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Updated: Law enforcement investigate assault in Thomson Township

Following a request for a welfare check at a residence in Thomson Township at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, the Minnesota State Patrol located a seriously injured adult female who was determined to be the victim of an assault. Esko Fire, Cloquet... Full story

Surveys, stats and state will drive school openings

An August scramble like no other is on across Carlton County this August as schools prepare to reopen for the year. School boards, staff and administrators are meeting this week and next to make... Full story

Council OKs police commander, says no to shipping containers

Slowly but surely, the Cloquet Police Department is getting back up to full strength. On Tuesday, the department got one more spot filled when the Cloquet City Council unanimously approved the...

Pertler agrees to disbarment

In an agreement filed July 29, former Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler waived his right to a hearing and agreed to disbarment for committing “professional misconduct warranting public discipline.” That could change, though. The final...

Students weigh in on school plans

Pine Knot News intern Caleb Swanson asked Carlton County students how they feel about plans to reopen schools this fall: "I don't want to go back because online was easier for me. But on the other... Full story

Safer Hwy. 33 crossing will be discussed

The south State Highway 33 corridor will be seeing more changes in the future, specifically where Gillette Road and Frontage Road open onto the highway south of the Walmart traffic lights in Cloquet....

Barnum man injured in crash

A Barnum man sustained life threatening injuries in a crash Tuesday on Highway 2, in Solway Township. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Dominic Lisic, 23, of Barnum was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 westbound on Highway 2 and drove through a...

Food train still chugging

The B&B Market food train is still rolling, and closing in on nearly $110,000 total monetary donations since the train left the station in March. Pictured here is B&B owner John Lind (left) and...

State prison program to be axed

The Minnesota Department of Corrections reports it will close its two smallest prisons - in Willow River and Togo - because of a budgetary crisis, the DOC announced Monday. The move comes after the...

County has a berry cornucopia

As children, we'd pile into our family car and head north from Minneapolis on Highway 65 for Cromwell to visit my grandfather. After 30 miles or so, leaving the suburbs behind, my father began to...

Affordable dental center to open

Lake Superior Community Health Center is bringing its focus on affordable dentistry to a new location in Carlton. The facility, located at 210 Third Street in downtown Carlton, has been a dental practice for years, but under the direction of LSCHC,...

Wright/Cromwell news

New, for those voting by mail: you no longer need a witness to sign your ballot. Ballots need to be returned to the courthouse by Aug.11, or at least postmarked by then to be counted. Also, remember...

Don't open seed packets

Carlton county land commissioner Greg Bernu is asking local residents who receive mystery seed packets in the mail to not open them. Instead, drop them off at Bernu’s office in the County Highway Building at 1630 County Road 61 in Carlton, and he...

Green thumbs wanted

The University of Minnesota Extension Service is taking applications for those wanting to become master gardener volunteers. Applications are being accepted for the Carlton County program until Oct. 31. Individuals selected for the program begin an...

Carlton County board candidate: Alex French

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A Working as an accountant at Alaspa and Murray provides the opportunity to work with a variety of... Full story

Cloquet city council candidate: Dennis Painter

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I am a hard working, honest individual that is running for the position of city councilor to... Full story

Cloquet city council candidate: Dave Hallback

Former Cloquet mayor (2014-18) Dave Hallback did not respond to several efforts by Pine Knot News to reach him over the past two... Full story

Primary vote is Tuesday

As is everything in this year of Covid-19, the election season is also changed. Far more people have voted absentee this year than ever before, and more mail-in ballots are being cast in Carlton... Full story

Cloquet city council candidate: Lyz Jaakola

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I am an upstanding citizen of the reservation, city, county, state, country and tribe. I work to... Full story

Carlton County board candidate: Marci Moreland

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I worked for Carlton County for 39-plus years, the last eight years as Carlton County Assessor.... Full story

Carlton County board candidate: Gary Peterson

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and qualifications makes you good for this job? A I was born and raised on a Carlton County farm where my parents instilled in me the value of hard... Full story

State Covid-19 case counts keep rising

Minnesota’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to head the wrong way, with counts of people currently hospitalized and needing intensive care rising to levels not seen in six weeks. The Health Department Tuesday reported 328 people still... Full story

Obituaries: Wendy Cricket Nelson Axhelm

Wendy Cricket Nelson Axhelm, 74, lost her battle with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and passed away July 26, 2020, with her family by her side. Wendy was a gal with much strength and determination with high... Full story

Obituaries: David Everett Goad

David Everett Goad, 63, of Barnum, formerly of Wrenshall, died July 30, 2020, in Duluth. He was born in Duluth on Sept. 22, 1956, to Harold Goad and Doris McCuskey. David married Marjorie Johnson on... Full story

Obituaries: Edward Albert Janke

Edward Albert Janke, 90, of Cloquet died Aug. 3, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living with his family by his side. He was born on March 24, 1930 to Albert and Grace (Roesler) Janke in Becker... Full story

Obituaries: Ardeth "Ardy" Ann (Malluege) Pykkonen

Ardeth “Ardy” Ann (Malluege) Pykkonen, 83, of Esko passed away July 31, 2020, in her home after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Ardy was born March 16, 1937, in St. Paul to Ervin and Florence (Witzel) Malluege. Ardy attended first... Full story

Letters to the editor: 'Eskimo' is not a slur

Concerning the Eskomo controversy, I believe it is a total misconception that the term “Eskimo” is in any way a racial slur. Even the group you quote does not say that. My Alaskan cousin is married to a lovely Eskimo woman who identifies as...

Harry's Gang: Dear readers, let's end this everyday mail service

I have an idea to keep the postal service operating for years to come. But I almost guarantee nobody will completely like it. That’s why I think the idea must be brilliant: if it works, and it...

Guest view: Shut one prison, keep other

On Monday I was shocked to learn that the state Commissioner of Corrections, Paul Schnell, whose decisions I generally agree with, had decided to relocate the two Challenge Incarceration Programs... Full story

Letters to the editor: Support an Esko frame of mind

The recent discussion about the “Eskomos” nickname brings a related topic to mind: numerous past proposals to officially rename Thomson Township to Esko Township. The last time was a few years ago and by one of the town’s stalwarts — the...

Our View: Schools are all ears, let them hear you

Now that individual school districts are making the decisions on opening this fall, we encourage parents to communicate with school officials across the county to make sure their voices are heard. One easy way to do that is by filling out the...

Falls sports turned inside out

In a world where nothing has seemed normal since March, the hits keep on coming. This week, the Minnesota State High School League announced that football and volleyball will be played in the spring... Full story

Dice baseball was an offshoot of love for the game

Julio Enrique Gotay Sanchez … ever hear of him? According to Wikipedia, Julio Gotay was a “Puerto Rican professional baseball player, a shortstop and second baseman who played all or parts of ten... Full story

Softball returns to Braun Park

The opportunity to play softball this summer has been fleeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This past weekend Braun Park held its only softball tournament of this summer. The Wood City Classic... Full story

Split decision on sports

The Minnesota State High School League on Tuesday agreed to move high school football and volleyball to spring seasons this year while other fall sports maintain modified schedules in response to...

A cautious reality hits

Local reactions to the loss of the football and volleyball seasons included disappointment but the acceptance that safety should come first. Cloquet quarterback Alec Turnbull said he was “happy that there will hopefully be a season, even though...

Wrenshall holds traditions despite restrictions

Wrenshall had its annual Community Night Out last week, keeping with a tradition despite the current Covid-19 pandemic. All summer, organizers have bucked the physical distance trend and hosted...

When animal shelter left, social media stepped in

When it's your pet that's missing, having a place to go for advice and support can make all the difference. During the nearly two years since the county's only humane society folded, that support... Full story

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