath also sets boundary between work, life

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our liv... Full story


Cromwell farm earns prestigious century label

In 1918, Charles and Martha Wilhelmena Anderson bought an 80-acre farm southeast of Cromwell from a private owner, not knowing they were starting a legacy. More than 100 years later, their... Full story


County names its outstanding seniors

Shirley Magnuson, 83, has been selected as the female Outstanding Senior Citizen for Carlton County this year. She will be honored during a ceremony at noon at the Carlton County fair Friday, Aug. 19... Full story

 By Brady Slater    People    August 12, 2022

Life comes full circle for newest Eagle Scouts

Matthew Mangan has always been interested in pollinators. In elementary school, his second-grade teacher, Cathy Rikkola, now retired, had Washington students raise caterpillars into butterflies using... Full story

 By Gail Olson    People    July 29, 2022

Elderflower lemonade arrives at the Farmers Market

People who shop regularly at farmers markets know there is a seasonal rhythm to local produce. Rhubarb and spring radishes are best in June. Cucumbers, garlic scapes, peas and strawberries arrive in...


Contact your Local Officials

Cloquet City Council Mayor Roger Maki [email protected] 218-879-4976 Warren “Bun” Carlson Councilor Ward 1 [email protected] 218-879-3347 Sheila Lamb Councilor Ward 2 [email protected] 218-590-5308 Chris Swanson Councilor Ward 3... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 22, 2022

'She was the glue that held us together'

Local veterans organizations lost one of their most valued and beloved volunteers last week. Lillie "Lil" Mae LaVoy, 81, of Cloquet passed away Monday, July 11, after a hard-fought, fourth battle... Full story


Searching for Esko grads

In preparation for the Esko All School Reunion set for August, organizers are seeking people who graduated between 1940 and 1966, who may not be regular users of social media. While the reunion is being held in conjunction with Esko Fun Days from...

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 1, 2022

Grand marshals make a difference

In a world where veteran organizations are shrinking, this group is growing faster than similar organizations across the country. In a time when volunteers are often hard to find, this group has stepp... Full story


Volunteers recognized

Memorial Blood Centers recognized Community Memorial Hospital's Volunteer Services Organization as being a top sponsor of blood donations in 2021 and for its diligence in getting individuals to sign... Full story

 By Gail Olson    People    June 24, 2022

Having a green thumb takes cultivation

The back of her big red truck is filled with healthy green plants, as Wanda Pearcy pulls into a space at the Cloquet farmers market. People soon gather around to see what's new or find a special... Full story

 By Rita Karpinnen    People    June 24, 2022

Education: FDL youth excel despite pandemic

Students around the world have faced many challenges the past few years, from remote learning to not being able to see loved ones and to canceling high school sports and other activities. High school... Full story


New commander at Cloquet Legion

The Cloquet American Legion Post 262 recently changed commanders. Glenn Wirtanen stepped down as commander of the post. He was the post commander for the last ten years, and the vice commander for... Full story

 By Lois Johnson    People    June 24, 2022

New staff hired at Extension office

There are two new staff members in the Carlton County Extension Office in Carlton, and both of them grew up here and are looking forward to helping local kids and adults with everything from farming...


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