Andee Erickson has been a reporter with the Pine Journal since November 2018. She studied journalism and geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, while working at the Leader-Telegram newspaper on weekends. She graduated in 2018. Erickson's from southern Minnesota, but started viewing the north as home after interning for the Duluth News Tribune in the summer of 2017.
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Duluth is not alone in its efforts to minimize the hazards used and undisposed needles pose to both illicit drug users and other members of the community. In the past couple years, the Cloquet Police Department has experienced an increase in calls from people who find used needles around Cloquet, Acting Police Chief Carey Ferrell said. "We get calls all over town," Ferrell said. "Whether it's at Pinehurst Park or on Highway 33 or Carlton Avenue or 14th Street. It's really throughout town. Somebody is walking and they notice a needle and they'll call us."
Cloquet, along with most high schools in Carlton County, participates in a program called College in the Schools, known as CIS, which gives students the opportunity to enroll in college-level classes taught by their high school teachers.
After projecting about a $850,000 budget deficit for the 2019-20 school year, Cloquet School District outlined a $628,300 budget reduction plan to help balance costs.
The Cloquet School District will count three of this academic year's many weather-related canceled school days as instructional days after the Minnesota Legislature passed a law allowing schools to do so.
The community of Moose Lake voted not to support the referendum to complete the campus of the Moose Lake Community School in the special election Tuesday.
Moose Lake High School senior Charis Blacklock won an art competition that will put her watercolor painting titled "Bird's Nest" on the wall of the U.S. Capitol for a year.
Cromwell-Wright High School students who participated in Lake Superior College's welding competition credit their success to their school's industrial technology program that provides them the means to practice the trade and the extra skills they gain when helping other students in the classroom.
Three students from Cloquet High School, one from Wrenshall High School and another from Cromwell-Wright High School signed with their partnering contractors Thursday, April 25, at the North Central State Regional Council of Carpenters in Hermantown.
"Before I became a huge environmentalist, I really loved the ocean and all the animals in it," Ostlund said. "So seeing a little sea turtle dying because of plastic, that kind of hit me hard." That led her to start processing the vastness of today's ecological challenges, a topic she discusses with her peers, including Haley Adkins, also a sophomore in YES.
Carlton County officially transferred the deed for the building that houses the Carlton County Historical Society to the nonprofit March 28.