Cloquet announces annual scholarships, awards

Cloquet High School held its awards convocation on May 8 and announced the following award and scholarship winners at the school, including those pictured on Page 9 of this week's Pine Knot News The... Full story

The Jack bar to change hands

Come July 1, Cloquet's most popular downtown bar, The Jack, will be changing hands. Longtime owner Adam Bailey is selling to brothers Ryan Lindstrom and Zach Zezulka, owners of Carmen's Bar &... Full story

After 12 years, city planner Cottingham retires

City planner and zoning administrator Al Cottingham received a round of applause during Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting - a meeting he hopes will be his last. Cottingham is retiring June 6,...

Esko announces scholarships earned by seniors

On May 5, a large group of Esko High School seniors were awarded a variety of academic scholarships from local agencies and foundations, including the Esko Educational Foundation. Principal Greg... Full story

New CAAEP principal hire is made

On May 13, the school board voted to accept the employment of Dr. Marcia Nelson as CAAEP principal Connie Hyde’s replacement at a salary of $111,576. “Dr. Nelson is being recommended due to her strong background and experience as a school...

Moose Lake man guilty of sexual assault

A 32-year-old Moose Lake man is in Carlton County Jail awaiting sentencing following a guilty plea in March to felony criminal sexual conduct. The charge is related to a 2023 incident involving a vulnerable 15-year-old girl. Justin Eugene Arbuckle... Full story

Districts exchange letters on merger

During a break in consolidation committee meetings, Carlton and Wrenshall school boards have continued to negotiate via written communications. The most recent letter came from the Carlton board May 14 in response to Wrenshall’s April 8 proposal...

Closed for Memorial Day

Most government offices including Cloquet and Carlton County will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 27. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services,...

County talks of 'breaking bread' with Band

Members of the Carlton County board and the Fond du Lac tribal council are scheduled to meet in June. The entities meet twice annually, and the topic of how the county ought to host the meeting came up during the board’s March 14 meeting in...

Filing for elected office has started

The filing period for elected offices opened this week, and two Cloquet city councilors are already on the list to run again. Ward 4 councilor Kerry Kolodge and Ward 3 councilor Iris Keller both filed affidavits of candidacy at City Hall on...

Sports courts coming to Esko

The Thomson Township board of supervisors joined Esko Community Education, the Esko school district, Esko Hoops Club and several other businesses and organizations contributing to the construction of...

MPR NEWS: It was a fast and furious session end

MPR News An acrimonious end of the 2024 Minnesota legislative session will stream right into a contentious campaign for House control. Lawmakers ran right up to a midnight deadline Sunday for action with a shout fest at the end from minority...

Farmers Market News

The Carlton County Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 1 in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. This season we’re joined by a new generation of farmers and producers offering a wonderful variety...

Obituary: Bonnie Jeanne (Tario) Johnson

Bonnie Jeanne Johnson, 78, of North Oaks, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in her home. Bonnie was born and raised in Cloquet by her parents Harold and Mario Tario, graduating from Cloquet High... Full story

Obituary: Ramona Jean Green

Ramona Jean Green, 85, Cloquet, passed away May 12, 2024. She was born June 9, 1938, to Rudolph and Saima Paarni. She was a beloved mother, grandma and aunt. She was preceded in death by her parents;... Full story

Death notices:

Carol Sedor, 90, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, June 1 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Marchand C. Jackson, 69,... Full story

Obituary: Gerald Dale "Jerry" Cran

Gerald Dale "Jerry" Cran passed away on May 10, 2024. He was born in Duluth, the sixth of seven children of Cecil and Nellie Cran. He was educated at Duluth schools, attending Ensign, Lincoln Junior... Full story

Obituary: George Louis Henschel

George Louis Henschel passed away Jan. 15, 2024 at his home in Gilbert, Minnesota. He was born to George and Lottie (Gallup) Henschel on Feb. 11, 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was preceded in death... Full story

Obituary: Lillian "Tilly" McDade

Lillian "Tilly" McDade, 81, of Superior, and formerly of Holyoke, passed away May 10, 2024, at Solvay House in Duluth, surrounded by family. Lillian was born Dec. 8, 1942, to Peter and Irene Delich... Full story

A letter of advice to our graduates

Dear Graduates, Congratulations to the Class of 2024 on your graduation from high school. It is an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourselves. Please know that your community and loved ones are proud of you, too. As you go off to jobs,... Full story

'Jacks tennis team out of section play

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton went 1-1 in the Section 7 boys tennis tournament play last week. The Lumberjacks opened with an impressive 7-0 win over Duluth Marshall before being ousted from tournament play... Full story

In softball playoffs, weather is an opponent

With rain looming Tuesday, proactive school officials rescheduled Section 7 softball action for Monday afternoon to keep things set for semifinal action on Thursday. Several local teams had byes in... Full story

Cloquet golf teams aim for section titles

First-year Lumberjacks head coach Andrew Miller aims to build a solid girls golf program, much like the Cloquet boys, a perennial frontrunner for the Section 7 championship. This year Miller has been... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, May 16 Baseball Esko 15 Mora 4 Cromwell-Wright 14 McGregor 5 Two Harbors 8 Carlton/Wrenshall 2 BOYS Lacrosse Rocori 15 CEC 8 Softball South Ridge 26 McGregor 1 Carlton/Wrenshall 15 Floodwood 3 Cloquet 6 North Branch 3 Friday, May 17...

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

Memorial Day ceremonies set for Monday, Sunday

Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting and... Full story

Kalevala car show draws a big crowd

More than 60 vehicles drove in for the "Bring What You Got" car get-together at the Kalevala Cultural Center Sunday near Kettle River. "It was awesome," commented Sam Huhta, one of the event...

Hail to the graduates!

Cromwell-Wright kicked off the Carlton County high school graduation season last Friday, May 17, ending the ceremony with a spray of confetti. Many of the other graduations in the area are scheduled... Full story

Wright/Cromwell news

As of May 15, I have completed all my cancer treatments. The staff at the infusion center at St. Luke’s gave me an unexpected sendoff. They gave me a small lap quilt, a “St. Luke’s Survivor...

Kettle River news

This year, the Memorial Day program has been expanded. Please join us at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Kettle River American Legion building for a brief program and taps, with a three-volley salute honoring our veterans by the Moose Lake-Kettle...

Journal provides detail on WWII air war

"Time has a way of healing our heartaches but memories last forever." Tucked into a folder on Cloquet native William Dupont at the Carlton County Historical Society is a letter from Fred Asbell. He... Full story

Photo: Knot found

Carlton's Ben and Deb Croft (that's Ben in the picture) received a gift certificate to Outdoor Advantage when they were spotted in a Cloquet parking lot earlier this month with a Pine Knot News "I... Full story

Hyde wove career from art teacher to principal

Thirty-five years ago, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program principal Connie Hyde would not have dreamed she would be retiring from one of the state's leading alternative learning centers, a...

Birding bonanza is a delight

For birding enthusiasts, it's hard to beat May in northern Minnesota. There was a day last week that we'll remember for a long time. Often, we plan an extended trip to go explore and look for birds... Full story

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