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 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Winter roars in, people dig out

The double whammy of winter storms on either side of Thanksgiving Day will surely be remembered by those who endured it. Some were lucky enough to be nestled with friends and family for what turned...

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Cloquet snow days have dwindled

On the bright side, Cloquet students got two extra days for Thanksgiving break due to the weather. On the not-so-bright side, all future snow days will likely have to be made up because the district...

 By Jana Peterson    People    December 6, 2019 

Wanted: Bell ringers

While the Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser runs only through the weeks leading up to Christmas, the proceeds pay for local social services programs for the entire year, according to David... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

City hires Moose Lake administrator

The city of Cloquet will soon have a new leader at the top, and it’s someone who already knows a lot about the area and the unique challenges and advantages of living in Carlton County. Cloquet...

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 6, 2019 

Carlton Holiday Market is here

The idea for a new Carlton Holiday Market grew as organically as the vegetables grown on many farms around Carlton County, according to Emily Fuerste Swanson. From the three original events - the VFW... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    December 6, 2019 

Pearl Harbor still echoes, 78 years on

Some memories never fade. Don Long remembers the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 like it was yesterday. The Barnum High School 1939 grad had been at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station in Hawaii for about only two... Full story


Many thanks

Sometimes it takes a village. In the case of Cloquet's community Thanksgiving dinner, it takes an army ... of volunteers. They work out of two headquarters: the Cloquet VFW for deliveries, and Zion... Full story


Utility tax hits keep coming

As proposed 2020 tax statements arrived in mailboxes this week, some Carlton County residents were shocked to find out just how much their property tax bill is likely to increase next year. Thanks to...


Man drowns after fall into icy St. Louis River

Despite the best efforts of local law enforcement and emergency personnel, a man drowned early Saturday morning after falling through the ice on the St. Louis River in Scanlon. At approximately 1:30 a... Full story


No more rooms at the inn

The Golden Gate motel in Scanlon was demolished last week. The property was purchased by Kwik Trip this past summer so it can make room at the neighboring convenience store for expanded parking, a...


Cloquet school taxes stay down; big grant awarded

Two pieces of great news came out of Monday’s Cloquet school board meeting: 1.The school district tax levy will increase by less than half a percent; 2.The district is part of a consortium of mostly Carlton County school districts that was awarded...


Utility taxes: Court softens the tax blow

Carlton County got some “not catastrophic” news regarding how much the county and other taxing authorities within it will need to repay utility companies for overcharging in tax assessments as various utility lawsuits make their way through...


Free Thanksgiving Day dinner is a big 'thank you'

The Carlton County Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary would like to invite everyone to dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you come to eat or to volunteer or both, all are welcome to the free... Full story


Carlton, Wrenshall students find harmony

While the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards continue slow-moving consolidation talks, some students in the neighboring school districts say they want to be one school district already. “The kids said they won’t play the Jug game,” Community...


Cloquet ready to move on choosing new administrator

Only one of three candidates for the Cloquet City Administrator job - Tim Peterson - made it to a second interview, held prior to the City Council work session Tuesday. Peterson, the current city...


The buck stopped here

Larry Slater shot this 10-point, 210-pound buck in Carlton County Nov. 14 while hunting in the Mahtowa area, where his family and friends have hunted for decades. Share your Big Buck photos and...


Cloquet's busy holiday festival begins Dec. 4

Hot on the heels of Thanksgiving comes Cloquet’s annual “Santa’s Home for the Holidays” festivities Dec. 4-7. The festivities kick off Wednesday, Dec. 4, with Elf Bingo for kids and a free...


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...


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....


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


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...


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