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 By Jana Peterson    News    November 15, 2019 

NE BBQ closes

Cloquet’s NE Bar & Grill is closed for good, its owners announced on Facebook last week and in an email to the Pine Knot News. The last day for the restaurant, which specialized in smoked barbecue meats but offered a range of menu items and an exte...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 15, 2019 

Officer loses appeal; K-9 dog finds home

Five months after his dismissal, a former Cloquet police detective is in the news again. Scott Holman, a 22-year member of the department, lost an arbitration case appealing his dismissal this week....

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 15, 2019 

Cloquet writers collect state honors in essay contest

While athletics and drama are often in the spotlight, three Cloquet High School juniors recently took centerstage for an academic endeavor, after placing first, third and fifth in a statewide essay... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 15, 2019 

Feds file charges in funeral shooting

The Carlton County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the man at the center of a shooting at a funeral last month is being charged in federal court, rather than state court. Shelby Gene...


'The Little Mermaid' washes ashore at Cloquet High School this weekend

After 10 years of directing, Kevin Hamre had stepped away from the massive productions that are the fall musicals at Cloquet High School. Shows that often feature between 70 and 100 young actors and... Full story


CROSS COUNTRY: Cardinal runners finish strong at state

Cromwell-Wright eighth-grader Emaleigh Olesiak was the top Carlton County finisher at state, taking 30th place in a time of 19:45.7 in the girls race at the Minnesota MSHSL Class A Cross Country...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 8, 2019

Wilkinson, Swanson advance in election

The Ward 3 voters in Cloquet (about 14 percent of them) have spoken. Following Tuesday's primary election, Chris Swanson and Uriah Wilkinson will advance to the special election in February for the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 8, 2019

Cloquet residents, school staff plan for the future

Before the start of Monday's community planning session, all of the Cloquet School Board members and school administrators went home. That was deliberate, explained consultant Bruce Miles. "We want...


Q-and-A with 'The Wayves'

Cloquet High School grads Riley Into and Landon Langenbrunner are aiming to make it big in the music world, but they aren't taking what many consider the traditional route. They aren't playing bars... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 1, 2019

Cloquet district financials in good shape

As a result of making close to $600,000 in cuts this past year and better than expected state aid, the Cloquet school board got some good news Monday following its annual audit. Instead of ending the... Full story


Art tour goes on a 'Roundabout'

No matter which exit you take, next week's Roundabout: North Carlton County Art Tour offers a different artistic experience at each of its seven stops: A theater. A museum. Two grand historic homes. A... Full story


Runners stake claim on State

Great cross country runners are built. While genetics probably helps, it's the miles and miles of running that really makes the difference. But a little strategy helps as well, first-year Cloquet... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 1, 2019

Ward 3 council primary set for Tuesday

Three candidates — Uriah Wilkinson, Ray Schow and Chris Swanson — are running for the Ward 3 Cloquet city council seat vacated by Dakota Koski in July when he moved out of his ward. The special primary election for Cloquet Ward 3 councilor is Tue... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 25, 2019

Shooting shocks funeral gatherers

The man allegedly responsible for the shooting Friday that shut down many of the buildings at the heart of the Fond du Lac Reservation was charged in Sixth District Carlton County Court Monday....

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 25, 2019

The 'Haunted' show goes on

Not many nonprofit organizations would boast about making people pee their pants. Then again, the folks at the Haunted Shack are not your typical community volunteers - they're in the business of... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 25, 2019

Art meets the realities of life

In a bit of fortuitous timing, the Fond du Lac Head Start building got the gift of communal art right after it was the center of a dramatic shooting incident last week. Artist Karen Savage-Blue had...


Area runners on a race toward State meet

It's been a banner year so far for many Carlton County cross country runners, and it's all coming down to the line this week at the Cloquet Country Club. The Section 7 cross country meet will take...


Esko mourns loss of athlete Jackson Pfister

When Esko football player Jackson Pfister collapsed during a varsity game last week and died of heart failure, it shocked and saddened people across the school district, the township, nearby towns... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 18, 2019

Walkers remember loved ones who died by suicide

Last Saturday morning marked the fourth time in five years that the Borske family — mom Samantha, daughters Dallas, Makayla and Alexis — and their friends and family made their way to Carlton for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 18, 2019

Man shoots another at funeral, others grab him until police arrive

A shooting during a funeral in the Fond du Lac reservation community center gymnasium today left one victim with a gunshot wound to the head and the suspect in custody. Immediately after the shooting... Full story


Catch the "Music Circus" at the Chief

The second floor of Cloquet’s historic Chief Theatre is marking its grand opening with lots of music and good clean fun as the “Music Circus” tour comes to town. In keeping with the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 18, 2019

Cloquet school district seeks input to plan for the future

Cloquet school district officials want you. Or rather, they want your opinion and input on a new strategic plan for the school district, in exchange for a light dinner and the promise of continuing to educate our young people. Superintendent Michael...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 11, 2019

Making ice in aging 'Barn' challenging, expensive

News that the ice plant in “The Barn” — the city’s oldest hockey arena — had leaked as much as 5,000 pounds of R-22 refrigerant came as a shock to Cloquet city officials earlier this month....


Suicide Awareness Walk is Saturday in Carlton

How does a friend, a loved one, a co-worker or a classmate cope in the aftermath of a completed suicide? Jo Angell says that going on a walk — specifically, the annual Suicide Awareness Memorial... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 11, 2019

Updated: Esko student athlete dies after cardiac event during football game

Esko High School sophomore Jackson Pfister died Friday following a cardiac event that occurred during Friday’s varsity football game. According to a message sent out electronically to Esko school district families from school administration on... Full story


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