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Vote Tuesday for special election primary

STORY UPDATED FROM PRINT VERSION: The primary election for the Minnesota District 11 Senate seat is Tuesday, and many in Carlton County didn't get their mail-in ballots until Friday or Saturday.... Full story

City cuts staff time to make public access TV budget

In addition to local newspapers, political junkies in Cloquet frequently sought another avenue for the latest candidate comments in advance of last fall's election: CAT-7 TV. The local community...

Council moves ahead with library grant, hockey lease agreements

Cloquet City Councilors got mixed news about money Tuesday night - and in some cases the bad news came on the flip side of the coin. Take the Cloquet Public Library, for example, and the happy news...

Lammi will lead Cloquet School Board

The new Cloquet School Board met for the first time Monday, Jan. 14 and welcomed "new" board member Gary "Hawk" Huard back to the board after a couple years' hiatus. It was a mostly uneventful...

New year, same topics for Carlton School Board

The new Carlton School Board elected officers with little tension during its first meeting Jan. 10, but ended up deadlocked on proposed wages for the board itself, voting three times on different...

Brenner elected chair of Carlton County Board

Marking the end of another year, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners reorganized and elected new chairs and vice-chairs for the board and the Committee of the Whole, and made committee assignments. Following the tradition of rotating the...

DFL Endorsement Convention Saturday

While the Republican Party settled on one candidate for the Minnesota Senate District 11 race within a week of Gov. Dayton announcing the special election, the DFL party had to abide by its constitution and give 10 days notice before holding its...

Wrenshall councilor wanted

The city of Wrenshall is taking letters of interest from residents interested in filling vacancies on the Wrenshall City Council, according to City Clerk Alieca Johnson. “When councilor Donna Mae Weiderman was elected mayor, her seat became...

Homeless count next week

Carlton County is participating in a nationwide count of people experiencing homelessness next week, to try to document the number of people living in homeless conditions on a particular date. It’s called a Point-In-Time count, or PIT count....

Newspaper looking for future art exhibits

The Pine Knot News is soliciting proposals from visual artists who live or work in the northern half of Carlton County for future exhibits in its office space at 122 Avenue C in Cloquet. The next, following Ken Hanson’s current show, is scheduled... Full story

Event connects people in need with resources

The 2019 Operation Community Connect (OCC) event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Journey Church, 1400 Washington Ave., Cloquet. Operation Community Connect does exactly what its name says: connects people with each...

Time to fly

Kids in snow pants and race suits were flying off the ski jumps at the Joe Nowak Ski Area all weekend long, as the Cloquet Ski Club hosted back-to-back competitions on Saturday and Sunday at the... Full story

Wojtysiak hits 1000th point

Allie Wojtysiak seems to have been a part of the girls basketball team for ages. So it was not surprising when the Lumberjack senior scored 21 points last Thursday night in Hermantown to crack the...

Bulldog girls keep the Jug in Carlton with solid team effort

The Battle for the Little Brown Jug is a huge game for the schools of Carlton and Wrenshall. Each year both the girls and boys teams battle for the jug as well as the prestige of holding onto the...

Rousseau hits game-winning shot as 'Dogs reclaim Brown Jug

Spencer Rousseau's midcourt three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Carlton Bulldogs a two-point win in a packed Wrenshall gymnasium Tuesday night and the Brown Jug after a one-year hiatus in the...

Kids invited to learn about lacrosse

Local lacrosse enthusiasts are holding events this weekend to encourage children ages 5 to 14 and their parents to learn more about the sport and to support the new local lacrosse club, “Northern Siege.” On Saturday, a clinic is being held for...

Lumberjacks shut out Thunderhawks

A third period offensive explosion helped propel the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team to a 6-0 thumping of Grand Rapids on Tuesday night in Cloquet. Leading 3-0 entering the final period, the...

Sports Schedules

BOYS BASKETBALL Carlton Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 18 7:15 pm vs. Barnum Tuesday, Jan. 22 7:15 pm at Silver Bay Friday, Jan. 25 7:15 pm vs. Moose Lake-Willow River Cloquet Lumberjacks Tuesday, Jan. 22 7:15 pm vs. Chisago Lakes Thursday, Jan. 24 7:15 pm...

New Cloquet superintendent still lives in Duluth

I had the good fortune to interview Dr. Michael Cary, Ed.D., the new superintendent of the Cloquet schools, on “Harry’s Gang” this week. Cary has been on the job since last summer, and is now...

Share your thoughts with the Knot

Every week, we remind you that the Pine Knot News community newspaper welcomes your input. Send your thoughts, letters, or news to [email protected] And with a special election on Feb. 5 to replace State Sen. Tony Lourey, we expect many...

Obituary: Florence F. (Butkiewicz) Meger

Florence Frances (Butkiewicz) Meger passed away shortly after midnight on January 17, 2019. She was 96 when she died. Dear Mom, Thank you for everything. You were an incredible woman - strong,... Full story

Les Paul

Leslie Brower “Les” Paul, 74, formerly of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Jan. 1, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born Feb. 28, 1944 in Baltimore, Md. to Richard Charles Paul and Elmer Pritchett Brower Paul. Les was a longtime resident of Cloquet. He... Full story

Funeral notices

Rhonda Reneé Jacobson, 55, of Wrenshall, Minn. died Jan. 10, 2019 in Solvay Hospice house, Duluth, Minn. Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and continuing at 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. memorial service Friday, Jan. 18, all at the Cremation...

One Act Play season has begun

Sometimes you just have to do it yourself. Longtime Cloquet Senior High School theater director Kevin Hamre was so frustrated with the selection of one-act plays - which he called "ridiculous junk...

WRIGHT-Cromwell news

Our water is back! We were out for six days, but thanks to my husband and son, it was restored and is working better than ever. It seems that there was a crack in the water pump for years, and now...

Hello, Baby!

At last, the first baby born in 2019 at Community Memorial Hospital has graced the new year with her presence. Harper Grace Frank arrived at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, weighing in at 5 pounds and...

Passion for pollinators

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~ Maya Angelou For many of us, life sometimes becomes mere...

Disco pike

Once in a while I'm forced to come clean. Recently, with one eyebrow raised in curiosity, the love of my life casually asked, "Why is there a disco ball motor in the Amazon cart?" It's moments like...

Cut back on de-icer to protect Minnesota waters

Too much salt isn't just bad for our physical health, it's also a big problem for our environment. As we strive to keep sidewalks and driveways safe from slips and falls, we also need to think of our...

Take a kid and both fish for free this weekend

Minnesota’s “Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend” is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21. During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child...

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