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Carlton County officials were made aware of allegations that a county transfer station employee was embezzling significant amounts of cash more than two years before she was charged, according to court records obtained by the News Tribune. Joanne Wappes, who worked at the landfill for nearly 30 years, was charged on Sept. 20 in State District Court with theft by swindle and theft of public funds.
Junior setter Sami Westendorf had 15 set assists, six kills and seven digs to lead Cloquet to a 25-9, 25-22, 25-18 sweep over Esko in the Section 7AA high school volleyball quarterfinals on Friday night in Proctor. Classmate Alex Oakes added 11 set assists, six kills, 12 digs and four ace serves for the Lumberjacks (21-7). Courtney Johnston had 24 set assists and Christaia Houser had nine kills to lead the Eskomos (19-9). GREENWAY 3, HIBBING 0 Jordan Ranta had 19 set assists to lead the Raiders to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 victory over the Bluejackets in the 7AA quarterfinals at Duluth
A former Carlton County transfer station employee accused of stealing upwards of $1 million has been terminated, the county announced today. Joanne Marie Wappes, 63, of Cloquet, was fired on Oct. 3 and did not file a grievance challenging the termination, according to Dennis Genereau Jr., the county's human resources director. "The County is reviewing its procedures for the handling of cash transactions," Genereau said in a statement.
It looks like the flooding that hit the Duluth area in June 2012 might claim one more victim: the small city of Thomson itself. Residents of Carlton and Thomson are voting Nov. 5 whether to consolidate. A vote in favor by both would mean Thomson would become an official neighborhood of Carlton at the end of 2014.
A quick glance at the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team's regular-season schedule reveals an unmistakable recipe for success: In the Lumberjacks' nine wins, they allowed a measly two goals. If it's true that defense wins championships, then count CEC among the favorites in the Section 7A playoffs, which start Thursday. "We knew we would score some goals, but we had to stop goals from going in," Lumberjacks coach Archie Clark said before his team's practice Tuesday.
Superior High School graduate Dan Litchke was one of four players to score as the Minnesota Wilderness won their North American Hockey League debut Wednesday night, 4-1 over the Odessa Jackalopes in the season-opening NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn. Zach Jordan, John May and Brett Heikkila also scored for the Wilderness, who gave Cloquet icon Corey Millen a coaching victory in his return to Minnesota.
Storms that moved across southern portions of the Northland late Thursday morning prompted several reports of wind damage. The National Weather Service in Duluth relayed a spotter report of a pontoon boat and the dock it was tied to flipped over by strong winds on Lower Clam Lake, near Siren in Burnett County. Spotters near Siren also reported tree branches down as storms moved through just before noon. Branches also were reported downed by strong winds near Pine City. The storms also dropped penny-size hail in parts of Pine and Burnett counties.
My family's farm is celebrating its 20th season of providing weekly boxes of fresh organic produce to local families. Food, community and responsible stewardship have been the focus of the past two decades on the Food Farm, and we are thrilled to be joined by new farmers whose produce graces dinner tables each night in the Duluth area. People are discovering that knowing your farmer not only results in better food but revitalizes our farming communities and supports an ethic of stewardship.
WILLOW RIVER -- Fans leaving Thursday night's prep football game between Hermantown and host Moose Lake-Willow River all shared the same collective thought: What just happened? In a game that ended after 11 p.m.
A line of thunderstorms has brought hail, gusty winds and torrential rain to much of the Northland today - and more strong storms are possible later today. Storm reports relayed by the National Weather Service in Duluth included: Penny-size hail and 40-50 mph winds on the east side of Duluth. 68 mph wind gust recorded on the ship Algoma Progress on Lake Superior, 6 miles south of Castle Danger. Half-inch-diameter hail and some trees down in the Pengilly area of Itasca County. The storms dropped a quick inch of rain and pea-sized hail on the north side of Duluth.