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Lemon Tree store is sold

Across the highway and about a block north of the Applebee’s site, the former Lemon Tree Liquor and Gas store at 1212 Highway 33 has also been sold. According to the county auditor’s office, the property sold for $140,975 to Pru Properties in...

Old Applebee's restaurant sold

The first sign that the former Applebee’s building may have new owners came when a crew of workers were crawling all over the extensive roof earlier this month, shoveling off snow. Carlton County assessor Kyle Holmes confirmed that the building...

No serious injuries in bus accident

A woman rear-ended a Cloquet school bus last week, but there were no serious injuries as a result. The crash was reported at 4:39 p.m. Feb. 11 on the 1500 block of 14th Street in Cloquet. According...

Court dispositions

The following are the results of court cases as reported by Carlton County District Court in Carlton: Schullo, Kelly Marie, 28, Duluth - 4/23/2018 - Possession of a Narcotic Drug not Heroin in the Third Degree - Felony. Plead Guilty 9/16/2019....

'Apple tree guy' learns to innovate

When Dustin Anderson wanted to improve his small vineyard in Carlton, he called the company that had sold him his grapevines. What happened next is why he is known as "The Apple Tree Guy" and not...

City OKs police position

Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor Chris Swanson took the oath of office for the second time in seven months Tuesday, this time as a duly elected representative following his appointment in July. The council meeting Tuesday was a quick one, with no...

Man charged after dog is found stabbed

A Cloquet man faces a felony charge of mistreating or torturing an animal after he allegedly stabbed a dog in the neck. According to the criminal complaint, Shayne Jason Thompson, 42, banged on the door of his girlfriend’s father’s residence on...

Belated Valentine

Tim Young Sr. started on a Valentine's Day snow carving Feb. 13, but the bitter cold temperatures made for poor carving and a cold carver. "I've always wanted to do something with Pepé Le Pew," he... Full story

Boards agree on consolidation plan, sort of

The Wrenshall school board wanted the full support of the Carlton school board this week when it comes to the next steps of the school district consolidation process. But some Carlton school board members are still lukewarm about the two-site plan....

County joins those seeking OK for referendums on sales taxes

Voting to have your local sales taxes raised to fund a particular project isn't as easy as it used to be. Prior to this year, voters could approve proposals on Election Day, then ask the legislature... Full story

Protection offered for protectors

Shield 616 and the Cloquet Eagles Club worked together to make Cloquet's newest school resource officer (SRO), and the children he is there to protect, a little bit safer. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, SRO...

Conversation roils on Barnum school deficit

Students, parents and teachers talked to the Barnum school board at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18 to express their concerns about proposed staff cuts following news that the district needs to make significant cuts or it will go into the red....

Student scholarship news: Floy Gilman scholarship

The Floy Gilman Scheidler Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to residents of Carlton County who are pursuing post-high school education. The foundation was established in 1999 by Floy Dickison, former Esko high school English teacher and... Full story

Area students make deans lists

At University of Wisconsin-Madison: • Thomas Heren, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list • Claire Taubman, College of Letters and Science, dean’s list At University of Minnesota Duluth: • Ethan Bergman, junior, College of Liberal...

Carlton school threat deemed not viable

The Carlton school district alerted parents Feb. 13 that a student had “made a verbal threat to student safety” at the middle school/high school but the threat was deemed not viable. Superintendent Gwen Carman said the situation was...

State hockey update: Lady Lumberjacks up by 2 after first period

Thanks to two goals by senior Taylor Nelson, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks are beating Warroad 2-0 after the first period in today's state semi-final game at the Xcel Energy Center in... Full story

'Jacks season ends with an OT crusher

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Elk River boys hockey teams took fans on a ride of epic proportions in Tuesday night's Section 7AA boys quarterfinal hockey game in Cloquet. After a slow start the... Full story

Korby's Connections: Visit by Olympics icon in 1970 was memorable

Cloquet schools have shined in academics, athletics, the fine arts, and other extracurricular events going way back to the start of the 20th century. Over that time, the school district has been an...

State Hockey: Fast start, hot goalie spur 'Jacks

Since the beginning of the sectional hockey tournament, the CEC girls hockey team has jumped on teams early in the game. On Wednesday the Lumberjacks opened play at the Minnesota State Girls Hockey... Full story

For Cloquet, it's a small (hockey) world, after all

Anyone attending a Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey game this year would probably not have noticed anything unusual when they looked behind the team bench at the coaching staff. A glance would... Full story

5th Grade Champs

Cloquet's fifth-grade boys traveling basketball team nabbed first place, going undefeated, at the Hayward Tourney. The team had wins over Ashland, Superior, and Hayward. Pictured standing, left to... Full story

Photo fun: Happiness is ... winning the section final

Pine Knot News sports photographer Dan Saletel was right in the thick of things Feb. 12 when the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks won the section title in Proctor against... Full story

Nordic: Lumberjacks feel the love at state

At a fiercely competitive Minnesota State Nordic ski meet Friday, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys Nordic team skied their way to eighth place out of 18 teams ... with each team member skiing his... Full story

Pep band plays state

The Cloquet High School pep band rocked Xcel Energy Center Wednesday as the CEC girls hockey team won its quarterfinal game in the Minnesota Girls State Hockey Tournament. The team plays again today against... Full story

Floor hockey tradition continues at CHS

Cloquet is a hockey town. From PeeWees to Bantams to high school to the Wilderness. Hockey is in our community's blood. However, hockey season falls on top of the blandest, most Vitamin D-deprived...

Kuhlman back with Bruins after leg injury

Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey player Karson Kuhlman is back playing with the Boston Bruins in the NHL after suffering the first injury of his hockey career back in October. Kuhlman, who also... Full story

The ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 13 Boys Basketball Hermantown-79 Esko-69 Despite 30 points from Peyton Wefel and 23 points from Riley Fischer, the Eskomos fell short against the Hawks, who got 35 points from Peter Soumis and 22 from Kaden Kucza. Also scoring for... Full story

Local Sports schedule

Boys Basketball • Cloquet at Bemidji at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Cloquet at North Branch 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 • Cloquet vs Crosby-Ironton at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 • Cloquet at Proctor at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 • Carlton vs Fond... Full story

Harry's Gang: On vacation, 'Why not?' becomes relaxation mantra

Tara forced me to spend a week in Orlando recently. “Forced” is accurate, but I’ve learned that putting up a fight is pointless, so I went along and even pretended to enjoy it. I can sense that...

On the Mark: Cromwell mayor lays out path to the future

Our city of Cromwell, nestled along the east-west BNSF rails, has its challenges. Sandwiched between two lakes that empty west toward the Mississippi, Cromwell's water table is high, creating...

Our view: As lacrosse makes inroads, stay tuned

Imagine the uproar if the Cloquet School Board decided to eliminate soccer as a sport for its students. We’re fairly certain that will not happen any time soon, but we mention it to properly frame this premise: it is undeniable that lacrosse is...

Obituaries: Patricia (Wedl) Bailey

Patricia (Wedl) Bailey passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. The second of three children, Pat was born May 5, 1930, to Lee and Peg Wedl in Coleraine.... Full story

Obituaries: Adrian J. Sturgeleski

Adrian J. Sturgeleski, 83, of Cloquet passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Sunnyside Health Care. He was born May 30, 1936, in Sturgeon Lake to Theodore and Gertrude (Mikrot) Sturgeleski. Adrian... Full story

Death notices

Dorothy L. “Dottie” Ruhnke, 87, of Wrenshall, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life on Saturday, Feb. 22 at SonLife Community Church in Wrenshall.... Full story

Remember when? Scanlon's Sather's store

The Sather's store in Scanlon was opened up in 1903 by Ole Sather, who was born in 1869 in Norway and came to America when he was 16 years old. He came to Scanlon when the town was a thriving young...

It's hats on for this art show

The Artful Hat Show is coming to the Pine Knot News office 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Anyone who would like to come is invited to wear their favorite hat, and come admire other hats and others' hats,... Full story

Cheering on the Lumberjacks at state

CEC Lumberjacks fans cheered on the girls hockey team at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on the first day of the Minnesota State Girls Hockey Tournament. The fans will get two more chances to cheer as...

Skier Ripp set to compete at Worlds

After graduating from high school last May, Cloquet's Aidan Ripp hit "Pause" on academics to pursue his dream of becoming a top competitor in the world of Nordic combined. He gave himself a year,...

Support your local school board

The Minnesota School Boards Association set Feb. 17-21 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education...

Winter is looking up

A look up at the Cloquet Forestry Center last weekend offers quite the pastiche with the pine trees there. This weekend will be a perfect time to get outdoors with a winter...

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