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  • Pep squad brings 'cheer' back to Cloquet

    Lydia Stone|Aug 5, 2022

    With new cheers, routines, and coaches, the Cloquet High School pep squad is ready to change the face and atmosphere of Cloquet spirit this coming season. Spinning off of the longstanding dance line, the new pep squad spent last year incorporating cheer into dance routines. The pep squad's main goal is to bring school spirit to the stands. Previously, the group planned basketball outings to correspond with the pep band's appearances. But with the new routines, the pep squad was able to bring... Full story

  • A day in the life of Cloquet Ripsaw robotics

    Lydia Stone|Feb 25, 2022

    Build Season - a defined period of time, typically 6-8 weeks, between Kickoff and Competition that sparks excitement, fear, and urgency to all FIRST Robotics team members. Will we have enough time? Do we have enough funds? Do we have the right talent, skill, ambition? Will it all come together? Currently, Cloquet's Ripsaw Robotics team is in the middle of build season, with high ambitions for the upcoming competitions. FIRST Robotics Competition is a worldwide organization consisting of 4,000... Full story

  • It's the highpoints he's after

    Lydia Stone|Sep 10, 2021

    Over the last year and a half, 2021 Cloquet grad Josh Sanders has discovered a new and unique hobby. With time on his hands due to distance learning during the pandemic, the athletic Sanders began "highpointing" northern Minnesota counties as a way to find new areas to hike and run, and get outside. Sanders explained that highpointing is going to the highest natural point in a given area, whether it be a county, state, country, or any point of prominence. His hobby brings with it goals and... Full story

  • Students share thoughts on school days

    Lydia Stone|Aug 27, 2021

    Pine Knot News intern Lydia Stone spent last week asking fellow Cloquet schools attendees to share their thoughts on going back to the classroom in September. Here are their responses. “Online school was rough, so going back in-person is going to be great and very refreshing.” ~ Madysen Waters, 16, sophomore, Cloquet “I’m excited to go see my friends every day.” ~ Emmet Prosen, 16, sophomore, Cloquet “I prefer being home. But I guess I’m excited to see my friends. I’m just not too excited about... Full story

  • Going back to school takes the shape of a W

    Lydia Stone|Aug 27, 2021

    Going through high school while online learning was a big change, but the biggest change for me last year was not having any of my normal extracurricular activities. Almost everything I participated in was canceled. We did have National Honor Society, Link Crew, tennis, junior exec, and track but all of those activities were toned down quite a bit. Tennis last year was only half of the schedule I have to face this year. Instead of going to school, working on homework during lunch, and then... Full story

  • Interns get a taste of the real world

    Lydia Stone|Aug 6, 2021

    Almost every morning for 10 weeks, college student Emma Waugh has risen out of bed and logged onto her computer in her Cloquet bedroom to start work on a project for NASA. With specialized computer programs open, she spends her time coding and analyzing data from satellite imagery of several lakes in central Texas, monitoring for potential algae blooms. Waugh's four colleagues meet with her on Zoom at least once a day to discuss the project, and hours are spent learning in front of the... Full story

  • Neighbors build community with National Night Out

    Lydia Stone|Aug 6, 2021

    Upon arrival at the gathering on Cloquet's White Pine Drive, laughter and conversations echo down the block. Children jump in a bouncy house while firefighters attentively give tours of the giant trucks. Adults enjoy grilled food and chat with each other in lawn chairs scattered around the driveway. Cloquet Police Department stickers are plastered on everybody. Altogether, the positivity of this gathering encompasses what National Night Out (NNO) is about. The neighborhood around White Pine...

  • Festivals roll on during freedom summer

    Lydia Stone|Jul 30, 2021

    Although August is just around the corner, the summer festival season isn't slowing down. Carlton County will be bustling with activity for the next week-and-a-half with Esko Fun Days, the Honey Bee Festival, Wrenshall Brickyard Days, and Ma & Pa Kettle Days all coming back after last year's Covid cancellations. The Honey Bee Festival returns to the Oldenburg House in Carlton next Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7. Oldenburg House proprietor Glenn Swanson is eager for the festival to resume. "...

  • Summer fun... right here at home

    Lydia Stone|Jul 23, 2021

    Whether you're looking for a way to while away an afternoon or plan an entire week's worth of activities - staycation style - there's plenty to do in Carlton County. Now that summer has taken hold, it's the perfect time to explore everything the area has to offer, from hiking in Jay Cooke State Park and whitewater rafting down the St. Louis River, to museums and other local attractions. Established in 1857 and home to more than 35,000 citizens, Carlton County encompasses Cloquet, Esko, Carlton,... Full story

  • From Carlton County to world's forests

    Lydia Stone|Jul 9, 2021

    After 42 countries, one bear fight, and two attempted coups d'etat, Cloquet resident Roy Hagen has a resume to make any forester jealous. He has spent the majority of his forestry career in Africa and French-speaking countries and has created many memories and stories of his travels. Hagen grew up on a small dairy farm 3 miles outside of Barnum. More than half of the farm was wooded, and Hagen developed a special love for the forest. He found his passion for forestry while planting trees... Full story

  • The Big Question

    Lydia Stone|Jun 25, 2021

    Pine Knot News reporter Lydia Stone hit the sand at Cloquet's Pinehurst Beach to ask people's opinions on the new beach rule - all children age 12 and under are required to wear a lifejacket while in the water. Here are a few responses. Paris FierkeLepp, 17, Cloquet, lifeguard "It's really helpful for us lifegueards, just making sure that younger kids who can't swim aren't getting caught out too far, not being too close and stuff like that. I think that is really beneficial and helps keep the pa... Full story

  • Finding silver linings after crushing injury

    Lydia Stone|Jun 25, 2021

    Ilei Benson was sprinting down a soccer field this spring, headed toward the goal. Then she felt a painful pop. Her knee hyperextended. It buckled beneath her. "Then I'm on the ground," Benson said. Within the knee are six ligaments. In falling during a summer league soccer game against Maple Grove, Benson injured four of them. The injury brought an exceptional track season to a screeching halt for Benson, who had broken the Cloquet High School pole vault record of 9 feet, 7 inches with a vault... Full story

  • It's a trifecta sweep for Jameson

    Lydia Stone|Jun 18, 2021

    Although most athletes hope to make it to the Minnesota track and field state tournament in just one event, Olivia Jameson managed to earn a spot in three during last week's girls Section 7AA championship meet in Cloquet. With heavy competition from southern schools such as Andover and Forest Lake, the Cloquet junior swept her events with a win in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, and triple jump at the section meet June 9. She will be the only Cloquet girl competing at the 2021 Minnesota track... Full story

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