Articles from the February 4, 2022 edition

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Pine Knot deemed top state paper ... again

The Pine Knot News was once again named the "most outstanding weekly" in Minnesota at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention last week. It is the second year in a row the paper... Full story


Obituary: Korryn Elizabeth Lee Sorenson-Brock

Korryn Sorenson-Brock, 22, of Cloquet, passed away Jan. 29, 2022. She was born Jan. 13, 2000, in Edina, the daughter of Kenneth and Kerrie (Rice) Sorenson. Korryn lived in Andover until she was 5 and... Full story


It was a tale of two caucuses

It was bitterly cold and blustery on the first Tuesday in February in a big statewide election year as the political party faithful held caucuses here and across the state. Precinct tables for all of...


History Mystery

Frequent Pine Knot News contributor and award-winning columnist Steve Korby hails from Scanlon, so he knew some of the sixth-graders pictured last week (at right). "The teacher, who was also the...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 4, 2022

Board will decide on $7 million in relief

Carlton County will receive almost $7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, county economic development director Mary Finnegan reported at the board of commissioners committee of the whole meeting Feb. 1. There are nearly four years allowed to...


Arrests made in widespread drug sting

A massive multi-state drug investigation ended last month with arrest warrants issued for 21 people, including three people from Cloquet. According to a Duluth Police Department press release, the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force...


Crash sends one to hospital

According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the crash involved a Toyota pickup driven by a 37-year-old male from Duluth and a Freightliner semi driven by a 48-year-old male from Cromwell. The Toyota truck was eastbound...


Coffee with the superintendent

Join Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary, along with school board members and administration for conversation 9-10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Common Ground, on the corner of Avenue C and Broadway in Cloquet. The “coffee in the community...


Local man arrested for DWI

A Carlton man is facing DWI charges and more after allegedly running into a Duluth snowbank. According to a press release from the Duluth Police Department, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, Duluth police officers were dispatched to a...


Symposium goes virtual

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College welcomes new and experienced beekeepers to the seventh annual Beekeeping and More symposium next week. The virtual event will feature talks given by regional beekeeping experts, UMN Bee Squad and nationally...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 4, 2022

Hacking for fun and education

Cloquet graduate Luke Heine said he tried to teach himself computer science in high school, but it was overwhelming and there were few resources, aside from one good friend. "I had Billy Bauer, he... Full story


Theater to be filled with boos and hisses

Next week, the County Seat Theater Company will present an old-fashioned melodrama, "The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt, or, Always Wash Your Long Johns 'Cause It Makes a Lotta Cents." It's a boo-hiss vil...


From The Editor: Here, we practice e pluribus unum

When we started the Pine Knot News three years and three months ago, people in the newspaper industry noticed. I think it was mostly shock — who was crazy enough to start a brand-new paper? ... Full story


Harry's Gang: Single-issue politicians don't serve voters well

Business people often think that any government regulation is an intrusion into their business and should not be allowed. In fact, that theme has become a plank in the Republican platform, as... Full story


Korby's Connections: Remembering a friend and a crazy venture

Last June, I lost a close friend, Gary Ross. It wasn't officially recorded as a direct Covid-19 death, but the damn pandemic was surely a contributing factor. Sorry about the curse, but it is... Full story


Letters to the editor: Masks make popular concerts possible

To our concert patrons: As we work on scheduling our next season, we are once again reminded of how important you are. There are concert organizations that have not yet been able to return to live concerts. This is due in large part to audiences who... Full story


Letters to the editor: We need change, examination in politics

In this season of election ramp-up, the party differences articulate the value of servant leadership. The elected officials and political activists should not focus solely on the immediate issues to achieve short-term gains without preparing for... Full story


Obituary: Constance Olida Golla Schroller

Constance Olida Golla Schroller passed away Jan. 16, 2022, at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in Chula Vista, California, succumbing to sepsis after a minor procedure. She lived at the Veterans Home... Full story


Obituary: Charles Henry Lembke

Charles H. Lembke, 87, of Cloquet, passed away Jan. 29, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born Dec. 13, 1934, in West Seneca, New York, the son of Mason H. and Violet Lembke.... Full story


Obituary: Dwayne Lee "Dewey" Asbach

Dwayne Lee “Dewey” Asbach, 46, passed away Jan. 28, 2022, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth after succumbing to Covid-19 pneumonia while bravely undergoing treatment for mul... Full story


Obituary: David Anthony Anderson

David Anthony Anderson, 79, of Carlton, passed away at his home Jan. 22, 2022. David was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Duluth to Herbert and Mildred (Hunter) Anderson. He was raised in Duluth, graduated from... Full story


Lumberjacks have eyes on section

With the season-ending championship events just around the corner in mid-February, the Lumberjacks Nordic ski teams got a good look at where they stand during the Duluth East Invitational held at... Full story


5 CEC skiers earn All-Conference honors

Essentially a race-within-a-race, the Lake Superior Conference Nordic Ski Team champions and All-Conference individuals were named using the results from last Friday’s Duluth East Invitational races. While 10 teams competed in the event, a second s... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 4, 2022

Wilderness enjoy hot January with playoffs looming

Many Minnesota Wilderness fans were writing off the hometown team around the Christmasbreak. Not so fast, folks. The Wilderness have ripped off six straight wins and suddenly are back in the playoff h... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Jan. 27 Girls Basketball McGregor-51 Carlton-41 Esko-83 Barnum-39 Cromwell-Wright-50 Floodwood-29 South Ridge-73 Ml/wr-52 Girls Hockey Duluth Marshall-4 Moose Lake Area-1 Boys Basketball Lakeview Christian Ac-65 Carlton-51 Friday, Jan. 28... Full story


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