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Confirmed county cases at 88

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Carlton County reached 88 on Wednesday, July 8, an increase of five cases in a week, versus an increase of five cases over the previous three weeks. There... Full story

A primer on facemasks

Matt Mikus and Britta Greene MPR News Gov. Tim Walz told reporters last week that a statewide order requiring all people to wear masks while in public was "on the table" as Minnesota officials weigh... Full story

Former coach charged with sexual assault

A former Carlton teacher and girls basketball coach faces felony charges of criminal sexual conduct stemming from allegations of sexually abusing a prior student more than 20 years ago. Robert Kent...

2 killed in ATV crashes

ATV accidents on July Fourth killed a woman in Barnum Township and a man in Holyoke township. Tricia Jean Lanthier, 47, of Proctor, died of injuries received in the Barnum Township crash, which was likely caused by limited visibility from excessive...

State insulin emergency program is launched

The Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program launched July 1, and will allow Minnesotans in urgent need of insulin (less than a seven-day supply on hand) to access the life-saving drug through their pharmacy. The Insulin Safety Net Program is made up...

Some, but not daily, school time discussed

As schools continue to plan for three possible scenarios for resuming classes in the fall, details continue to emerge. As reported in the Pine Knot News on June 26, state officials told schools to...

Mask debate gets an airing

While the Duluth City Council will vote on a proposal Monday to require people to wear masks in public spaces and gatherings, the Cloquet City Council isn’t quite ready to take that step. Mayor...

Bike biz turns 10

While the Carlton and Jay Cooke State Park area is known for its recreational trails, many people who would like to experience the beauty of these trails by bicycle may not be aware of a great...

Absentee and mail-in ballots offer social distancing option

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the health of people locally and across the country, Carlton County acting auditor/treasurer Kathy Kortuem said both the county and the secretary of state are encouraging people to vote by using... Full story

NorthEastern has big sale Saturday

The NorthEastern Hotel and Saloon will hold its annual Nordlager Club sale from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, on the grounds of the historic hotel and drinking establishment on Dunlap Island (115 St. Louis Ave.) Cloquet. Look for the...

County board live feed is popular

The Carlton County Board has livestreamed its last three meetings and people are tuning in online in larger numbers than normally attend the regular county board meetings. According to the latest online county newsletter, the livestream feature has...

Pair crushes trail speed record

It's high and dry in Idaho. When she felt the humidity here, Brittany Peterson immediately knew she was back home. The Carlton native and elite trail runner was trying to take advantage of a COVID-19...

Wright/Cromwell news

On the Fourth of July, my son Curtis, friend Shirley Goodin and I went to the “compound” at Sherriff Lake (land owned by Sharon Lake’s kids Robin and Eric) to help celebrate Sharon’s...

More county offices open

All Carlton County governmental offices are now open to the public again, although there are numerous restrictions in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All Carlton County offices at the Courthouse, including the assessor and auditor...

Wrenshall News: Keep it moving

I remember when I first learned that my smartphone kept track of the number of steps I took every day. I was sort of creeped out that this piece of technology I carry everywhere was keeping such...

Virtual voice lessons lead to outdoor recital

After spending the last quarter of the spring giving virtual voice lessons, Hamre School of Voice held its classical spring recital on the grounds of the historic Scott House south of Carlton on June 13. It was the first time in 19 years that...

Cloquet Invitational tradition continues

The 89th Cloquet Invitational is on. The golf tournament began Thursday and will run through Sunday at the Cloquet Country Club, weather permitting. Due to the pandemic, the format has changed.... Full story

Ready for a big cut

As his teammates watch, Alex Walther keeps an eye on the ball he's about to crush one evening in late June during bar league slowpitch softball play at Cloquet's Pinehurst Park. The teams play games... Full story

It makes sense that Wrong Days go uninterrupted

While many other summer festivities have gone by the wayside during the coronavirus pandemic, the folks in Wright will hold the small town’s trademark celebration July 17-20. This year’s festivities will mark the 55th annual Wrong Days in...

Harry's Gang: While school is out, jury is out on plans for fall

School districts typically take summer time to clean and repair school facilities, plan for the following school year, and maybe take some time off for vacation. This year, however, many in the...

On The Mark: School made things work

Cromwell-Wright Superintendent/Principal Nathan Libbon reflected recently on his team’s response to the order to close schools and educate from afar this past spring. To me, it sounded incredibly...

Senior offers perspective on school year cut short

“It was the second week of April,” recalled Amber Collman, a senior at Cromwell-Wright High School. They had only a couple of days to decamp and prepare for remote schooling, time that their...

Our View: Do public a favor and wear a mask

The film“Jaws” is a cinematic marvel based on the bestselling book by Peter Benchley. It became a blockbuster summer movie, a classic thriller and it settled Steven Spielberg as one of the industry’s great movie directors. The hit came out in...

Obituaries: M. Margaret Schmidt

M. Margaret Schmidt, 94, of Mahtowa passed away July 6, 2020. She was born June 1, 1926, in Aitkin to Herman and Anna (Hofer) Voller. Margaret graduated from Aitkin High School in 1945. On July 4,... Full story

Obituaries: Audrey Monianne O. Rimolde

Audrey M. Rimolde, 83, of Wrenshall passed away March 21, 2020. She was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Duluth, the daughter of John and Mildred (Wilcox) Ostman. Audrey enjoyed going to rummage sales, working... Full story

Obituaries: Lloyd C. Schmitz

Lloyd C. Schmitz, 83, of Carlton passed away July 3, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Twin Lakes Township, Carlton County, the son of Conrad and Erna... Full story

Carlton County board candidate: Marci Moreland

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I worked for Carlton County for 39-plus years, the last eight years as Carlton County Assessor.... Full story

Rodd's Ramblings: Guardian angels easily outnumber my bypasses

The morning of June 21, Father's Day, broke hot and humid in the Twin Cities. I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law and three of my grandsons. My work quarantine was over and, for the first time...

Cloquet city council candidate: Dave Hallback

Former Cloquet mayor (2014-18) Dave Hallback did not respond to several efforts by Pine Knot News to reach him over the past two... Full story

Carlton County board candidate: Alex French

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A Working as an accountant at Alaspa and Murray provides the opportunity to work with a variety of... Full story

Cloquet city council candidate: Lyz Jaakola

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I am an upstanding citizen of the reservation, city, county, state, country and tribe. I work to... Full story

Cloquet city council candidate: Dennis Painter

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I am a hard working, honest individual that is running for the position of city councilor to... Full story

Carlton County board candidate: Gary Peterson

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I was born and raised on a Carlton County farm where my parents instilled in me the value of hard... Full story

Cloquet library hire is getting the word out

Cloquet's newest librarian, Courtney Dietsche, started her job May 18 when the public library was closed to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic and knee deep in a construction project....

Out In It: 'Just looking' morphs into unexpected camper buy

The entire Baker crew was in Duluth the other day, and, on a whim, we decided to check out some campers. We pulled into Bullyan RV and proceeded to drive through the line of small travel trailers...

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