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Board moving with and prepping for Covid case rate

Esko school district officials are living the adage that “change is the only constant in life” as they have consistently been adapting protocols this year to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Their newest plan revision, decided on at Monday... Full story


Apartment standoff ends peacefully

A police call Monday for a disturbance at a local apartment building ended well, but only after police and firefighters converged on the building for hours. Nearly a dozen police cars and four fire...

Officer makes first appearance on DWI charges

A Cloquet police officer made his first virtual court appearance Oct. 15 after being arrested for driving while impaired in August. The next court action will take place Nov. 5. Andrew Michael Murray, 34, allegedly crashed his car near 223...


It's official: City chickens are legal

After almost eight years of refusing to allow residents on normal city lots to raise chickens, the Cloquet City Council voted unanimously Monday to do exactly that. The move came after members of the... Full story


Swimming pool is open again

The new motor for the Cloquet Middle School pool is installed and running. Senior Swim and Lap Swim will resume on Monday, Oct. 26, according to Cloquet Community Education. A faulty dehumidifying...


Wright/Cromwell news

Sympathy goes to the family of Brian A. Holte, 40, of Anoka, who passed away Oct. 14 at his home. The preliminary autopsy showed that Brian had an enlarged heart. Send condolences to his mother, Judy...

County airport watchdog wanted

Carlton County is looking for a Carlton County resident to serve on its Airport Commission. The commission reviews the day-to-day maintenance, operations, and construction at both the Moose Lake and Cloquet airports. Commissioners are appointed for...


WRENSHALL NEWS: Teacher earns state award

Wrenshall teacher Molly Kidd has been honored with the K-12 Art Educator of the Year award by Art Educators of Minnesota. The veteran teacher was nominated by Wrenshall's speech language pathologist,...

After long slog, bonding bill is signed

After five special sessions since the regular session ended in May, the Minnesota Legislature last week passed a $1.9 billion bonding bill. It was signed Wednesday by Gov. Tim Walz. The bonding will allow for public works projects across the state,...


Snowy weather brings reminder on road safety

Winter weather has arrived, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation wants drivers to be ready for conditions. Hundreds of snowplow operators work during winter storms to keep road conditions...

County extension members wanted

The Extension Office in Carlton has an opening for a three-year District 1 term starting in 2021. The committee meets five times per year (bi-monthly February-November). If you are interested in getting involved, please call or email the extension...

Tribal college waives its fees

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is among the 30 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State waiving application fees in October for all or part of College Knowledge Month, an annual statewide effort to encourage students to apply to...


Voters choose to cast ballots early

With less than two weeks to go until the Nov. 3 election, almost half of the registered voters in Carlton County have received mail or absentee ballots. As of Friday, Oct. 16, the Carlton County... Full story



Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber Q If elected, what is your top priority... Full story


Voter Guide: U.S. SENATE

Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. U.S. Sen Tina Smith Q If elected, what is your top priority for... Full story

Voter Guide: Minnesota Supreme Court

Editor’s note: The following questions and answers were facilitated by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for its member newspapers. Michelle MacDonald Why do you want to be a judge? What are your personal priorities? I have witnessed an... Full story

Find more local Voter Guide stories

Find more local Voter Guide stories by clicking on the Elections 2020 tab at the top of the page. We have candidate profiles from all of the contested local school board, municipal, township and county elections. Or stop by our office at 122 Avenue...


Obituaries: Gladys "Gladie" Mae (Peterson) DeVriendt

Gladys “Gladie” Mae (Peterson) DeVriendt, 82, passed away at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton on Oct. 22, 2020 with family by her side. She was born October 28, 1937 in Saginaw, and raised on... Full story


Obituaries: Dianne (Stevens) Johnson

Dianne (Stevens) Johnson, 87, of Cloquet passed away on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Feb. 23, 1933 in Cloquet to Joe and Marjorie (Sheff) Stevens... Full story

Death Notices

Loren Miles, 78, of Esko went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Services were held Oct. 19 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, with Military Honors accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor... Full story

Letter: Flag wavers are there for a reason

Every Friday a group of us Trump supporters have been having a sign wave, rain or shine, on Highway 33 in Cloquet. Why? Because we believe in the Second Amendment, the police and law and order, the military and veterans, the flag (we kneel for the... Full story


Harry's Gang: Don't dismiss the value of choosing your judges

Seven of the area’s judges are on the ballot this year, running for re-election for six-year terms. There are no contested elections this year in our area. Every incumbent judge is running... Full story

Letter: Choose hope

Anyone else tired of fear? As if there weren’t enough things in this world trying to kill us and divide humanity, there had to be another added. And this one, during its infancy, has killed plenty. I pray they all rest in peace. There has been a... Full story

Letter: Brenner's done 28 years of good works

Dick Brenner has served the District 1 of Carlton County as commissioner for 28 years. We have known Mr. Brenner for all of those years and recognize his positive contributions to the county, school district, environment and public health.... Full story

Letter: Vote to end the spending frenzy

I was reading a book one day and came across a quote. It pointed the way the United States is heading with all the government giveaways and its trying to help everyone. “A democracy could only exist until the voters discover that they can vote... Full story

Letter: Is it fear mongering or just plain reality?

In response to last week’s letter “Say no to political fear mongering,” I — as the flyer author and co-host of the event of which she spoke — feel compelled to respond to what I see as a personal attack on Minnesota House District 11A... Full story

Letter: Rarick is a true citizen statesman

Jason Rarick should be returned to the Minnesota State Senate, District 11, on Nov. 3. District 11 includes all of Carlton and Pine counties, the eastern half of Kanabec County and four precincts in southwestern St. Louis County. The senator served... Full story

Letter: Brenner deserves support in county

As Election Day fast approaches, we have a number of very important decisions to make. One is close to home, right here in Carlton County. I submit to the community that Dick Brenner has earned the right to be re-elected as our District 1... Full story

Letter: Vote for Michelle Lee

I support Michelle Lee for Senate District 11 and will be casting my vote for her. I encourage everyone to do the same. My fundamental reasoning concerns who she is, and who her opponent is. Michelle Lee is endorsed by the vast majority of unions,... Full story

Our view: Election voices easily heard in 2020

Candidates for public office participated in a forum this Wednesday night, organized by the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by our little newspaper along with WKLK Radio and CAT-7 (which will be soon operated by Pine Knot News, but... Full story


'Jacks see a strange season end

The Section 7AA cross country meet in Princeton last Thursday was a unique experience for the many veteran varsity runners on the Cloquet High School boys and girls cross country teams this year.... Full story


'Jacks return to section title game

A smothering defense and an opportunistic offense was just what the Cloquet girls soccer team needed on a cold, snowy and blustery Monday night in Proctor. The Lumberjacks used the combination of... Full story


Rebels rumble to win against Eskomos

The Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels rode the strong legs of sophomore running back Jackson Thompson to an impressive and competitive 34-21 early season win at Esko last Thursday afternoon. "Jackson... Full story


CEC Boys Soccer lose in stunning season ender

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team was stunned in the second round of the Section 7A boys soccer tournament Thursday night, losing 1-0 to Duluth Denfeld, a team they beat 11-0 a month ago.... Full story


Lumberjacks steamroll Hibbing

Midway through the first quarter of Friday's football game between Cloquet and Hibbing, it became pretty obvious that the Lumberjacks had superior talent on the field. By the end of the quarter the... Full story

The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Friday, Oct. 16 Football South Ridge 44 Northeast Range 0 Connor Bushbaum had a huge night for the Panthers by rushing for 219 yards on 18 carries and he also added three rushing touchdowns in leading South Ridge to the win in the District 9 Blue... Full story


Sports cards have dual values

My favorite baseball idol died recently. Joe Morgan was a Hall of Fame second baseman for my hometown Cincinnati Reds. During the 1970s, Morgan won Most Valuable Player awards in 1975 and 1976. The... Full story


History Mysteries

Here is our first entry in the new History Mysteries feature. Northeastern Saloon and Hotel owner Bert Whittington shared this old-time photo with the Pine Knot News. Whittington said he bought the...


Carlton happenings

Happy Halloween to everyone. The Carlton Chamber members and area businesses will be coming together to put on the outdoor “Downtown Carlton Trick or Treat” event 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31....


Early snow mutes fall color

A snowy week in mid-October falls low on a list of strange things to happen in 2020. Nonetheless, there it was last weekend and in two spurts this week, snow squalls leaving a world of white two...


An early snow? why not?

What's a little snow in mid-October in the crazy year 2020 has been, huh? Reports of 3 to 6 inches of snow in Carlton County were recorded by National Weather Service spotters Wednesday after snow...

Hunting licenses taking some time

Anyone buying a license online from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — especially licenses with application deadlines — should be aware they may need to give themselves some extra time to verify their name in the electronic...

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