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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

 

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...

 

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