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Esko woman, boy injured in car vs train accident

An Esko area woman and boy were injured in a car/train collision today. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, at 1:30 PM Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, Carlton County Dispatch received a report of a Car/Train accident on E... Full story

Carlton Holiday Market is here

The idea for a new Carlton Holiday Market grew as organically as the vegetables grown on many farms around Carlton County, according to Emily Fuerste Swanson. From the three original events - the VFW... Full story

Santa coming home for a white Christmas

These are busy days for Kris Kringle in Cloquet, but at least he should feel at home with all the snow turning Carlton County into a winter wonderland. Cloquet's Santa's Home for the Holidays... Full story

Winter roars in, people dig out

The double whammy of winter storms on either side of Thanksgiving Day will surely be remembered by those who endured it. Some were lucky enough to be nestled with friends and family for what turned...

City hires Moose Lake administrator

The city of Cloquet will soon have a new leader at the top, and it’s someone who already knows a lot about the area and the unique challenges and advantages of living in Carlton County. Cloquet...

Tales of tackling the storm

As Minnesotans, of course, you squeeze the bad and the good out of winter weather. The Pine Knot asked readers to send us their storm photos, and they delivered. Most of them are of people...

Cloquet snow days have dwindled

On the bright side, Cloquet students got two extra days for Thanksgiving break due to the weather. On the not-so-bright side, all future snow days will likely have to be made up because the district...

Wrenshall News: Busy times are ahead in Wrenshall area

When I was a kid, my family used to hold weekly meetings to check in on how things were going and what was on the calendar coming up for the week ahead. We’d talk about some highlights from the...

On Faith: Christmas season is not all happiness and light

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. ~ John 1:3-5 As the autumn wanes and gives way to winter we enter a season of dying light....

Wright/Cromwell news

Many area folks attended the memorial service for Harold Maki last week. Missing was his oldest brother Franklin Maki, but I got an email from his niece Mary Soyring, who said that he and his wife...

Enjoy a winter hayride

Lakehead Harvest is putting on a winter hayride for the following two weekends, with hayrides, campfires, concessions and lots of kids’ activities in rural Esko. Cost is $6 for adults and kids ages 12 and younger get in free. Hours are 6-8:30...

Carlton news

The Christmas season is upon us, and I finally finished putting up my Christmas lights. Then the storm came with a vengeance and covered some of the reindeer and trees. I will do my best to clear...

Health notes

Hospital has hotline number Community Memorial Hospital has a new Nurse Hotline number that can be called 24 hours a day if you have health related questions. That number is 218-499-6799. A staff of professional registered nurses will assist...

Cromwell-Wright outlasts Barnum

Michah Pocernich scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, to carry Cromwell-Wright past Barnum in a high school boys basketball game Tuesday night at Barnum High school. The 6-foot-3 senior point... Full story

CEC shuts out North Shore, 11-0

Comprised of girls from Two Harbors, Silver Bay and other areas along the north shore of Lake Superior, the North Shore girls hockey team is known as "the Storm." On Tuesday night the Lumberjacks... Full story

Cardinals overwhelm Bombers

An impressive shutdown defensive effort by the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team helped to propel the Cards to a 76-17 win over the Bombers Monday night in Cromwell. "Our defense is the strength... Full story

Hey Raptors fans! Fill out your surveys

A survey is being designed to determine what Carlton and Wrenshall school district residents will support. On the table is a consolidation with an elementary in Carlton and a high school in... Full story

Our View: A 'thank you' to our public workers

Cops and firefighters are a special breed. When crises erupt, they run into the danger while normal people like us run away and prefer to watch from afar. Public works crews have a similar spirit....

Harry's Gang: Impeachment is a process

There’s so much misinformation over the impeachment proceedings, I thought it might be helpful to explain the process using more common terms and an analogy that should make sense to most of us....

On The Mark: There's a lot to love about wild weather

I admit to being a lifelong winter lover. When voluptuous snow blew down from the north this past weekend, I watched whorls of powder surf off the garage peak. Coming home from the morning walk, I...

Obituaries: Alvin "Bud" and Donna Olean

Donna Olean, 85, of Carlton passed away May 8, 2018 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born Aug. 10, 1932, in Bemidji, the daughter of John and Esther (Pettis) Bachman. Alvin "Bud"... Full story

Bishop Sirba dies at age 59

Diocese of Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec.1, after suffering cardiac arrest on his way to celebrate Mass at St. Rose Church in Proctor. "Bishop Sirba was a role model to all... Full story

Obituaries: Victoria B. Diver

Victoria B. Diver, 68, of Cloquet passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth. She was born Jan. 30, 1951, in Cloquet to Charles and Marie (Pattee)... Full story

Death notices

Glenn Edwin Weber, 81, of Carlton passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 in his home. Private family services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s... Full story

Black friday line

The line of shoppers Friday morning at the L&M Fleet Farm store in Cloquet stretched from the front doors all the way to Doddridge Avenue and down to Eighth Street. L&M staff offered free coffee and...

Nordic ski lessons still open

Ironically, the Nordic ski lesson registration at Spirit Mountain had to be postponed Sunday. The new time to register and get fitted for equipment is 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Register online at; click “programs” and... Full story

A Santa story gone awry

David Tuttle is secretly moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his wife a fur for Christmas. A suspected "other woman," hypnotism, the notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and...

Fond du Lac leaders visit White House for bill signing

Fond du Lac Band chairman Kevin DuPuis and tribal council member Roger Smith were in Washington last week to witness President Donald Trump sign an executive order creating a national task force to...

Many thanks

Sometimes it takes a village. In the case of Cloquet's community Thanksgiving dinner, it takes an army ... of volunteers. They work out of two headquarters: the Cloquet VFW for deliveries, and Zion... Full story

Kids, adults invited to learn about keeping salt out of water at library classes Dec. 9, 18

And just like that, Thanksgiving whizzes by and the holiday season begins. To add to the long list of seasonal happenings such as Bentleyville and holiday plays and visits with Santa, the Carlton... Full story

Pearl Harbor still echoes, 78 years on

Some memories never fade. Don Long remembers the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 like it was yesterday. The Barnum High School 1939 grad had been at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station in Hawaii for about only... Full story

Governor visits cloquet mill

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited the Sappi mill in Cloquet last month for conversation and a tour. Interim Sappi mill manager Tom Radovich said mill leadership wanted to talk to Gov. Walz about forest... Full story

Wanted: Bell ringers

While the Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser runs only through the weeks leading up to Christmas, the proceeds pay for local social services programs for the entire year, according to David... Full story

Photos from readers: Storm leaves behind beauty and fun

Readers sent in photos from the storm and its aftermath, but we ran out of room in the paper. So we are sharing them with you... Full story

Korby's Connections: A big buck tale from another era

Well, deer rifle season has come to a close in Minnesota. For some hunters, it is the conclusion of their most cherished time of the year. Each November, these sharpshooters reminisce about numerous...

WHO cooks for you?

Pine Knot News friend Mike Farmer shared his photo of a barred owl in rural St. Louis County. Farmer said the owls sound like they’re saying “Who cooks for you?” Personally, he... Full story

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