Articles from the January 26, 2024 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    January 26, 2024

'X' marks demise of ash trees

Pink isn't a good color for city ash trees these days. That's because Cloquet trees marked with bright pink dots (and some with large X marks) are short-timers, doomed to be cut down in response to...

 By Mike Creger    News    January 26, 2024

Warrants, court shed some light on shooting

Search warrants issued just after the deadly Jan. 8 shootings at the Super 8 hotel in Cloquet reveal how much investigators will be processing from a scene where three people were found dead,...


Ice is nice, but can it last?

Under the watchful eye of Scanlon employees Dave Line and Matt Baquette, Barnum's Pete Began gets warmed up during his first skate of the year Monday afternoon. Began, who once lived in Cloquet, made... Full story


Animals in person at the library

Rad Zoo owner Jamie Pastika gets help holding a large boa constrictor named Louie from a handful of children Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Cloquet Public Library. A 33-year-old former pet, Louie was extra...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 26, 2024

No movement in Moose Lake on police future

City of Moose Lake staffers set out 100 chairs in city council chambers Wednesday for a public hearing on policing, and each one was needed to hold the crowd. On tap: deciding whether to keep the...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 26, 2024

Earliest school pairing would be 2025

The soonest consolidation between Carlton and Wrenshall schools would become official is the 2025-26 school year. That was the timeline shared during a Jan. 18 meeting of the Wrenshall school board. Specifically, consolidation could take place July...

 By Brady Slater    News    January 26, 2024

County adopts housing trust fund

The Carlton County board on Tuesday unanimously adopted a housing trust fund, following a public hearing and presentation by Mary Finnegan, executive director of Carlton County Economic Development. The trust fund will be used to offer loans and...


Hwy. 33 meeting set for Feb. 1

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, to focus on Highway 33 intersections at Carlton Avenue and Cloquet Avenue. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St. MnDOT has... Full story


Reservation pipeline removal starts soon

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Enbridge are moving forward with the planned removal of deactivated sections of Line 3 and Line 4 from the Fond du Lac Reservation beginning this month. The project removes deactivated sections of...


Twin Lakes Township offers home fix-it grants

Twin Lakes Township is offering grant money for up to 10 township low- and moderate-income homeowners for home improvements. The homes must be owner-occupied homes in the target area of Twin Lakes Township. Grant funds are loaned to individual...


Feds fund bridge

President Joe Biden was expected to visit Superior Thursday to tout the $1.06 in federal funding marked for the replacement of the Blatnik Bridge, a major connector between Duluth and Superior. Officials announced Monday that the U.S. Department of T...


Schultz enters race for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

Schultz is angling for a rematch in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, which stretches from areas just north of the Twin Cities area all the way to the Canadian border. Schultz lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber by 15 points in 2022. B...


Radosevich to run: Rematch possible for 11A

Local attorney and Pine Knot News publisher Pete Radosevich is ready for Election Round 2, after an announcement Tuesday that he is running for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 11A.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 26, 2024

School bus issues drive Barnum debate

More than 50 people turned out for the Barnum school board meeting Tuesday, the majority in a show of support for school bus drivers. The crowd came as the board considered contracting with a private...


Our View: Wither winter?

The phrase is simple enough, and surely heard often these days. We are Minnesotans, afterall. We like to talk about the weather. But for some reason, the phrase just doesn’t resonate like it might in other years. Of course, the last time we had a w... Full story


Harry's Gang: So long for now as I run again

It’s said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. Regardless, this will be my last “Harry’s Gang” column for a while, because I have... Full story


Letter: What's your screen time? Excessive?

I use my computer all day at school. Then I do homework on my device until I nod off. I overuse screen time. Experts say we should use our devices for under two hours and 30 minutes, and here is why. As an adult, your phone is essential for... Full story


Letter: Has Iowa shown us something?

Although Donald Trump won the Republican caucus in Iowa, it was the lowest voter turnout in years with only 14 percent of registered voters, according to David Muir of ABC News. Weather may have contributed. However, this means 86 percent failed to... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 26, 2024

Hot Rebels slow Raptors' roll

Things could not have gone any better for the Moose Lake/Willow River boys basketball team in their matchup against Carlton/Wrenshall Friday night. The Rebels shooting was beyond hot as they opened... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 18 Girls Hockey CEC 2 Northern Lakes 0 Boys Hockey Northern Edge 4 MLA 1 Girls Basketball ML/WR 63 Carlton/Wrenshall 47 Hill City/Northland 70 Fond du Lac 35 South Ridge 70 Cherry 44 Cromwell-Wright 51 Mesabi East 45 Esko 88 Two... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 26, 2024

Ogichidaa are finding their way

At first look, one might expect the Fond du Lac boys basketball team to be long in experience. A deeper look shows that the Ogichidaa have a number of older players, but most don't have a lot of... Full story


Sports schedule

Friday, Jan. 26 Girls Hockey CEC vs Chisago Lakes, 7 Boys Hockey CEC at Bemidji, 7 Boys Basketball Barnum vs Two Harbors, 7:15 Carlton/Wrenshall vs Hill City, 7:15 Cromwell-Wright at McGregor, 7:15 Esko at ML/WR, 7:15 Wrestling CEC at Mora, 5... Full story


Team falls from first place stance

Losers of three straight games last week, the Minnesota Wilderness (22-14-4) lost its grip atop the division standings, tumbling into third behind red-hot teams from Wisconsin in the Janesville Jets and Eagle River’s Windigo. The Wilderness lost o... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    January 26, 2024

Lumberjacks stem a losing slide

After starting the season with eight straight wins, the Cloquet girls basketball team was flying high, then on Dec. 27 things changed. That was the first day of the Wood City Classic basketball... Full story


Thunderbird is now a press

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is starting its own teaching press, which it’s calling Animikii Mazina’iganan: Thunderbird Press. The press aims to publish innovative, culturally sig...


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