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Articles from the January 17, 2020 edition


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  • She's quilting a career making art with wood

    Timothy Soden-Groves|Jan 17, 2020

    Leah Hammond stood on the showroom floor of her family's woodworking business in Cloquet. Beside her was her latest hand-crafted wall hanging, an elegant testimony to her creativity and craftsmanship. But this was no ordinary wall hanging. Six feet tall and made of precisely cut pieces of wood intricately assembled into geometric patterns, this was solid craftsmanship becoming art. The work clearly evoked the patterns of a meticulously-made quilt. Hammond began to tell the story of how her... Full story

  • Taking a walk with Oprah

    Mike Creger|Jan 17, 2020

    Kwe Pack has been up and running, literally, for nearly a decade. The group of indigenous women based out of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation run for wellness, socializing and share volunteer activities. They have been featured in national magazines and on television. The exposure caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey. So when she was planning to be in Minneapolis last weekend for her 2020 Vision tour, Kwe Pack members were asked to be a part of the event that focuses... Full story

  • Prepare for the primary

    Mike Creger|Jan 17, 2020

    In 2016, Minnesota passed legislation establishing a presidential nomination primary, bringing the state into Super Tuesday, when a host of states hold primaries. The state is better known as a caucus state, where people gather and discuss their preference for candidates instead of simply voting. But Minnesota isn’t new to presidential primaries. There have been four: in 1916, 1952, 1956 and 1992. In most cases, the legislature voted for a primary to try and gain some political edge. In 1992, the primary was considered rather meaningless as i...

  • Cloquet explores vocational education options

    Jana Peterson|Jan 17, 2020

    Cloquet explores vocational education options Following the retooling of the construction trades program at Cloquet High School into something that could lead motivated students directly into an carpenters union apprenticeship, CHS administrators are now hoping to do the same thing with other trades. They've have a potential agreement with the electricians union in the works for next year. On Tuesday, CHS vice principal Tim Prosen met with the plumbers and pipefitting unions, and he's working...

  • Wrenshall news

    Anne Dugan|Jan 17, 2020

    Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and one of the ways I try and honor his legacy is to try something new and push myself to leave my comfort zone. Given the divisive nature of our national politics I am hoping to use the holiday to have a conversation with someone that I might not normally engage with. The national organization Story Corps has started a similar initiative that they are calling “One Small Step.” Story Corps has spent the last 15 years preserving and sharing humanity’s stori...

  • Fire crews get a daily double

    Jana Peterson|Jan 17, 2020

    After a mercifully long run with no major fire calls, the Cloquet Area Fire District responded to two calls on Sunday, Jan. 12. CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said a house fire at 318 Avenue E started in the afternoon, then crews were called around midnight to the USG Interiors plant for a fire in a dust collection system that caused a lot of smoke, but no flames. Schroeder said the house fire Sunday was in the attic, and caused extensive damage to the roof structure and attic of the home near Pineh...

  • Offices close for MLK holiday

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Cloquet, Carlton and Carlton County offices, among others, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public Health, Motor Vehicle License Bureau, Veterans Service Office, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service/Carlton County. The Minnesota Highway 210 transfer station will be open....

  • Cloquet water, sewer rates rising

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Cloquet commercial and residential customers will see an increase in their city water rates this month, after the Cloquet City Council approved an increase to water and sanitary sewer rates at its Dec. 17 meeting. According to the city’s website, the average residential customer could expect the monthly bill to increase by nearly $5. Public Works Director Caleb Peterson explained the city did a rate study in 2017 and the increases were planned. “They’re primarily influenced by infrastructure replacement projects for pipes, pumps and pump stati...

  • District looking for vo-tech options

    Jana Peterson|Jan 17, 2020

    Following the retooling of the construction trades program at Cloquet High School into something that could lead motivated students directly into an carpenters union apprenticeship, CHS administrators are now hoping to do the same thing with other trades. They’ve have a potential agreement with the electricians union in the works for next year. On Tuesday, CHS vice principal Tim Prosen met with the plumbers and pipefitting unions, and he’s working to find a connection for the auto shop program....

  • Court Notes: Murder trial begins in Carlton

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    A jury trial for a Wisconsin man accused of shooting and killing his uncle began Monday in Carlton County Sixth District Court. James Francis Montano, 34, of Bayfield County was arrested in April 2018 in Carlton County for shooting his uncle, 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee, and injuring Gokee’s son, 38-year-old Hudson Gauthier, Montano’s cousin. Montano faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and assault in the second degree. Gauthier testified much of...

  • Recital

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Hamre School of Voice students channeled their inner musical theater star for the school's Best of Broadway recital at Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet on Friday, Jan. 10. Instructor Gail Nelson-Hamre works with students of all ages and talent levels. Contributed photo...

  • Appeals court strips Polymet permits

    Minnesota Public Radio|Jan 17, 2020

    The Minnesota Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine Monday, overturning three key state permits that had been issued to the project - and requiring the state to conduct a hearing before it works to reissue those permits. In one of several legal challenges to the proposed northern Minnesota mine, eight different groups had asked the court to overturn a permit to mine and two dam safety permits that were among several the state Department of Natural Resources...

  • Lacrosse clinic, league in works

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Registration is open now through April 15 for the Northern Siege Youth Lacrosse League, now in its second year of providing a lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 5-14. The league is open to prospective players from across Carlton County, including but not limited to Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Esko, FDL, Moose Lake and Wrenshall. Kids who have never tried lacrosse are invited to a free Learn to LAX clinic for grades K-8 on Feb. 22 at the Fond du Lac Tribal Center, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Times vary according to age group. Organizer...

  • Connect resources this Wednesday

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    The Operation Community Connect Resource Fair is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Journey Christian Church, 1400 Washington Avenue in Cloquet. It will be a one-stop-shop to connect with different agencies and services and get important questions answered or applications started. Get help with veterans services, housing, childcare, senior services, food access, education, mental health services, disability services and more. Additionally, Carlton County courts, in participation with local prosecuting agencies, law enforcement and...

  • Carlton to hold public hearing

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    The city of Carlton will hold a special public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at City Hall on 310 Chestnut Avenue in Carlton. City Clerk Carol Conway said the city is applying for a grant through USDA Rural Development, and the hearing is required as part of that process. It will be an informational meeting to discuss funding sources for city equipment, including the purchase of a pickup and two lawn mowers....

  • Our view: Private schools option fades away

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Carlton County public schools do a stellar job. In addition, for many years, there have been options available for those who preferred a private, religious-based education. In the late 1970s, the Faith Christian School offered evangelical Christian education, but went out of business in the 1990s. St. Paul’s Academy (later Cloquet Christian Academy) hosted children until 2011, with students in grades K-12. The school changed its name after a few years in an attempt to become more inclusive of other local congregations. The thought was that o...

  • Harry's Gang: Even nice guys are given the once-over in today's society

    Pete Radosevich|Jan 17, 2020

    It’s not easy being a man in these enlightened times. Recently, my family spent the day skiing at Spirit Mountain. I was in court, so I joined up with them later in the day. A mile before the Proctor exit I noticed a broken-down Jeep on the shoulder. A few seconds later I noticed a woman walking on the side of the highway, looking cold and hurried. I pulled off the exit and waited for her to reach me. As I waited, another vehicle passed me and pulled over on the ramp. The driver, a woman, got o...

  • Obituaries: Jesse Dean Myers

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Jesse Dean Myers, 37, of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Hayward, Wisconsin. He was born March 3, 1982, in Duluth to Dean and Lynn Myers. Jesse was raised on the shores of Big Lake in Cloquet. He graduated from Cloquet High School in 2001 and soon after went to work for the family owned and operated business, Lake Superior Cabs, manufacturing off-road heavy-equipment cabs. There, Jesse became a proficient self-taught welder and fabricator. Jesse was preceded in death by his... Full story

  • Obituaries: William "Bill" K. Obst

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    William "Bill" K. Obst, 93, of Cloquet, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Viewcrest Health Center in Duluth. He was born Nov. 17, 1926, in St. Louis to Gustave and Eleanor (Kewley) Obst. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bill graduated from Rochester High School. He received his master's degree in education from Macalester College and was a high school English teacher at Cloquet Public Schools. Bill had a lifelong fascination with learning, both his own and of those around... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Roland Robert Uran, 82, of Esko died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in his home. Services were held Jan. 11 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Matthews Lutheran Church or an organization working to feed the poor are preferred.... Full story

  • Letters to the editor: Rudy Law is here to stay

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    We enjoyed reading Pete Radosevich’s column about Cloquet law firms and sole practitioners over the years, and appreciate his kind words about us. Yet when he writes “I suspect” this or that will happen, his opinion unfortunately could lead readers to think longtime Rudy Law Firm attorneys, staff and offices might soon disappear. The only change with our new relationship with the Fryberger Law Firm, besides our firm’s legal name, is that we’ve expanded the services and expertise available to clients. That’s a plus for everyone. We still operate...

  • Letters to the editor: A missed opportunity?

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    About four years ago, when Minnesota Highway 33 was being reconstructed, the entrance from Big Lake Road into the Pinetree Plaza was moved a bit further up the hill. This made vehicles entering the parking lot head directly for an island consisting of curbs, rocks, shrubs, and a stop sign. I submitted a letter back then, concerned that drivers entering had to swerve left to miss the island and then immediately swerve right to avoid running head on into oncoming traffic exiting the parking lot. I thought this island should have been moved or...

  • New year ... new healthy you

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    It's a new year and once again you've resolved to get healthy. And you're certainly not alone. According to the website Body Blueprint, the No. 1 New Year's resolution is to lose weight. Every year millions of people make such resolutions, followed by a grab-bag of others, from quitting smoking, to drinking less alcohol, to exercising more, to cutting out sugar. Unfortunately, Body Blueprint also notes that a staggering 80 percent of all these well-intentioned aspirations are broken by the... Full story

  • Artist teaches relaxation through her art classes

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    When people think of stress reduction, smacking a punching bag may come to mind. Or running. Or yoga, perhaps. But according to Sue Brown Chapin, there's another way to destress. Painting. "When I'm painting I lose myself in the creative process and I can't think about everyday things like what to make for dinner or the reality of daily life," Brown Chapin said. So the second-generation watercolorist decided to share her Zen with others by offering daylong painting classes, held at the Historic...

  • Yoga class makes spiritual practical

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    Paula Williams of Barnum has been doing yoga since 1999, for the past five at The Nest Wellness Center in Cloquet. “I started doing yoga when I decided it was a good way to exercise but it was also a spiritual form of exercise,” she recalled. “I wanted to find a way to be more physical and the fact that it had some kind of grounding in spiritual wisdom was compelling.” Not only has Williams gotten stronger, but she has learned to breathe again, something she said helps her destress on a daily b...

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