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Articles from the February 5, 2021 edition

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Pine Knot earns top honors

After winning 15 state awards after its first full year of operation, the Pine Knot News doubled its haul last week, collecting 33 awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association through its annual... Full story


Howling to get going

The dogs once again stole the show at the start of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon Sunday. Fans were not allowed to gather at the start due to pandemic precautions. Read about a Cloquet musher...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 5, 2021

Prosecutors have eyes trained on sex crime cases

In December, former Carlton girls basketball coach Robert Pioro pleaded guilty to four counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from a sexual relationship with an athlete some 20 years ago. Two weeks ago, another girls... Full story


History mystery

Sharon Mattinen Goergen sure knew who the mystery angler was from last week. Kris Nelson, who has compiled a booklet on some of the history of Big Lake, used the photo for the cover but never knew...


Who says we all can't get along?

Dan Britton, a driver for Cloquet distributor Upper Lakes Foods, chats with Matt Baker from competitor US Foods last Thursday in Duluth's Canal Park. Britton said he knew Baker when he first started...


Cloquet library reopens

The Cloquet library opened to the public again on Monday, Feb. 1. Open hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The library will be observing the following protocols to ensure the continued safety of the public... Full story


Teen pleads not guilty in shooting

Joseph James Fohrenkam, 18, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges in the shooting death of his friend, 16-year-old Joseph James Peterson, in a virtual hearing held Monday, Feb. 1 in Sixth District Court in Duluth. According to the...


Carjacking ends with suspect dead

Super One store in Pike Lake Friday, Jan. 29 ended with the suspect fleeing the car after it went off the road near the Saginaw Union Station bar at the intersection of Highways 2 and 194, according to information from the St. Louis County...


Bee symposium goes virtual

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the Northeast Minnesota Beekeepers Association are hosting a virtual symposium called “Beekeeping and More!” Saturday, Feb. 13, for anyone interested in learning about beekeeping as a hobby or as a...

 By Ann Markusen    News    February 5, 2021

DNR wants input on trail systems

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for online public comment through Feb. 15 on its outdoor recreation task force recommendations for enhancing the state's outdoor recreation oppo...


Group continues pipeline protests

Local law enforcement and firefighters are keeping busy as protesters continue to disrupt and potentially delay construction of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline through the Fond du Lac reservation and Carlton County. Late Monday afternoon,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 5, 2021

Council OKs plan outlining ADA improvements

Cloquet city councilors approved a plan Tuesday to continue the city's transition toward being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, particularly where sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and tr...


Our View: This is icing on a cake baked long ago

By some important accounts, you are reading the “most outstanding weekly newspaper” in Minnesota. And we could not be more proud. As you can read elsewhere in this issue, your Pine Knot News won 33 awards and a trophy at last week’s Minnesota...


Harry's Gang: Political cooperation depends on someone blinking first

My son Patrick wrote a little poem a few years ago that went something like this: "If we practice an 'eye for an eye' pretty soon we'll all be blind." I had been trying to teach my boys about the... Full story


Covid vaccinations start reaching older Carlton County residents

Thomson Township resident John Luomala was exceedingly happy to get his Covid-19 vaccination shot from Essentia Healthcare in Duluth last week. From the first recorded call - when he waited 45... Full story


Newspaper people can certainly dream big

Jana and I were doing the math. It’s a common game to play after the awards ceremony at the annual convention that draws newspaper people in from across the state each January. We win this, enter that, carry the one … we could have a trophy.... Full story

 By Kaya Stark    Opinion    February 5, 2021

Student View: Struggles with Covid-19 and learning are normal

Most high school students have been “distance learning” since last March. Last school year we were sent home from school for the rest of the academic year due to rising Covid-19 cases. That being said, we only had about two months left of the...


Letter to the editor: Protect children from river down at the park

I have sent notes to the Cloquet City Council and park board about the safety concerns at the park and playground on Dunlap Island. There is no fence to protect kids from accidentally falling into the river. We have lost people in the river either...


Letters to the editor: President Biden needs to be contained

I cannot believe how the Democrats are scrambling to undo President Trump’s progress. I just heard on the news where President Biden is signing executive orders at a rate much higher than his predecessors. He is totally bypassing Congress. It is...


Obituaries: Jane Joleen (Wickstrom) Hugdahl

Jane Joleen (Wickstrom) Hugdahl, 74, passed away peacefully Jan. 18, 2021, at home in Maplewood. Jane was born Jan. 5, 1947, in Cloquet. She worked for many years in the nursing field in Minneapolis.... Full story


Latest Carlton County Covid-19 case numbers

Carlton County Covid-19 case numbers increased by 53 cases over the past week, and there were no new deaths. As of Wednesday, Feb. 3, Carlton County had seen a cumulative total of 2,909 Covid-19... Full story


Death Notices

Anna Elizabeth Kauma, 86, of Esko passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. A private family service will be held on Saturday. A spring burial will be at Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery in Esko. To leave an online condolence, visit Full story


A tough slog on the sled dog trail

Covid-19 forced Cloquet's Billie Thompson into the Beargrease 40 race this year. The neuro-trauma nurse had planned to return to racing the mid-distance Beargrease 120, but she got Covid in December... Full story


Not Enough

The Lumberjacks, left, celebrate a goal by Jaxson Ochis against Duluth East at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center Monday. Duluth East broke open a tight game with three third-period goals to defeat... Full story


MSHSL approves plans for postseason tournaments

Plans for championship experiences were approved today during the Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors meeting that was held in a virtual format, according to the following press re... Full story


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