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Council celebrates Native American heritage

A booming drum ceremony filled the meeting room at Cloquet city hall Tuesday as the city council and mayor acknowledged National Native American Heritage Month. Council member Lyz Jaakola, who...


Local hospitals begin giving booster shots

Following the CDC’s move last week to authorize booster shots for certain populations local hospitals including Essentia Healthcare, St. Luke’s and Community Memorial are providing the booster sho... Full story


The Ticker

Thursday, Sept. 2 Girls soccer Esko- 2 Princeton- 1 Boys soccer CEC- 7 Mesabi East- 0 Volleyball Marshall- 3 Cloquet- 1 Floodwood- 3 Carlton- 1 South Ridge- 3 Cook County- 2 Friday, Sept. 3 Football Moose Lake/ Willow River- 28 Hermantown- 21 Logan...


Votes on school masks are mixed

With Covid-19 infections ramping up but no state of emergency in Minnesota or nationally, decisions on how to keep kids safe at school this fall have been left up to local school boards. It hasn’t been easy. Masks have become controversial, with... Full story


Child dies in ATV accident

A 7-year-old boy died in an ATV crash Friday, May 21 in southern Carlton County. According to a Carlton County press release, Drew Nordstrom was a backseat passenger in a side-by-side ATV that rolled over and on top of him. Sheriff’s office...


Police respond to several shots fired Monday

Shortly after midnight early Monday morning, May 17, Cloquet Police Department officers responded to 227 Scotty Drive in Cloquet for a report of several shots fired at the residence. Officers...


Plant a tree for free

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is May 21. That's when the grand Pine Knot News "tree giveaway" is launching, a day when local businesses and organizations will... Full story


Kuhlman gets first two goals

Former Cloquet- Esko-Carlton and University of Minnesota Duluth captain Karson Kuhlman recorded his first and second goals of the season in the National Hockey League over the past two weeks. Kuhlman’s first goal came March 25 as his Boston Bruins... Full story


Local vaccination options abound

Vaccinations went into high gear in Carlton County this week thanks to a joint vaccination clinic held by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Carlton County on Thursday, April 1, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press.... Full story


Public face of community college is retiring

Got questions about Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College? For more than two decades, Tom Urbanski has been the person to ask many of those questions as the lead person for marketing and public...


Gordy's competes in 'Burger Bracket'

A new radio program on Minnesota Public Radio is trying to muster up some interest through potential listeners' stomachs. The Warming House program, which began running on MPR stations in January as...


Calling for vaccinations

For two weeks in a row now, Carlton County has put out alerts letting people know there are openings for vaccinations at their weekly vaccine clinics and asking them to call 218-499-6310 to register for an appointment. Public information officer... Full story


Line 3 workers caught in sting

Pine Knot News The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's human trafficking investigators task force announced on Feb. 19 that seven people were charged following arrests during a human trafficking operation in Itasca County. Two of the men charged...


Carlton sticks with superintendent

The Carlton school board this month voted to accept another one-year contract for superintendent John Engstrom. The contract for a salary of $108,784 runs from July 1 to the end of June 2022. Engstrom is currently on a one-year contract agreed to...


We've got winter on the run

It might be that early February provided the biggest punch of cold winter we'll receive this season. So the remnants of this winter will be a breeze when it comes to enjoyment without the arctic air.... Full story


Hospital lands machine for rapid tests

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet is now the owner of a rapid testing device which can produce Covid-19 results in approximately an hour. Once a sample is gathered from a patient using a... Full story


Line 3 nears the finish line

The Enbridge Energy Line 3 dominoes are falling, as various agencies sign off on the project to replace the existing pipeline. Last week the Line 3 project received approval of a water quality certification from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency...


Cop makes plea deal on DUI charge

Cloquet police officer Andrew Murray pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired at a hearing in district court last week. It means he will likely face probation and maybe a fine after an arrest three months ago. Murray represente...


Walz tours Fond du Lac projects

Governor Tim Walz spent close to 90 minutes touring several different projects on the Fond du Lac Reservation Friday with tribal leaders. Walz said he was grateful to be there, and happy to sit with... Full story


CEC boys soccer ranked 10th in state

What most fans expected would be a close game turned into a rout on Tuesday, as the CEC boys soccer team beat Denfeld 11-0 at home. Junior Ryan Tomsche started off the scoring with a header into the n... Full story


Multiple sexual assault charges for Scanlon man

A Scanlon man accused of holding a woman against her will and raping her repeatedly in July already had a criminal sexual assault case working its way through the court system. Dennis Michael St. John Jr., 53, was charged with domestic assault and...


Break free of pandemic grip with some local fun outdoors

The summer of COVID-19. In northern Minnesota, pandemic responses have canceled most local festivals (but not Wrong Days in Wright, and only part of Carlton Daze) and many of the sports leagues that... Full story


It makes sense that Wrong Days go uninterrupted

While many other summer festivities have gone by the wayside during the coronavirus pandemic, the folks in Wright will hold the small town's trademark celebration July 17-20. This year's festivities... Full story


Cloquet library hire is getting the word out

Cloquet's newest librarian, Courtney Dietsche, started her job May 18 when the public library was closed to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic and knee deep in a construction project....


COVID-19 testing sites in Carlton County

-CMH Raiter Clinic has a mobile testing site in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, but a doctor’s order is necessary before testing. Call 218-879-1271 to talk to a doctor. They will also accept orders from doctors outside CMH.... Full story


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