Carlton votes for four-day school week

Carlton students will have classes only four days a week next year, provided the district's proposal is approved by the state. Nearly 30 members of the public were present Monday for the last of...

This train is leaving the station

A historic train locomotive and caboose pulled out of the Carlton County fairgrounds this week, although not under its own steam. After calling the fairgrounds in Barnum home for 68 years, the former... Full story

Psychologist speaks up about dismissed trial

A former psychologist at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake broke her silence last week, two months after felony sexual assault charges against her were dropped on the precipice of a court trial originally scheduled to start this... Full story

Carlton Schools Honor Roll

Carlton Schools Qtr 3, 2023-24 A Honor Roll Grade 12 Michael Cadotte Sofie Herman Luukas Korpela Gavin LeBrasseur Megan Matarelli Abigail Mitchell Keanna Simula Brody Vernon Harlee Ziebol Grade 11 Jackson Korpela Kayla Radtke Ariadna Rovira-Sanchez... Full story

EMS funding: Cloquet fire district hopes for funds

When asked about proposed legislation to aid emergency medical services across the state, Cloquet Area Fire District chief Jesse Buhs said he believes CAFD “would be eligible for the proposed...

Board cuts 23 to balance budget

More than four years later, the Covid-19 ripple effect continues, with school districts everywhere coming to terms with the end of federal grant funding intended to help students recover from the effects of the pandemic. On Friday, Cloquet school...

Commissioners get education in opioids, soil conservation

The Carlton County board is often audience to presentations on everything from treating invasive spongy moths to what the county's housing needs look like. Recently, the board heard a pair of...

City recognizes police bravery, promotions

The Cloquet City Council chambers were packed with family and friends Tuesday, present to support more than a dozen Cloquet police officers being honored by the city. Cloquet police chief Derek... Full story

Business Spotlight: B&B Market Cloquet

We are feeling spring up here at B & B Market. B & B Market has been part of the Cloquet community for over 60 years. We had a change of ownership in 2020 and our current owners are Jacob and Mikayla... Full story

Fire destroys home, contents

At roughly 12:28 p.m. Tuesday, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire in the 4100 block of County Road 4 in Corona Township, west of Sawyer. Deputies responded on scene and learned the homeowner was using an...

Water emergency

What initially appeared to be a mental health crisis led to an extended water emergency in Moose Lake last week. In a call to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office at 4:21 p.m. April 11, a caller reported a man appeared to be having a mental health...

Search continues for missing man

After weeks of searching, Fond du Lac Reservation Mahnomen neighborhood resident Peter Michael Martin is still considered missing. The 31-year-old Fond du Lac Band member was last seen and heard from March 8. He is described as approximately... Full story

Sign up for emergency notices

Those who want to receive text messages or emails from the Cloquet Police Department should register with Nixle. Nixle was created for local law enforcement, designed to notify the public of community updates, public advisories and emergency...

EMS funding: Legislature debates fix for ambulance sustainability

In March, when Gov. Tim Walz released his administration’s plan for $226 million in new spending, it included $16 million to aid emergency medical services across the state. The proposal sets aside $6 million for the creation of an Office of...  Website

Obituary: Elmer W. Splett

Elmer W. Splett, age 92 of Cloquet, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. He was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Racine, Wisconsin, the son of Emil and Bertha (Schenk)... Full story

Obituary: John Richard Foss

John Richard Foss, age 77, of Esko, Minnesota entered eternal life on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born in Mason City, Iowa on July 28, 1946, the son of Norman... Full story

Obituary: Rudy Sanfred Koski

Rudy Sanfred Koski, age 76, of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minnesota. He was born on September 25, 1947, to Sanfred and Linda... Full story

Obituary: David Eggen

David Eggen died at the Silver Bay Minnesota Veterans Home on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, and his son, Leif Eggen. He is survived by... Full story

Our Views: Accept Carlton's race to four-day school week

It would be easy to cast a wary eye at the actions of the Carlton school district, which over the course of roughly 10 days this month adopted a four-day school week beginning next year. The notion came as a surprise. The move to adopt it was hasty... Full story

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the Medich family

I worked for the City of Cloquet for 40 years and came to know Pine Valley well. It has long been a Cloquet gem overlooked by many. The first time I walked into the chalet, my immediate thought was what a great place this would be with an updated... Full story

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to kind strangers

I want to express my appreciation to kind strangers. Thank you to the father carrying his young son, who took my hand and made a path through the snowbank so I could get to the Good Friday service. Thank you to the kind gentleman who took notice of... Full story

Letter to the Editor: United we stand

Last week the Pine Knot ran a story by the Minnesota Reformer, with the self-ascribed tagline “Minnesota Reformer is a nonpartisan news producer.” I visited the Reformer website. After perusing several articles, it appears to me this... Full story

Korby's Connections: Mild winter leads to early open at Cloquet

There were still some snow banks in the parking lot, remnants of a late March storm, but the Cloquet Country Club golf course opened for play Sunday, April 14. An opening the same day as the Masters... Full story

Raptors pitcher ready to make her mark

It would be an understatement to say Carlton/Wrenshall pitcher Abby Mitchell had a strong start to her season last week against Hinckley-Finlayson. Just how strong has yet to be determined. "We are... Full story

CEC lacrosse makes history

A new era in Cloquet-Esko-Carlton athletics began last week when the first lacrosse team in school history hit the field April 11 with a home game against Roccori at Members Cooperative Credit Union... Full story

Wilderness will go to playoffs

The Minnesota Wilderness clinched a fourth straight appearance in the North American Hockey League Robertson Cup playoffs on April 12 in Springfield, Illinois, getting an overtime game winner from Nick Blood to put an exclamation point on the... Full story

Cloquet brings pitching, power into season

Last season, the Cloquet girls softball team got over a big hurdle by winning in the first round of the Section 7AAA tournament. Next, the 'Jacks nearly pulled off the impossible by taking Chisago... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, April 11 Baseball Barnum 14 McGregor 4 Carlton/Wrenshall 14 Cromwell-Wright 4 Hermantown 2 Cloquet 1 Softball Carlton/Wrenshall 2 Cromwell-Wright 1 South Ridge 13 Cherry 7 Boys lacrosse CEC 10 Roccori 7 Friday, April 12 Baseball Cloquet 9... Full story

Church Services

Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all ages 11 a.m. coffee & fellowship Services... Full story

Free pet microchipping event draws a crowd

About the size of a parched grain of wild rice, a microchip inserted under a pet's skin can make all the difference should that dog or cat decide it wants to roam. A simple scanner can read the... Full story

Thunderbird marks first book release

Animikii Mazina'iganan: Thunderbird Press, with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, will celebrate the release of "Fur Trade Nation: An Ojibwe's Graphic History" by renowned artist Carl Gawboy...

Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, with a special collection 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverside Arena parking lot in Moose Lake. Empty out your medicine cabinet and help prevent drug misuse, crime and pollution by...

Wright/Cromwell news

Congratulations to David Finnila of Wright, on being inducted into the 2024 Minnesota State Auctioneers Association. The Reinhardt Auction Service employee attended auctions in his high school years, and he found that they needed help, and that’s...

'Fish & Fowl' art show coming

Meet the artists and enjoy paintings, photographs and more featuring birds and fish in the “Fish & Fowl” art show 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Knot art gallery at the Pine Knot News. Artists include Stuart Nelson, Adam Swanson, Jody... Full story

Lions spread the light

On Wednesday, April 10, some 27 Carlton Lions Club members and guests assembled 32 Solar Power Light kits to send to Ukraine. One light on a fully charged battery can run for 21 hours, if just using...

Korby's Connections: Clothing Depot set to close in August

They've been friends since they were both in kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary School on Eighth Street and Cloquet Avenue in Cloquet. Now, after roughly 70 years, they volunteer together at the... Full story

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