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 By Brady Slater    News    September 29, 2023 

Tribal college plots next five years

Once a member of the first class of students to graduate from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus in Cloquet, Roxanne DeLille went on to u niversity in Duluth and later committed five... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 29, 2023 

City won't allow pot in parks

Count the city of Carlton among the growing list of communities to pass an ordinance prohibiting marijuana smoking and use in city parks and other areas the act of smoking is already outlawed. “We’re not trying to control use in public spaces as...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 29, 2023 

Commissioners approve levy with 4% increase

Carlton County commissioners approved a 3.99 percent increase over last year’s levy, delivering a preliminary figure for 2024 at $33.5 million on Monday. With the unanimous 5-0 vote in Carlton, the number the board settled on cannot exceed above...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 29, 2023 

Dollar store stakes a claim in Barnum

Sometime in winter 2024, the city of Barnum will be less of a food and retail desert than it is. Dollar General is moving onto Main Street, with construction already begun on a store which figures to...


High-end home sales on the rise

More expensive homes are changing hands than ever before in Carlton County, which saw a $1.29 million property sale close Sept. 15, and 16 sales over $600,000 in the past 12 months. "We're seeing...


Tire recycler was once welcomed by county

When St. Louis County first permitted a waste tire recycling facility north of Cloquet in 2014, it concluded that the project along Highway 33 was "consistent with a desirable pattern of development"...


Wrenshall will entertain Carlton site

In the ongoing back-and-forth between school boards considering a merger between districts, the Wrenshall contingent unanimously agreed Monday to consider the South Terrace site in Carlton as a...


Arrival of cells marks jail progress

The trucks began arriving near the end of last month, transporting jail cells from Baldwin, Georgia. The cells came six to a semitrailer, three trucks per arrival. As of this week, there are 70 jail c...


Horses seized from Wrenshall farm

Carlton County authorities impounded a dozen horses from the property of a Wrenshall farmer last week. The county's civil case against the man, Henry DeVriendt, 63, reached online District Court on...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 8, 2023

Boosters aim to regain nonprofit status

A nonprofit organization tasked with supporting the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton varsity boys hockey program is hitting reset after falling out of compliance with its federal and state government filings. Calling it “pure oversight,” the Lumberjack Blue...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 1, 2023

Players cash in with discount card

Before head coach Jeff Ojanen became a 21-year fixture in the coaching ranks of the Cloquet High School football program, he was a Lumberjack football player. Even then, the program was buoyed by the... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 1, 2023

As tires pile up, so do complaints

Roughly six years after it overcame neighborhood protest to gain approval to shred old tires, a company operating on land north of Cloquet is under state investigation for its possible failure to...

 By Brady Slater    News    September 1, 2023

Gym conversion creates fitness center

Walking through the halls of Cloquet High School last week, principal Steve Battaglia noted the pending return to school days. "The timing always seems right," he said. As summer waned and the $4.7...


Pedro's pops cork on party space

Brady Slater [email protected] A new entertainment venue above Cloquet’s popular Mexican restaurant unveiled itself Sunday with — what else? — a private event. Pedro’s Grill and...

 By Brady Slater    Sports    August 25, 2023

Youth hockey back in good standing

Three years after having its nonprofit status revoked, the Cloquet Amateur Hockey Association is in good standing again, having had its federal tax-exempt status reinstated late last week. “We’re... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    August 25, 2023

Carlton ambulance looks at full-timers

While still awaiting final city council approval, the city of Carlton’s volunteer ambulance service looks like it will add its first two full-time positions beginning in 2024. That was the consensus Wednesday of an advisory committee featuring...

 By Brady Slater    Sports    August 18, 2023

Boys, girls lacrosse may get spring start

During a Cloquet school board work session Monday, superintendent Michael Cary forecasted the arrival of lacrosse as a new varsity sport beginning in the spring. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton has been... Full story

 By Brady Slater    People    August 18, 2023

Another bumper sticker spotted

We're celebrating another loyal reader of the Pine Knot News this week as Kayla MacDiarmid and her children, Olivia and Trayce, were the recipients on Saturday of a $25 gift certificate to B&B... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    August 11, 2023

Lost in Jay Cooke: rescues rise

The call was unmistakable and perked the ears of a Jay Cooke State Park staff member: "Help!" a person cried. Within moments, a response was developing. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office came with...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 11, 2023

Support offered for Iron Range landfill

Carlton County is preparing for its waste disposal future. With the sunsetting of the Superior, Wisconsin landfill looming sometime in 2027-28, the county board approved a letter of support for a proposed Keewatin landfill during the board’s...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 4, 2023

Board seeks consolidation with Carlton

The Wrenshall School Board is expected to seek a new round of consolidation talks with the Carlton School District following an affirmative vote on a proposal Wednesday. In a letter addressed to the... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    August 4, 2023

County Board moves begrudgingly on new jobs

It’s budgeting season for local municipalities, and one week after the Carlton County sheriff’s office requested five new staffing positions, the county board heard another staffing request, one that would increase the human resources office... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    July 28, 2023

Scanlon dam gets a facelift

Crossing the St. Louis River on Minnesota Highway 61 in Scanlon offers a glimpse of a construction crane and a handful of workers crawling over one of the neighborhood dams. Even in the rain, the...

 By Brady Slater    News    July 28, 2023

Sheriff: Jail needs more staff

Sheriff Kelly Lake requested five additional staffers in 2024 during Monday's budget presentations to the Carlton County board. In outlining a nearly 10 percent staffing increase for the public...

 By Brady Slater    News    July 21, 2023

Ice, snow create a costly arena fix

Last winter was one most folks won't soon forget, with record snowfalls common and collapsed roofs and fallen treelines forever impacted. Even now, the city of Carlton is dealing with the aftermath....


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