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Legendary Scanlon liquor store sold

Gramma Polo's Bottle Shoppe has been a family-owned business for 73 years. Come May 1, that will change. Polo's has been purchased by neighbor Kwik Trip, which will run its third liquor operation in...

City to investigate complaints against councilor

Cloquet City Councilors voted to investigate one of their own with zero objections Tuesday, not even from the subject of the investigation, Steve Langley. "I welcome an investigation," the Ward 5... Full story

'Sweet' wins for the County Seat Theater

The County Seat Theater Company's production of "Sweet" won "Best of Festival" at the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres festival held in Austin this past weekend. The cast will move on to...

How to make your own mojakka

Lovers of soup, St. Urho’s Day, and many things Finnish gathered Saturday for the annual NorthEastern Mojakka Cook-Off. After tasting her delicious Lihamojakka (beef) soup, the Pine Knot News asked Anja Bottila if she would share the recipe she...

Team shares success story of combining with Wrenshall

Joining forces can be difficult. Hesitant at first, members of the only combined Carlton-Wrenshall sports team told Carlton school board members Monday that the two teams started out the 2018 fall...

How to make winter go away

Spring sports enthusiasts may have to wait just a little longer than normal to see their favorite team on the field or track. Or will they? February brought record snowfall for much of the region and...

Fire destroys home in Sawyer

A rural Sawyer home at 1252 Mission Road was completely consumed by fire early Saturday morning. According to Cloquet Area Fire District chief Kevin Schroeder, the severe damage was the result of "an...

Carlton County women face drug charges

Two Carlton County women are facing seven felony drug counts after a traffic stop in southwestern Minnesota earlier this month revealed the pair was traveling with 50 pounds of marijuana and marijuana wax used in vaping, police reported. Asia Ann...

New landfill hauling contract means big savings for county

Thanks to a more competitive bidding process, Carlton County stands to save a lot of money on the cost of hauling garbage from the county transfer station to the landfill. Zoning and Environmental Services administrator Heather Cunningham told...

Well users urged to take precautions

With the risk of spring flooding increasing in many parts of the state, Minnesota health officials are urging private well users to prepare for the possibility that their wells might flood. Taking preventive action now may save well users more...

New Medicare Advantage enrollment period ends March 31

Minnesotans who started 2019 enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan have until Sunday, March 31, to enroll in a different health care plan. Until March 31 they can switch to a different Medicare Advantage Plan that includes Part D (prescription drug...

Cloquet on track for great season

With a state champion on their roster, the Cloquet girls and boys track teams are hard at work getting ready for the upcoming season. Kendra Kelley, who won the 200-meter Class AA race at the...

Seventh-graders take fourth at state tourney

The Cloquet seventh-grade girls basketball team competed in the B1 division of the Grade State Basketball Tournament March 2-3. The team lost to Eastview, 32-35, in the first game, beat Delano 41-23...

Cards' state wait ends

CROSBY-The last time Cromwell-Wright sent a boys basketball team to the state tournament, there was just one champion crowned. The next year, boys basketball would move to the four-class format as we...

Cloquet sixth-grade girls are Grade State champs!

The Cloquet sixth-grade girls basketball team won the C1 Grade State Championship played at Champlin Park High School March 2-3. The girls went 4-0 with wins against Mendota Heights, Park Center and...

Eskomos head back to state tourney

The Eskomos headed back to the boys state basketball tournament this week for the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years, after defeating Pequot Lakes in the Section 7AA...

Bismarck sweeps Wilderness out of playoff contention

To say that tough times have fallen on the Minnesota Wilderness is putting it far too mildly. The Wilderness have suffered nine straight losses. And last weekend they were eliminated from the North...

Let's end this consolidation issue

To the editor: We are spending a lot of time on this consolidation issue between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts. Why do the school boards get decide if we merge? I have been told the two school boards will talk and then it will come to the...

Aubrey

Once your daughter makes it in the world, you’ve made it. You’re done. Your sons are someone else’s problem. When your daughter makes it, turns out happy and satisfied and loved and actualized,...

The case for expungement

Statistics show that most crimes are committed by young people; and when it comes to violent crimes, rarely by older persons. Criminologists have a variety of explanations for this phenomenon but they generally agree: The vast majority of violent...

Electoral College has its faults but it's not ready to be replaced

Colorado just passed a state law where its electoral votes will go to the winner of the national popular vote. As you probably know, the Electoral College is used only to elect the president. In the...

Obituary: Dolly Paulson

Dolly Paulson, 83, of Esko, Minn. went home to be with the Lord on March 20, 2019. The Lord lovingly orchestrated Dolly’s passing, allowing her to know to her last breath how much she was admired... Full story

Funeral notice

Joanne M. Wappes, 67, of Cloquet, died Monday, March 18, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, March 23, at Nelson Funeral Care. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.... Full story

Anna Mae (Nelson) Loisel

Anna Mae "Dot" Loisel, 92, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Inter-Faith Care Center. She was born to Nels and May (Atkinson) Nelson on the family homestead at Atkinson,... Full story

Carlton happenings

Last Thursday, I was invited to the Oldenburg House for a presentation on “Phenology – Document Spring” by Betsy Dugan, a practitioner of backyard phenology. Since I had no idea what phenology...

Wright-Cromwell news

Our area communities were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Darrel L. Johnson, 78, of Tamarack, on March 12, 2019 at his home. We offer our sympathy to his wife Katy, and especially to...

Johnny Cash music fans, take note

Close your eyes, Cash fans, and listen to “The Man in Black” at the Cloquet VFW Auxiliary’s latest fundraising event, “J. Cash Lives” on Saturday, March 30. Performer Ter Scott, as Johnny Cash in his later years, will reflect back on...

FINN news

Winter is finally leaving! Kevät on täällä! Spring is here! And all around there are signs of spring (“kevät” in Finnish), higher temperatures (yay!), snow melting, rain falling, roads and...

Esko grad shares her story in 'Model Behavior'

When Amy (Robnik) Joob was 15 and an Esko High School sophomore, a vocational inventory stated she was best suited to be a hotel manager, police officer or firefighter. She also considered being a...

Adding to the angling toolbox

The last couple of weeks I’ve detailed techniques that shape the way I approach most days on the water. Power-corking and lead-core trolling are fantastic tools that I’ve added to my arsenal ...

Why the DNR does not recommend feeding deer

As Minnesotans are still digging out from what was the snowiest February on record throughout much of the state, deer enthusiasts may grow concerned about the condition of the white-tailed deer herd and wonder if supplemental feeding is needed to...

Talk about deer at open house Thursday

Ever wonder how the DNR sets deer hunting regulations? Or how you can provide input on deer management in your area? Local wildlife managers across the state are inviting the public to come to open house meetings to ask their deer questions and...

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