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District: Mascot rights unclear

The Cloquet school district has a mystery it needs solved: Who really created the school's ubiquitous grizzled lumberjack mascot logo? The subject came up as part of a discussion over rights to the...

Credit union leader to retire

Members Cooperative Credit Union has announced that Tammy Heikkinen will be retiring as president and CEO of the credit union. Heikkinen, who has been with MCCU since 1978 and in her current role...

Districts move closer on consolidation

Things are back on track for the school consolidation moves by the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts after the Wrenshall board held a special school board meeting at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21....

Accuracy

In the Feb. 21 editorial, “As lacrosse makes inroads, stay tuned,” the Pine Knot incorrectly stated that the Cloquet school board was “less than receptive” to the idea of making lacrosse a school-sponsored sport. We apologize for the error....

Carlton County Emergency Medical Services awards

The annual Carlton County Emergency Medical Services awards were presented at the Carlton County board meeting Monday. EMS chairman Steve Trenhill presented Andrea Peterson, left, of Mercy Ambulance...

Weakened tobacco ordinance passes

After deleting several portions of the tobacco ordinance that passed in December, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a reduced version of the ordinance with a May 1 enforcement date. The ban on the sale of all tobacco...

Mock trial team takes case to state

Is the defendant guilty or innocent of murder, after allegedly selling oxycodone pills to a man who later died of an apparent opiod overdose? The Cloquet high school mock trial team is taking its...

Preparations made for Tuesday primary

While Tuesday, March 3 is the day set aside for voting in Minnesota’s first presidential primary in decades, some residents are ahead of the game. According to the Carlton County auditor’s...

Kettle River lands spot in documentary

Kettle River is the only small town in Carlton County to be featured on the WDSE documentary, "This Town," to be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2 on the Duluth station. Three other northern...

Students capture work of SWCD land practices

Esko High School students partnered with the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District to create six videos highlighting conservation programs. The competition addressed the challenges of...

Caucus is alive and well for county's party faithful

Tuesday's Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor party caucus meetings were substantially more subdued than the last time presidential candidates were on the ballot. Local party leaders on both sides...

Wright/Cromwell news

To all those folks born on Feb. 29, a very special Happy Birthday to you this year. Congratulations to Paul Johnson and Lorraine Guentzel who were crowned the Valentine’s Day King and Queen at the...

Finn news

Winters can be snowy, cold and gloomy in the Northland. But March usually comes with signs of spring and new life. March is also the month we Finnish-Americans celebrate St. Urho’s Day. March 16 is...

Montano gets life in murder case

A 34-year-old Bayfield man who was found guilty of murder and attempted murder last month was sentenced to life in prison Monday in Sixth District Carlton County Court. In January, a jury found James Francis Montano guilty on all three of the...

Food fair coming to Fond du Lac

The second annual Local Food Fair will take place 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This free, family-friendly event brings together local farmers, bakers, and other food producers to sell their...

Rodd's Ramblings: In a word: Teammates

This past week the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team provided the Pine Knot News area with an abundance of emotional moments, from winning a section championship for the first time in 11 years... Full story

'Jacks take wild state ride

The thrilling ride by the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team finally came to a close Saturday in a 6-0 loss to Breck in the championship game of the Minnesota State Class A Girls Hockey...

Awards and accolades close out spectacular season

In a season where they set a school record for wins and ended as the runners-up in the Minnesota State Class A Girls Hockey Tournament, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks found themselves in... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 20 Boys Basketball Cherry-86 Wrenshall-72 Randy Wimmer poured in 26 points and Hunter Holmes added 20 for the Wrens, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigers nine-point halftime lead. Also scoring for Wrenshall were Austin Larva... Full story

Injury-plagued wrestlers make the best of a trying season

The Cloquet-Esko- Carlton wrestling team wrapped up its season at the individual section tournament Feb. 22 in Mora. CEC had four place-winners but were unable to place a wrestler in the top two to qualify for the state tournament. This year’s... Full story

Cromwell-Wright leads the pack into playoffs

The Cardinals girls basketball team is poised to make a deep run into the 2020 girls section playoffs as action begins this week. Cromwell-Wright has been one of the top teams in Class A over the past half dozen years and are, once again, the top... Full story

Wilderness aims for late surge as season ebbs

With only 12 games remaining in the regular season schedule, the Minnesota Wilderness are hoping for a last season push to put themselves into the Central Division playoffs and the battle for the Robertson Cup. The Cloquet-based North American... Full story

Stop the consolidation tax merry-go-round

After three failed referendums in Wrenshall school district — the last one by a larger majority than the previous — School Perceptions survey results are in: showing 80 percent in favor of consolidation of the two failing school districts. This...

Our View: Pine Valley Regional Park sounds good

Although there are some of us who'd love to keep Pine Valley our own little secret, it's too much of a good thing not to willingly share with the world. Which is why we applaud efforts by Tim Krohn,...

Harry's Gang: Can anyone find the middle?

It’s fun to strategize the run for President. On one hand, we have an incumbent who is wildly popular with his base supporters, and intensely reviled by others. On the other hand, we have a group...

Obituaries: Christel Connor

Christel Connor, former longtime resident of Wrenshall, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2020, while residing in Stockton, California. Christel was born May 5, 1922, in Krames, Germany and was... Full story

Death Notices

William “Bill” Compo, 79, of Esko passed away on Feb. 5, 2020, of natural causes. In accordance with his wishes, no services were held. The family thanks all for their prayers and cards. Jean B. Houle, 89, of Superior, Wisconsin passed away... Full story

Obituaries: Mildred Miller

Mildred "Millie" Miller, 83, of Cloquet went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. She was born April 28, 1936, in Johnstown, New York to George and Mildred... Full story

Carlton court

Carlton crowned Sawyer Thorman and Brynne Mickle as homecoming king and queen following Friday's home basketball game. Members of the court include Ava Bujold Grondahl, Ben Soderstrom, Isabella...

Korby's Connections: Pollinator seminar had a buzz

Married for 38 years, it was a bit of a surprise when my spouse told me that I should go and learn more about the birds and the bees - bees in particular. So, I attended the Northeast Minnesota Bee...

Pine Knot outdoors: With winter waning, finding solace in the spear shack

The bitter northeast wind relentlessly reshaped the landscape, shifting and sculpting dunes of snow across the expanse of the lake. I pulled hard against the heavy door separating me and my warmth...

As ice shacks go, so should litter

Cigarette butts. Propane canisters. Cans, bags and bottles – some full of human waste. Blocking materials. Fish carcasses. Those are some of the items that make up the long list of litter conservation officers have found out on the ice. Litter is...

Deer feeding ban includes Carlton

To help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adjusting bans on the feeding of deer in certain parts of the state. Early this week, Carlton County was added to the DNR’s list of counties...

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