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A longtime, family-owned Northland gas station and fuel oil business is in the process of being sold to new owners. Mike McKinney, director of operations for Cloquet-based Best Oil and Little Stores, confirmed this week that the business is positioning itself for a two-part sale in the month ahead. The retail end of the business, the Little Store chain of gas and convenience stores with 20 locations across the region, will be sold to TravelCenters of America LLC, also operating as TA and Petro stations.
The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office has a new officer on staff — and he’s just 14 months old. Roman, a male German shepherd, joined the sheriff’s office in mid-January after Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet offered to pay the $10,000 cost of acquiring the dog. Sheriff Kelly Lake said Roman and his handler, Deputy Tory Cawcutt, are in four weeks of drug detection training followed by 10 weeks of patrol dog training, which will encompass tracking, apprehension and handler protection. The sheriff’s office obtained Roman through Steve Pearson of Performance Kennels in Buffalo, Minn., who has
If someone were to peer through a magic looking glass to see the city of Carlton 20 years from now, they might see: * A network of scenic outdoor trails...
With the Cloquet school district on the cusp of Tuesday’s referendum and Carlton and Wrenshall in the thick of consolidation talks, the Moose Lake school district finds itself in a...
A lot of dirt is moving in Moose Lake these days. The dust had barely settled on the city’s newly reconstructed hospital and a McDonald’s restaurant when news came regarding several new business moves that should have significant economic development implications, primarily for the Minnesota Highway 73 corridor on the city’s south side. The Alco store on Moosehorn Drive was set to close its doors over the weekend after seven years in the community, to be replaced at the end of March by a Shopko Hometown store — part of the Shopko chain, but a smaller footprint designed for smaller communitie
Northland native Ben Hallgren, who had faced felony charges in southern Minnesota after being arrested there with marijuana he had been legally prescribed in Colorado, thought he would be able to move on with his life after accepting a plea agreement. The deal helped him avoid jail time after being charged in Jackson County with possessing marijuana while traveling back to Minnesota last summer to spend time with his dying father. But the 23-year-old Carlton native, who holds a physician’s certification from Colorado stating that marijuana use could help alleviate symptoms of his long-standi
A resident of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program at Moose Lake has been sentenced to prison after stabbing a fellow MSOP client in the neck. Mauro Flores, 32, was sentenced in Carlton County Court last week to 21 months in a Minnesota correctional facility after pleading guilty to one felony count of third-degree assault. Judge Robert Macaulay fined Mauro $310.07 in fees, including $225.07 in restitution, and ordered him to have no further contact with the victim. A felony charge of terroristic threats was dismissed. According to the criminal complaint: On Oct.
Somewhere in Slovakia, there’s a young German shepherd whose life is about to change. The dog will soon be headed to Carlton County to be sworn in as the newest K-9 officer in the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to a somewhat unexpected — and generous — gift from Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet. At a credit union board meeting a couple of weeks ago, members of the board voted unanimously to pay all of the $10,000 price tag for the dog. “When (President Barb) Brown brought this to the board,” said Board Chairwoman Debbie Larson, “everyone was immediately excited about it.
A Northland native now living in Colorado, with a doctor’s endorsement for medical marijuana in that state, is facing felony charges after he was arrested with the drug in southern Minnesota. Benjamin Russell Hallgren, 23, a native of Carlton, was traveling home last June to be with his father, who was dying of cancer, when the arrest was made. Hallgren has since found himself caught in the middle of a legal battle, one with both constitutional and moral implications that thus far hasn’t reached a resolution. On one side, the Jackson County attorney claims Hallgren was in violation of Minne
When the diesel engine of the Cloquet-based Minnesota Army National Guard unit’s new Small Unit Support Vehicle growls to a start, it sounds and rides much like many of the...