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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


County fair joins pandemic wreckage

There will be no horse races, no midway rides, no cows or goats or pigs or chickens in the barns at the Carlton County Fairgrounds come August, as the county fair is yet another victim of the coronavi...


UPDATED: Memorial Day changed by COVID-19, but ceremonies go on

Although many celebrate with a trip to the cabin, the actual purpose of Memorial Day on Monday is to honor and recognize the war dead. It is observed on the last Monday in May, when many people also... Full story


Carlton County has first COVID-19 case at Moose Lake prison

Carlton County learned of its first confirmed case of COVID-19 Monday, when the Minnesota Department of Corrections announced that an inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. According... Full story


Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Carlton County

Carlton County officials reported a second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a county resident. The person did have contact with a lab-confirmed case, and that is the presumed exposure, but the case is still under investigation by the Minnesota... Full story


Keeping up with and coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Days, hours, minutes and seconds. International, national, statewide, and home. In a whirlwind the past 10 days, life in Carlton County and the world has changed in response to a deadly respiratory... Full story


Minnesota starts reacting to coronavirus threats

On the same day the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic, the NBA suspended all game play and the University of Minnesota decided to go to online classes, northern Minnesota still felt largely unaffected, with the... Full story


Wrenshall, Carlton to hire lobbyist

After initially voting against paying a professional lobbyist to help persuade the Minnesota Legislature to make school consolidations eligible for greater state aid, the Wrenshall school board met early Monday morning and reversed that decision....


Your Pine Knot is now an award-winning newspaper

The Pine Knot News was recently recognized as among the very best newspapers in the state by the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. Hundreds of papers from across...


Our view: These pages are for every viewpoint

This is an opinion page. Most weeks you will find an editorial, under the header “Our View” about a subject the newspaper staff have agreed we should take a stand on, comment about, applaud, or all of the above. There’s always a “Harry’s...


Labor get its tradition on

These buttons are united in their support of working men and women. "Unions: Keeping America Great," proclaimed the 2017 button. "Right to Work provides No Rights and No Work," the red and blue...


Ice cream outing is a big hit

If the opening of Gordy's Hi-Hat is a sign of spring, then the annual Sunnyside trip to the Warming House for ice cream is an indication that summer is winding down. Sunnyside Health Care Center...


New director to lead Cloquet Ed Foundation

Jody Acers is a familiar face at the Cloquet Educational Foundation, having served on its board for at least nine years - two of them as president - and worked hand-in-hand with founding director...


Ready, set, fun! Carlton Daze is here again

What isn’t happening during this weekend’s Carlton Daze? There’s running, garage sales, softball, volleyball, crafts, pie baking, kids’ games, music, whitewater kayaking, a parade, a car... Full story


Sappi appoints new CEO of North American operations

Sappi Limited, a global leader in dissolving wood pulp as well as graphic, packaging and speciality papers, announced that Michael Haws has been appointed as president and CEO of Sappi North America effective Oct. 1, 2019. Haws succeeds Mark...


As summer heats up, so does The Beach

As temperatures have climbed this summer, so have attendance numbers at The Beach. Community Ed director Ruth Reeves said 642 has been their highest attendance-day so far this season at the city... Full story


Wrenshall man charged with felony sex assault by a psychotherapist

A Wrenshall resident who worked as a social worker for St. Louis County has been accused of rape and sexual abuse of a woman who was his client. Licensed social worker Michael Bryant, 46, was charged July 15 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct...


She's tackling pollution at age 7

Seven-year-old Bella Richards and her grandmother, Jean Vatnsdal of Cloquet, have enjoyed summer nature walks since Bella's fourth birthday. Throughout the summer, they explore the outside elements... Full story


Our view: The Fourth still means something

Another year, another year older. Our country turned 243 yesterday, and it was a day spent celebrating what we like to call the greatest country in the world. Blessed with rich natural resources, fruitful farmland, mountains and valleys, the United...


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