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Gordy's Hi-Hat opens Wednesday

Spring really is here, because Gordy's Hi-Hat is opening Wednesday, April 8. Owner Dan Lundquist made it official on April Fool's Day, changing the sign to reveal the new opening day. The now...

 

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 3 1970 A former Greyhound bus station in Minneapolis opens its doors as a music club, the Depot. Twelve years later it would be renamed...

 

State briefs on pandemic response

Compiled from reports via Pine Knot News partner Minnesota Public Radio. Afflicted age range is 0 to 104 The median age of Minnesota’s confirmed COVID-19 cases is 47, but the median age of those who’ve needed hospitalization is 64, and it is 84...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Playgrounds closed in Cloquet

The city of Cloquet closed all its outdoor play structures on Wednesday, including playgrounds, the skatepark and other athletic facilities as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. City administrator Tim Peterson said the decision...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Rural Barnum home hit by fire

A house fire in Barnum Township Sunday put three people in the hospital for smoke inhalation, and destroyed the home, killing several pets that were inside. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Scammers prey on stimulus bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorizes stimulus payments to those who qualify. As a result, scammers may target Minnesotans and try to steal their personal information. Government agencies, including the IRS and the...

 

Our View: You may not get it, but why take a risk?

It’s difficult to see the effect COVID-19 has had on our county. Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. People are staying home. But people are getting creative to stimulate their need for social interaction: using social media, teddy bear...

 

Letter to the editor: Use this time for good

For many of us, the normal routines of work, life, and play are sidelined. Which means more free time or new situations (kids home all day, for example). The natural reaction is to resent all this. It’s a total pain, brings about new inconveniences...

 
 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic: Staying informed has been a balm

It’s Sunday morning and your most recent edition sits open to page six on our dining room table. Because we enjoy reading and digesting the articles slowly, we are rationing the paper so it lasts until the next issue arrives. We have come to trust...

 
 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic

The Pine Knot News has a new page designed to provide some light in these troubling times for the community. It’s called “Life During a Pandemic.” How are you coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to stop its spread?...

 
 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic: Social distance applies in stores

I was struck this past week by a surprising contrast. One day I walked several miles around town to get some outside exercise, and was impressed by how diligent other walkers were about maintaining so...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Family passes time with music shows

The Pine Knot News contacted Lyz Jaakola and asked her to describe her life at home after staff members discovered her family in humorous musical performance on Facebook. The Jaakola family joins a...

 

Obituaries: Robert Thomas Bureau

Robert Thomas Bureau, 69, died from complications from open heart surgery on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Health hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on October 17, 1950,... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Check out book boxes

There are several free book boxes in the area, including a Book Barn and Kitchen Cabinet outside the Jadeke family’s house at the corner of Sixth Street and Selmer Avenue in Cloquet, where both books and food supplies are free for the taking (or... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

You can believe Jesus died for you

For the Christian community the two times on the calendar that garner the most attention for us are Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, and Easter - which is more...

 

Events notes

Spring schools activities on hold through May 4 The Minnesota State High School League sent out a press release following the order that schools remain closed and transition to distance learning through May 4 by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, noting that ... Full story

 

How you can help

United Way The United Way of Carlton County created an emergency fund called the COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide immediate support for Carlton County residents who need basic, everyday survival items by sending... Full story

 

1918: A deadly confluence of influenza and forest fire

The following historical account on the flu pandemic in 1918 comes from the Minnesota Historical Society and its MNopedia project that tracks Minnesota history online and includes the history feature...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Calendar    March 27, 2020 

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 27 1905 The Aerial Bridge, spanning the Duluth shipping canal, carries its first passengers across the harbor inside a carriage suspended from the bridge framework. The system would be...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

School meals, apps are a go in Wrenshall

In Wrenshall, superintendent Kim Belcastro updated the school board this week on where the district was since the closure order March 15. “I will admit it did feel like the last week of school for the students,” Belcastro wrote in her memo about... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Plea: Keep sewer pipes unclogged

Don’t even think about flushing that down the toilet. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District officials warn residents and businesses about the hazards of flushing any products except toilet paper....

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Our View: Choose pandemic resources with care

We live in an era of overwhelming information. And you’ve heard it before in this current micro-era of divided politics: Be careful where you get your news. Perhaps you are. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to remain in a comfortable bubble where your... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Letters to the editor: Donate to local relief fund

For more than 60 years, the United Way of Carlton County has been fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in every community in Carlton County. As we collectively navigate our way through these uncertai...

 

Obituaries: Mamie Katherine Seppanen

Mamie Katherine Seppanen, 86, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital Hospice in Duluth. She was born on May 7, 1933, in Kettle River to Peter and Alma (Wimpari) Wiitanen. She married... Full story

 

Obituaries: Kenneth Vincent Joseph

Kenneth Vincent Joseph, 83, of Findlay, Ohio died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at The Heritage in Findlay. He was born April 27, 1936, in Cloquet to Walter and Ruth (Olson) Joseph. He married... Full story

 

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