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Senior care facilities adapt to pandemic

Not being able to get a hug from family members is the hardest part of living in a senior care facility during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. "The residents with dementia... Full story

See the special graduation section in this week's paper!

Inside this week's Pine Knot News is a the second of two special Class of 2020 graduations sections, filled with 12 pages of photos and best wishes for Esko, Carlton, Wrenshall, Cromwell-Wright,... Full story

Council votes for Derek Randall as new Cloquet police chief

After months of searching and almost an entire day of interviews, Cloquet has a new but not-so-new police chief. Cloquet city councilors voted 6-1 to hire interim police chief Derek Randall as their permanent police chief following a nationwide... Full story

More summer fun gets canceled

Add July Fourth festivities in Cloquet and the swimming pond at Pinehurst Park to the list of cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Cloquet City Councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to... Full story

Familiar face up for fire chief

Following interviews in April that resulted in a renewed and somewhat altered search for a new leader, Cloquet Area Fire District board members interviewed two new fire chief/CEO candidates on...

Thrift store shuts but food shelf remains

With the permanent closure of the Salvation Army store last week, Cloquet is now officially a thrift store desert. The Salvation Army Northern Division blamed "the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic"... Full story

Schools take ceremonies to new level

One thing is certain: the Class of 2020 will have lots of stories to tell future generations about their final school days. Last Friday marked the beginning of the high school graduation season with... Full story

Missing person call ends well

When a 73-year-old man didn’t return as expected Wednesday, May 27, family members called Carlton County Dispatch. The man had been planning for future tree plantings on a property on County Road 4. Carlton County Deputies responded to the 911...

Cloquet School Board: Students must do the work

Following a lengthy discussion during the work session Tuesday, Cloquet school board members voted 4-2 to give high school students an "incomplete" grade instead of an "F" if they failed a class during the fourth quarter, when the district switched...

Students say goodbye to retirees and teachers in reverse parade

Washington Elementary School held a "reverse parade" Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Retiring teachers sat in special personalized parade floats outside the building, while other school staff... Full story

County begins move into old city hall

After more than a year's wait, two Carlton County departments are being moved from the Courthouse to the former city hall building in Cloquet. At the regular meeting Tuesday, May 26, the Carlton...

Budget is rosy for consolidated schools

School board members got a glimpse this month of what a budget for a Carlton and Wrenshall consolidated district might look like. Some rough data project a significant fund balance increase for school operations in a consolidation. With current...

Filing period for county offices closing soon

The filing period for county elected offices ends on June 2. Three county commissioner spots are up for election in November for Districts 1, 3 and 5. Three Carlton Soil & Water Conservation District seats are up in Districts 1, 4 and 5. Sixth...

City of Cloquet reopens slowly

After closing public access to city facilities since March, the City of Cloquet is opening back up, one step at a time. City parks reopened last week, with cautionary signs posted to let residents know that playgrounds aren’t sanitized and park...

Memorial Day tradition holds fast

You just can't cancel Memorial Day. After initially announcing there would be no ceremonies by the Combined Cloquet Honor Guard because of coronavirus concerns, events to honor the nation's fallen...

Flags for the fallen

Cemeteries and cities across the county and the country sprouted flags and flowers last week in preparation for Memorial Day. Originally known as Decoration Day when it was observed following the...

Harry's Gang: If opposing sides dig in, no one can possibly win

Justin Krych of Esko once told me that political compromise is essential to good government. Everyone agrees we need to raise taxes: the Democrats want to raise them by 5 percent, but the Republicans...

Our View: Welcome to the world, graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on graduating from high school. Your achievement will not go unnoticed, even though you’ve missed the traditional ceremony and all that surrounds it. You’re still graduates and we’re still proud. Plus you...

Obituary: Douglas Alan Nelson

Douglas A. Nelson, 66, of Cloquet passed away May 29, 2020. He was born July 26, 1953 in Virginia, Minnesota to Arthur and Helia (Autio) Nelson. Doug graduated from Cotton High School and was united... Full story

Obituary: Barbara June Ross

Barbara J. Ross, 72, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly May 27, 2020. She was born June 27, 1947, in Cloquet to Howard and Irene (Granvick) Ross. Barb was a 1965 graduate of Cloquet High School and... Full story

Obituary: Mildred Marie (Olson) Kjoberg

Mildred Marie (Olson) Kjoberg, 101, of Cloquet died June 1, 2020. She was born on Jan. 12, 1919 to Swedish immigrant parents, Emil A. and Hulda M. Olson. Her mother, a survivor of the 1918 fire,... Full story

Obituaries: Pastor Lyle "Bud" Irving Twite

Pastor Lyle "Bud" Irving Twite, 92, of Cloquet passed away May 21, 2020, in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Veblen, South Dakota to Lewis and Ida Twite. He... Full story

Death notices

Kevin Craig Cartwright, 65, of Esko passed away peacefully May 24, 2020. A private family memorial service will be held. Donations to Essentia Hospice in Duluth preferred. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family in care of Atkins... Full story

Farmers market to open June 6

The Carlton County Farmers Market will open Saturday, June 6 in Cloquet, running 9 a.m. to noon in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Hwy. 33 S. The Carlton market will open Tuesday, June 16, 4 p.m. to...

Wright/Cromwell news

The Clothing Depot in Cromwell is back open on a limited basis. The hours and days are still the same — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — but they are allowing only eight people...

A Floral Wonderland

Local photographer Dan Malkovich likes to photograph woodland wildflowers and shared these two with the Pine Knot News this week. According to Malkovich, several varieties of trillium grow in...

Out in it: A shallow mind helps right now

If you are reading this, you should probably stop. Hook up your boat and read this later. The fish are biting. The light switch has been turned on this week. Many different species have moved shallow...

On The Mark: Birders delight in nearby refuge

May is a spectacular month for birding in our part of Minnesota. Not just in numbers, but variety, artistry and antics. In April, the early birds touch down for a visit on their way north: snow... Full story

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