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  • Pocernich is new points king

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 10, 2020

    Micah Pocernich is now the all-time scoring leader in Cromwell-Wright boys basketball history. Pocernich poured in 27 points on Friday in a 68-43 win over Silver Bay and has now surpassed Pete Smith as the career points leader for the Cardinals. Smith had owned the scoring record with 1,501 points since the 1993 season, but Pocernich flew by that mark and now has 1,506 points with more games left to play. "Although this is an individual achievement that has required hundreds of hours of... Full story

  • Eskomos, Rebels battle to the bitter end

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 10, 2020

    Friday's Esko-Moose Lake/Willow River boys basketball game featured teams that looked like mirror images of each other. In the end, the Eskomos overcame a 13-point deficit and managed to sneak out of Willow River with a two-point win. "Esko is very similar in style to us offensively," said Rebels coach Wes Cummings. "We both look to spread it out, drive the ball and kick it for threes and play an uptempo game." The game was played in front of a packed house and emotions ran high as the two... Full story

  • Cardinals want season to end like they've started it

    Dwight Cadwell|Jan 10, 2020

    Cromwell-Wright girls' basketball head coach Jeff Gronner said the highlight of the season thus far has been winning for Mountain Iron-Buhl Holiday tournament for the first time since playing in that event the past four seasons. "We beat Duluth Marshall in the championship game and they were ranked third in the state at the time and it showed we are a solid all-around team," Gronner said. "We also beat a very good Pine River team in what is one of the best holiday tournaments in the state."... Full story

  • Where ski lessons are life lessons

    Tyler Harms-Synkiew|Jan 10, 2020

    Not too long after he could walk, at age 2, Cale Prosen began skiing. He started with the Cloquet Ski Club, under the tutelage of coaches Ken Ripp and Pat Marciniak, along with parent volunteers. "I remember playing a lot of games and having fun," Prosen said. "It was always fun being on the trails. Now a sophomore at Cloquet High School and on the varsity Nordic ski team, Prosen said his love for skiing has not faded. "It's a fun sport," Prosen said. "And having a positive team culture... Full story

  • Pine Knot Outdoors: For any endeavor, never stop learning

    Bret Baker|Jan 10, 2020

    When most kids my age were playing Nintendo or watching “The Goonies” on VHS, I was nose-deep in a Stephen King novel. My mom developed my love of reading, even if “Misery” or “Pet Semetary” kept me up late at night. Flash forward to the present. Following more of my dad’s love of nonfiction, Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval,” Sigurd F. Olson’s “The Lonely Land,” Stephen Ambrose’s “Undaunted Courage,” and Alex Messenger’s “The Twenty-Ninth Day” all sit within arm’s reach, dog-eared at various poi...

  • This week in local sports

    Jan 10, 2020

    Boys Basketball Cloquet • vs Barnum at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 • at Virginia at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • vs Crosby-Ironton at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Carlton • vs South Ridge at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 • vs Wrenshall at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • vs Cook County at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan.17 Wrenshall • vs Esko at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 • at Carlton at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 • vs South Ridge at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 • vs Two Harbors at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Esko • vs Columbia Heights at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 • v... Full story

  • Coffee, pizza enterprises get new owners

    Jana Peterson|Jan 10, 2020

    Bearaboo Coffee opened New Year's Day with brand new owners, after Natalie and Chris Swanson purchased Cloquet's only combination coffee shop and car wash from Karen Williams, who owned both businesses with her late husband, Bob. It was a family-centered business for Karen and Bob, and the Swansons plan to continue that tradition. Their two high-school-aged kids - senior Caleb and junior Emma - are already trained in as baristas, while eighth grader Grace is nearly trained in. Their fifth... Full story

  • Band receives biomass award

    Pine Knot News|Jan 10, 2020

    Heating the Midwest, a biomass advocacy group, honored a Carlton County project and three others across the state in October at its annual conference celebrating Bioenergy Day in the Midwest. Bruno Zagar, environmental specialist with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, accepted a "Outstanding Biomass Thermal Heating Projects" award on behalf of the band for its Sawyer Community Center project that heats the building using scrap wood chips in an efficient boiler system, replacing...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jan 10, 2020

    The current Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine has a 10-page article complete with photographs of our own Julie Collman and her husband, Bob Baker, as they snowmobile, and snowshoe for Big Brook Trout in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Author Michael Dvorak did an excellent job of writing the article and I’m sure he was thrilled to be spending time with Julie and Bob doing what they love doing: fishing. Pine Knot News outdoors writer Bret Baker also wrote about the couple ...

  • Wrenshall News: Taking on new year with one word

    Anne Dugan|Jan 10, 2020

    This was the first week of “back to reality” for a lot of us. School is back in session and most folks are back to work. Monday morning was a bit rough and it can be hard to find our way into routine again. I’m like a lot of folks who are looking to develop some new, healthier routines with the coming year. One of the ways I am approaching this is by choosing just one word for 2020 that I can use to focus on and reflect throughout the buffering and jostling of daily life. Since having kids, I ha...

  • Legion reaches out to students

    Pine Knot News|Jan 10, 2020

    Special guest Minnesota Department American Legion Auxiliary President Mary Hendrickson, Cloquet Commander Glenn Wirtanen, Girls Stater Sydney Hall, and Boys Stater Caleb Swanson recently attended a Cloquet American Legion meeting to talk about Boys State and Girls State projects that are a packed week of learning focused on responsible citizenship, leadership, and more. Over one week in June, participants are assigned to mock cities and to fictional political parties. They are immersed in learn...