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Light is showing in Covid tunnel

For more than a year, Minnesota has been operating under some level of restrictions, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But soon, most of those restrictions will be lifted. Gov. Tim Walz last week unveiled a three-step process to remove most Covid-19... Full story

Vaccination spots open for children

After the Pfizer vaccine was approved this week for ages 12 and older, Cloquet’s Community Memorial Hospital will hold a vaccine clinic opportunity for anyone 12 years old and older from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at the hospital. Anyone under... Full story

Covid cases drop, as does vaccination pace

Active cases and hospitalizations are ebbing in Minnesota, but the vaccination pace remains at a relative crawl even as state public health leaders plead with unvaccinated adults to get their shots. More than 60 percent of state residents 16 and... Full story

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Ability to hang out is cherished

What a difference a day makes. Students at Cloquet High School found out Friday afternoon that they would not have to wear masks during prom the following evening, AND they would be allowed to dance...

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Fading Beauties

Photographer Dana Malkovich loves to visit Jay Cooke State Park, especially at this time of year when the first wildflowers of spring line the park's trails. "One needs a sharp eye," he said,...

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Charges: Cloquet man stole mail, forged checks

A Cloquet man faces charges for allegedly creating an elaborate system of false identities and forged checks based on stolen mail. Jory Richard Johnson, 32, is facing 11 different felony charges,...

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New auditor/treasurer is a familiar face

Approving the choice for a new county auditor/treasurer was easy, but what salary to pay brought out some dissension among the Carlton County commissioners. On May 3, commissioners interviewed...

Board welcomes new patrol deputy

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors welcomed Deputy Randy Roberts into his new role as the official deputy for Esko/Thomson townships at their meeting Thursday, May 6. Roberts was the temporary fill-in for the position after the retirement of...

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Tribal college offers a food system course

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will offer a new sustainable food systems class this summer. This summer's class, SUST 2090 Field Experience, is the first course of several that will form a...

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Barnum girls shocked with national title

The video is amazing. The reaction from Barnum High School sophomores Kate Ferrin and Ava Gran tells you all you need to know about how big a deal it was to find out last weekend that they are...

College has 157 online graduates

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was set to award associate degrees and diplomas to 157 students during a virtual commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 13, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press. In addition to the virtual...

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Meetings are now open to public

For the first time since spring 2020, Monday’s Cloquet school board meeting was open to the public. No one came, but they could have. The change arose from a ruling on open meeting law by the...

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Graduation will have a familiar feel in Esko

Esko seniors will graduate in a normal ceremony this year, if everything goes the way superintendent Aaron Fischer hopes it does. “Current guidelines will allow only two guests per student,” at...

Free food offered on Thursdays

Free community meals will be offered Thursday May 20 and 27 at the Carlton VFW, Cloquet VFW and Fond du Lac Head Start. There will be approximately 100 meals per location. Distribution starts at 3 p.m. and lasts until the meals are gone. Recipients...

Carlton choir concert available

The Carlton schools choir concert previewed in the April 30 issue went off with only one hitch, but a major one: technical difficulties. So while the students were able to sing together and the 75-minute concert was recorded, the livestream link...

Library fines amnesty offered

The Cloquet Public Library will not be collecting fines for families with children from May 14 through Aug. 6 so that families continue to read throughout the summer and participate in their summer reading...

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Obituaries: Laurel (Cahill) Peltier

Laurel (Cahill) Peltier, 74, of Farmington passed away March 10, 2021 from respiratory failure. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Jessica and Eli Peltier, and her grandchildren, Breanna... Full story

Death Notices

Robert Vernon Schultz, 90, of Carlton died March 2, 2021, at Augustana Health Care Center, Moose Lake. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15 in Atkinson Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Salem Hall in...

Letters to the editor: Know thy swastikas

There was an error in the coverage of the recent Veterans Park vandalism, which reported that vandals “spraypainted a Nazi swastika” on the restroom shelter. At best, this is an unsubstantiated claim; at worst, it’s factually inaccurate, and... Full story

Letters to the editor: Pine Tree Plaza lot needs attention

Has anyone noticed, or is it just me? The area of the Pine Tree Plaza parking lot drive between the Big Lake Road entrance and McDonald’s restaurant could sure use some attention. I don’t know if it is private property or government property;... Full story

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Harry's gang: Census response saves the day

I don't know if people realize how close we came to losing a seat in Congress recently. If good ol' Minnesotans had not been so effective at completing the census, odds are pretty good our eight... Full story

Our View: Return of city beach is a welcome sight

After a summer season where The Beach at Pinehurst Park sat empty and unused due to the pandemic, we are excited to see leaders are opening the pool this summer. It’s a sign that things may be getting back to normal, and we couldn’t be happier....

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Carlton outstrikes Wrenshall in dramatic duel

When Carlton's Abby Mitchell and Wrenshall's Brooke Kent took to the mound Tuesday night, not many people could have predicted the insane numbers the pair would put up in the strikeout department.... Full story

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Tournament raises money for hockey

Hockey isn't just a young man's game - the 10 teams that turned out for the Rusty Axe men's hockey tournament earlier this year proved that. Joe Broneak said he was thrilled with the number of... Full story

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Wilderness blitzed by hot Aberdeen

There’s a saying in the sports world that stats don’t lie. The Minnesota Wilderness found that out firsthand as red-hot Aberdeen flew into town for games Friday and Saturday. The Wings came into... Full story

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Bulldogs explode in rout over Wrens

Things were tight through the first couple of innings during the Carlton and Wrenshall baseball game Tuesday. That changed in the top of the third when the Bulldogs plated 12 runs and eventually... Full story

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Boys keep at it on club volleyball court

Two steps forward, one step back. After bouncing back from a 2020 season nixed by the pandemic, the state's 5-year-old boys volleyball league faced another setback Tuesday when the 48-member... Full story

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Hot start propels South Ridge over Esko

A five-run first inning helped to propel South Ridge to an impressive 8-6 road win over host Esko last Thursday night. "We knew going into the game that we had to get some runs on the board early,"... Full story

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Upraising the roof

Workers for Andrew Elias Enterprises tackled one of their more challenging roofing jobs last month when they repaired part of the roof at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Our Savior's pastor...

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Carlton gets clean sweep crew

It was yardwork on overdrive Friday when close to 100 Carlton students spent the morning cleaning yards, trailsides and the entire Hillside Cemetery in advance of the citywide brush collection...

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Celebrate a day for differences

There is a day for most everything now – if you visit nationaltoday.com, you’ll see that today, Friday, is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, National Dance Like a Chicken Day, National Underground...

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Wright/Cromwell news

It’s that time again when we need to meet to decide what events we are having at this year’s Wrong Days in Wright celebration. Here’s a summary of last Wednesday’s meeting minutes: Planning:...

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Esko student heading to Naval Academy

Esko High School senior Michael Urie has been accepted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland after receiving a nomination from U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, who represents the 8th...

Fishing opener is Saturday

Fishing opener is this Saturday, May 15. That means the start of fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in lakes, plus the kickoff of the summer tourism season. As you prepare to hit the water for Saturday’s fishing opener, it’s... Full story

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Nature's Path: Those otherworldly bogs

I haven't been to the far corners of the earth, but I have visited exotic landscapes right here in the northeast corner of Minnesota. Peat bogs abound in our region and they provide an unusual and... Full story

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