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Families Pack Veterans Park for 100th Labor Day Carnival

Attractions included a petting zoo, beer garden, and more.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A variety of activities were buzzing in Veterans Park for Carlton County’s 100th Labor Day Celebration. The Carnival featured face painting, maypole dancing, a beer garden, and even a petting zoo for all ages to enjoy. One family at the event said it’s become a tradition for them to come to the Labor Day celebration, fitting in some…

Area Runners Participate in Charity Adventure Run

CLOQUET, Minn – The third annual Lost Forester Adventure Run took place Monday morning at the Pine Valley Recreational Center in Cloquet. There was also a 5.5k and 11k runs, but the grueling eight mile race expands all over the Pine Valley area. Racers must find orange ribbons, and other landmarks to get to their next destination. All of the…

Kids Tap Dance Summer Away at Shooting Stars Dance

Tap Dancing Day of summer camp teaches kids the basics.

CLOQUET, Minn.- In Cloquet a few kids had happy feet as they learned to tap dance at camp. Shooting Stars Dance in Cloquet is hosting its last camp of the summer this week. Dance instructors said dancing is a great activity to get kids moving. “Bringing kids into dance at a young age is really good for them to meet…

Volunteers Help with Cloquet Fourth Festivities

Volunteers say they're happy to make the event a success.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The 4th of July Festivities in Cloquet were made possible by about 100 volunteers across the 3rd, 4th and 5th. According to one of those volunteers, he is happy to make the holiday fun for everyone. “It helps the 4th of July Committee out and it helps all the volunteers out,” said Chad Erickson, who helped out with…

Wishing America Happy Birthday from Cloquet July 4th Fest

Cloquet hosts longstanding Fourth of July Fest

CLOQUET, Minn.- Veterans Park was packed with Cloquet residents enjoying fair food, live music, and 4th of July fun, despite the wet weather. Red, white and blue flooded the park as everyone put on their patriotic best to celebrate the 4th of July. “I think that people in Cloquet are patriotic and really like their town so they stay here…

Cloquet Offering Incentives For New Brewery Or Cidery

Cloquet is looking to add a brewery or cidery to its cities West End District

CLOQUET, Minn.- One Northland community would like to add a brewery or cidery to their town, and that city is offering financial incentives for someone to make that happen. Small towns across the Northland have felt the financial impact of breweries and now the City of Cloquet is looking to add one to its cities West End District. Cloquet is…

Unique Cloquet Pool Opens for Summer Season

"The Beach" in Cloquet is open for the summer season

CLOQUET, Minn.- One of the Northland’s most unique beaches, is now open for the season in Cloquet. “The Beach” at Pinehurst Park has filtered chlorinated water, with a sandy bottom just like a real beach. There are swim lanes, and a depth of six feet with lifeguards on duty. But the fun doesn’t stop there. “We have a lot of…

Cloquet Police Hosts Unique Experience

All week long, Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police have hosted fifty-six kids in a special police camp

STURGEON LAKE, Minn.- It’s part of a joint effort between Cloquet and Fon Du Lac Police Departments. Around sixty Northland youngsters are getting a unique experience this week. They are taking part in a special police camp. Fifty-six 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from the Northland got the once in a lifetime opportunity to go camping with Cloquet Police….

Carlton County Historical Society Gets New Home

Lease transferred to historical society.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Carlton County Historical Society now officially has a new home. The lease for the 99-year-old Shaw Memorial Library Building on Cloquet Avenue was officially transferred to the Historical Society on Wednesday. What was once a place where Cloquet residents would browse books is now a place where they can browse through their county’s history. The deed to…

Body Discovered in Cloquet Identified

Cloquet Police Department identified body reported missing in February.

CLOQUET, Minn.- On Sunday the Cloquet Police Department received confirmation that a body discovered in Cloquet was that of Dakotah Jayde Abramowski. Abramowski, 21, was reported missing on February 18, 2019 by a family member. On March 29, 2019 officers responded to a call in the 700 block of Poplar Avenue of someone lying on the ground in a yard….

Cloquet Area Chamber Gearing up for Home, Business & Sports Show

The Cloquet Area Home Business & Sports Show is Happening March 15 - 16, 2019

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the 2019 Cloquet Area Home Business & Sports Show. The event is happening Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 in the Otter Creek Event Center at Black Bear Casino Resort. Not only is the event geared toward home services and supplies, but will also serve as…

Order Up! Gordy’s Hi-Hat to Host Hiring Event Saturday

The Hiring Event is Happening Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet

DULUTH, Minn. – After many months of cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, Gordy’s Hi-Hat is preparing to open for the 59th season. The family-owned eatery is hosting a hiring event on Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gordy’s grandson, Sever Lundquist, says positions available range from cooks to janitors and even teens looking for their first summer job. Lundquist invites everyone interested…

BNSF Investigates 40-Car Train Derailment Near Cloquet

No one was injured, coal spills out onto river and snow.

DULUTH, Minn.- BNSF Railway is investigating to find out what caused dozens of train cars to overturn near Cloquet. The Railway released a statement Sunday night which reads in part: “BNSF crews have been working at the site clearing cars and repairing the track, and preparing a plan to remove the spilled coal and remaining derailed cars. There were no…

Fire Destroys Home Near Cloquet

A fire destroyed a home on Kantonen Road in Stoney Brook Township near Cloquet last night at about 6 p.m.

STONEY BROOK TOWNSHIP, Minn.-A fire destroyed a home at 8797 Kantonen Road in Stoney Brook Township near Cloquet last night at about 6 p.m. No one was injured in the blaze, according to the Cloquet Fire Area Fire District, as the Minnesota State Fire Marshall investigates. Fire units  from Cloquet, Industrial, and Culver all responded to the scene.   Categories:…

Feeling Unappreciated: Shutdown Hitting Northland Coast Guard Families

Many Working Without Pay

CLOQUET, Minn.- In this Cloquet house, dinner is becoming limited to a few options. “We have leftover Hamburger Helper, there’s pork chops. There’s hotdogs, mommy bought plenty of hotdogs,” the mother tells her children. “It’s pasta dishes, it’s things that you can get dirt cheap,” said Andrea Hawkins. “Y’know, it’s like living on a college kid’s income all over again.”…

10 Days Later, Cloquet House Fire Survivor Speaks Out

Still Recovering, Thankful to Be Alive

CLOQUET, Minn.-Firefighters worked three hours to put out a house fire in Cloquet 10 days ago. Now, the woman who survived it all shares her experience. Terri Cordell now lives in the Super 8 Motel in Cloquet. Scattered around her room are the belongings she salvaged from the flames. Unfortunately, her health did not make it out unscathed. Her breathing,…

More Details Come Forward After Cloquet Police Officer Dismissed

City of Cloquet Releases Statement on Dismissed Officer

CARLTON, Minn.-Last night, the Carlton County Attorney’s office announced it had dismissed 18 pending cases involving a Cloquet police officer. In a statement released today, the city of Cloquet said the officer being separated from his employment is Scott Beckman, who has been with the force since October of 2000. City Administrator Aaron Reeves told Fox 21 that a separation…

Cloquet Cops Spread Christmas Cheer with Stuff the Squad

Cloquet Police Department Holds Stuff the Squad Toy Drive and Shop with a Cop

CLOQUET, Minn.- The Cloquet Police Department spread some Holiday Cheer with their annual “Stuff the Squad” Toy Drive. Officers parked outside the Walmart, and L&M stores with their squad cars, ready to be stuffed with toys to be distributed by the Salvation Army. Last year, the department loaded up three squad cars: a Dodge Charger, Ford Explorer, and a pickup…

Cloquet Arena Burglary Suspect Arrested in Duluth

A man wanted by Cloquet police for allegedly breaking into an ATM Wednesday at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after turning himself in to Duluth police in a bizarre fashion.

CLOQUET, Minn.-A man wanted by Cloquet police for allegedly breaking into an ATM Wednesday at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena was arrested in the early morning hours Thursday after turning himself in to Duluth police in a bizarre fashion. At 3:30 a.m. Thursday authorities say the suspect walked into a Duluth gas station, plopped some cash on the counter and…

This Northland Race is Unlike Any Other

The final stretch takes you up a 35 foot hill and you must ring the bell to finish.

CLOQUET, Minn.- To start racers already get five minutes knocked off their finish time, just for wearing a fanal. Some are calling it the last run of Summer and it’s safe to say the Lost Forester Adventure Run is one participant won’t ever forget. This unique eight-mile course goes through the woods, as runners must traverse through swamps and fallen trees with…

Celebrating a Successful Summer

Families tell us Cloquet’s daylong celebration is the perfect way to end summer together.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The celebrations continued in Cloquet, at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. From bounce houses to food trucks the park packed full of families that mark their calendars for this every year.While many are celebrating having a good job, one little girl is celebrating the joys of being young and having a whole summer off. “This is like the best…

Minnesota Ranked Number One for Job Satisfaction

A 70 degree September Monday off, is plenty to smile about generations of families count on this day together.

CLOQUET, Minn.- For 99 years the town of Cloquet has hosted a big celebration on labor day and this year, they have something even sweeter to think about on their day off, Minnesota is now ranked number one for job satisfaction according to a new study. “Last day of summer so it’s kind of like a big bang type thing…

Newly Funded Program Helping Families

The Healthy Families America Program provides services for at-risk families.

CLOQUET, Minn.-  A 2.1 million dollar award is helping families receive in-home help with pregnancy and parenting. The Healthy Families America Program provides services for first-time mothers, at-risk families such as parents dealing with domestic abuse, substance abuse or those dealing with mental illness.  Through the program, medical professionals visit family’ homes providing practical health services and parenting support. “It’s working…

Cloquet Becoming More Pedestrian Friendly this Fall

Over half of the community will be more active if the sidewalks are widened according to a survey.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Do you walk or bike to work? Construction is underway for the city of Cloquet to become more pedestrian friendly. Right now work is being done to create sidewalk bump-outs making a wider path for pedestrians, other changes include bike lanes on a one-mile stretch downtown. “Just allowing people to get from point A to point B, we can’t plan…

Kitten Caboodle at Animal Allies Humane Society

With the Recent Closure of one Local Shelter, Animal Allies Humane Society is Feeling the Impact

DULUTH, Minn. – Cats keep coming in to Animal Allies Humane Society at record numbers lately, according to shelter staff. As of Monday, more than 90 cats were in house at the Humane Society. Right now is known as “kitten season” in the Northland, but the recent closure of Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet isn’t helping matters this year….

Nursing Home Residents Take a Field Trip to Gordy’s Warming House

The outing has been a tradition for nearly 15 years.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Residents from a nursing home at the Cloquet Memorial Hospital were treated to some free scoops of ice cream at Gordy’s Warming House in Cloquet. The residents were transported to the business in wheelchairs, something that’s becoming a tradition in that community. Live music filled the air as the patients enjoyed a free scoop of ice cream. One man told us…

Friends of Animals Begins Closure

The 35 Year Old Shelter Enters its Final Week

Cloquet, Minn-The financial pressure hasn’t changed for the better for the “Friends of Animals Humane Society.”It’s closing its doors on Aug 5th. And the animals need to go to new homes now. Less than seven days until the cash-strapped doors are locked indefinitely. 10 cats climb, scratch, and play, unaware of the fate of their current home. And for their…

Vacant Middle School May Transform into Affordable Housing

The potential affordable housing is intended to help workforce families.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Affordable housing is a hot topic in the Northland, now an old Middle School building that sat vacant for one school year may turn into apartment units and office space. The developers we spoke with say it’s a workforce housing project intended to help working families find affordable housing.  As for the middle school the development plans would keep the…

Kids Go Round Soon to Close

Owners tell FOX21 it will close due to customers now using online shopping rather than in-store.

CLOQUET, Minn.- A locally owned kids clothing store is closing up shop at the end of summer, due to what the owners of Kids Go Round are calling a drop in customers turning to online shopping instead. Kids Go Round has been a beloved clothing store in Cloquet for nearly a decade but will close in August. It’s located in…

Police Camps Held for Youth in Cloquet

Students Get to Learn All About What Police Do

CLOQUET, Minn.-All week, kids from Cloquet and the Fond du Lac Reservation are learning all about what police officers do as they participate in a variety of camps throughout the area. The program, being run by the Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments, aims to put police in a more positive light in young people’s eyes. Organizers we spoke…

Construction Begins for New Roundabout

The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Big changes are now underway at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 in Cloquet, an intersection that has seen many serious car accidents and fatalities in recent years. Construction of a roundabout to replace the intersection began on Monday.  The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned. Studies show roundabouts decrease…

KOA Campground Hosting Special Opening Weekend.

The campground will have many family fun events and games going-on all weekend long.

CLOQUET, Minn.-The KOA campground is offering campers a special deal for a good cause this weekend. KOA had a late opening this year due to weather but this weekend you can get outside and camp at K-O-A Saturday night for $20. It’s been deemed “Care Camps Big Weekend” the funds from Saturday will go to medically-supervised camps for kids with…

What Local Farmers Hope to Find on the New Farm Bill

Senator Tina Smith's staff is asking the community to voice concerns and ideas.

CLOQUET, Minn.- As the 2018 Farm Bill works its way through Congress, Northland farmers are making sure their priorities are being heard. Members of the agriculture community joined political representatives at Fond Du Lac Community College on Wednesday to talk about farming needs. Senator Tina Smith is a member of the Senate Agricultural Committee, some of her staff members were among…

Fire Leaves Local Business a Total Loss

Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews are still working at the scene.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The investigation continues tonight into a major fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at a Cloquet business. Cloquet Interiors along Highway 33 is a total loss and Friday’s winds kept firefighters on site to make sure the fire didn’t cause more problems. Around 3:30 Thursday afternoon firefighters were called to Cloquet Interiors, more than 24 hours later crews…

Animal Control Changes in Carlton County

The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers.

CLOQUET, Minn.- The animal shelter, Friends of Animals in Cloquet has been providing the community with an animal control officer for years. Last month the shelter notified the City it will no longer. The President of Friends of Animals tells us shelters don’t typically provide animal control officers. The motive behind the change is to put more resources into the shelter….

“Horses in Your Neighborhood” Invites Public into Barns

DULUTH, Minn. – A group of local equestrians has been working continuously to make riding horses a part of regular recreation in the Northland. This weekend the Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance is hosting Horses in Your Neighborhood. This is a free event to teach about horses, horse care and horse activities. It’s being held on Sunday, May 6 from…

Fond Du Lac College is Helping Connect Students with Local Jobs

Officials say the expo shows students other routes their degree can take them.

CLOQUET, Minn.- One local college is helping health and nursing students get a foot in the door for jobs after graduation. Fond Du Lac Community College is hosting a Nurse and Health Sciences Expo. The event brings local organizations in the industry to show students the many job opportunities in their field locally. “It’s great to have the local job fair…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Opens for 58th Season

The Lundquist Family Chose to Open their Family Restaurant on Tuesday, March 20, the First Day of Spring This Year

CLOQUET, Minn. – Day after day you rarely see a line forming out the door of a regular old burger joint, but once a year Northlanders and folks passing by can’t help but stop when they see Gordy’s Hi-Hat open up in Cloquet. “Gordy is on his way back from Florida right now,” said Sever Lundquist, Gordy’s grandson. It only…

Diamond Factory Gets New Life

Diamond Factory Shutdown in Late July

CLOQUET, Minn.-In late July, the Cloquet community was dealt a huge blow when a manufacturer of Diamond brand products shutdown. The factory had been there since 1904 and had built up a solid workforce of nearly 90 employees. Now the factory has a new owner which brings with it some new life. City leadership say it’s a good sign that…

Cloquet Applebee’s to Shut its Doors on Sunday

Between 60 and 80 locations are expected to close this year.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet Applebee’s will be closing its doors for good this Sunday. Business Insider is reporting that it is expected that the national chain will be closing between 60 and 80 locations this year after closing nearly 100 last year. According to area management about 40 people currently work at the Cloquet location. They state that current…

Police Resolve Threat Referencing Cloquet High School

Officials say the Threat was Made Through Social Media

CLOQUET, Minn. – Authorities say all is safe in Cloquet Wednesday morning after police responded to a threat of violence referencing Cloquet High School. Tuesday evening the Cloquet Police Department was made aware of this potential threat of violence and immediately began investigating the incident. The threat was made through social media. Thirty minutes after being notified, officers located an…

Afternoon Stabbing Sends one to the Hospital

Suspect Has Now Been Taken into Custody

UPDATE: The suspect has been located and is in custody. ————————————————————— CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet police officers responded to a stabbing this afternoon that occurred at the Washington Avenue Laundromat. Officers located an adult male bleeding from his torso and abdomen areas. The victim was transported to a local hospital and later transported to a hospital in Duluth. The injuries…

Cloquet Holiday Robbery Suspect Arrested

Incident Occurred Late Saturday

CLOQUET, Minn.-A suspect who allegedly robbed a Holiday in Cloquet late Saturday has been arrested. The suspect, 19-year-old Colt Dalton Nyberg, of Wrenshall, was arraigned in Carlton County District Court on one count of aggravated robbery in the first degree and possession of a small amount of marijuana. His bail was set at $50,000 with a 10 percent cash option. “The…

New Coffee Shop Offers “Common Ground” in Cloquet

Common Ground Coffee Bar and Deli Invites People of all Ages, Race and Ethicity to Gather for Friendship, Games, Entertainment

CLOQUET, Minn. – When it comes to getting a cup of coffee we’re often in a rush, heading through the drive thru looking to grab and go. However, creators of a new coffee shop and deli in the City of Cloquet are looking to bring people together, creating common ground. “I think as a culture we’ve kind of gotten away…

One Book Northland Honors Local Author

The book club aims to celebrate reading books accessible to everyone in the region.

DULUTH, Minn.-  For the 17th year libraries around the region are joining together celebrating the One Book Northland project. This month’s chosen book is written by local author Katharine Johnson titled The Wind and The Drum. Officials are excited to celebrate a book from the community. “Even better in a year like this when we can find a local tie…

Veterans Voiced Concerns to Senator Amy Klobuchar

Northland veterans discussed local issues with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Senator Amy Klobuchar listened to Northland’s rural veterans speak out on concerns. Senator Klobuchar said there are some serious problems with veterans’ health benefits. Ensuring the Guard and the Reserve recieve the same health benefits other branches are given, is the biggest issue currently being worked on. One of the main issues addressed today, the long drive rural…

Lost Foresters Raise Funds for Orphans in Uganda

Every Labor Day, the Krohn's Organize a Series of Races at Pine Valley Park in Cloquet

CLOQUET, Minn – Dozens of hearty Northlanders chose to spend their Labor Day morning by waking up early and making their way to Pine Valley Park in Cloquet for a tradition one family started many years ago. Now, the excitement is growing and the fun is expanding into the ‘lost forest.’ “It’s just so Minnesotan, it’s awesome,” said Brian Krohn,…

Hundreds Gather for Annual Labor Day Celebration in Cloquet

The Nations Longest Oldest and Longest Labor Day Parade Kicked Off at 11 a.m. Monday Morning

CLOQUET, Minn. – Hundreds took advantage of the beautiful Labor Day weather Monday morning, making way to Cloquet for the nations oldest and longest Labor Day Parade. Many spectators lined up nearly two hours before the parade of local businesses, politicians and laborers made way down Avenue C and 13th Street. Paradegoers say they enjoy the annual event because it’s…