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COVID-19 testing sites in Carlton County

-CMH Raiter Clinic has a mobile testing site in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, but a doctor’s order is necessary before testing. Call 218-879-1271 to talk to a doctor. They will also accept orders from doctors outside... Full story

With caution, summer fun can be had during pandemic

Sara Porter MPR News Summer has arrived in Minnesota. At the same time, the state has been relaxing some of the regulations that were in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - meaning family... Full story

Mountain biker recovering after impaling leg in accident

A bicycle accident at Pine Valley Park around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning left a 25-year-old Cloquet woman with her leg impaled on a branch stub of a decaying tree. While it sounds horrific, she is OK... Full story

Candy wonderland opens

Folks of all ages looking to satisfy their sweet tooth have a new destination in Carlton County: Sweetly Kismet Candy store. Just follow the trail of 45 five-foot-tall suckers to find the sweet new... Full story

It's berry time in Carlton County

The weather is heating up and so is berry season. Despite struggles with keeping plants watered during what has been a dry spring and early summer in Carlton County, strawberries are ripe at Spectrum... Full story

Cloquet library addition is nearly complete

As construction workers put finishing touches on the extension at the Cloquet Public Library, donations to help pay for furnishing the new meeting rooms, teen room and children's area continue to... Full story

Picketers protest Burger King contractor

Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters picket the soon-to-be Burger King restaurant in Cloquet Monday. Union member Adam Johnson said they were picketing the contractor,...

Officer's conduct revealed in lawsuit

A civil lawsuit filed by former Cloquet police detective Scott Holman is working its way through the courts, but the case is also shedding light on the inner workings of the police department he...

Honor rolls

Esko High School Fourth quarterhonor rolls HONOR ROLL Annabelle Adkins Kaitlyn Adkins Alexandra Aker Ashley Aker Rachel Amireault Claire Anderson Karin Anderson Keone Anderson Simone Anderson Siri Anderson Santiago Anich Joseph Antonutti Rachel... Full story

Driver hits bicyclist on Big Lake Road

Cloquet police officers responded to a call reporting a teenage bicyclist struck by a car just after 1:20 p.m. Tuesday on Big Lake Road in Cloquet. Early reports on Tuesday suggested three bicyclists were northbound on Trettel Lane, crossing Big...

5 injured when car is pushed into traffic

Following a hit-and-run accident on Midway Road Friday, June 26, a Two Harbors man was charged in Sixth District St. Louis County Court Tuesday. Rodney Scandin Jr., 35, faces a total of five felony counts of criminal vehicular operation — two for...

Dog leaps fence; attacks toddler

A dog jumped a fence and bit a toddler on Chestnut Street in West End Cloquet on Wednesday, June 24. According to the Cloquet police report on the incident, the dog jumped a 6-foot-high fence at approximately 11:38 that morning and went after a...

Fire chief search restarted

After months of searching for a new fire chief, members of the Cloquet Area Fire District board decided to start over. They will reconsider the job requirements and administrative structure of the...

Going back in time at a classic theater

While The Lake movie theater in Moose Lake is showing neo-classic movies and crowd favorites like "Jaws" and "Grease" to pull in moviegoers, Cloquet's Premier Theatres remains closed to the public...

DNR is spraying herbicide in area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications totaling 85 acres at three sites began June 29 and will continue through approximately Sept. 15....

Wrenshall News: Pick, eat and savor

The Friday morning “Backyard Almanac” segment on Duluth’s public radio station KUMD last week included a recipe for one of my favorite fruits — the strawberry. Wild strawberries, while quite...

Governor announces release of local pandemic aid

Local governments around Minnesota will be splitting $841 million in federal aid to help pay for costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money, part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, will be split...

Cloquet's Sam Baker wins state junior PGA tournament

Even without a high school golf season, Cloquet's Sam Baker has stayed sharp and this week won the 2020 Minnesota Junior PGA Boys Championship at The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. "It was a big... Full story

Pro dreams from Pine Valley

Zebulon Wehr is going pro. The 2020 Cloquet High School graduate known for his prowess on mountain biking paths will try to qualify this month for a professional circuit. His first qualifying race,... Full story

Korby's Connections: Squirrel brings absurd touch to golf outing

It was a beautiful June day at the Cloquet Country Club with very little breeze, and temps in the mid-70s. My son Ryan and I were just about to embark on the back nine course challenge, standing on... Full story

Harry's Gang: There's much to be patriotic about

I’m feeling patriotic. There’s an old quote, from George Bernard Shaw, that “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” A little...

On The Mark: Violence against Black Americans has deep roots through history

Why are African Americans so often the victims of police killings? A history of enslavement, violence-enforced exploitation and often killing labor, followed by decades of industrial exploitation and...

'Let facts be submitted to a candid world'

From John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the... Full story

Obituaries: Denise Elizabeth Mullen

Denise E. Mullen, 79, of Cloquet passed away April 13, 2020, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. She was born April 24, 1940, in Breckenridge, Wisconsin to Vilas and Angeline (Mrotek) Woodward. Denise... Full story

Death Notices

Beverly May St. Germain (Erdmann), 55, of Cloquet, passed away peacefully in her home on June 24, 2020. A graveside service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral... Full story

Obituaries: Harriet O. Grondahl

Harriet O. Grondahl, 89, of Duluth passed away peacefully June 24, 2020 at Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. She was born July 25, 1930 in Duluth to Arvid and Elsie Anderson. Harriet was preceded in... Full story

Obituary: Audrey Monianne O. Rimolde

Audrey M. Rimolde, 83, of Wrenshall passed away March 21, 2020. She was born Feb. 15, 1937 in Duluth, the daughter of John and Mildred (Wilcox) Ostman. Audrey enjoyed going to rummage sales, working... Full story

Obituary: Lloyd C. Schmitz

Lloyd C. Schmitz, 83, of Carlton passed away July 3, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Twin Lakes Township, Carlton County, the son of Conrad and Erna... Full story

County Seat Theater throws lines outside

As social distancing restrictions continue to limit indoor performances, Cloquet's County Seat Theater headed to the great outdoors June 18 to try something new. Actors gathered on makeshift stages,... Full story

Wright/Cromwell news

The 55th annual Wrong Days in Wright is a go, and will be taking place the weekend of July 17-19 in Wright with a scaled-back list of events. There are posters up around the area, so you can check on... Full story

Carlton events

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. For me as a kid growing up in Cloquet, the Fourth of July was the highlight of the summer. People came from miles around for the big parade, the carnival rides at...

Local events calendar

Arrowhead Library Bookmobile visits: • Monday, July 6: Brookston-Pines Board & Lodge 8:45-9:45 a.m., Kettle River-Main Street 1-2:15 p.m. • Tuesday, July 7: Cotton-Wilbert Cafe 10am-12pm The Aug. 14-15 Cloquet High School Class of 1965 reunion...

Watercolorist finds joy in plein air painting

For the next two months, the Pine Knot Gallery will exhibit Julia Jaakola's watercolors, with an opening and in-person (socially distanced) reception on Thursday, July 9. How did Julia become an... Full story

On Faith: Freedom derives from faith

I once had the opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. The trail is a red line painted on the pavement and guides people from the central city park to many of the historic... Full story

Helen Jensen was the spine of the library for decades

The Cloquet Library has been blessed with tremendously dedicated staff and volunteers over the years. One of those was Helen Jensen, a 40-year employee of the library, whose name would be near the...

Pope appoints new bishop to Duluth diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Father Michel J. Mulloy, from the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, it was announced June 19. Bishop-elect Mulloy was...

Out in it: Thanks prop, it was a nice run

A quick yank on the cotter pin, a spin of the wrench and she was loose. Ten years my Honda prop has been with me every second I've been on the water. Unceremoniously, I relinquished her to the... Full story

Splish Splash

Pine Knot News subscriber and avid wildlife photographer Mike Farmer shared this photo series of a yellow warbler enjoying a splash in their new water feature. According to, studies... Full story

Fire danger high this holiday weekend in northeastern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cautions residents and visitors in northeastern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions this hot and dry holiday weekend. Recent heavy rains in... Full story

New maps detail state forest features

Eight new state forest maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources feature recreation highlights to help Minnesotans find their perfect adventure. The maps in print and mobile formats, are available for Bear Island, Big Fork, Burntside,... Full story

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