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Teens are focus in vaccination push

Gov. Tim Walz toured a Covid-19 testing site in Duluth last Thursday morning — one of more than a dozen community testing sites around the state. He said officials were getting ready to announce an additional expansion of testing capacity around... Full story

Covid cases still on the rise

Numbers of cases and deaths continue to rise in Carlton County with 23 cases on Oct. 18 and a seven-day average of 20. Overall, the county continues at a heightened infection rate, but case numbers fluctuate daily. On Oct. 8, 40 new cases were... Full story

Wrenshall School Board makes another pick to fill open seat

The Wrenshall school board completed its do-over on the appointment of a new school board member last week. Eight candidates applied for the spot, including Ben Johnson, Karola Dalen, Cindy Bourn,...

Old game for a new generation

The field across the street from Holy Family Church on the Fond du Lac Reservation was busy Saturday, filled with modern people practicing a very old game in the same place their ancestors played... Full story

Photo studio owner inspired by place

One of Amy Louhela's favorite places is Jay Cooke State Park, and that is often the setting for her clients at Amy Louhela Photography. "I go to Jay Cooke every day," said Louhela in an interview in...

Police promotions in the spotlight

Cloquet City Council chambers were packed Tuesday, not with irate citizens, but with proud parents, spouses and children. In a followup to the oath of office for officers hired during the pandemic... Full story

3 dead in apparent murder-suicide

Investigators are still working to figure out exactly what happened last weekend, when a father and his grown son were shot and killed at a home in Culver township by the son's best friend, who later...

Board will vote Monday on new mask mandate

As Covid case counts continue to rise here, Carlton County commissioners say they will vote on a mask mandate at the board meeting Monday, Oct. 25. The mandate would apply to public spaces inside county buildings, not the county as a whole, and is...

Driver dead after semi crash

A semi-truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene after his truck rolled into a ditch on Highway 210 just after 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, 49-year-old Dallas Clinton McCloud of Baudette, Minnesota,... Full story

Lake Country Power seeks Community Award applications

Lake Country Power is seeking applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award. Any nonprofit organization that has helped make northern Minnesota a better place to live and work through its community service is eligible for the $500 cash... Full story

New surgery center coming

St. Luke’s and Gateway Clinic are partnering on a multi-million dollar project that will bring more healthcare resources to people who live in the Moose Lake area. On Wednesday, the two groups announced a partnership to build Northern Lakes...

Obituaries: Douglas John Plante

Douglas John Plante, 59, of Cloquet, with care and grace, ended his battle with cancer on Oct. 16, 2021. Doug was born on Sept. 27,1962, in Dayton, Ohio to Kenneth and Sharon (Thompson) Plante. Doug... Full story

Obituaries: Brandon Allen Blacketter

Brandon Allen Blacketter, 24, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. He was born March 5, 1997, to Brad “Raff” and Melanie “Mel” (Rabideaux) Blacketter in Cloquet. Brandon graduated... Full story

Obituaries: Dorothy Jean (Gulbrandson) Carlson

Dorothy Jean (Gulbrandson) Carlson, 90, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Dorothy was born Oct. 23, 1930, to Harold and Sybil (McCulloch) Gulbrandson in Cloquet. She graduated from Cloquet High... Full story

Harry's gang: Let's slow the roar on Esko snowmobile trails

Nothing sounds more like winter in the modern age than the roar of snowmobiles racing across town, engines revving, maybe a long line of enthusiasts following close behind. You just don’t hear that... Full story

From the editor: Nonprofit expands reach toward preventing addiction

Although its roots are in mentoring, Cloquet's nonprofit REACH organization has been evolving to meet community needs from the beginning. A $920,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human... Full story


My wife was in California for a week, so I turned on the TV and watched all the stuff I'd been hoarding - a sickening amount sports, including UFC - which isn't really allowed when she's around...

Our View: Speak up on schools, Carlton residents

It’s not a done deal. That was the rally cry from Carlton school board members Monday night when it comes to the possible closure of the district’s high school and the continuing talks about a tuition agreement allowing ninth- through...

At 20-6, Cloquet looks to keep rolling

Five words - "we're excited for the playoffs" - shows the excitement and kind of season the Cloquet volleyball team has had thus far. With a gaudy 20-6 record, the Lumberjacks are in rarified air... Full story

Statebound! CEC boys find redemption

Brothers Jordan Aultman scored twice and Elijah Aultman once as the Lumberjacks defeated top-seeded Denfeld 3-2 in the Section 7AA championship Tuesday night. Winning was sweet revenge for No. 3 seed... Full story

Girls get another - with state in the offing

When the Lumberjacks won their second straight Section 7A title a year ago, it was bittersweet. Thanks to Covid-19 guidelines, there was no state tournament, so the victory left the Cloquet players... Full story

Korby's Connections: He captured more than Kirby's homerun ball

Do you remember where you were the evening of Oct. 26, 1991 - 30 years ago? If I tell you it was the night that Twins baseball player Kirby Puckett hit a home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to... Full story

Top seed Esko girls are stunned

The top-seeded Esko girls soccer team shut out Two Harbors 2-0 in the Section 7A quarterfinals last Wednesday, but came up short in the semifinal game Saturday. The Eskomos fell to No. 4 seed Legacy... Full story

Race is on leading to sections

The end of the high school cross country season is on the horizon. On Tuesday night all six local teams participated in the Proctor Lions cross country meet in an effort to show how far they've come... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Oct. 14 Volleyball Wrenshall-3 Two Harbors-0 Duluth East-3 Esko-0 Grand Rapids-3 Cloquet-0 Barnum-3 Cherry-1 Cromwell-Wright-3 Bigfork-0 South Ridge-3 McGregor-0 Boys soccer CEC-2 Grand Rapids-0 Girls soccer Cloquet-Carlton-2 Duluth... Full story

Sports Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 26 Girls swimming CEC at Lincoln Park Middle School, 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Oct. 30, Nov. 4-5 Football Sections TBD Oct. 26-28, Nov. 3-6 Soccer Boys and girls Class AA state tournament Thursday, Oct. 28 cross Country Section 7A and 7AA meets... Full story

Theater has second take on outdoor spookiness

Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic drove the County Seat Theater Company's annual Halloween show outdoors. With rave reviews, the theater will offer a parking lot show again this year. The Halloween... Full story

Wright/Cromwell news

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 23. The event runs locally 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cromwell Fire Hall. Participants may dispose of prescription drugs with or without the...

Area Haunts this Halloween Season

Haunted Hawthorne This 10-minute walk-through maze at 827 Hawthorne St. in Cloquet returns for another year. There’s candy at the end and you can buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a T-shirt. It’s free, and donations are accepted. Do the haunt 7-10...

Pumpkin run returns Saturday

After holding the event virtually last year, the popular Pumpkin 5K Run & Walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Certified and validated by USA Track... Full story

Globetrotter finds herself down under

Kirsti Hakala Assendelft has moved quite a bit since graduating from Cloquet High School in 2005. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and now finds herself putting down roots in Australia. Cloquet has... Full story

Where were you during '91 blizzard?

The Pine Knot News is wondering about our readers’ experiences when it comes to the most infamous of storms in modern Minnesota history: the 1991 Halloween blizzard. While Carlton County didn’t get hit as hard as Duluth or parts of southern... Full story

Field notes: Deer season looks fairly normal

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season, which opens Nov. 6. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers report favorable weather so far this year, and good opportunities to harvest... Full story

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