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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Blue Ribbon awards, the Nopeming Sanatorium and a stellar pair of goalkeepers

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Teachers line the sidewalk around Churchill Elementary School Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Vehicles wound slowly past in a reverse parade as teachers and students waved at each other.
File / Cloquet Pine Journal
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CLOQUET — We were in the middle of production for the print paper yesterday when we got a tip that Cloquet middle and high schools were on lockdown. The Cloquet Police Department responded to the high school after someone reported an active shooter there.

Thankfully, when police arrived, they found "no issues" and nothing out of the ordinary. Officials believe the threat was a hoax.

Here are more headlines for your consideration:

Blue ribbon worthy

Students are greeted by staff and a giant yard sign at Churchill Elementary on the first day of school Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Cloquet. Signs were put up at the bus entrance and the main entrance of the building thanks to the school's Partners in Education leaders.
Samantha Erkkila / File / Duluth News Tribune

Churchill Elementary School in Cloquet has earned a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School Award, one of only eight schools in Minnesota to receive the honor.

Stranger than fiction

The former Nopeming nursing home and sanitarium, seen here on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, was closed in 2002. St. Louis County sold the 270-acre property in 2005. Orison Inc. owns the buildings and 40 acres.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

Our colleagues at The Vault dug into the history of the Nopeming Sanatorium , the roughly 40-acre property built to house tuberculosis patients and later served as a nursing home.


The property is a magnet for people interested in the paranormal and was featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventure" show in 2015.

Stellar duo

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CEC junior goalkeeper Walker Marquardt dives for a save during warmups ahead of their match against Superior, Tuesday, Sept. 20, at NBC Sports Complex in Superior.
Jake Przytarski / Cloquet Pine Journal

Lucas Rauner and Walker Marquardt (pictured above) have been fixtures in the net for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks for three seasons, and offer the team dependability few competitors can boast.

Jake Przytarski caught up with the goalkeepers to find out more about how they decided to play the position and what its like for them being such a strong pair.

A few more stories to check out:

  • At a forum this week , four candidates for Wrenshall School Board said they wanted to increase transparency between the school board and the community. 
  • Cloquet Community Education will celebrate its new location for Li'l Lumberjacks and Kids Corner with a ribbon cutting and open house tonight
  • The Cloquet City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, accepted a $110,000 grant to cover the salary and benefits for a driving while impaired enforcement officer for one year. 

Editor's note: Carlton County, Dontcha Know is a newsletter I publish every Thursday morning. Please consider subscribing — it's free — and hits your inbox just once a week. You can sign up here.

Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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