Articles from the January 7, 2022 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 7, 2022

'Quick' baby is year's first

Once she decided to make her entrance, Cloquet's first baby of 2022 didn't waste any time. Rowyn Oak Jubie was born at 11 p.m. Jan. 2 at Community Memorial Hospital, less than an hour after her...


Skiers set sights under the lights

Nordic skiers from six schools descended on Cloquet for a rare evening ski meet Tuesday, held on the lighted trail loop at Pine Valley. While skiers sped off into the darkness like clockwork every 30... Full story


Year In Review: Pandemic continued its impact in 2021

After a rough, Covid-19- pandemic-ridden 2020, the year 2021 was destined to be better, right? Well, the jury hasn’t reached a decision yet. There were highs and lows, as the pandemic continued to alter life as we knew it before 2020. There’s a... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    January 7, 2022

Is Cloquet the birthplace of the snowboard?

Reader Kim Matteen spotted a reference to Cloquet in the latest issue of Smithsonian Magazine. In its Prologue section, under the heading of "Origins," Max Ufberg writes about the rise of...


Obituary: Mary Vnuk

Mary Vnuk, 83, of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Cloquet, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Palm Harbor. She was born in Cloquet to Ira and Jessie Sell on Dec. 11, 1937. Mary Frances Sell... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    January 7, 2022

Korby's Connections: More memories of Rol Bromberg

Kerry Rodd’s column about the late Rol Bromberg last week was right on, but I wanted to add a few of my favorite memories. I first met Bromberg when he was my physical education teacher at Cloquet... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

Dancing into 2022

The Cloquet VFW got a jump on the New Year's Eve celebrations, with a dance that started at 1 in the afternoon Friday. The Chmielewski family, including Florian, Florian Jr., Patty, and Nick provided...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

DAV holds weekly clothing drive

The Disabled American Veterans Carlton County Chapter 18 will hold a clothing drive every Saturday in January from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cloquet and Moose Lake. The DAV will have a truck by the green boxes at the armory in Cloquet and Lamperts...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

New Year's dinner at Senior Center

The postponed senior Christmas party has been rescheduled and rebranded a “Welcome 2022” party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Cloquet Senior Center by the hockey arena. Enjoy a roast pork dinner for $4, and bingo (with prizes)...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

Pine Knot office closed Friday

The Pine Knot office in Cloquet will be closed Friday, Jan. 7, for staff time off, returning on Monday. If you urgently need to speak to someone, call 218-213-1231 and leave a message or email [email protected]....

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

Accused priest dies in Las Vegas

David Tushar, a former Carlton County priest who was placed on leave in July 2019 due to allegations of sexual abuse of a minor over 40 years ago, died Dec. 23 in Las Vegas. Tushar had served as a priest in the Diocese of Duluth since 1985, serving...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

MNsure sign-up ends Jan. 15

Minnesotans looking for private health insurance have until Saturday, Jan. 15, to enroll through MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange, for coverage starting Feb. 1. Visit or call 651-539-2099....

 By Dan Reed    News    January 7, 2022

Board squares things away for new year

Fifth District commissioner Gary Peterson was chosen as the new chairman of the Carlton County board of commissioners at the annual re-organizational meeting Tuesday, Jan. 4. Fourth District commissioner Mark Thell became the vice chairman of the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

Redistricting panel meets

A five-judge panel is ready to draw new boundaries for Minnesota congressional and legislative districts if necessary. The panel met Tuesday to hear from lawyers representing people who are trying to influence the once-a-decade process through...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

Tech addiction forum on Jan. 11

All Carlton County families are welcome. Professor Ryan Hjelle will present virtually this month on digital addiction in the second of a six-part series on Digital Wellness for Teens and Tweens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. Hjelle is a University of...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

'Treecycle' your Christmas tree

Carlton County residents are encouraged to recycle their fresh-cut Christmas trees during Treecycling, a free program with dropoff locations at the Sappi gatehouse entrance in Cloquet and Moose Lake compost site across from the city garage through...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 7, 2022

City seeks citizens willing to serve

The city of Cloquet is looking for a few good men and women to step up and serve on several local boards and commissions that help oversee various governmental departments or entities. Currently,...

 By Pine Knot News    News    January 7, 2022

High-speed chase yields drug finds

A Cloquet man was arrested Thursday, Dec. 30, after leading Fond du Lac police on an extended chase and then attempted to harm an officer with his vehicle. Stephen James Smith, 29, faces felony charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle,...


Ski Meet Assist

Ask Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Nordic skiing head coach Arne Maijala about the hometown ski meet this week and the conversation will be as much about all the people who help make it happen as much as the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 7, 2022

Board votes down denying pay for members

A motion by Carlton school board member Eryn Szymczak for no board member pay in 2022 died for a lack of a second Monday, when board members held their organizational meeting. “With our budget defic...


Across a century, print shop remains

Rebuilding Cloquet after the 1918 fire spurred not just growth of the wood products industries, including paper production, but also what are known as "spin-off" developments. The Northern Printery,...


Guest Views: Local leaders offer wishes for the new year

With 2021 in the rearview mirror, the Pine Knot News reached out to a variety of local leaders to ask them what they hope Carlton County will see in 2022. Here’s what those who responded said: Minnesota Rep. Mike Sundin “As we reflect on the... Full story


Harry's Gang: Weeds are thick in redistricting efforts

The whole point of a representative democracy (which is the form of government we have used in the United States for a couple of hundred years or so) is to elect one person for every certain number... Full story


Notes from the small pond: Grape pop

When Mary Jo was 7, someone called her “Fatso” as she and her family were walking out of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church on a sunny Sunday morning. The offending girl was Mary Jo’s age... Full story


Obituary: Delores Hilda (Selen) Wolner

Delores Hilda (Selen) Wolner, 96, of Cloquet went to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2021, dying from natural causes. She lived her later years at Inter-faith Care Center in Carlton. Dee was born on May... Full story


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