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Living with Covid takes its toll

Covid-19 couldn't happen to us. We were careful. We wore masks. We avoided crowds. We washed our hands incessantly. We carried hand sanitizer everywhere we went. We are homebodies. We only visited... Full story

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County Covid cases still rising rapidly

Carlton County broke another Covid-19 record last week, jumping from a cumulative total of 937 positive cases on Nov. 11 to 1,013 on Nov. 12, an increase of 76 new cases in a day. From Wednesday to... Full story

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The where and how of local testing

There are two types of diagnostic tests in use across Minnesota: PCR tests and antigen tests. PCR — which stands for polymerase chain reaction — tests are the nose-swab tests or the saliva tests... Full story

City offices closed again

As a result of the spike in Covid-19 cases in this area, public access to Cloquet City Hall and other city facilities was suspended starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. The city will still offer all core services, including police, public works, building... Full story

Shutdown 2.0

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday rolled out a new COVID-19 order that prohibits all in-person social gatherings with people outside your household for four weeks. It restricts bar and restaurant service to takeout and delivery. Theaters and gyms must...  Website

Former county attorney has died

Longtime Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler died Monday after falling ill during a trip this fall. Pertler worked for the Carlton County Attorney’s office for more than 23 years, starting as an assistant county attorney under Marv Ketola, and...

No actions after teacher investigation

An investigation sparked by allegations targeting past and present Cloquet school district staff on social media has been completed and will result in no disciplinary action by the district, superintendent Michael Cary told the Pine Knot News on...

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Labor Temple apartments OK'd

With blessings from Cloquet Planning Commission, the city council approved an addition to the Northwoods Credit Union building at 902 Stanley Avenue and a conditional use permit for development of...

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Cafe tosses pie at pandemic

When the state was ordered to shut down in March, the majority of Cloquet's roughly 30 restaurants adapted by offering curbside service. When the lockdown ended, new social distancing regulations...

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Cloquet will pursue new sales tax

Two city recreational facilities could get some much-needed work in a few years if the city of Cloquet is successful at passing a new sales tax. During Tuesday's virtual meeting, Cloquet city...

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Community Thanksgiving coming soon (delivery or pickup only)

In spite of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the annual community Thanksgiving dinner will go on ... in a Covid-conscious way. All meals will be delivered or picked up from this year's home base at the... Full story

Carlton looking at school options

The Carlton school board voted Monday night to hire a company to provide construction cost estimates on transforming South Terrace Elementary into a facility that could serve three more grades, up to grade 8, or serve all students through 12th...

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Submissions sought for literary review

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's English department is calling for submissions to enter in the ninth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the college's annual anthology of creative...

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Wright/Cromwell news

The lucky winner of this year’s quilt made by the Cromwell Area Cardinal Quilters, a patriotic “Quilt of Valor,” is Glenn Solomon, who now lives at Cardinal Court. Congrats to him, and thanks...

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Wrenshall news

The City of Wrenshall is running a wellness challenge in an effort to get community members outside and moving. The idea was conceived in a brainstorming session with the new parks/community...

Police find man who fled jail

On Tuesday, local law enforcement located a man who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center on Friday, Nov. 13. Keith Cochise Bellanger, 33, was being transferred to the secure wing of the facility when he took off on foot from the...

Guilty plea filed in Midway Road crash case

Rodney Drake Scandin Jr., 36, pleaded guilty late last month to five felony charges of criminal vehicular operation, after admitting he had been drinking when he caused a crash that injured five people on Midway Road in late June. According to the...

Library closed again

The Cloquet Public Library closed to the public until further notice on Thursday, Nov. 19 in response to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the region. The library will still offer curbside pickup of requested materials in the lobby as well as kids...

Lighting contest, Bentleyville begin

This Saturday the lights at Bentleyville turn on for driving tours ($10 per car) but the grand Duluth lighting display isn’t the only place showing its Christmas spirit in the Northland. Voting for the Christmas Lighting Challenge also begins...

Light donation accepted for trails

The City of Cloquet has accepted a $225 donation from Brent Smith to pay for the costs of renting a lift to replace the lights on the 2.5K ski trail at Pine Valley. City administrator Tim Peterson said the former ski coach and longtime community...

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Obituaries: Thomas H. Pertler

On Nov. 16, loving husband and father of four Thomas H. Pertler, 56, passed away peacefully with his wife, Jill, by his side holding his hand. Thom was born in June 1964 to Gary and Alayne Pertler.... Full story

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Obituaries: Eleanor (Charon) Johnson

Eleanor (Charon) Johnson, 91, passed away Nov. 13, 2020. She was born Jan. 15, 1929, to Azim and Aurile Charon and lived her entire life in Cloquet. She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1947 and... Full story

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Obituaries: Gail Louise Anderson

Gail Louise Anderson was born in Cloquet on Jan. 16, 1951. She entered heaven's gates on Nov. 8, 2020, surrounded by her family. Gail was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed knitting,... Full story

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Obituaries: Arlene Mae Rodd

Arlene Mae Rodd, 89, of Cloquet passed away on Nov. 16, 2020 at Sunnyside Health Center in Cloquet. She was born to Theodore and Emma (Thorman) Orth in St. Cloud on Feb. 10, 1931. Arlene married... Full story

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Obituaries: Winnifred "Winnie" Jacquelyn Gustafson

Winnifred “Winnie” Jacquelyn Gustafson, 88, of Esko, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in her home. Winnie was born September 14, 1932, in Duluth, MN, to Carl and Laura Sundquist. She... Full story

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Obituaries: Cortland "Corky" James LeeJoice

Cortland "Corky" James LeeJoice, 72, of Esko passed away on Nov. 15, 2020, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born July 10, 1948, in Cloquet to William and Lillian (Pentila) LeeJoice. He... Full story

Death notices

Susan Kay Nagurski Miller, 61, of Cloquet passed away in her home. Visitation: 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet. Masks and social distancing are required. Inurnment... Full story

Guest View: Make sacrifices to help everyone

Rick Breuer is the CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet and wrote this for the Pine Knot News. This is a hard time for all of us. Last spring, many of us prepared for what we thought would be massive numbers of Covid patients. That never...

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Harry's Gang: So-called voter mandates are subject to interpretation

While the latest election was pretty decisive (about 51 percent for Biden, 47.3 percent for Trump), the fact remains that nearly half the voters preferred the Republican candidate over the eventual...

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On the Mark: Companionship of cousins is a blessing

I feel lucky to belong to a huge extended family on both my parents' sides. I'm an "only girl" with two brothers. Our first, second and third cousins have made up for that. I just spent part of a...

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Francy That: Newspapers have another life in novel home projects

As I wrapped my canna lily bulbs in newspaper to prepare them for winter storage, it dawned on me that I have taken the multi-purpose factor of already-read newspapers for granted. We have explored...

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Esko zips past 'Jacks

Esko kept its undefeated volleyball record intact Friday night with a 3-1 win over Cloquet in Esko. The Eskomos took the convincing win by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13 to improve to 8-0. "We... Full story

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Esko drops playoff opener

Usually when a high school football team heads into the playoffs there is renewed hope of the possibility of winning a section championship. Regardless of a team's record, there is always a chance to... Full story

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Bombers sweep diminished Rebels team

In a neighborhood volleyball match up on Thursday, Nov. 12, host Barnum improved its record to 9-1 on the season with a 25-9, 25-8, 25-8 win over Moose Lake/Willow River, which had to scramble... Full story

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Cloquet hangs tough with East

The Cloquet football team couldn't quite overcome a rough start last Wednesday night as they fell on the road to Duluth East 27-22. "They are pretty big up front and we were caught out of position a... Full story

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Bombers bomb Bombers

The Barnum football team rallied hard in the second half of Tuesday night's playoff game vs. Braham, but a 24-8 halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome as the Bombers were beaten 24-16 and... Full story

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History mystery

We have a good lead on the gondola car found on the St. Louis River banks just south of the Interstate 35 bridge. We are fairly sure that the device is used to make hydrological measurements of the...

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Another winter coat

Evergreen trees are white with snow at the Cloquet Forestry Center following two overnight snowfalls of 6 inches or more inside of a week. Some of that snow will be melting as the weather warms the...

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Catch a cache of quilts

Jane Willie and sewing have been acquainted for decades, but her show at Magnolia Café in Carlton is her first foray into exhibiting her fabric creations (aside from various fairs, that is). Growing...

Last chance to comment on wolf plan

People are invited to share their thoughts about wolf management as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources updates the state’s 20-year-old wolf management plan. This public input opportunity is available through today on the wolf plan... Full story

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