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 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 24, 2020

On The Mark: Jazz, al fresco, is a delight

It was a balmy evening, perfect for sitting outside and listening to high-energy jazz. We'd brought our lawn chairs and positioned them near the front of the tent, to the left of the stage. We were...

 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    July 17, 2020

On the Mark: Up north swimming vacation hits the spot

Tired of staying home and not hosting friends and family for meals, music evenings and overnights, my husband and I provisioned our small motorhome and set out for a week in the Northwoods. We'd...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 10, 2020

On The Mark: School made things work

Cromwell-Wright Superintendent/Principal Nathan Libbon reflected recently on his team’s response to the order to close schools and educate from afar this past spring. To me, it sounded incredibly cr...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 10, 2020

Senior offers perspective on school year cut short

“It was the second week of April,” recalled Amber Collman, a senior at Cromwell-Wright High School. They had only a couple of days to decamp and prepare for remote schooling, time that their...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 3, 2020

On The Mark: Violence against Black Americans has deep roots through history

Why are African Americans so often the victims of police killings? A history of enslavement, violence-enforced exploitation and often killing labor, followed by decades of industrial exploitation and...

 By Ann Markusen    People    July 3, 2020

Watercolorist finds joy in plein air painting

For the next two months, the Pine Knot Gallery will exhibit Julia Jaakola's watercolors, with an opening and in-person (socially distanced) reception on Thursday, July 9. How did Julia become an artis... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    News    June 26, 2020

On The Mark: Police trainings pit 'warrior' vs. 'guardian'

I’ve been so sad since George Floyd’s murder. It’s sad and enraging. I keep wondering how it could have been different. For years, my son has been teaching me about police brutality against...

 By Ann Markusen    COVID-19    June 12, 2020

Artists get a boost in pandemic dearth

In this pandemic, artists are among the most financially vulnerable. At the last full Census count, 65 percent of writers, 57 percent of visual artists, 41 percent of musicians and singers, and 36... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    June 12, 2020

On The Mark: Still peeling popple after all these years

Walking south and west from home, over moraines left by the last glacier, I follow the chainsaw sound, pausing to watch a chestnut-sided warbler. Veering off trail, I find my brother Steve peeling...

 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    May 29, 2020

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


Obituaries: Delynn Marie (Morrow) Loeb

Delynn Marie (Morrow) Loeb, 76, of Los Gatos, California, and formerly of Pengilly, Cloquet, and Owatonna, passed away May 18, 2020. Our merciful God was truly on her side as she passed suddenly,... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 15, 2020

On the Mark: Past economic challenges offer lessons

Through interviews, we’ve been learning about Carlton County’s small-business challenges with COVID-19 social distancing requirements and mandatory shutdowns of many kinds of businesses. Here’s...

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 8, 2020

On The Mark: Food shelf volunteers fill new gaps

As increasing numbers of our neighbors are laid off or staying home with children, they find it harder to make ends meet. Nonprofits such as the Tri-Community Food Shelf are helping mightily to...

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 1, 2020

On the Mark: Small businesses try to stay upbeat

Tracey Goranson's "Hair It Is!" is the longest-living commercial business on Cromwell's Main Street. Tracey offers haircuts, perms, color, eyebrow waxing and a tanning booth to men, women and...


On The Mark: Food providers adapt during 'stay at home'

I set out to ask small businesses in Carlton County how they are faring under social distancing practices. I found amazing spirit, concerns, and accommodation on the part of employers, suppliers, cust...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 10, 2020

On the Mark: Jury out on how pandemic shapes us

Since the coronavirus emerged, we've become acutely aware of our own social spaces - where we live, how close or far our families and neighbors are, how we move across local and regional space, the...

 By Ann Markusen    COVID-19    April 3, 2020

Cromwell care complex prepared for a pandemic

Since elderly people are most vulnerable to coronavirus, their living quarters and quality of care matter greatly in protecting them from it. It's quite a challenge for the managers and staff at area...

 By Ann Markusen    News    March 27, 2020

On The Mark: Tromping in a pandemic

Hoping, dear readers, that you are finding it a kind of strange gift to be shut out of most social events and gathering holes. At first, I discovered the joys of just staying home, cleaning out the...

 By Ann Markusen    People    March 20, 2020

On The Mark: Enjoying the sweet sounds at music contest

Buses loaded with high schoolers disgorged their passengers and teachers in front of the Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth's Weber Music Hall. Eager and nervous, the students retrieved their instruments...

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 20, 2020

On The Mark: Viral upheaval hits this corner of Carlton County

What a week. News of the coronavirus has altered our pathways, habits, spending and sociability. Just last Thursday evening, we were hosting visitors to The Knot Gallery, serving food and drink and... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    People    March 6, 2020

It's watercolors with a little extra at Knot gallery

During March and April, The Knot gallery in the Pine Knot News office is exhibiting the work of Sue Brown Chapin. Sue employs unique watercolor techniques to give her works depth and sometimes an...


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...


On The Mark: Healthful cooking opens up a wide world

I enjoyed Holly Henry's Pine Knot News articles on Jan. 17 on healthful living. They were well-researched and had good tips for everything from what we eat to exercise. Here are some cooking tips to c...

 By Ann Markusen    News    January 24, 2020

On The Mark: Art tradition continues at newspaper office

We've just finished a heady year of two-month exhibits by Carlton County artists in our refurbished Pine Knot offices on Avenue C in Cloquet. It's been quite a whirl. Altogether, we hosted works by...


On the Mark: This handy man is my handyman

My husband, Rod Walli, often and confidently says in Finnish: "Voin Korjata mitaan." It means "I can fix anything." He's not bragging. Just expressing confidence. I'm drafting at home. Morning light...


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