Flood warning issued for St. Louis River at Scanlon
The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a flood warning for the St. Louis River at Scanon until 1 p.m. Wednesday. Moderate flooding is forecast. At 10.5 feet, minor flooding occurs near... Full story
New Essentia clinic readied for Cloquet debut
Essentia Health will open its new Cloquet clinic and urgent care on May 16 at 1413 Highway 33 South, across from Bergquist Imports and south of the credit union. "We know that there is an unmet need...
New Wine presents new musical
New Wine is back and better than ever, with 7 p.m. performances of "Bright Star" running nightly (beginning Wednesday) through Sunday, May 15 at Zion Lutheran Church. Featuring a toe-tapping... Full story
Animal disease stirs debate
Chronic wasting disease is spreading in deer farms and, to a lesser extent, among wild deer in Minnesota and across the country. While there has been no CWD documented in Carlton County, a positive... Full story
Fire crew loses dog
Cloquet Area Fire District firefighters lost more than an arson detection dog when K-9 Wish was euthanized Monday, they lost a friend. A mix of golden retriever and Labrador, Wish had been with the...
Cloquet targeted for spongy (gypsy) moth treatments
Cloquet is one of four northeastern Minnesota sites slated for treatment of spongy (gypsy) moth infestations this summer. The four proposed treatment areas include approximately 75 acres in the city...
'Thanks for being yellow' is new catchphrase
Bridget Peterson, a media specialist at the schools in Esko, held a door open for two elementary students on Tuesday. One of them said: "Thank you for being yellow." Peterson beamed. "That was so...
Forestry center featured in National Geographic
The Cloquet Forestry Center has hit the big time. Well, it really has already made a name for itself in scientific circles. Researchers there are always happy to share what they are working on and... Full story
Enrollment fluctuations trigger budget changes
Cloquet school district officials have some challenges on their hands in planning for the next few school years, thanks to a “bubble” of large classes that will be entering the high school and...
Board looks ahead to 2023 budget, revenues
Carlton County commissioners got a taste of some of the challenges they will face in crafting a budget for 2023 at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Fuel costs are at $4 and rising,” said county coordinator Dennis Genereau. “The rise of gas and...
Book battle goes extra rounds
When a contest needs triple overtime to determine a winner, it's usually been well-played and exciting for everyone, and maybe a little luck was involved. That's exactly what happened last Friday...
Seniors soak up a bonanza in scholarships
Esko students, from kindergarteners to the senior class, have a lot to be proud of, according to school principals and superintendent Aaron Fischer. High school principal Greg Hexum reported to the Esko school board at its meeting Monday that high...
No Mow May Is Here
Carlton County commissioners voted last month to support a "No Mow May" to help bees and other pollinators, as they are struggling with habitat loss, neonicotinoid use, pathogens and parasites. By...
Road work approved
The Thomson Township board of supervisors approved crack sealing and restriping for both the town hall building parking lot and the fire department’s parking lot, along with other roads throughout the township, during their meeting Thursday, May...
Bookmobile ready to roll in area
The Arrowhead Library System’s bookmobile will make the rounds in the area soon: • Esko, 10:15-10:45 a.m. at Northwood United Methodist Church June 20 • Proctor, 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Rose Church May 26, June 16 -Proctor, 2-2:45 p.m. at...
Obituary: Edward Erick Karjala
Edward Erick Karjala, 67, of Cloquet passed away peacefully surrounded by family May 5, 2022 at the age of 67. He was born May 7, 1954, the beloved son of Blanche Mae and Edward William Karjala. He had a passion for music and was an exceptional... Full story
Obituary: Thomas Michael Flynn
Thomas “Tom” Flynn, 85, of Cloquet passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at Diamond Willow. He was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Cloquet, the son of William and Irene (Bodway) Flynn. Tom graduated from... Full story
Obituary: Colleen Dennie
Colleen Dennie, 72, of Duluth passed away in her home May 6, 2022, with her husband Mitchell by her side. She was born Jan. 14, 1950, the daughter of Raymond and Sira (Strand) Gray. Colleen attended... Full story
Obituary: Roy William Bohren
Roy William Bohren, 92, of Duluth died Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. He was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Cloquet to Fred and Aili Bohren. He was raised in Esko and graduated from... Full story
Obituary: John David Clawson
On Dec. 27, 2021, John David Clawson, loving husband and father of five children, passed from this earth into the arms of Jesus at age 87. John was born on Aug. 28, 1934, to Ray and Daisy (Shroyer)... Full story
Obituary: Joseph W. Puckett
Joseph W. Puckett, 83, of Duluth passed away May 5, 2022, in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1939, the son of LeRoy (“Roy”) and Elma Puckett (Vanguilder) Puckett. Joe attended school... Full story
Obituary: Robert Henry Botz
Robert Henry Botz, 89, of Cloquet passed from this world peacefully Nov. 27, 2021, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives with kindest and loving care.... Full story
On The Mark: Music is elixir for gray spring days
It’s been a chilly, damp, dark stretch, from early March through April. The beautiful winter ice for skating melted months ago. Snow for skiing disappeared in bits and drabs. Purple finch and...
Letters To The Editor: Vote for a thoughtful candidate
I was appalled to read that Jeff Dotseth is campaigning on his support for “Stand Your Ground” laws. After this past winter’s local experience of a citizen being severely injured in a road rage incident, it should be clear to all that... Full story
Our View: Kindness can win every time
There’s a lot to be questioned when it comes to the human capacity for kindness. There is much to consider in world events and politics, especially if you follow too closely on social media. It makes one wonder what kindness in your own sphere...
Korby's Connections: Coach recalls Cloquet's state baseball trips in 1970s
Ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic - including shortened and canceled sports seasons - contributed to the end of Jerry Erickson's 50-plus years of coaching youth sports. The Cloquet legend... Full story
Esko, Cloquet dominate True Team
Cloquet High School hosted the Section 7AA True Team meet on Tuesday afternoon under sunny skies and temperatures that zoomed into the 80s. It was the first real warm day for track athletes, giving... Full story
Eskomos breeze at home invitational
Last Thursday six area boys and girls track teams met in Esko for the Esko Sports Alliance Showcase Invitational track meet. In the end the Esko boys and girls dominated to take first place, but... Full story
Fun wins at oddball meet
The wacky track and field event invented in 2010 by Cloquet coach Tim Prosen was launched again last week as athletes from around the region competed in co-ed relays, a steeplechase with hay bales... Full story
Wilderness backed into a corner - again
The road to the Robertson Cup for the Minnesota Wilderness has been bumpy. A week ago the Wilderness fought out of a two-game deficit to eventually eliminate Fairbanks, setting up a second series... Full story
Finnish Americans set meeting
Join the Lakehead (Jarvenpaa) Chapter of the Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society for its spring meeting Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 4831 Grand Ave. in Duluth. The 10 a.m. business meeting will be...
Our sympathies to the family of Marion Larsen, 80, who passed away May 6, 2022. Her memorial service will be on May 31. Her full obituary can be read in next week’s Pine Knot News or on the Atkins...
Spring has finally arrived. The sun has been shining, the temperature has been decent and I have finally been able to get my Christmas yard decorations put away. The plants in my flower beds are...
Extension open house is May 24
The Carlton Extension team is holding a meet-and-greet 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at 317 Chestnut Ave. in Carlton. Stop by the office to say hello to the staff, including new members, and take a tour or enjoy some light refreshments. New...
DepotFest coming to Moose Lake
A combination of good old-fashioned fun and fundraiser, DepotFest celebrates opening day for the Moose Lake Depot & Fires of 1918 Museum. Folks of all ages are encouraged to come and check out displays by the Depot itself, crafter and vendor...
Hospital's super volunteer retires
Luckily for the Cloquet community, Darlene Carter has a propensity to get bored. Or "lonely, I guess," she said this month as she was honored for 45 years of volunteer service at Community Memorial...
Lessons through music
Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea shares both her music and her musical journey with Churchill Elementary School fourth-grade students Tuesday. Lea visited Churchill on Tuesday and Washington Elementary in...
Plan for opener success this year
A couple of weeks ago I predicted the 2022 fishing opener could be fantastic. As the big day approaches and the weather forecast solidifies, I’m sticking to my guns. I believe the May 14th... Full story