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Share your pandemic thoughts, art or writings with PKN readers

It’s been nearly a year that we’ve been living under the new world order wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Pine Knot News would like to hear reader thoughts or see impressions related to... Full story

State offers "vaccine connector" website

Tim Nelson MPR News Minnesota is launching a new “vaccine connector” website to help line people up with Covid-19 shots. The site includes a questionnaire, asking enrollees for their address, age, occupation, medical history and other data that...  Website


It's back to school again in county

It's beginning to look like this school year will be a turnaround from previous school year, at least in terms of the pandemic. Last year, students enjoyed school as usual until mid-March, when Gov....

Line 3 workers caught in sting

Pine Knot News The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's human trafficking investigators task force announced on Feb. 19 that seven people were charged following arrests during a human trafficking operation in Itasca County. Two of the men...


Cloquet School Board OKs talk with Carlton on possibilities

Following the declaration of a "pause" in consolidation talks between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary said Carlton had reached out to Cloquet again to...


Man arrested after shots fired in apartment

Cloquet police officers were called to a Cloquet apartment complex early Friday morning and ended up disarming a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and told police he had fired his...


County keeps focus on future new jail facility

The county has formed a special committee to focus on plans for a new county jail building and programming, which met for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 23. Sheriff Kelly Lake said there is increasing...


Bomb scare clears pipeline area

A total of 40 residences near Ditchbank Road were evacuated Friday because of fears that one or more explosive devices had been placed in the Line 3 pipeline currently under construction in Carlton... Full story

Carlton sticks with superintendent

The Carlton school board this month voted to accept another one-year contract for superintendent John Engstrom. The contract for a salary of $108,784 runs from July 1 to the end of June 2022. Engstrom is currently on a one-year contract agreed to...

Townships compete for transportation grants

The Carlton County board of commissioners gave its blessing Tuesday, Feb. 22 for two township grant projects that will compete for limited transportation funding from an annual Legislature initiative for Greater Minnesota. County engineer JinYeene...

Thomson Town online meetings improved for viewers

Thomson Township supervisors unveiled a new audiovisual system at their meeting Feb. 18 that is expected to improve accessibility to meetings. The board had been experiencing audio and video issues since it began online meetings last year. It was...


Supreme Court backs band on groundwater

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was justified in arguing that pollution seeping into groundwater from the Minntac mine tailing basin...

Esko school board to return to in-person meetings

Esko school board members decided to stop holding its meetings via Zoom and return to in-person meetings, most likely in the auditorium to allow for physical distancing. The next meeting is March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Board members also accepted the...


Obituaries: Michael C. Koncal

Michael C. Koncal, 65, of Wrenshall passed away Feb. 17, 2021 at home. He was born Dec. 6, 1955 in Duluth, the son of Charles and Pauline (Nichol) Koncal. Mike graduated from Proctor High School and... Full story


Obituaries: Donald Harvey Siiter

Donald Harvey Siiter, 89, passed away Jan. 18, 2021, of Covid 19-related pneumonia in Yorba Linda, California. He was born in Cloquet on May 19, 1931, and graduated Cloquet High School in 1949. He... Full story


Obituaries: David "Bud" W. Levinski

David “Bud” W. Levinski, 66, of Cloquet passed away suddenly at home on Feb. 18, 2021. He was born Nov. 20, 1954 in Cloquet, the son of William and Ethel (Westlund) Levinski. Bud graduated from... Full story

Death notices

Melanie Joy Synkiew, 57, of Cloquet died Feb. 13, 2021 in her home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at Round Lake Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements by Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Elma McMillan, 101, formerly... Full story


Student Views: Arts deserve attention on same level as sports

The National Association for Music Education tells us that music is crucial to a developing brain. It helps language skills, social skills, and is good for overall intelligence. Music also helps... Full story

Letter: What would Jesus do in a pandemic world?

I have a question for Father Fish and for all the other Christians who feel unfairly treated by Covid-19 restrictions. If He were here today and living among us in human form, and He had two options — doing whatever He pleased in order to satisfy... Full story


Harry's Gang: Voter ID is intrusion, plain and simple, by government

There's talk in the Minnesota Legislature to bring back the "voter ID" issue. The problem with voter ID is that the logic behind it is backward - that since we need an ID to write a check or buy... Full story

Our View: Church leads by example with Covid response

Good Hope Church in Cloquet recently suffered an outbreak of Covid-19 in its congregation, and immediately took steps to minimize the effect on the community, as we reported in last week’s Pine Knot News. We applaud the responsibility in acting... Full story


Bombers stifle, can't stop Rebels

Going into Friday night's game against Barnum, the Moose Lake/Willow River boys basketball team was averaging almost 90 points per game. While the Bombers were able to hold the Rebels to 29 points... Full story


Cloquet's confidence grows

It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Cloquet boys basketball team this season. The Lumberjacks notched a 77-68 win over Pine City last Thursday to improve to 6-5 on the season, but now... Full story

The Ticker

Thursday, Feb. 18 Boys Hockey CEC-8 Eveleth-Gilbert-2 Girls Hockey Grand Rapids/Greenway-3 CEC-1 Duluth-3 Moose Lake Area-1 Boys Basketball Carlton-84 Silver Bay-50 Cloquet-77 Pine City-68 Ogilvie-73 Wrenshall-65 Girls Basketball Esko-58 Pine... Full story


Cardinals nip Bulldogs in overtime

Two teams that were undefeated in Polar League play met up in Carlton on Friday night and it was a battle between the Carlton and Cromwell-Wright boys basketball teams. It took extra time, but... Full story


Nordic skiers thrive in unusual season

The Nordic ski season has been anything but normal for Section 7 ski teams this year. Some of it couldn't be avoided: to start with, the season was delayed by more than a month because of a spike in... Full story


Ice racers take to the river

It's always hit and miss when it comes to hosting motorcycle ice racing on the St. Louis River in Scanlon. But the mid-February cold snap allowed Jeff Berg to rally racers online for an event last... Full story


Golf club raises prom money

The Rugged Spruce golf club, in association with Re/Max Results and team leader Randy Myhre, raised more than $800 to support the 2021 Barnum Junior Class Prom committee in a recent fundraiser. A... Full story


Carlton Happenings

At last, the cold has relaxed its grip and we are able to get outside. We can look forward to the first day of spring on March 20, and even further to the first day of summer on June 20. Don’t... Full story

Wright/Cromwell news

We enjoyed a beautiful funeral service for Leo Dahlberg Feb. 20 at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. Leo was well-known in Wright and the surrounding communities. His daughter Sharon Lake shared some thoughts at the funeral: “Most of... Full story


Lands: Past is prologue in new farm formation

With our farm's first growing season fast approaching, a century-old picture on the living room wall inspires us. The image is cloudy and faded at the edges. The faces of the people are blurry. We... Full story


Districts honor school board members

The Minnesota School Boards Association deemed the past week as Minnesota School Board Recognition Week to build awareness and understanding of the vital function elected school board members play in... Full story

Cloquet native in chef contest

Cloquet High School grad Kevin Aho is in the running to be named the world’s Favorite Chef, win $50,000 and be featured in a two-page advertising spread in Bon Appetit magazine. In his entry, Aho says he has been cooking 30 years, 25 of those as... Full story

College notes: Dean's lists

NDSU Solomon Hartung of Cloquet was named to the fall semester dean’s list in the college of engineering at North Dakota State University. Bethel Brielle Christensen of Cloquet has been named to the fall dean’s list at Bethel University in St.... Full story


Warm-up adds to delightful day of tournament fishing

Not everyone was catching fish during Saturday's Kingdom Builders Ministries Fishing Derby, but with blue skies, sunshine and temperatures above 20 degrees at last, who cared? Not Cloquet's Steve... Full story


Esko play set during past health scare

As with every other sport and activity during the pandemic, Covid-19 brought changes to the one-act play competitions this year. Actors, crew and directors wore masks during rehearsals and... Full story

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