Week of June 14, 2024

Broadband buildout begins

Brady Slater

Erik Peterson does what he loves, consulting for grassroots advocacy in agriculture, the environment and social justice. It finds him regularly doing work with people all over the world, including as far away as Australia. All of it he does from his home off North Cloquet Road in Esko, since 2009. For some tasks, he's got to make sure his wife is not on the computer, so that his internet connection through telephone lines isn't disrupted. It was years before the Petersons learned that not all... Full story

Voters opt for new FDL leader

Jana Peterson

Two of three incumbents were upset in Tuesday's elections for leadership of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Bruce Savage will be the new chairman of the Reservation Business Committee, defeating two-term incumbent Kevin Dupuis Sr., by 52 votes, 478 to 426. Earl Otis defeated Roger Smith 104 to 69 for District 3 (Brookston) representative. District 1 (Cloquet) incumbent Wally Dupuis defeated Michelle DeBolt, 343 to 233. All three were elected to four-year terms that will begin in...

New Esko fitness center opens

Jana Peterson

More than 100 people turned out Monday to tour the recently completed Esko Fitness Center. The response was very positive, said Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer. A large two-story blue and gray structure attached to the south side of the school building, the space contains a variety of fitness equipment and lots of natural light, including a view of the baseball field outside. Some of the equipment is personalized. Bright blue weight benches say "SISU" in gold lettering while the weights...

Consolidation talks on ice this summer

Brady Slater and Ted Lammi

An impasse between the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards is threatening consolidation efforts by the districts. The Carlton school board reached a consensus at its working session Monday to not have further discussion with Wrenshall until August at the earliest. An email later this week between superintendents - obtained by the Pine Knot News through a public records request - confirmed the Carlton position. "(B)ecause sending letters back and forth to each other doesn't seem to be getting us...

Weather and missed putts hurt Cloquet at State

Steve Korby

Steve Korby [email protected] The Cloquet High School boys golf team competed in the Class AA Minnesota State Golf Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lumberjacks finished seventh in the eight-team field. Cloquet had won the section tournament on six straight occasions and has placed higher at state, including a championship in 2021, but this year the top teams from around Minnesota played better over two days in a rain-shortened event. The tournament was held, again, at the Ridges At... Full story

Cloquet's Lavan splits matches at State

Kerry Rodd

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton tennis player Ethan Lavan continues to make an impression on the statewide tennis scene. After capturing the Section 7A boys tennis title for a second straight season, Lavan played in the Minnesota state tennis tournament at Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center last week. "Ethan is just one of those players who don't care how people look at him," said CEC coach Derek Johnson. Lavan came out in impressive fashion and won his first-round match easily before bowing out in the... Full story

Rebels' road ends in consolation final

Dwight Cadwell

Dwight Cadwell [email protected] Making their third trip to the Minnesota State High School League state girls softball tournament last week, the Rebels were hoping to make a run at the state title after being close the previous two years. Those hopes were dashed in the state quarterfinals by Russell-Tyler- Ruthton. In their first-ever state tournament appearance, the Knights shut down the Rebels in a 10-0 10-run victory last Wednesday night in Mankato. RTR scored four runs in the bottom... Full story

Backs to the wall ... then back to State

Howie Hanson

A mostly failed Section 7AA championship surprise Gatorade shower, courtesy of his giddy players, sent legendary Esko baseball skipper Ben Haugen ducking for cover during an onfield post-game interview. The coach, who is quick enough to dodge drops during the rain storms that peppered section play last week, was equally adept at explaining how his team won a second-straight 7AA title by clipping Duluth Marshall 10-3 and 4-2 last Thursday night at Wade Stadium in Duluth. It was a stunning... Full story

Future bright for 'Jacks after State

Kerry Rodd

The Cloquet Lumberjacks top boys finisher at last weekend's Class AA Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet was Andrew Shepherd, who was ninth in the 800-meter run. The state meet ran last Thursday through Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Shepherd was also part of the 4x800 relay team which finished 13th, along with Calvin Snesrud, Emmett Prosen and Evan Rothamel. "Shepherd is going to be awfully fun to watch in his next two seasons," said... Full story

Top-10 finishes galore in Class A

Kerry Rodd

Kerry Rodd [email protected] Carlton County was well-represented last weekend at the Class A Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School. While there was no state champion from the area this season, a number of athletes made the finals and medaled for being in the top 10 places. Barnum's Annaka Bogenholm had the best state meet of all area athletes by finishing third in the discus in Class A and seventh in the shot... Full story

  • Knot Pining: Dad dance is a constant reckoning

    Mike Creger

    Call me shocked the other day when the 6-year-old started unpacking groceries and putting them away after her long day at camp. Unprodded. She also brushed her teeth that night without any coaxing. Every day has its moments, and those were nice ones. Of course, parenting is often laden with a tug and pull to get your kid to listen to anything you say or to move one muscle to help with anything. A lyric often comes to mind when in the throes of child negotiations: "My love and I, we are boxing... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Hands of another time

    Steve Korby

    My granddaughter was recently sitting on my lap and asked, "Why do you have such hairy knuckles, Grandpa?" Kind of a personal question, but it made me pause and think. My dad had hairy knuckles. The hair even curled. To my eyes, he always had big, strong hands. He died 40 years ago, when I was 29. My dad, for most of his working life, was a car mechanic and gas station owner. When not at work, he was putzing around in his four-stall garage. He could fix almost anything: cars, plumbing,... Full story

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela

    The Moose Lake Library used book sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the Riverside Ice Arena. It's part of the 2024 library's vendor and craft fair, and the book sale proceeds will go toward helping the library continue to serve the community. The Finnish Luncheon is at noon on June 18 at the Kettle River senior center. You don't have to be Finnish to attend, so come and enjoy some good food, time to visit with friends and maybe win a prize. The Kantela Players... Full story

Senior day is a blowout success

Jana Peterson

The senior citizens turned out early for the fifth annual Cloquet Senior Day, and found lots of vendors, food trucks and information waiting for them. Almost 30 vendors lined the walkways southeast of the picnic shelter at Veterans Park, offering everything from jewelry and cookware to cleaning services and free newspapers, plus a wide array of booths simply offering information about local resources for more than 150 seniors, plus plenty of free swag for the taking. WKLK's Dwight Cadwell...

  • Experience here leads to state crown

    Jana Peterson

    Ellie Evenson is not your typical beauty queen. Crowned Miss Minnesota for America Strong on June 2, the Cloquet grad wrestled her senior year at Cloquet High School and portrayed a delightfully wicked witch in the "Wizard of Oz," the school fall musical in 2022. Evenson would also say the Miss Minnesota for America Strong is also not a stereotypical pageant. Part of the Mrs. America organization - which also includes Mrs. America World and Mrs. World - participants are encouraged to be... Full story

  • Community Events Calendar

    Pine Knot News

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Moose Lake Public Library book sale and vendor and craft sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverside Arena, 20 Earl Ellens Dr., Moose Lake. Also 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Community Chess Club 3-4:30 p.m. Fridays through the month, Cloquet Public Library. The Tri-Community Food Shelf is open 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 5597 Highway 210, Cromwell. Serving Cromwell, Tamarack and Wright residents. “Who Gives a Hoot?” 7-7:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Meet at the River Inn Visitor Center for this program on how nature built a better... Full story

  • Senior Lunch Menu

    Pine Knot News

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu Friday, June 14 Broccoli cheese soup, egg salad sandwich, fruit, sugar cookie Sat.-Sun., June 15-16 Frozen meals available Monday, June 17 Crispy chicken wrap, fruit, cookie Tuesday, June 18 Hashbrown egg bake, fruit, cinnamon roll Wednesday, June 19 Lasagna dinner, tossed salad, breadstick, gelatin Thursday, June 20 Hungarian pork steak, Scandinavian blend vegetables, baked potato, chocolate chip cookie Friday, June 21 Chef salad, breadstick, cookie Call the Senior Center at 218-879-5870 curbside meal pickup.... Full story

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