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  • Plant a tree for free

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 23, 2021

    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 be giving away a grand total of 10,000 pine seedlings to anyone who promises to give them a good home. Sponsored by the Pine Knot News and Sappi, it's a way of giving back. It's a celebration of Sappi's multiple awards for being one of the most sustainable paper mills in the world, and of the Pine...

  • Kuhlman gets first two goals

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 9, 2021

    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 fell 4-3 to the New York Islanders in overtime. The Esko native scored 11:42 into the first period as he picked up a loose puck on the right wing boards just above the right circle and drilled a wrist shot past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov. His second goal came Monday night when he scored late i...

  • Local vaccination options abound

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 2, 2021

    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. Fond du Lac made 500 doses available for wider community use at the event, which was staffed by both health departments. The vaccinations were available to residents ages 18 and older. “Having the opportunity to vaccinate our neighbors will increase the overall health and well-being of our c...

  • Public face of community college is retiring

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 2, 2021

    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 relations. If Tom didn't know, he'd be able to point you in the right direction, almost always with an affable grin and likely more information than you even knew you needed. At the same time, Urbanski has woven himself into the fabric of the larger Cloquet area community, serving on the city's Parks...

  • Gordy's competes in 'Burger Bracket'

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 12, 2021

    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 a balm for pandemic-induced tedium, has set up tournament bracket-style face-offs between favorite burger joints across the state. Yes, Gordy's Hi-Hat made the tournament field and votes are being tabulated this week. It's good timing, as Cloquet's landmark seasonal restaurant is scheduled to open...

  • Calling for vaccinations

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 12, 2021

    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 Meghann Levitt said the county doesn’t know very far in advance how many openings it will have for its vaccinations at the Barnum garage. Notices can’t run in the pages of the Pine Knot News, because they don’t even know how many doses are coming. Instead, people with internet access can check the C...

  • Line 3 workers caught in sting

    Pine Knot News staff|Feb 26, 2021

    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 were working on the Line 3 project with a subcontractor, Enbridge said. Investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension led the three-day operation in partnership with the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking task force and the Itasca County Sheriff's Office. The operation ran Feb. 17-19....

  • Carlton sticks with superintendent

    Pine Knot News staff|Feb 26, 2021

    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 last year after Gwen Carman resigned to take a superintendent job in southern Minnesota. Engstrom said he has yet to decide how he will use $14,000 in the contract that could be used for health care costs or as a direct benefit....

  • We've got winter on the run

    Pine Knot News staff|Feb 19, 2021

    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. There are myriad ways to alleviate cabin fever in the area while still taking pandemic precautions. Here is a sampling: WALK There are many trails available in Carlton County for folks who'd like to get outside and tromp around in the snow, including trails at Jay Cooke State Park, along the St....

  • Hospital lands machine for rapid tests

    Pine Knot News staff|Jan 15, 2021

    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 nasopharyngeal swab, the BioFire diagnostic tool identifies and replicates genetic material to produce a positive or negative Covid result. This instrument can also be used to test for 20 other respiratory diseases, including influenza and strep. The purchase of this equipment was made possible with funds...

  • Line 3 nears the finish line

    Pine Knot News staff|Nov 27, 2020

    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 and several needed permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural resources, including a license to cross state land and public water. Twelve of 17 members of an MPCA advisory group on environmental justice issues resigned after the agency approved the permit on Nov. 12. On Monday, the U.S. Army...

  • Cop makes plea deal on DUI charge

    Pine Knot News staff|Nov 13, 2020

    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 represented himself in the case that stems from his arrest Aug. 6 after crashing his car in Carlton. Police officers had been tipped previously about someone driving erratically in the area at the time. Murray fled into the woods near the South Terrace school, where police eventually found him. Special prosec...

  • Walz tours Fond du Lac projects

    Pine Knot News staff|Nov 6, 2020

    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 Fond du Lac leaders to find out what’s going on and try to figure things out together. Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee chairman Kevin Dupuis Sr. said they “will sit at the table with anybody.” “I think that’s where it starts, with that dialogue, to welcome people in and see where eve...

  • CEC boys soccer ranked 10th in state

    Pine Knot News staff|Oct 2, 2020

    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 net in the second minute of the game, then senior Drake Schramm converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute for one of his two goals. Schramm wasn't the only one with multiple goals in the match against the Hunters. Freshman Elijah Aultman scored four goals Tuesday and his brother, sophomore Jordan A...

  • Multiple sexual assault charges for Scanlon man

    Pine Knot News staff|Sep 4, 2020

    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 third-degree criminal sexual conduct-force or coercion in August 2018, a case that is set for a jury trial in October. Additionally, in the most recent case, St. John is charged with three counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and additional felony counts for kidnapping, threats of...

  • Break free of pandemic grip with some local fun outdoors

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 17, 2020

    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 occupy so much time in the summer. Concerts? Largely on hold for now, even outdoors. County fairs are mostly on hiatus as well. But they can't cancel the great outdoors, and that is where many people have fled in the wake of coronavirus. We've seen them walking around town, or taking up different...

  • It makes sense that Wrong Days go uninterrupted

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 10, 2020

    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 will mark the 55th annual Wrong Days in Wright celebration, where people challenge each other to a game of O-G-N-I-B (Bingo spelled backwards) and play to lose in a cribbage tournament. This year's poster aptly announces: "We're still Wrong in Wright in a World Gone Awry." While it's fun to mix...

  • Cloquet library hire is getting the word out

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 10, 2020

    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. That means the new adult services librarian has had to get creative in planning some virtual events and an adult summer reading program and focus on other parts of her job, which includes publicity. The former director of the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library in Iron River, Wisconsin, got her...

  • COVID-19 testing sites in Carlton County

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 3, 2020

    -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. The CMH Nurse Hotline is also available 24/7 at 218-499-6799 for advice. -FDL Human Services has a mobile testing site by appointment only at Min No Aya Win Human Services Center. Testing will be limited to those who are experiencing symptoms and who have had a telehealth visit with their Fond du L...

  • County fair joins pandemic wreckage

    Pine Knot News staff|Jun 19, 2020

    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 coronavirus pandemic. The Carlton County Agriculture Society board of directors announced on Facebook last week that it decided to cancel the 2020 fair in Barnum. The decision came after many "difficult discussions with fair and community representatives," the board stated. "We reviewed guidelines put forth...

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

    Pine Knot News staff|May 22, 2020

    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 remember family members by placing flowers on graves or simply visiting the cemetery. This year, under the cloud of a health pandemic, Memorial Day in Carlton County will not look like past commemorations. Although Cloquet Combined Honor Guard is placing flags on the graves of soldiers Saturday,...

  • Local restaurants - what's available and what's not

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 27, 2020

    BARNUM Lazy Bear Grill 3696 Main St., Barnum 218-389-6991 Open for curbside pickup The Chickadee Coffeehouse & Dehli 3691 Alan Syverson Drive 218-389-4444 Open for takeout Rustic Diner, Barnun Closed Barnum Muni Open for takeout purchases 218-389-6811 CARLTON & WRENSHALL Brickyard Closed Bricks Pub & Grub 129 Broadway, Wrenshall 218-384-4267 Open for take out and off sale Elmwood Inn 2145 State Highway 61, Carlton 218-384-3488 Open for take out Magnolia Café 206 Third Street, Carlton 218-499-591...

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

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 27, 2020

    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 to the Minnesota DOC website, two inmates at the Moose Lake prison have been tested: one was confirmed positive for the disease and the other test result is still pending. A statement by DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell Monday confirmed that a staff member from Red Wing and the inmate from Moose Lake...

  • Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Carlton County

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 27, 2020

    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 Department of Health (MDH). As a reminder, community transmission is widespread in Minnesota, so there are likely additional cases in our community that have not been lab-confirmed, and may go unidentified at this time (because of limitations of lab testing). “This stresses the importance of the Stay a...

  • Keeping up with and coping with the coronavirus pandemic

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 20, 2020

    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 disease pandemic. Schools are shut by order of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz - as are bars, restaurants and other public gathering spaces until at least the end of the month and likely much longer. We've been told to not gather in groups of more than 10 people. In short, stay at home, gather supplies when...

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