Esko makes space for fitness, learning

Esko school board members set an open house for the new fitness center for 4-6 p.m. June 10. Expect to see lots of "Esko" and "Sisu" logos decorating the space, located on the south side of the...

Diabetes fundraiser on Monday

The ninth annual Burgers & Bikes & Beer fundraiser hosted by the Sweet Spokes Cycling Team for the American Diabetes Association is 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at The Rendezvous Sports Bar & Grill in Cloquet. Free to attend and open to everyone,... Full story

Signals win the day on Hwy. 33

Roundabouts are off the table, state officials told residents at a May 9 informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 33. The estimated $3.2 million project will include...

Carlton wants to stick with 2025 consolidation

The Carlton school board, fresh from sending a four-day school week proposal to the state for approval, returned to the issue of consolidation with Wrenshall. At Monday’s working session, superintendent Donita Stepan was directed to answer a...

Photos: History made at college graduation

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College included a bit of history as the first bachelor of science degrees for elementary education were handed out in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center May 9....

Business Spotlight: Serenity wellness, Cloquet

Is your digestive system not working the way it should? Do you struggle to lose weight or eliminate daily, get bloated easily, react to certain foods or feel tired and run down? Are your periods a... Full story

Beware I-35 construction

Travelers on Interstate 35 between Hinckley and Duluth should expect traffic delays due to several construction projects this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Drivers will encounter single lane, head-to-head traffic...

Sheriff addresses Moose Lake staffing

A notice on social media last week from the Moose Lake Police Department indicated that the office would no longer be “open on a daily basis.” It was the sort of thing that can cause consternation in a community. In February, the city...

Cloquet teacher earns trip to explore Iceland

Kim Broman has dreamed of a National Geographic-type of adventure ever since becoming a second-grade teacher. This summer, she will fulfill that dream after being awarded a Grosvenor Teacher...

Mosaic art take-and-create kits available

Public libraries in Cloquet, Carlton and Moose Lake will be providing mosaic art take-and-create kits through May. This art experience, created by Chisholm artist Rebekkah Anderson through Diletto, combines the art of storytelling through both...

District celebrates $7 million project

A chance to celebrate roughly $7 million in improvements to the Cromwell-Wright School brought out students and community members Monday. Cromwell graduates Tracey Goranson, 62, Pauly Granholm, 65,...

Township tackles sewer issues, approves apartments

A larger-than-expected pipe helped unjam a planned apartment project being held up by sewer capacity issues in Thomson Township. Josh Evans, an assistant engineer with the township’s contracted engineering company, AE2S, had recommended a halt on...

Korby's Connections: It's kids simply playing

On a bright, sunshiny spring afternoon, my wife and I were assigned to pick up our grandkids after school from Churchill Elementary in Cloquet. The school is within walking distance of home. I... Full story

Obituary: Dr. Roger Erdahl

Former Esko teacher Dr. Roger Erdahl, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a bravely fought battle with brain cancer. He was a loving... Full story

Obituary: Guy McFatridge

Guy Eldon McFatridge, Mizhakii Giizhig, was born May 22, 1962, to John "Danny" and Elaine (DeFoe) McFatridge in Cloquet. He grew up in Cloquet and lived in South Dakota while attending Flandreau... Full story

Death Notices

Keith John Buddish, 66, of Cloquet passed away on May 10, 2024, at his home in Cloquet. A celebration of life for Keith will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. time of sharing memories at Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet,... Full story

Obituary: Carl Jensen

Carl Raymond Jensen, 87, of Carlton passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024. He was born July 3, 1936, in Askov to Raymond and June Jensen. Carl was the second of six children in his family. Carl... Full story

Obituary: Theodore E. Micke

Theodore E. "Ted" Micke, 91, of Cloquet passed away Friday, May 10, 2024, at his home. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Cloquet, the son of Theodore and Albena (Demers) Micke. Ted graduated from Our... Full story

Obituary: Bonnie Jeanne (Tario) Johnson

Bonnie Jeanne Johnson, 78, of North Oaks, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in her home. Bonnie was born and raised in Cloquet by her parents Harold and Mario Tario, graduating from Cloquet High... Full story

Obituary: George H. Olson

George H. Olson, 89, of Mahtowa entered into eternal rest on May 7, 2024, in Duluth. He was born on Aug. 30, 1934, to Herbert and Jennie (Lahti) Olson in Mahtowa. George served in the U.S. Army from... Full story

Obituary: Eleanore Ehmann

Eleanore Agnes Ehmann, 102, passed away peacefully May 7, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in Cloquet to Alexander and Mabel (Brunette) Laveau. Eleanore moved... Full story

Obituary: Marjorie A. Hilman

Marjorie Ann (Seboe)Hilman, 85, of Wrenshall passed away May 8, 2024. She was born in Wrenshall to Gus and Mary Seboe on March 29, 1939, and graduated from Wrenshall High School in 1957. Marjorie was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra... Full story

Letter: Please, put youth before greed

I just finished reading the May 3 edition of the Pine Knot. I reside in Florida now but lived and worked most of my life in Cloquet. I was very disturbed by the business article written by Brady Slater, entitled, “Tribe projects include... Full story

Knot Pining: Binded by the lights

OK, kids — go get your placards and bullhorns and be prepared to shove “OK, Boomer” at me. We live in a world with way too much information. It overwhelms. It freezes us. It rules us. It just makes things so dumbly different. The last time I... Full story

No. 1 Esko remains the team to beat

Defending Minnesota Class AA baseball champion Esko will carry a 15-0 record into a split doubleheader against Pequot Lakes and Moose Lake/Willow River Friday afternoon in Moose Lake. "We defeated... Full story

'Jacks fare well at conference meet

The 2024 Lake Superior Conference was held Tuesday afternoon in Cloquet under blue skies and sunshine, with a bit of an east wind. When the day came to an end, the Cloquet Lumberjacks nabbed first... Full story

Lumberjacks remain on a roll

A big third inning helped send the Cloquet softball team to a 9-1 win over Esko Monday afternoon at Braun Park. The Lumberjacks led just 1-0 entering the bottom of third and then blew the game open...

Raptor could be listed with record strikeouts

The Raptors softball team has submitted paperwork to the state association and national federation for pitcher Abby Mitchell to be enshrined as the state record holder and shared national record... Full story

Wilderness reach out to local players

The Minnesota Wilderness North American Tier 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) team has added 11 players over the last few weeks to its roster for its first season under new ownership. The Wilderness made two selections in the NA3HL draft held April 24 and...

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, May 9 Baseball Hibbing 9 Cloquet 1 Cromwell-Wright 10 Barnum 9 Cherry 11 ML/WR 1 Softball Cloquet 5 Grand Rapids 0 Silver Bay 8 Carlton/Wrenshall 4 ML/WR 8 Aitkin 4 South Ridge 15 MIB 2 Boys Tennis CEC 5 Duluth Denfeld 2 Friday, May 10... Full story

Church Services

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

Photos: A honking good time

The kids kept coming, but you didn't need to see it to notice it. What started as a few scattered horn blasts from big equipment at South Terrace Elementary school in Carlton last Thursday evening,... Full story

Kettle River news

There will be a car show 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Suomalainen Kirkko Cultural Center on Highway 73 and County Road 6 West. The next City council meeting is 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Kettle River Senior center. The next Ma & Pa Kettle...

Wright/Cromwell news

Our sympathies to the family of Dale H. Borchardt, 78, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who died April 16. He was born in Carlton and grew up on the family farm with his brother, and two sisters. He attended...

At age 91, jockey still riding tall

Standing atop a stool, the onetime jockey prepared to climb on board a horse for one of the first times in a long time. "This is when I have my problem," said the 91-year-old Jack Carter, crossing a... Full story

Commissioner reflects on decision to step away

Dick Brenner knows how to win an election. Eight of them, amounting to 32 years on the Carlton County board alone, to go with 17 years as a Cloquet school board member. "I have a philosophy," he...

Aurora awe

Aside from being a great show, the Northern Lights that lit up the world last weekend showed just how a simple change in geography can bring a totally different look to the aurora borealis. There... Full story

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