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Carlton County is suing to get compensation for all the additional expenses — for the sheriff's department and county jail, the courts and health and human services — caused by opioid addiction. On Monday, Feb. 26, Carlton County commissioners voted unanimously to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers, joining a number of counties from around the state and other cities and counties units across the country. There is no fee to the county for joining the lawsuit; if the lawsuit is successful, the attorney fee would be 25 percent of the award.
Missing your daily winter sports fix now that the Olympics are over? Head to Cloquet, where the annual Cloquet City Ski Meet is this Sunday, March 4, at Pine Valley where you can watch and admire or participate. The competition is for all ages and all skill levels. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until shortly before the beginning of the event. Costs are $5 for students to ski and $10 for adults. Jumping costs are $2 a hill.
After a winter that has delivered plenty of cold temperatures, but not much snowfall, the Northland has been walloped two weeks in a row. First, there were three days of heavy snow Feb. 18-21 that dropped anywhere from 6-14 inches in Carlton County. Residents got busy again Sunday, Feb. 25, digging out from a storm system that dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region, although less than that locally.
This year’s Robert Rodd Memorial Scholarship Costume Hockey Game is Saturday, March 3, at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton. It features alumni players dressed up like it’s Halloween to play hockey. Game starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $4 for children age 5 and younger and includes the game, dinner (turkey gravy or Swedish meatballs) and entry for prize drawings. Dinner will be served from 1-6 p.m. with a cash bar.
As a result of the alleged theft of a check intended for a Fond du Lac Reservation bike path, Fond du Lac tribal councilor Vanessa Northrup is now facing a legal case from one direction, and the ire of her band members from the other.
Like the story of "The Little Engine That Could," the word "can't" doesn't appear to be part of 9-year-old Kaden Gariepy's vocabulary. Especially when it comes to the historic train that makes its home in Cloquet's Fauley Park.
Minnesota fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 2017 expire Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource
Esko cornerback Branden Matteen signs his letter of intent to play football for the University of Minnesota Duluth surrounded by family members on National Signing Day Feb. 7. Photo by Chad Stoskopf/Special to the Pine Journal
For the first time in at least 18 years, the Cloquet City Council was going to be asked Tuesday to approve citizen appointments to city volunteer boards and commissions without discussion or being part of the evaluation process. But it didn't happen. This is a longer version of the story that ran in this week's Pine Journal.
In the months since the Carlton School District building referendum failed, it seems the divide between those who voted for the $22 million-$27 million building referendum and those who voted against it isn't getting any smaller. To try to bridge that gap, the School District is looking for help from up to 14 community members willing to volunteer their time and energy to having a deeper conversation with residents — one person at a time.