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  • Lourey advances to face Rarick, Birrenbach in special election

    Jan 25, 2019

    Stu Lourey is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate in the special election for Minnesota State Senate District 11. The Pine County native defeated his DFL opponent, Carlton County's Michelle Lee, in Tuesday's primary election by 1,933 votes (53,24 percent) to Lee's 1,698 votes (46.76 percent). Turnout in Tuesday's primary was low, at 11.19 percent in Carlton County and below 10 percent across all of District 11, which includes both Carlton and Pine Counties, along with several precincts in... Full story

  • Native women artists share practice, fears, hopes

    Ann Markusen, Community Columnist|Jan 25, 2019

    Last week, at Augsburg College, six exceptional Native women artists spoke about their work. Moderator Ananya Chatterjee, University of Minnesota dance professor, posed questions, the audience also. Here are some powerful takeaways. Ananya first asked what the global women's movement could learn through a centering of Native feminist values. Rosy Simas, Seneca dance artist, responded: "We are matrilineal. I've always wished for more focus on giving voice to women in our community." Rhiana...

  • Funeral notices

    Jan 25, 2019

    Caree Lee Maniekee, 44, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center. A Celebration of Life will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, Minn. with a luncheon reception served throughout the celebration. To leave online condolences, visit the guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net _____________________ Robert “Bill” William Fairbanks, 76, of Cloquet, died Jan.17, 2019. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Jan. 26 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloqu... Full story

  • Susan Marie Salo

    Jan 25, 2019

    Susan M. Salo, 67, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Viewcrest Health Center in Duluth, Minn. after an 18-year battle with cancer. She was born April 8, 1951 in Cloquet, Minn. to Lester "Dick" and Virginia (Hennum) Salo. Susan graduated from Esko High School in 1969 and worked for Independent School District #4 in McGregor for more than 30 years. She loved reading, singing, doing puzzles, and especially spending time with her family and friends. Susan was also a member of the Red Hat Society.... Full story

  • Florence Frances (Butkiewicz) Meger

    Jan 25, 2019

    Florence Frances (Butkiewicz) Meger, 96, passed away shortly after midnight on Jan. 17, 2019. Dear Mom, Thank you for everything. You were an incredible woman - strong, patient and loving. You were devout in your faith and never had a bad word to say about anyone. You loved to connect with people. You sent weekly handwritten letters to each of your children. You could talk to anyone. There wasn't a trip for groceries or a stop at the bank or any errand at all that didn't take longer than... Full story

  • Calvin Edward Carlson

    Jan 25, 2019

    Calvin Edward Carlson, 79, of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly of Edina, Minn. passed away peacefully after a long illness on Jan. 10, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Cal was born on May 5, 1939 to Lorien and Sarah Carlson of Cloquet, Minn. His lifelong passion for golf began as a young caddie at Cloquet Country Club, just one block from his family's home. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he played on the golf team and graduated in 1964 with a history degree. Immediately... Full story

  • Animal shelter talks ramp up again

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Jan 25, 2019

    Longtime animal advocate Diane Parkhurst cringed when she heard about the cat frozen to a Cloquet sidewalk earlier this month. But she is heartened by citizen actions that allowed the cat to survive, thanks to "lost and found" groups on social media getting word around. That's what the city and county are relying on these days when it comes to lost and stray pets after the Friends of Animals Humane Society ceased operations in Cloquet last summer. Since then, there has been plenty of community f...

  • 'Hero dog' saves woman from house fire

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Jan 25, 2019

    Shawn Cordell made a habit of telling the several dogs he and his wife, Terri, have adopted over the years to look after Terri. "I always told them, the first thing you need to do is protect her," he said. "And Scooby did that." If not for Scooby and his faithful companion, Banjo, Terri said, she wouldn't have lived through the house fire that raged through their Cloquet kitchen Dec. 19, filling the house with smoke and turning the kitchen and surroundings into a an unrecognizable charred and...

  • Purchase home radon test for $2

    Jan 25, 2019

    About two in every five homes have dangerous levels of radon, so every home should be tested. Radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths in the United States and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable, by testing homes and fixing radon problems. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils. It can enter into all kinds of homes through cracks or openings in walls or foundations. The only way for residents to know if...

  • Groundhog Day Medallion Hunt kicks off Feb. 2

    Jan 25, 2019

    The Groundhog Day Medallion Hunt sponsored by Cloquet Community Education, WKLK Radio and the city of Cloquet kicks off Saturday, Feb. 2 in the city of Cloquet. A 6-inch circular resin medallion bearing a photo of a groundhog and a penny will be hidden somewhere on city-owned land in the Cloquet Area. No climbing, scaling or digging will be required to find the medallion. It will also not be located within 1 foot of water or a roadway. There are two ways to get clues to the location of the medallion. Tune into WKLK 96.5 FM or WKLK 1230 AM for...

  • Crash in Brookston leaves one injured

    Jan 25, 2019

    St. Louis Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision on the 4900 block of Hwy 31 in Brookston Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9:18 a.m. According to the incident report, Donald Ecklund, 39, of Cloquet, was driving a passenger car southbound on a curve when the vehicle crossed over into the oncoming traffic lane where it struck head-on a northbound pickup truck driven by Brookston’s Brian Lofquist, 45. Both vehicles were a total loss. According to the report, Lofquist walked away from the accident. Ecklund was transported to Ess...

  • Kiwanis Club holds 'Last Chance' ice fishing contest

    Jan 25, 2019

    The Cloquet Area Golden K Kiwanis Club will host the 2019 annual Kiwanis “Last Chance” Ice Fishing Fishing Contest Saturday, Feb. 23. The contest was originally initiated and hosted by the Kiwanis of Cloquet Noon Club. Since its inception 17 years ago, the contest has grown, and anglers look forward to the event. The family-friendly event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 on Fish Lake, located northwest of Duluth. There will be prizes for participants, including cash and sports gear. The grand prize for the first-place winner is $50...

  • Cloquet library receives grant for youth worker

    Jan 25, 2019

    Cloquet Public Library will soon hire a youth worker to work with tweens and teens after-school to increase teen use of library services and materials, and develop protective factors such as social competence and empowerment. The Cloquet Public Library is heavily used by tweens and teens who are less affluent, less well-integrated into the larger community, and at greater risk of negative outcomes such as substance abuse and mental health issues. The youth worker will offer a consistent schedule of engaging programs and increase the capacity...

  • Mr. Mayor, tear down that covering

    Jan 25, 2019

    Transparency. Every single candidate for City Council in last fall’s election mentioned “transparency” as a major issue in Cloquet city politics. That’s why we cheered when new members of the council, at their first meeting, asked that the opaque glaze covering the doors to the council chambers be removed. And sure enough, the glaze has been removed. The glaze appeared more than a year ago, not long after the first closed meeting regarding former Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek. Such closed-door sessions are completely appropriate when the c...

  • Why do we even have city commissions?

    Pete Radosevich, Harrys Gang|Jan 25, 2019

    In some past issues of the Pine Knot News, we’ve implored citizens to step up and serve on city commissions, boards, and committees. It’s a great way to get involved in our community. But what’s the point of serving on a commission if the city leaders don’t even bother to consult that commission when making long-term decisions? That’s what is happening with CAT-7. City administration is suggesting substantial changes in the way our cable access channel is managed, and has already cut the coord...

  • United States is not a democracy

    Jan 25, 2019

    To the editor: I read the column “Democracy is a beautiful practice” in the Jan. 4 issue of the Pine Knot News and noticed the whole argument is based on a falsehood: that the United States is a democracy. It never was a democracy nor was it intended to be a true democracy. The United States is a federal republic, also known as a constitutional republic. It is “federal” in that it has a single national government as well as a collection of states and territories, each with its own government and empowered to enact local laws. It is a “republ...

  • Driver's side

    Parnell Thill, Notes from the Small Pond|Jan 25, 2019

    Upon exiting the driver's side door of a standard automobile, the left leg is kinesiologically compelled to load kinetic energy at hip - something like a ski jumper crouching on descent in order to engage, generate and hold until needed, the energy necessary to contradict gravity. Before that, as the driver lifts the left leg from the floorboard while simultaneously flinging open the door, a pronounced twisting of both the upper and lower torso occurs, the upper greater, the lower, less - this...

  • We are the answer

    Francy Chammings, Guest Columnist|Jan 25, 2019

    As 2019 begins, many of our old problems and challenges remain: gun violence, wars, homeland security, health care costs and too many more to name here. For most of us, the solutions to these conundrums appear beyond the reach of one individual. Many of us want to throw up our hands and say, “Well, I can’t do anything about that today,” and move on. On a brighter note, however, there is one problem we can all “do something about” everyday. We all play a part in pollution, unnecessary waste, and...

  • Wright-Cromwell News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jan 25, 2019

    Did you stay up late on Monday to observe the eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon? As I looked out our porch door at 11 p.m. or so, it was overhead a bit to the southeast. We were so fortunate to have a clear sky for this very special celestial event. I'm sure my brother John will be posting some great photos on Facebook. I tried to take some, but my camera just doesn't do justice to the sighting. Did you know that there was a primary election Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Senate District 11? We didn't...

  • FDLTCC contributes estimated $49.5 million to regional economy, according to study

    Tom Urbanski, FDLTCC|Jan 25, 2019

    Minnesota State, the system of 30 state colleges and seven state universities, recently shared the results of a study that estimates the contribution of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to the regional economy it serves to be $49.5 million annually, and supporting and sustaining 448 jobs. "The college's activities and the economic boost generated by our employees and students contribute to the vibrancy of our local community; a community that we are proud to be a part of," said...

  • Karen K. (Korby) Heimbach

    Jan 25, 2019

    Karen K. (Korby) Heimbach, 67, of Salem, Ore., formerly of Esko, Minn. died Jan. 18, 2019 at McKillop Residence nursing home in Sublimity, Ore. She was born April 23, 1951 to John and Violet Korby of Esko. She graduated from Esko Lincoln High School in 1969. She met Steve Heimbach and his daughter, Jamie, from his previous marriage. They married and made their home in Wrenshall, Minn. They were married several years when Karen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and never able to have children. T... Full story

  • Students of the month

    Jan 25, 2019

    Ahnna Bader 6th grade, St. Joan of Arc Class Her hard work, respect, and the wonderful example that she is to younger students has earned Ahnna Bader this Student of the Month honor. Ahnna is active in various sports throughout the year and participates in Destination Imagination. She enjoys spending time at the lake in the summer, hanging out with friends and babysitting young children. Her teacher, Mrs. Lembke, states, "Ahnna is respectful and helpful to everyone." Eleanor Bennett...

  • Local couple volunteer time and expertise in Tanzania

    Nancy Taggert, Community Memorial Hospital|Jan 25, 2019

    Dr. David Luehr, a retired Raiter Clinic physician and Community Memorial Hospital hospitalist, spent a month in the West African nation of Tanzania last fall. He volunteered his time at the Dodoma Christian Medical Center, where each of the 50 hospital beds has mosquito netting that drops down at night to protect the 10 patients being cared for in each room. Luehr's days included mentoring young physicians, working in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and even performing an emergency...

  • Foodies flock to Food for Thought

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Jan 25, 2019

    Frigid weather didn't deter local foodies and community supporters from making their way in record numbers to the annual Food for Thought event at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thursday, Jan. 17. It was a feast of epic proportions, with local and regional restaurants, bakeries, bars and more providing myriad mouth-watering dishes to be savored in sample-sized bites. Guests (tickets were $30 at the door) wandered from stand to stand, trying everything from dips and appetizers to...

  • Youthful Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team builds on success

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Jan 25, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team is seeing much success, with credit going to a youth movement on the team. With only two seniors on the roster, six juniors and three sophomores, CEC has had to look to wrestlers in grades 7 through 9. "We don't have a lot of numbers in from the upperclassmen," longtime head coach Al Denman said. "It's been the younger core which has really stepped up and made this season one of the best we have ever had." CEC is coming off a second-place finish last...

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