Week of July 12, 2024

Children vandalize high school

Jana Peterson

Four "surprisingly young kids" caused thousands of dollars in vandalism at Cloquet High School on July 4, superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. Cary said camera footage shows the children checking doors at the school until they found one that was not securely latched. Much of the incident was recorded on school security cameras, inside and out. Police have identified the suspects, who won't be named because they are juveniles. Technology director T.J. Smith told the...

Get ready to rock out in Moose Lake

Moose Lake will celebrate the state gem - the Lake Superior agate - by throwing its biggest party of the year this weekend: the 55th annual Moose Lake Agate Days. The event includes a gem and mineral show in the hockey arena (with a free kids' dig outside) and free admission to Moose Lake State Park and its Agate and Geological Center both Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. One of the area's three agate pits, near the Moose Lake airport, will also be open all weekend for those who enjoy... Full story

Police host training event

The Cloquet Police Department will be hosting an "Active Shooter Response" law enforcement training event at Cloquet High School from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 11, 15, 16 and 18. CPD wants the community to know this is a planned event. Community members may hear loud sounds, sirens, emergency lights, yelling, and there may be a display of firearms in or outside of the school. Expect a large police presence in and around the school. Cloquet police chief Derek Randall stressed...

Cloquet Country Club set for 93rd invite

Steve Korby

The 93rd annual Cloquet Invitational golf tournament opens play on Friday, July 12 and concludes on Sunday, July 14. The tourney is conducted at the beautiful 18-hole Cloquet Country Club. The full field of 175 players will be seeking the crown currently held by 2023 champion Brian Moores of Duluth. In 1931, the Cloquet golf course expanded from six to nine holes. Established in 1923, Rudolf Weyerhaeuser, the president of Northwest Paper in Cloquet, was intent on establishing a sporty course... Full story

Fair weather, fast times at Sawdust

Kerry Rodd

Impressive weather and equally impressive showings made for a great morning on July Fourth as the Sawdust 5K run/walk was held again in the Pinehurst Park area of Cloquet. "It was an awesome day and the weather couldn't have been better," said Sam Jacobson, who is co-race director along with his wife, Julie. "It was a little humid, but times were fast and we had good numbers." More than 300 runners participated July 4, but the most impressive run was turned in by former Proctor and University... Full story

Milk Men deliver at 3-on-3 tourney

Kerry Rodd

Twenty local basketball teams faced off in the fifth annual 3-on-3 July Fourth basketball tournament in Cloquet. With two half courts going simultaneously at Pinehurst Park, the tournament went off with plenty of impressive basketball. "It is a great tournament and we have some unbelievable talent in the tournament every year," said tournament director Paul Cameron. "We had a huge crowd to start the day and the atmosphere was lively and electric all day long." Many of the teams feature fun and... Full story

'Go West!' said a boy from Esko

Steve Korby

Golf means many friendly conversations about various topics of varying degrees of importance. One day our Rugged Spruce foursome was talking about Jerry West's passing. Randy Flynn said, to everyone's surprise, that he had seen Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers play in Duluth in September 1966 in the "first professional athletic contest in the new Duluth Arena." It was a preseason game. Randy was 13, grew up in Esko, and his dad took him to the game. The Lakers played the Oscar... Full story

  • Letter: Event flier should put community first

    It is my opinion that word choices matter because they convey the writer’s opinion. Specifically, I am looking at the flier for the Ma and Pa Kettle Days Aug. 9-10 in Kettle River, Minnesota. It feels like the flier places a huge emphasis on the availability of alcohol and who is providing it, which I think implies that alcohol is more important than the scheduled events for those days, e.g., the steak fry. The flier has been approved by the committee and is available to the public, so it is too late to edit and amend the flier. Sandra... Full story

  • Notes from the Small Pond: Friday night

    Parnell Thill

    It’s a Friday night in June, just before 10. At the corner of 12th Street and Carlton Avenue slow cars drone by, going somewhere, their dull Doppler pitch rising and falling. An occasional cop car eases — then races past, sometimes with lights and sound. The cop traffic glides west, toward Pinehurst Park and the just-set sun. A purple pickup truck with Minnesota Vikings decals and a skinny driver with a tapered beard makes its way east, toward Highway 45, apparently where the trucks live.... Full story

  • Letter: Forest center status remains uncertain

    I am frequently asked whether or not the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center is now under the operation of the Fond du Lac Band. No, it is not. There has been no land transfer, although rumors and misinformation continue to be abundant. The following is based on my knowledge, which is l imited because all of the meetings are still held with no transparency. In the recent legislative session, bills were introduced in the House and Senate to satisfy the state’s obligation to settle the bonding debt involved and transfer the... Full story

Crowds make this year's Fourth a huge celebration in Cloquet

Pine Knot News staff

The weather held and the crowds turned out for the annual Cloquet Fourth of July celebration last Thursday. It was a day full of all kinds of gatherings. There was lots to see and do all day long, including the Sawdust 5K and LaVonna 1-mile race, kids' games, helicoptors and food trucks galore at Veterans Park, a car show and music at the NorthEastern and basketball at Pinehurst. "It was definitely the best turnout we've had since the pandemic," said July Fourth co-coordinator Jana Peterson,... Full story

  • Garden tour set for July 16

    Pine Knot News

    Join the Carlton County Master Gardeners for its signature event of the summer. This year’s garden tour will showcase five gardens in the Cloquet area. Highlights of the tour will include a small-space garden with a children’s area; a garden where a resident grows garlic and herbs and harvests maple syrup; stops at a beekeeper and a berry farmer; a community garden; and, as always, lots of perennials and garden art. The free, self-guided tour runs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, rain or shine. Maps will be available after July 9 at the... Full story

  • A Trip to the Berry Farm

    Mike Creger

    The berries provided the red and blue, while clouds were the white on the Fourth of July at the berry fields at Farm LoLa in rural Wrenshall. Farm manager Brett Amundson works the busy stand in the middle of the honeyberry fields. Lucie Amundsen helped a curious young customer. The farm is among many in Carlton County bursting with berries this month, with blueberries next. By the afternoon on July 4, the strawberries had been picked out. Call ahead if you want to go out to area farms, because... Full story

  • Summer Finds in the Wilds

    Dan Malkovich spotted a turtle on a trail in late June. "After all the rain ... Little Otter Creek had flooded the Munger Trail near Carlton, and I was walking my bike through ankle deep water when I spotted this painted turtle." Will Stenberg captured a white admiral butterfly on wild parsnip along the Grand Portage trail in Jay Cooke State Park on July 1. He also found lady sippers there on the Fourth of July. Do you have cool photos to share? Send... Full story

  • Community Events Calendar

    Pine Knot News

    SATURDAY, JULY 13 Carlton County Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 19, in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. Moose Lake Agate Days today and tomorrow. Gem and mineral Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 at Riverside Arena, with a kids’ dig outside. The Clark-Olsen Agate Stampede down Elm Avenue starts at 3 p.m. Saturday. Pancake feed 7:30-10 a.m. at the park, Art in the Park all day Saturday, and free entry to the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center at Moose Lake State Park on Sunday.... Full story

  • Senior Lunch Menu

    Pine Knot News

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu: Friday, July 12 Chicken pasta salad, honeycrisp apple, yogurt Sat-Sun, July 13-14 Frozen meals available Monday, July 15 Chicken ranch wrap, cucumber tomato salad, orange craisins Tuesday, July 16 Egg salad sandwich, bean and pea salad, chocolate pudding and topping Wednesday, July 17 Pork loin dinner or alternative entree (order 24 hours in advance), mashed potatoes and gravy, Normandy vegetable blend, frosted cake Thursday, July 18 Chicken enchilada, Mandarin oranges, tossed salad, brownie Friday, July 19... Full story

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