Homeless youth: 'They're hiding in plain sight'

She just couldn't take it anymore. Life at home was not good. "The family dynamic was not safe," said Cat, a high school senior. Her friends could see it, a few encouraged her to move out. "They... Full story

Carlton County: State sings recorder's praises

One of Carlton County's longest-serving employees received statewide recognition last week for her exemplary work in the recorder's office. Kristine Basilici, Carlton County recorder and registrar of...

CAFD receives bulletproof vests

After the Cloquet Area Fire District opened its February meeting with a moment of silence for fallen first responders in Burnsville, CAFD board members unanimously accepted a donation of 12...

Charge: Railroad spike used in assault

Authorities in Carlton County Sixth District Court charged a 37-year-old Carlton man with attempted murder Feb. 23, two days after he allegedly attacked another resident in a local halfway house using a weapon made with a railroad spike. Jacob...

Carlton County court dispositions

Court dispositions are public records submitted by the Sixth District Court in Carlton County. The Pine Knot News lists felony and gross misdemeanor convictions. OCT. 17, 2023 Anderson, Victoria Bernice, 32, Foxboro, Wisconsin, felony assault...

Cloquet school district expects $2 million in cuts for next year

The Cloquet school district needs to make roughly $2 million in cuts for the next school year, officials said at Monday’s school board meeting. That’s a lot, even for a budget that is fast approaching $35 million a year. But the news is not as...

MN Supreme Court denies appeal

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Sheldon Thompson to reverse his murder convictions and grant him a new trial. Thompson, of Cloquet and Fond du Lac, was accused and found guilty of brutally killing his pregnant girlfriend,...

Boards delay joint session

Joint meetings of the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards that had been scheduled to commence the first Monday in March have been put on hold. Instead, the smaller consolidation committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the boardroom at Carlton High...

Presidential primary is Tuesday

Minnesotans will vote in the presidential primary Tuesday, joining a cluster of states and territories in what’s known as Super Tuesday. Democratic President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are favored in their respective primaries....

Delta delivers dental health kits

February was Children’s Dental Health Month in Minnesota. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation delivered more than 50,000 dental health kits and educational materials to first-graders across the state through its Smiles@School program. Schools...

Minnesota is part of Super Tuesday voting

Minnesota is among a cluster of states and territories holding presidential nominating contests in the main multistate voting event of the 2024 primary campaign. For that reason, it’s called Super Tuesday. Democratic President Joe Biden and...  Website

Obituary: Rodney Allen Niskanen

Rodney Allen Niskanen, 75, of Floodwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Colorado Springs. He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Duluth, to Leo and Lila (Marsyla) Niskanen. He graduated from... Full story

Obituary: Sharon Faye Baker

Sharon Faye Baker, 85, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet. Sharon was born on Feb. 13, 1939, to Alcide and Murel... Full story

Obituary: Ruth Marie Sharratt

Ruth Marie Sharratt, age 84, of Carlton, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born March 10, 1939, to Clifford and Amy (Nordell) Hansen in... Full story

Obituary: Shirley Ann Hanson

Shirley Ann Hanson passed away at her home in Cloquet on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the age of 78. Shirley was born on July 31, 1945, to Lawrence and Lillja (Niemi) Pettit in Carlton, Minnesota.... Full story

Obituary: Marchand Collette Jackson

Marchand C. Jackson, 69, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly Feb. 19, 2024, at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1954, in Duluth, the daughter of John and Doreen (Markham) Jackson. Marchand was a 1974... Full story

Obituary: Charles Franklin "Frank" Liupakka

Charles Franklin "Frank" Liupakka, 81, of Esko passed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, at Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center in... Full story

Obituary: Shawn S. McKay

Shawn S. McKay, 52, passed away at his home in McGrath on Feb. 16, 2024. He was born May 25, 1971, in Little Falls, and grew up in Meadowlands, graduating from Meadowlands-Toivola High School in... Full story

Death notices

Chad Stephan Gustafson, 39, passed away Feb. 18, 2024. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service on March 9 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 Fifth St. in... Full story

Obituary: Marc Allen Jacob Owen Raihala

Marc Allen Jacob Owen Raihala, 93, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024. He was born December 13, 1930 to M.W. "Bill" Raihala and Lillian (Isojoki) Raihala of Floodwood. He married Marion Delores... Full story

Notes From the Small Pond: Us

We’re stuck with each other. All of us. All of us Trumpsters and all of us Biden-Buddies and everyone wishing there was some sane Other Option and all of us Christians and all us Muslims and all... Full story

Wrenshall students write on issues

Wrenshall High School English teacher Ted Conover said students in his College in the Schools composition course were eager to add to local discourse. So they revised and shortened their long-form problem-solution essays on local issues into... Full story

Letter to the Editor: An overdue thank-you

Patty and I would like to thank the moms and dads, grammas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, school officials, coaches and past coaches and the many boys basketball players from the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, past and present, for all the enjoyment... Full story

Letter to the Editor: Townships could have been the difference

On Feb. 14, after a previous public hearing and discussion, the city council of Moose Lake voted to contract with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement protection for the residents of Moose Lake. It was not a decision... Full story

Our View: Townships show us democracy at home

George Bernard Shaw was riffing on Thomas Jefferson when he once wrote: “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.” Are we deserving? There is one way you might answer that question this month. You can... Full story

Cloquet bounces into 7AAA semifinals

Meeting for the third time this season Wednesday night, Cloquet dispatched Hibbing with ease, 56-20, in the quarterfinals of the Section 7AAA tournament. The Lumberjacks will move on to play in the... Full story

Two Lumberjacks enter State meet

Two Lumberjack wrestlers qualified for the state boys wrestling tournament this week in St. Paul: freshman Aiden Theisen and senior Warren Heitala. Theisen will make his second straight state... Full story

'A' dream is dashed

A slow start proved too much to overcome for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team Saturday night. Playing in the semifinals of the Section 7A playoffs, the Lumberjacks fell behind early,... Full story

Raptors feed off crowd, drop Cards

Playing in the Carlton gym for the only time this season Friday, the Raptors defeated Cromwell-Wright 80-72 in a homecoming tour de force. "I was pretty nervous going into the game," said Shawn... Full story

Catch some volleyball

The Northern Revival 18s were back in action on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire volleyball tournament. The Revival went 5-0 on the day to take home the Gold championship.... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 22 Boys Basketball Cloquet 72 Grand Rapids 63 Girls Basketball Fond du Lac Ojibwe 61 Silver Bay 46 Cherry 65 Carlton/Wrenshall 41 Braham 93 Barnum 42 Cromwell-Wright 68 Floodwood 27 Cloquet 58 Hibbing 27 Friday, Feb. 23 Boys... Full story

Team drops to fourth

The Minnesota Wilderness dropped into fourth place in the eight-team Midwest Division last weekend, after losing a pair of home games to the Janesville Jets, 3-1 on Feb. 23 and 7-5 on Sunday. Five players scored for the Wilderness in the second... Full story

Girls Basketball Playoffs updates, first round

CLASS A Floodwood vs Carlton/Wrenshall, 43-30 South Ridge vs Silver Bay, 87-61 - South Ridge will play Floodwood at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Esko Cromwell-Wright 82, Fond du Lac 24 - Cromwell-Wright plays Hill City at 11 a.m. Saturday, March... Full story

Church Services

Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] www.esko-apostolic.org Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all ages 11 a.m. coffee & fellowship Services... Full story

Mojakka cookoff coming soon

Two national traditions will combine Sunday, March 17 at Cloquet's historic NorthEastern Hotel and Saloon, as area cooks show off their best Finnish soups, all washed down with the buyer's choice of... Full story

Scouts get a taste of the Beargrease

A lack of snow didn't hamper the Scouts Saturday, as troops from around the Northland converged on the Cloquet Forestry Center for the annual Beargrease Derby, formerly known as the Klondike Derby....

Wright/Cromwell news

The Minnesota primary is March 5, so ballots need to arrive at the courthouse before that date. Remember, you can’t split your vote, and you need a witness to sign your ballot. Eagle Township...

On The Farm: Organic farmers gather

The path to healthy food systems is a convergence of many tracks beaten by Indigenous elders, ambitious innovators, eager youth, and patient visionaries. Midwest farmers are in the vanguard with...

Business Spotlight: Creating space at The Nest in Cloquet

We practice yoga for many reasons. Some of us come to the mat to find a community connection. Some people come for the strengthening and balance that yoga provides, while others come for help with... Full story

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