Articles from the February 3, 2023 edition

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TRIFECTION! Pine Knot is top paper in state for third year

It's a classic long Minnesota goodbye to an absurd degree. Millie, a guest at the Pine Knot News office the past two years, will be staying at least another year. Blame the staff at the newspaper,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    February 3, 2023

Volunteer ambulance 'not sustainable'

Bolstering Carlton ambulance service, costs pitched to townships A proposal to create two full-time positions atop the city of Carlton's all-volunteer ambulance service was met with optimism by... Full story


Cloquet teacher up for Teacher of the Year

Dave Perry, a teacher at the Cloquet Area Alternative Education program, is one of 131 nominees statewide for the 2023 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Education Minnesota announced in January. Perry is the only Carlton County teacher to be nominated.... Full story


Medallion hunt kicks off

The annual medallion hunt is on. Cloquet Community Ed, WKLK radio and the Northland Foundation AGE to age program are again sponsoring a Groundhog Day medallion hunt, with $500 in local gift certificates for the winner. Starting Thursday, Feb. 2,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    February 3, 2023

Wrenshall superintendent search to start with survey

The Wrenshall school board agreed in a special meeting Wednesday to survey community members before posting the district’s open superintendent position. “I don’t think we can rush this,” board member Misty Bergman said. “We don’t even know what w...


Former Cloquet man convicted of murder of student

A one-time Cloquet resident was convicted of second-degree intentional murder last week in Minneapolis. Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 30, was found guilty Thursday, Jan. 26, of shooting and killing 15-year-ol...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 3, 2023

Fire district board chooses leaders

Cloquet Area Fire District board members started the new year by taking care of official business: selecting the Pine Knot News as the district’s official newspaper, and Frank Yetka as its official attorney. The board also elected officers for 2...


College perseveres with interim leader

Until her sudden passing in November, Stephanie Hammitt had made herself into an indispensable figure at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. At the time of her death from cancer on Nov. 14 at... Full story


Campus is abuzz

There are several activities going on at FDLTCC this month: Language symposium The fourth annual Ojibwe Language Symposium will be held this weekend, Feb 3-5, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The free symposium is a family-oriented,...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 3, 2023

Thompson Township residents question proposed township road, driveway rules

A set of ordinances presented to Thomson Township residents last week has people talking, and not all of them are in favor of more government control over their properties. At issue are two proposed...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 3, 2023

Cloquet man charged with child porn

Residents of Cloquet’s Aspen Arms apartments were alarmed last week when a large number of law enforcement officials parked in front of and behind the building, entering and remaining inside for a significant period of time, more than one resident t...


Letters: Hey, publisher Pete, come back

Congratulations on running a determined and clean campaign for the District 11A Minnesota House position, Pete Radosevich. After you’re done licking your wounds from the unfortunate election defeat, please get back to writing your “Harry’s Gang...


Letters: Veterans deserve state action

I had worked with former state representative Mike Sundin on a veterans identification bill. The federal government signed a veterans identification bill into law in 2015. HF 720 would bring Minnesota law into compliance with federal law. I would...


Letters: Adults need to lead school districts

As a former teacher and coach in the Carlton school district, I have watched the demise of both the Wrenshall and Carlton schools. There is plenty of blame to go around. School boards, administration and parents all share a piece of this very sad...


Letters: Thank a school board member

February is Minnesota School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members, who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in C...

 By Steve Korby    People    February 3, 2023

Librarian is my go-to Twins guy

When I seek feedback on Minnesota Twins or Vikings news and transactions, I turn to two reliable sources in Cloquet. The first is smiling Dave Haapanen, usually found stocking shelves in the cereal... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    February 3, 2023

Eskomos freeze out Cardinals

While it's evident how hard the Esko girls basketball team plays on the court against its opponents, head coach Sue Northey is quick to note her Eskomos don't hold back when it's blue versus gold.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 3, 2023

Healthy Lumberjacks catch a win streak

Team breaks through to go over .500 The Cloquet boys basketball team won for the fifth time in the last six games when they throttled Duluth Marshall, 98-69, Monday. "We are playing pretty well right... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 3, 2023

Ogichidaa soar past Bulldogs

A packed gym and a raucous crowd greeted the Carlton and Fond du Lac boys basketball teams Tuesday night. The next-door neighbors took to the floor as the Ogichidaa were able to overcome a quick... Full story


Ice fishing contest coming to Chub Lake

The Kingdom Builders Ministry will hold its third annual ice fishing contest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Chub Lake. Concessions and prize areas will be to the left of the landing. Plan to bring your own auger and fish anywhere on the lake.... Full story


Watch EagleCam

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is celebrating 10 years of the EagleCam (, a popular annual livestream of a bald eagle nest in Minnesota. The livestream now has thousands of followers watching from homes, workplaces,... Full story


DNR seeks input

The DNR establishes deer population goals — how much of a population increase or decrease is desired in a particular DPA — as part of managing the state’s wild deer. The DNR is asking for public input on deer population goals in 23 deer permit areas... Full story


Wilderness return home in first

By earning three points last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness reclaimed a share of first place in the Midwest Division of the North American Hockey League. With 49 points each, the Wilderness are tied atop the standings with the Fairbanks (Alaska)... Full story


Kettle River news

Quilting at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is 9 a.m. until noon every Wednesday. The next Kettle River council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Kettle River senior center. While I was in the hospital with hepatitis when I was 14, I was...


Wright/Cromwell news

Hey, I hope things are going well for you and yours. I am now living alone since my son and son-in-law went back to San Francisco. They had been with me since July, so now it seems strange to be alone, but good in some ways, too. Now I have time to...


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