Cat deaths lead to arrests

Two former Cloquet residents were arrested in Arkansas last week for allegedly leaving seven cats behind - with no source of water or food - when they moved away from Cloquet late last year. Four...

Cloquet Council: City advocates for multimodal trail by Hwy 33

The Cloquet city council laid the groundwork for a number of new or ongoing initiatives Tuesday, including plans for future transportation and housing projects. Councilors and Mayor Roger Maki unanimously passed a resolution supporting the...

Board approves softball coaches

Following a special meeting Friday morning, Cloquet school board members voted 5-1 to approve the list of softball coaches for this spring, including head coach Tyler Korby and assistant or JV coaches Joel Korby, Brian Fleck, Olivia Diver and...

Education notes

Carlton High School announced its list of postsecondary education option (PSEO) students in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 and above. The list includes seniors Michael Cadotte, Sam... Full story

Third time lucky? Rebate checks reissued

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced last week that they will be reissuing over 128,000 one-time tax rebate checks that have gone uncashed and subsequently expired after their November and December issuance dates. The mailing of reissued...

Residents want input on private road, driveway laws

It’s been a year since roughly 40 residents packed Thomson Town Hall to comment on two proposed township ordinances regarding private roads and driveways. Many speakers provided constructive criticism, while others outright rejected the attempt...

Spiderwoman Theater coming to Cloquet

The Indigenous-feminist Spiderwoman Theater is bringing its 16-member ensemble to Cloquet as part of a five-day residency at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and Northland College, in...

Stepping Wright up

With plans for a first-ever city hall followed by cascading improvements from there, city leaders in Wright are aiming big in an attempt to provide more for residents and families. "Wright has always... Full story

Students bring home science fair awards

Once again, Cloquet sent the largest contingent of students to Saturday's regional science fair, held at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Fifteen middle school and four high school students from... Full story

College honored for student success

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is honored to share that Achieving the Dream has awarded FDLTCC the 2024 Leah Meyer Austin Award. The Leah Meyer Austin Award signifies a college’s adoption of practices and strategies leading to a...

Carlton school board cuts staff, band program for next year

Superintendent Donita Stepan asked the Carlton school board to downsize staff by more than four full-time positions, including three teachers, during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Included in the cuts were one full-time position at South...

Housing study lands hard

Carlton County is short by up to 50 units of entry-level housing for new homebuyers, 350 units of affordable apartments, 60 units of workforce rentals and scores of units for seniors who desire to...

Obituary: Rodney Allen Niskanen

Rodney Allen Niskanen, 75, of Floodwood, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Colorado Springs. He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Duluth, to Leo and Lila (Marsyla) Niskanen. He graduated from... Full story

Obituary: William Richard Carpenter

William "Weazer" Carpenter was taken, too soon, from this world on Feb. 20, 2024. Even until his last day, he made people smile and laugh, as he did most days of his life. Weazer had a magnetic... Full story

Obituary: Santina Josephine Laurienzo

Santina J. Laurienzo passed away Feb. 18, 2024, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Tina was born in Piminoro, Calabria, Italy, the oldest child of Joseph and Mary Grace (Daniele) Barbaro. In... Full story

Obituary: Ida Catherine Nelson

Ida Catherine Nelson, 91, of Hermantown passed away on Feb. 10, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ida was born on Aug. 19, 1932, to Rudolph and Doris Eliason. She graduated from Brookston High School in... Full story

Letter: Taking undue credit

I was mystified to read a revisionist history in the Pine Knot News op-ed article with local representatives offering a legislative session preview. Rep. Jeff Dotseth was actually taking credit for “delivering” $10 million for the Carlton... Full story

Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down on newsy month

THUMBS UP to the Moose Lake city council for its unpopular but fiscally responsible decision to contract with Carlton County for its law enforcement needs. The months-long saga ended last week, in... Full story

Letter: Hard work pays dividends

Urban legends and conspiracy theories are sometimes difficult to overcome, especially when they are often repeated. This appears to be the case with the $10 million funding for the Carlton County female and judicial facility addressed in the bill... Full story

Cloquet seniors share 'This I believe' essays

The Power of Karma By Juliauna Nygaard I believe in karma. I believe in good karma, but I also believe in bad karma. I believe the things we say and do will come back to us. I believe karma reflects on personal responsibility and ethical behavior.... Full story

Letter: In favor of local police

he Moose Lake City Council to disband the police department in the name of funding concerns. Many questions abound, foremost those of security to the populace of the surrounding citizens as well as conscientious use of the resulting “freed up... Full story

Boys hockey playoffs: 'Jacks make a statement

When the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjack boys hockey team opened play in the Section 7A playoffs Tuesday, it marked the Lumberjacks' first time playing in a Class A playoff tournament. It was also... Full story

Photo: Skate with the Lumberjacks

Cloquet Amateur Hockey Women's Auxiliary held the annual Skate with the 'Jacks from Sunday, Feb. 18 at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. All the varsity and junior varsity players from the boys and... Full story

Korby's connections: Cloquet twins were skiing kings

When Cloquet High School was racking up Minnesota state ski titles, the Quinn brothers were key to the early wins. Identical twins Dave and Don Quinn graduated in 1966. They, and their coaches, Joe... Full story

Wilderness split, get hat trick

A split with Springfield Jr. Blues in Illinois last weekend left the Minnesota Wilderness clinging to a tie for third place in its division. The Wilderness got a hat trick from forward Peyton Nelson on Saturday, leading to a 6-2 win. The... Full story

Cloquet sends three to Junior National Championships

Despite a bad winter for practice and competition, three Cloquet ski jumpers are headed to Alaska next week to compete in the 2024 ski jumping and Nordic combined Junior National Championships.... Full story

MLA bounced in play-in game

Moose Lake Area was knocked out of the Section 7A boys hockey tournament Saturday afternoon in International Falls. A wild first period, which saw both teams pounding shots on net, eventually spelled trouble for the Rebels, who fell behind early... Full story

Sports Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 Girls Basketball ML/WR vs East Central, 7 Boys Basketball Barnum vs Cook County, 6:15 Cromwell-Wright at Carlton/Wrenshall (Carlton), 6:15 Saturday, Feb. 24 Boys 7A Hockey playoffs CEC vs Hibbing, 8, at Amsoil Boys Basketball Esko... Full story

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 15 Boys Basketball Hibbing 71 ML/WR 66 Esko 89 Bemidji 70 North Woods 97 Fond du Lac Ojibwe 81 Girls Basketball Esko 66 Hermantown 44 Two Harbors 51 Carlton/Wrenshall 25 South Ridge 55 Floodwood 35 Cromwell-Wright 75 Pine... Full story

Church Services

Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] www.esko-apostolic.org Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all ages 11 a.m. coffee & fellowship Services... Full story

On the farm: This farm is getting greener

In the widespread transition to green energy, motivated entrepreneurs are developing projects that can benefit from federal and state government spending. The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a...

Wright/Cromwell News

Don’t you hate it when you put something in a safe place, so you don’t lose it … then you forget where that place is? Well, I solved that problem. I leave a note in the original place, telling...

For leap year babies, age is a numbers game

In one school year in the 1940s, in rural Moose Lake, there were five sets of twins riding a bus to school. This is testament from Jim Eckman, who, with his twin brother Chuck, belonged to one of... Full story

Other local leap year babies share their stories

Finally legal Marlys Kilen of Cloquet will celebrate her 21st birthday on Feb. 29. "I'll be at an age when I can start to drink," chortled Kilen, who will be 84 years old. Growing up in Lakefield,... Full story

Photo package: Splashy guests

Photographer Will Stenberg was visited by Bohemian waxwings at his home in rural Saginaw this week. "They spent time bathing as well as eating flowering crabapples," he said. The Bohemian waxwing is... Full story

PHOTO: Man vs Nature

Photographer Will Stenberg was out at Jay Cooke State park last week and noticed what has become the way of our current winter. At Mont du Lac Resort there was a definite demarcation between the... Full story

PHOTO: No shovel needed

A week ago, the Pine Knot used a photo to highlight the earliest teardown of the Pinehurst Park ice rink on Feb. 13. Later the same week, we found a group of youngsters playing basketball in the park... Full story

SWCD update: Class helps grow gardens

Would you like to beautify your yard with showstopping flower blooms and grasses while protecting our lakes and streams, and attracting songbirds, hummingbirds and beneficial pollinators like bees... Full story

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