Reporter roundtable: The latest from Austin, Cloquet, Roseau

Minnesota Public Radio has a large newsroom, with reporters statewide. But even we can’t keep up with all the news. So we’re calling local experts, journalists from newspapers outside the metropolitan area, to hear what’s going on in their part of the country.

Host Cathy Wurzer was joined on Wednesday by Laurel Latham, a reporter from far north Minnesota for the Roseau Times-Region; Mike Creger, who writes for Pine Knot News in Cloquet, Minn., Just southeast of Duluth; and Eric Johnson, reporter and photographer for the Austin Daily Herald.

Latham brought news to Wurzer of a 5-mile skate track along the Warroad River, which is now the longest in the United States

Creger spoke to Wurzer about a COVID patient at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet who struggled to come back from the brink as besieged hospital staff gathered around him.

And Johnson shared a wellness story about a hospital patient’s favorite sandwich, a teenage delivery driver, and a seven-hour (one-way!) Trip from Austin, Minn. To St. Louis. .

Use the audio player above to listen to the entire conversation.

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