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NE BBQ closes

Cloquet’s NE Bar & Grill is closed for good, its owners announced on Facebook last week and in an email to the Pine Knot News. The last day for the restaurant, which specialized in smoked barbecue meats but offered a range of menu items and an...

Wanted: more police officers

The thin blue line is looking even thinner right now in Cloquet, as the police department faces staffing challenges caused by retirements, departures and officers who are on leave but still with the... Full story

Officer loses appeal; K-9 dog finds home

Five months after his dismissal, a former Cloquet police detective is in the news again. Scott Holman, a 22-year member of the department, lost an arbitration case appealing his dismissal this week....

Cloquet writers collect state honors in essay contest

While athletics and drama are often in the spotlight, three Cloquet High School juniors recently took centerstage for an academic endeavor, after placing first, third and fifth in a statewide essay... Full story

Carlton family business thrives in changing times

When Neil and Theresa Erickson bought Carlton's Woodland Grocery back in 2013, it was already like an old familiar friend. Theresa had found her first job at the store, which was then owned by her...

Carlton/Wrenshall commitment clash clouds consolidation

The results of what at times was a contentious meeting of school board members from Wrenshall and Carlton Tuesday will be seen at each board's regular meetings next week. There should be two...

One man dead, one in custody, after shooting in rural Cloquet

Cloquet and Fond du Lac resident James Arthur Couture died after being shot early Saturday morning in what appeared to be a shooting by an acquaintance. According to a press release by the St. Louis...

Library expansion: 'It is a great day in Cloquet'

Continuing with its storied history, the Cloquet Public Library celebrated its major expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 8. The ceremony itself was a formality, as construction work...

Feds file charges in funeral shooting

The Carlton County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the man at the center of a shooting at a funeral last month is being charged in federal court, rather than state court. Shelby Gene...

Lee announces run for Minnesota Senate District 11

Michelle Lee is running to represent District 11 in the Minnesota Senate. The Moose Lake resident will seek the DFL endorsement at the district convention in March. Lee told supporters and attendees... Full story

County jail population deals with mental health

Heather Giancola said mental health issues among the inmate population are a big problem at the county jail. Giancola, a social worker from Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, gave a report about services provided to offenders at the...

SWCD NEWS: Farmers, SWCD work to improve waters

When it comes to soil health and water quality, farmers have always been some of the most conscientious and concerned people. This is due to their deep, hands-on connections with soil and water and... Full story

Cloquet has a mountain bike champion

In his first season as a cross country mountain biker, Zebulon (Zeb) Wehr not only won three of the four races he competed in, he became the first-ever individual state champion for the... Full story

CEC girls hockey defeats defending section champs

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team got off to a fast start Thursday night as the Lumberjacks defeated defending section champion Proctor-Hermantown by a score of 4-2 at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. On Saturday, however, it was the CEC who... Full story

STATE FOOTBALL: Inspired Esko loses ground game battle

BRAINERD-The Eskomos saw their season come to an end Saturday afternoon at the hands of the Annandale Cardinals. It was a snowy battle that ended 33-13 after the Cardinals outgained Esko on the... Full story

STATE FOOTBALL: Runner pounds South Ridge

DULUTH-Mountain Iron-Buhl put together an impressive show Friday night at Public Schools Stadium as the Rangers knocked off South Ridge 42-6 in the state quarterfinals of the 9-Man football... Full story

STATE FOOTBALL: Paynesville roars past Rebels

Paynesville entered Friday's matchup with Moose Lake/Willow River averaging 38 points per game while allowing only 11 points per game. With that said, it was the Bulldogs who used Rebel mistakes and... Full story

LETTER: The expense of failures

After three failed referendums, at a community cost of $100,000 or so, Wrenshall has reached out to Carlton Schools to consolidate, costing both communities once again. I attended a public meeting at the Sawyer Community Center where Ehlers and ARI... Full story

HARRY'S GANG: Jimmy Carter is my favorite

Jimmy Carter has always been my favorite president. I’m not sure many people agreed with me, because when he ran for re-election in 1980 he got only about 40 percent of the vote and lost to Ronald...

OUR VIEW: Be wary of rules on winter parking

Cloquet does not allow parking on city streets overnight during the snow season. From November 1 until March 31, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between midnight and 6 a.m. In Esko, it’s prohibited between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., and...

ON THE MARK: Compassion is where you look

Lately, I’ve been searching for compassion in our public discourse. Actually, I’ve been longing for more discourse, period. The kind where people listen carefully to each other and honor the...

Obituary: Zahwa G. Pringle

Zahwa G. Pringle, 24 of California/Cloquet/Duluth, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. He was born in San Jose, California, on August 22, 1995 and relocated to Cloquet on July 1, 2002 at the... Full story

Obituary: Carol J. Palmer

Carol J. Palmer, age 84 of Cloquet, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Diamond Willow in Cloquet. She was born December 17, 1934 in Cloquet, the daughter of Harry and Clara (Kleckner) Demers.... Full story

Services: James "Weasel" A. Couture

James “Weasel” A. Couture, age 65, of Brookston, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. Visitation will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Nelson Funeral Care in... Full story

Obituary: Delores Jean Lindstrom

Delores Jean Lindstrom, 89, of Cloquet died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 in Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. Delores was born on Feb. 14,1930 in Cloquet to John and Vienna Korby. She graduated from... Full story

Obituary: Patricia Ann Jukich

Patricia Ann Jukich, 81, of Hermantown, formerly of Esko, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in her home after a brief illness. Pat was born in Cloquet on Aug. 28, 1938 to Edwin and Ellen Oja. She was... Full story

Services: Lee Alan Angell

Lee Alan Angell, 60, of Moose Lake, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in his home. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Monday, Nov. 25 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Private inurnment in Maple Grove... Full story

Obituary: Lila Genevive Niskanen

Lila Genevive Niskanen, 97, of Floodwood, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. She was born June 11, 1922, in Kalevala Township to John and Mabel (Waisanen)... Full story

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The cost for obituaries in the Pine Knot News is $75 for up to two black-and-white photos and obituaries up to 800 words. Death notices with just name, date of birth and death, city of residence and service information are printed at no cost. Email...

'The Little Mermaid' washes ashore at Cloquet High School this weekend

After 10 years of directing, Kevin Hamre had stepped away from the massive productions that are the fall musicals at Cloquet High School. Shows that often feature between 70 and 100 young actors and... Full story

Old-style coming to music series in Moose Lake Saturday

Imagine yourself in the heart of Paris sipping coffee and listening to a strolling accordionist. Or at a club in Argentina dancing the tango? Now see yourself sitting at the new Moose Lake School... Full story

Wright-Cromwell News

Our current high school exchange student from Italy, Lisa, was selected to play flute in the 52nd annual High School Honor Band at the University of Minnesota Duluth last Friday and Saturday. Lisa... Full story

WRENSHALL NEWS: Raptors Zywicki named coach of the year

Wrenshall coach Jeremy Zywicki was recently named coach of the year for the 9 Man North White district of the Minnesota State High School Football League for his work this year with the new... Full story

Spreading joy

Theresa and Connie Wappes get ready to ship seven boxes recently. The "Boxes of Joy" project at Queen of Peace Catholic Church filled over 111 boxes of toys and gifts for children in need across the...

A day to honor veterans, the flag and more

The folks at Aspen Arms celebrated Veterans Day with a visit from members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard, who conducted formal ceremonies and later joined many of the veterans and residents who... Full story

Sing along with Autumn Voices

Autumn Voices is looking for retired men and women who like to sing. The group began in 1976, and continues today with people who love to sing. Practice is every Monday 10-11 a.m. at the Senior dining center in Moose Lake. They have nine gigs in... Full story

PHOTO: Roiling in the cold

Cloquet photographer Mark Cline captured this huge wall of sea smoke over Lake Superior, looking as if it will soon overtake a ship and downtown Duluth Tuesday morning. Cline said he captured the...

LOOK AT THAT! Behold the power of the St. Louis River

Spending time in Carlton, Cloquet, Thomson and Jay Cooke State Park is sure to reveal a few sites of interest for sure. I like to paddle the St. Louis River from Scanlon to the Thomson Reservoir on... Full story

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