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 By Mike Creger    News    April 2, 2021

Tax case hits keep coming

The erroneous property tax evaluation monster has struck again, and this time the bite is big. Two decisions in March, in favor of Enbridge and its pipeline that cuts across the state, in Minnesota Tax Court mean that Carlton County will need to...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 26, 2021

Flags using F-words raise ire

Political flags flying in Scanlon underneath an American flag have caused a lot of consternation in the community. At the corner of 22nd Street and Doddridge Avenue, which runs along the border...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    March 19, 2021

Hitting the skids on Covid

For a year I've been begging Stockholm syndrome to kick in. To get used to the Covid-19 pandemic holding us hostage. Find a groove and take it through the murky tunnel. Find that a world turned... Full story


Ice racers take to the river

It's always hit and miss when it comes to hosting motorcycle ice racing on the St. Louis River in Scanlon. But the mid-February cold snap allowed Jeff Berg to rally racers online for an event last... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    February 26, 2021

Supreme Court backs band on groundwater

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was justified in arguing that pollution seeping into groundwater from the Minntac mine tailing basin...

 By Mike Creger    News    February 12, 2021

Carlton Wrenshall: Schools 'pause' merger wrangle

The on-again, off-again talks between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts regarding consolidation are officially off again. Superintendents and school board members agreed last week that it...


Newspaper people can certainly dream big

Jana and I were doing the math. It’s a common game to play after the awards ceremony at the annual convention that draws newspaper people in from across the state each January. We win this, enter that, carry the one … we could have a trophy.... Full story


Husband, wife die hours apart in virus fight

"You're grounded." That's what Judy Proulx told her 60-something son last week when the thermometer he had purchased for her went on the blink. The impish gesture defined Jim Proulx's mother. "I'm... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 8, 2021

2020: A rollercoaster of Covid realities

At the start, it was as if no one really knew how or whether to panic. So they cleared shelves of toilet paper and anything that could be used to kill germs on surfaces. As the state ordered places...

 By Mike Creger    People    January 8, 2021

DeFoe leaves a historical legacy

It was a cold morning at the edge of the Old Holy Family Cemetery. This is where LeRoy DeFoe was put to rest on Dec. 28. It's important to note that fact, since DeFoe spent many years discovering... Full story


2020 Year in Review, part 1

A fly on the wall at the office of the Pine Knot News, during a meeting of the minds discussing year-in-review stories, may not have contained itself in screaming: "Covid. Done." But, being a fly...


Husband rues not getting Covid help earlier

Gene Shank most often got up before his wife, Linda, did. She had allergies, and at night it could keep her from getting to sleep right away. Gene would let the dogs outside at their home next to the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    December 25, 2020

District financials stay the course, good and bad

The good news for the Carlton school district is that there were no surprises and things stayed pretty much the same as years before in the annual audit released Monday night. That’s also the bad news as the district continues to face rising costs...

 By Mike Creger    News    December 18, 2020

Carlton heading toward consolidation cliff

The Carlton school board this week firmed up its position when it comes to the current standoff with the Wrenshall board and possible consolidation between the two neighboring districts. On Monday, the Carlton board agreed in a committee of the...

 By Mike Creger    News    December 4, 2020

Last of Esko's 1955 starting five has died

Jerry Anderson, the last surviving starter on the first boys basketball team from Carlton County to reach the state tournament, died Tuesday at age 83. Anderson was a star on the 1955 Esko team that...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 20, 2020

Carlton looking at school options

The Carlton school board voted Monday night to hire a company to provide construction cost estimates on transforming South Terrace Elementary into a facility that could serve three more grades, up to grade 8, or serve all students through 12th...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 13, 2020

History mystery not quite resolved

There’s good news and no news regarding the two History Mystery photos from last week. David Haugen submitted pictures of a fireplace sitting alone in a woods in Cloquet and a “gondola cable... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    November 6, 2020

History mystery: outdoor fireplace and gondola cable car

Reader David Haugen admits he’s lived in Cloquet for only 15 years, so may have missed an era of general knowledge about some physical structures in the area that have puzzled him for some time. He... Full story


Esko pastor dies after Covid battle

When Jeff Walther was transferred to the intensive care unit at Essentia-St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, he was greeted by nurse Amanda Valentine. She would spend 16 hours with him that day as the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    October 23, 2020

After long slog, bonding bill is signed

After five special sessions since the regular session ended in May, the Minnesota Legislature last week passed a $1.9 billion bonding bill. It was signed Wednesday by Gov. Tim Walz. The bonding will allow for public works projects across the state, i...

 By Mike Creger    News    October 16, 2020

Highs, lows found in state funding

As the Minnesota Legislature breathed its last gasps of air of the 2020 session, Carlton County can find some wins and some big losses when contemplating what became a session extended by five months with mostly unproductive special sessions since... Full story


Mail-in, absentee ballots abound

The dynamics of this year's general election brings to mind a question: Is it the pandemic or the rhetoric? Minnesotans are requesting absentee ballots in record numbers for the Nov. 3 election -... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    October 2, 2020

Sub shortage still crippling schools

People coming down with Covid-19 is not the problem handcuffing the Cloquet school district. It’s the waiting for test results when someone shows symptoms. That was the assessment this week from superintendent Mike Cary as the district continues...


Covid regulations stress schools

Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro didn’t need to say it. Her face told all. “It’s been a tough week,” she told the school board Tuesday night during a special meeting. The day before, she announced that the school would be going to full... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    September 18, 2020

Carlton, Wrenshall schools report smooth starts

Reports to the school boards at Carlton and Wrenshall this week showed that the two small districts had relatively drama-free starts to the year despite intense pressure due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols. In Wrenshall, the major hitch remains the...


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