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Carlton County cases of COVID-19 grow to five

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Carlton County over the weekend — when an inmate at the Moose Lake prison tested positive — cases here have continued to grow. Carlton County officials reported a second lab-confirmed case of... Full story

Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Carlton County

Carlton County officials reported a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a county resident. The person did have contact with a lab-confirmed case, and that is the presumed exposure, but the case is still under investigation by the Minnesota... Full story

Carlton County has first COVID-19 case at Moose Lake prison

Carlton County learned of its first confirmed case of COVID-19 Monday, when the Minnesota Department of Corrections announced that an inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus.... Full story

Governor issues 'stay at home' order, extends business closures

Get used to it, Carlton County. Things may have been pretty quiet the last two weeks since Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're... Full story

Sheriff's Office makes changes in light of COVID-19

While we have all been adjusting to different routines in light of COVID-19, I wanted to provide some updates. We appreciate your patience during this time as things will likely continue to evolve until this is over. We have made some adjustments... Full story

Salvation Army food shelf open but thrift stores closed for now

While the Salvation Army has temporarily closed its thrift store in Cloquet, the food shelf is still very much open and available to those in need. On Monday, the storage room was piled high with... Full story

Cloquet closes playgrounds, skatepark and athletic facilities

The city of Cloquet closed all its outdoor play structures on Wednesday, including playgrounds, the skatepark and other athletic facilities as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Full story

United Way fund will help with groceries

The United Way of Carlton County created an emergency fund called the COVID-19 Local Relief Fund to provide immediate support for Carlton County residents who need basic, everyday survival items by sending grocery cards through the mail to families... Full story

UPDATED: Grocery, prescription delivery options

For those who are at high risk if infected or homebound, you don’t have to risk it. A number of local pharmacies and grocery stores offer home delivery. Following is a list compiled by the Pine Knot News staff. Please call 218-878-9332 to be... Full story

Schools: Virtual classrooms, real meals

The order Wednesday by Minnesota governor Tim Walz that schools remain closed and transition to distance learning through May 4 didn't surprise many educators, since they were told to be ready for... Full story

Getting away up north? Not so fast

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a travel advisory at its meeting in Grand Marais, requesting that seasonal or second homeowners stay home for the time being....

Future of CAT7 remains up in the air

CAT7 TV must have at least seven lives. Following a year (2019) when the community access television channel was black almost as much as it was broadcasting, the station is black again following the...

Sawyer cabin damaged by fire

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Carlton County dispatch received a call from a resident in the 3100 block of Maple Drive in Sawyer, stating that their neighbor's seasonal cabin was on...

School meals, apps are a go in Wrenshall

In Wrenshall, superintendent Kim Belcastro updated the school board this week on where the district was since the closure order March 15. “I will admit it did feel like the last week of school for the students,” Belcastro wrote in her memo... Full story

On The Mark: Tromping in a pandemic

Hoping, dear readers, that you are finding it a kind of strange gift to be shut out of most social events and gathering holes. At first, I discovered the joys of just staying home, cleaning out the...

Hospital notes: Primary, sports doctor joins CMH

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet welcomes Dr. William Haug, who has joined the CMH Emergency Services department. Dr. Haug is a native of Grafton, North Dakota and graduated from University of...

Hospital notes: Raiter welcomes new administrator

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet welcomes Ronald Alston, the new practice administrator for CMH Raiter Family Clinic and Specialty Clinic. Alston is originally from Washington, D.C. and moved to Rochester, Minn., following high school...

More county buildings, offices close

The workings of government have changed as the pandemic spreads at an unknown rate throughout the nation. Physical participation in Carlton County meetings and whether any County building should be open to the public were two of many public safety... Full story

LISTING: How to access county, court services during pandemic

Local governments have closed many offices to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic and governor's orders, although vital staff continue to work in buildings and from home and can be... Full story

Wright/Cromwell news

This week we have settled into the realization that everything is canceled except grocery shopping, critical medical appointments and emergency travel. At least folks seem to be paying attention and...

Plea: Keep sewer pipes unclogged

Don’t even think about flushing that down the toilet. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District officials warn residents and businesses about the hazards of flushing any products except toilet paper....

Medicare staying put in county

Medicare Cost plans are not going away for 21 counties in the state, including Carlton County. Medicare Cost plans provide additional coverage to help pay for expenses that original Medicare doesn’t cover, and they are administered by private...

Kettle River lights Christmas tree

The Kettle River Christmas tree lights have been turned on again to provide a light of hope during these darkening days of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ma ’n’ Pa Kettle Days committee, with the electrical support of the Federated Co-op of...

Digital age creates eye strain

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home. According to an American Optometric Association’s 2015 survey, 58 percent of adults surveyed have experienced digital eye strain or vision...

Schools await spring sports fate

For now, high school sports and other activities in Minnesota are in a holding pattern. The Minnesota State High School League first shut down all spring sports March 13 through today and now will... Full story

Rodd's Ramblings: Sports ADs keep on in odd times

Sports fans come in all types. They all have at least one thing in common and that is their love for sports. How are sports fans coping with the lack of sports during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Pine... Full story

Harry's Gang: History shows we've endured

Winter started early, with snowstorms over Thanksgiving I wasn’t expecting. No one was, really. Over 2 feet of heavy, wet snow that clogged the streets caused most of us to “shelter in place...

Column: Offering support as we distance ourselves

We all know that a key to our health and well-being in this pandemic is "social distancing." While I can feel totally helpless against an enemy that is invisible, powerful, global and doesn't care a...

Our View: Choose pandemic resources with care

We live in an era of overwhelming information. And you’ve heard it before in this current micro-era of divided politics: Be careful where you get your news. Perhaps you are. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to remain in a comfortable bubble where your... Full story

Letters to the editor: Donate to local relief fund

For more than 60 years, the United Way of Carlton County has been fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in every community in Carlton County. As we collectively navigate our way through these...

Obituary: Robert Thomas Bureau

Robert Thomas Bureau, 69, died from complications from open heart surgery on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on October 17, 1950 in Iron... Full story

Obituaries: Kenneth Vincent Joseph

Kenneth Vincent Joseph, 83, of Findlay, Ohio died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at The Heritage in Findlay. He was born April 27, 1936, in Cloquet to Walter and Ruth (Olson) Joseph. He married... Full story

Obituaries: David E. Myllymaa

David E. Myllymaa Sr., 77, of Cloquet passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born May 20, 1942, to Einar and June (Mullen) Myllymaa in Cloquet.... Full story

Obituaries: Mamie Katherine Seppanen

Mamie Katherine Seppanen, 86, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital Hospice in Duluth. She was born on May 7, 1933, in Kettle River to Peter and Alma (Wimpari) Wiitanen. She married... Full story

Obituaries: Ralph Charles Fairbanks

Ralph Charles Fairbanks, 71, of Sawyer District Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, died Monday, March 23, 2020, in his home.] Ralph was born August 24, 1948, in Cass Lake, the son of William... Full story

Obituaries: Ellen Delores Larsen

Ellen Delores Larsen, 92, of Esko passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born March 10, 1928, in Cloquet to Waino and Impi Johnson. Ellen grew up in... Full story

Death notices

Clinton Robert Hawkinson, 94, of Superior, Wisconsin, and formerly of Scanlon, passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2020 at Twin Ports Health Service in Superior. A private family funeral service will be held March 27. A future celebration and... Full story

1918: A deadly confluence of influenza and forest fire

The following historical account on the flu pandemic in 1918 comes from the Minnesota Historical Society and its MNopedia project that tracks Minnesota history online and includes the history feature...

Former Carlton exchange student says Italy getting by

While news media paint the situation in Italy with COVID-19 as truly dire, a former exchange student thinks the government there is taking the correct actions to turn the tide of infection. Giorgio... Full story

Wrenshall News: Take time out for a Wrenshall trivia puzzler

I figured since most of us are sequestered indoors it might be a good time for some Wrenshall trivia. Since I am “new” to town, having moved here just 20 years ago, I thought I would bring in...

Book reading extraordinaire

Sunnyside Health Care Center resident Arlene Rodd has read 259 books since being admitted. Each month Bella Zago, right, a Cloquet high school senior and public library volunteer, brings Arlene 25...

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