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Articles from the January 5, 2024 edition


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  • Hospital pauses birthing services

    Jana Peterson|Jan 5, 2024

    Barring an emergency, there will be no New Year's baby at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital this year. The three delivery suites - with private baths and whirlpools, forest views and aromatherapy patches - sit empty. "We've got a pause on it right now," said Rick Breuer, CEO of the independent nonprofit hospital. It is not a permanent change at this point, but it was necessary due to low staffing levels, Breuer said of the decision made last summer. "As much as I hate to blame anything on...

  • Those seeking weather normalcy will have to wait

    Mike Creger|Jan 5, 2024

    It was a December like no other in Carlton County, not even the strange one in 1877-78 that augured a remarkable winter into the spring. In short, history was made as the region and the state had its warmest December. This comes after history was made last season in high snowfall totals. Cloquet saw temperatures average nearly 10 degrees warmer than normal last month at 25.1 degrees at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Recordings were higher at the Fond du Lac Reservation weather station (29.2) and... Full story

  • Calling all leap year babies

    Jan 5, 2024

    Were you born in 1976 and are turning only 12 this year? What camp are you in: Can Leap Year babies only celebrate a birthday on Feb. 29? On off years, should they celebrate Feb. 28 or March 1? So many questions. None of them earth-shattering, but quizzical nonetheless. The Pine Knot News wants to hear from Leap Year babies from age 1 to 150. Tell us about your unique date in personal history. Tell us how you celebrate. If nothing else, just let us know you are a Leap Year baby and we’ll publish a special page honoring all those to answer t...

  • New state laws in effect with new year

    Peter Callaghan|Jan 5, 2024

    Three new laws that were central to the DFL trifecta's legislative agenda took effect Jan. 1. Gun-safety laws, including so-called red flag warnings for people at risk of harming themselves or others, sweeping landlord-tenant changes and a statewide sick leave plan all became law on the first day of 2024. Here are descriptions of the new changes to Minnesota law. Paid sick leave The sick leave law covers all-but the self-employed, even those who work for employers with just one worker. It... Full story

  • Grants help elders stay in their homes

    Jan 5, 2024

    Over $9.5 million in new state grants will help aging Minnesotans stay in their homes longer through services such as caregiver support, housekeeping, retrofitting to prevent falls and other assistance. Research shows that people are happier and have better health outcomes when they can live in their homes longer, rather than moving into institutionalized care such as nursing homes. Projects funded in the Minnesota Department of Human Services include Volunteer Services of Carlton County with $192,000. The grant will help rebuild programs...

  • Scholarships available

    Jan 5, 2024

    High school seniors and other Northland residents seeking financial assistance with advanced studies of all kinds can apply for scholarship support. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation provides more than 80 scholarship awards annually. Scholarships support students and job seekers who are pursuing postsecondary education throughout the region. The foundation website (dsacommunityfoundation.org) allows students to research eligibility based on the high school from which they graduated or GED program completed. Many of the scholarships...

  • Investment in building projects rolls on

    Jana Peterson|Jan 5, 2024

    A giant warehouse that will one day support the medical supply needs for more than 100 Essentia Health facilities has transformed the Esko Industrial Park over the past several months. Hidden from Highway 61 - where the park entrance is located - the dark rectangular building looms large to those driving past on Interstate 35. It represents a $36 million investment by the regional health care system. According to Essentia spokesperson Tony Matt, the building structure is complete. Contractors... Full story

  • Band building warehouse on Airport Road

    Brady Slater|Jan 5, 2024

    Essentia Health isn't the only health care provider currently in the process of constructing a warehouse in Carlton County. While not nearly as sprawling as the 163,000-square-foot hospital warehouse in Esko, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is building a warehouse at the corner of Airport and Jolicouer roads. The 100-by-60-foot warehouse will serve the Band's nearby Min No Aya Win Human Services Center, and its assorted clinics, which provide medical, dental, behavioral health,...

  • New board leader: Housing, broadband are focus

    Brady Slater|Jan 5, 2024

    The Carlton County board ushered in the new year with its annual meeting and changing of leadership in the chair position. Last year's chair, Dick Brenner, nominated Susan Zmyslony to succeed him and she earned a unanimous vote Tuesday at the Transportation Building in Carlton. "Thank you; I appreciate it," said a humbled Zmyslony before immediately turning to the agenda. Zmyslony had mentioned Brenner during the final meeting of last year, Dec. 26. "I'd like to take this opportunity, Dick, to...

  • Man sentenced for 'mercy killing' dies by suicide

    Jana Peterson|Jan 5, 2024

    A Carlton County man who was sentenced last month for shooting his ailing wife died by suicide two days later in a Minnesota prison. Judge Amy Lukasavitz had sentenced 67-year-old Raymond Arthur Julian to 25 ½ years in prison — the guideline sentence — after an emotional sentencing hearing at the Carlton County Courthouse Dec. 18. (Find that story in the Dec. 22 issue of the Pine Knot News.) Aaron Swanum, Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson, confirmed that Julian entered Minn... Full story

  • Business Spotlight advertorial: Ellison Family Chiropractic

    Jan 5, 2024

    When Dr. Kayla Ellison established Ellison Family Chiropractic in 2019, she wanted "Family" in the name for good reason: Patients of all ages, from infants to children to adults, receive care here based on their individual needs. "We love caring for patients of all ages in our clinic, and serve many families," said Dr. Ellison. "We provide diverse, individualized care to our patients, focusing on their unique needs." Located in the West End of Cloquet at the corner of Avenue C and Arch Street,... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Learning outside

    Steve Korby|Jan 5, 2024

    Reviewing the recent home mailing from the Cloquet Educational Foundation, I recalled an exceptional environmental learning experience with my son at Wolf Ridge Center in Finland, Minnesota. It was around Thanksgiving 2000. Fifth-graders from Cloquet took a bus to the center to experience being outside and hiking, looking at the stars, feeding birds, the infamous “ropes” obstacle course, staying overnight, and interacting with other students and parents. I was a parent chaperone. Wolf Ridge is... Full story

  • Harry's Gang: Give ground for common good

    Pete Radosevich|Jan 5, 2024

    Years ago, the United Way of Carlton County was in a bit of a pickle. Potlatch had just been sold to Sappi; there were layoffs and uncertainty, and the annual United Way campaign was in jeopardy. A significant amount of the money raised each year was from the good people at Potlatch, and that year the donations were way down from previous years. Thankfully, they’ve rebounded since, but that year things were tough. Of course, the community was hurting too, and organizations and people who r... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: It's good to hear from back home

    Jan 5, 2024

    I lived in Carlton then Cloquet for over 30 years. Then my job took me to the Twin Cities where I have resided since. I have family in your area so visit occasionally. I love it “up there.” Every week I look forward to the mail so I can receive my prized Pine Knot! It makes me feel I am still attached to my hometowns. Your staff does an exemplary job in making this great paper the very best. Thank you for all you do. Thank you, Pete Radosevich, for your perfectly worded article in the Dec. 22 edition. You hit the nail on the head, as often you... Full story

  • 'Jacks enjoy home court, hardware

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Wood City Classic boys basketball tournament featured two top local teams. Cromwell-Wright came into the tournament undefeated as one of the area's top Class A teams, while Cloquet entered with a 3-4 record after opening with one of the toughest schedules in the area in Class AAA. Tournament play began as the Cardinals took the floor against the larger Cloquet school. In the end, the Lumberjacks pulled away to an 80-56 win on Dec. 27. The 'Jacks went on to win their second game as well in... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Jan 5, 2024

    Tuesday, Dec. 26 Girls Basketball Esko Coaches Classic Esko 65 Foley 41 Boys Basketball Esko Coaches Classic Esko 93 Hinckley-Finlayson 39 Wednesday, Dec. 27 Girls Basketball Wood City Classic Mesabi East 48 Cloquet 41 Cromwell 69 Rock Ridge 58 Chisholm Holiday Classic Barnum 60 Duluth Denfeld 28 Esko Coaches Classic Esko 65 Bloomington Kennedy 43 Walker Tournament Park Rapids 74 South Ridge 52 Aitkin Tournament ML/WR 64 Aitkin 40 Boys Basketball Pequot Lakes Tournament Pequot Lakes 70 ML/WR 44 Crosby-Ironton 101 Fond du Lac 58 Esko Coaches Cla... Full story

  • Cards march to Wood City title

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Wood City Classic girls basketball tournament was good to one local team last week and not so good to another. Cromwell-Wright came in and gathered a pair of wins to take top honors in the tournament, while the previously undefeated Lumberjacks were shocked in back-to-back games and went winless in their own tournament. The Cardinals opened play with an impressive 71-62 win over Section 7AAA power Rock Ridge as five players hit double digits in scoring. Jill Anderson scored 12 points while K... Full story

  • Esko girls take title in home tourney

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    The Esko girls basketball team parlayed solid defensive performances into a championship at the 43rd annual Coaches Classic in Esko last week. In the opening game of the two-day tournament Dec. 26, Esko had to deal with a distinct height disadvantage to beat Foley, 65-41. "They have a legit 6-foot-3 player that we had to deal with in the paint," said Esko coach Sue Northey. "We shot poorly to start the game, but got better in the second half. Our defense kept us in the game in that first half."... Full story

  • Esko boys dominate the competition

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 5, 2024

    It was status quo for the Esko boys basketball team this past week as Esko took the championship in the Esko Coaches Classic with lopsided wins over Hinckley-Finlayson and Duluth Marshall. "Overall, it was a good and fun tournament," said Esko coach Derek Anderson. "The Sports Alliance does a really good job of putting on a good tournament for all the teams." Esko's run to the championship started with an opening round 93-39 blowout of Hinckley- Finlayson. "We actually came out a little flat in... Full story

  • Wilderness slip into tie for lead

    Jan 5, 2024

    A sweep at the hands of the Janesville Jets last weekend left the Minnesota Wilderness sharing the top of their division. The Jets won 5-1 and 5-2, Saturday and Sunday nights, dominating play, including scoring three goals within 6 minutes, 24 seconds in the opening period to start the weekend series. The sweep moved Janesville (19-10-2) into a tie for first place with Minnesota (19-11-2) in the Midwest Division with 41 points each. The Wilderness outshot the Jets, 41-27, on Sunday, including a 12-4 advantage in the third period. Adam Prokop... Full story

  • Lumberjacks hold steady

    Jan 5, 2024

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team came up just a little short in an effort to defend its title in the Duluth Heritage Classic Hockey Tournament championship on Friday. CEC head coach Shea Walters said the team played really well, winning two games and then losing in overtime to Duluth Denfeld. "All in all, we played well enough to win," he said. "Denfeld just capitalized on their opportunities. Not unusual to us, we out-shot them almost 2-to-1 and lost by them taking advantage of the... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jan 5, 2024

    Hey, it's the start of another year. We have almost made it into the first quarter of this century. I have so much to be thankful for. It's great to be with family and friends and especially enjoying our mild weather. I've been busy since Curtis and Steven got here on Dec. 22. We did all the Christmas stuff with family and friends, went out for a few meals, a Pine Knot party, and I had my latest infusion. All my bloodwork came back great. I've gotten so many great Christmas cards and letters....

  • Kettle River news

    Jan 5, 2024

    The next Kettle River City council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Kettle River Senior center. Everyone is encouraged to attend these meetings. When I was working in pediatrics at a hospital about 60 miles from Chicago, we used postural drainage and vibrations on the children with pneumonia to help them clear their lungs. We had a five-bed room that we used for pneumonia patients. The older children would put their pillows on the floor on a blanket and lay on the bed with their heads on the pillow while we lightly pounded on their... Full story

  • Moose Lake prisoners graduate

    Jan 5, 2024

    Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake recently recognized 26 individuals who graduated from Ashland University in Ohio last fall, a news release stated. The Ashland University correctional education program at MCF-Moose Lake, a distance learning program which links students with faculty from Ohio through tablets, has been highly successful in helping incarcerated individuals achieve associate and bachelor's degrees. "The Ashland tablet program has offered me hope, especially given my life... Full story

  • College celebrates fall nursing grads

    Jan 5, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated the associate degree nursing program graduating class from the fall 2023 during a pinning ceremony Dec. 20. It was the first fall pinning ceremony at FDLTCC since the nursing program started enrolling admissions during the spring of 2022. The intimate ceremony featured speeches from FDLTCC Nursing student James Friedman, and Karen Lilyquist, a member of the FDLTCC nursing faculty. Tami Matuszak, interim dean of nursing and health sciences,...

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