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CEC gets No. 2 spot in playoffs

The Cloquet boys hockey team was seeded No. 2 for the upcoming Section 7A playoffs. Moose Lake Area is the last seed which is No. 9. Cloquet benefited from a strong finish to the season. After... Full story


Here comes the Fourth of July

After last year’s miserable weather, Fourth of July organizers in Cloquet have been busy refreshing the weather app on their phones. On Tuesday night — a week before the big day — the iPhone... Full story


10,000 trees headed this way soon

Pine Knot News advertising director Ivan Hohnstadt had a tree-mendous idea three years ago. “Let’s give away 10,000 tree seedlings to celebrate the Pine Knot News being named the most outstanding... Full story


Warm weather brings plenty of outdoor opportunities

Whether you're looking for a way to while away an afternoon or plan an entire week's worth of activities - staycation style - there's plenty to do in Carlton County. Spring and summer are the perfect... Full story


Back on a varsity field, Cards get a historic win

Cromwell-Wright had to wait 12 years between varsity baseball wins, but that's in the past, after the Cardinals defeated Carlton 3-1 on the road Tuesday, April 26, at Chub Lake. Varsity baseball... Full story


Officers determine Esko bomb scare a false alarm

Students and staff at Esko schools were safely evacuated Friday afternoon, after the Carlton County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous 911 call indicating an explosive device was seen in an Esko... Full story


Council wards, polling places won't change in 2022

When the 2020 Census showed an increase of 444 residents in Cloquet, city officials took a look at their own version of redistricting and decided to keep things the way they were. City administrator Tim Peterson explained to the council members...


Winter weather packs a wallop

Sunday wasn't exactly a spring-like day in Carlton, but compared to the tight grip of cold on the region this winter, it felt rather balmy as temperatures neared 30 degrees and a bit of melt occurred....


Man accused of child sex abuse

A 74-year-old Cloquet man is facing charges of sexually assaulting a child who was not a stranger to him. Edward Christian of Cloquet was charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for allegedly performing sexually penetra...


Updated: 12-year-old runaway child is found safely

UPDATE: The Cloquet Police Department sent out a message just after noon Wednesday that a missing 12-year-old boy had been found and is safe. *** previous story below *** The Cloquet Police... Full story


Pine Valley, where Olympic hopes grow

In Cloquet, it isn't farfetched to have Olympic dreams. After all, Olympic Drive snakes around the land Joe Nowak convinced Northwest Paper to donate for a park, now home to ice arenas and a woodland... Full story


Schools drop mask mandates as cases decline

As Covid case numbers continue to fall after peaking here in early February, so too do the mask mandates. The only school district in the county to mandate universal mask wearing in all grades since...


Prom dress giveaway finds home in Carlton

For girls seeking the ultimate prom experience, finding and affording a dress can be a barrier to the big night. For the past several years, a mother-daughter team has put dresses within reach. Amy an... Full story


Remembering homemade ski jumps in the 'Wild 80'

The recent article by Steve Korby on his memories of sliding and skiing in the woods in Cloquet triggered my own memories from the early 1960s. I grew up on a dairy farm 3 miles northwest of Barnum. Even with few neighbor kids around, I don’t ever... Full story


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...


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