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...
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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