Articles from the February 7, 2020 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    February 7, 2020

House fires displace county residents

Mike Creger and Jana Peterson Fires this past week have displaced at least seven people in north Carlton County. A family of four in the lower unit of a duplex on the 100 block of 13th Street in Cloqu...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 7, 2020

A banner day at the science fair

It's one of the only events in the Northland where the number of judges often rivals the number of student projects on display. This year's 68th annual Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair... Full story


Carlton takes on winter

When the weather is cold and the snow piled so high you can't see over the top of it, there's only one thing to do - celebrate! Yes, it's Winterfest all day long on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Carlton....

 By Dave Anderson    News    February 7, 2020

Might February be winter's swan song?

Another Groundhog Day has come and gone, and this year Punxsutawney Phil predicted a short winter and a rapidly approaching spring. Of course, Phil’s accuracy rate is 39 percent. Coin flips are t...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Feb. 7 1851 The Minnesota territorial legislature votes to make St. Paul the capital and to put the prison in Stillwater. 1867 Laura Ingalls (Wilder) is born near Pepin, Wisconsin. Her family...


Annual Blue Jean Ball is a denim good time

Some might say that communities are more divided than ever. But if you joined us last Saturday night at the Otter Creek Ballroom at Black Bear Casino & Resort, you would agree that we are completely...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 7, 2020

Fond du Lac candidate filings close

Candidate filings closed Jan. 24 for three spots on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation Business Committee. Only two people filed for RBC chairperson: Kevin Dupuis, Sr....


Emergency alert sent by mistake

A double error from the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division led to confusion and concern in Floodwood, Moose Lake and several other communities in the region when they got messages to evacuate Wednesday. HSEM tests its...


Carlton principal resigns after DWI

The Carlton school board will have a special meeting Monday to accept the resignation of middle school and high school principal Barry Wolff. Accepting the resignation would be retroactive to Feb. 3, when Wolff submitted it following his conviction...


Superintendent chooses to retire

Moose Lake Superintendent Robert Indihar announced that he will retire at the end of the school year, after 22 years with the school district. According to a story in the Moose Lake Star Gazette, Indihar thanked the board for their support over his...


Free tax filing assistance is available in county

With income tax season now open, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that over 200 sites will be offering free tax assistance for those filing income tax and property tax refund returns. Most sites are open through April 15. Carlton County...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 7, 2020

City Council: Bike trail extension fund keeps growing

Cloquet citizen Tim Krohn was on hand again Tuesday to accept another donation for the extension of the Pine Valley mountain bike trail. The donor this time was Minnesota Power. Chris Rousseau,...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 7, 2020

Lacrosse takes hold in county

Here's a quiz question for you: What is the fastest growing sport in America? Lacrosse! That also holds true across Minnesota where the game, which was invented by American Indians long ago, is growin... Full story


Our View: Carlton, Wrenshall can't rest on survey

By this time next week, residents in the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts should have a pretty good idea on where their neighbors stand on the issue of consolidating the districts. The schools boards for each will meet jointly in a special 6...


Harry's Gang: Facts drive the Pine Knot

Scott Holman, the former Cloquet police officer who is now suing the City of Cloquet, didn’t run for mayor as I stated here a few weeks ago; he ran for city council against Kelly Riihiluoma but lost 4...


Letters to the editor: Jails should be last priority for county

I can’t believe Carlton County wants to spend $25 to $40 million on a new jail. What are they thinking? Spending this kind of money on a building for inmates, criminals, etc. This is insane. A jail shouldn’t be so nice that criminals keep coming bac...


Letters to the editor: Consolidation should be affordable option

I am for consolidation. But don’t three (Wrenshall) plus one (Carlton) failed referendums tell us something? Maybe asking for the moon is too much for the taxpayers to bear. The Wrenshall School Board has voted for a $9.3 million non-voter a...


Cloquet Ward 3 council election is Feb. 11

The 2020 voting season starts Tuesday in Cloquet with a special election for the Ward 3 City Council seat vacated by Dakota Koski in July. Candidates Uriah Wilkinson and Chris Swanson are asking... Full story


Obituaries: John Leo Worgren

John Leo Worgren, 57, of Cloquet, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1962, in Cloquet to Raymond and Jeanette Worgren. John was raised at Big Lake and graduated from... Full story


Obituaries: Robert George Rasen

Robert George Rasen, 85, of New Hope, and formerly of Cloquet, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in his home. Robert was born Oct. 20, 1934, in Cloquet to William and Eva (Chapado) Rasen. Bob was a kind... Full story


Obituaries: Marylu Young

Marylu Young, 92, of Carlton passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital with her family by her side. She was born to Carl and Violet (Watt) Sorenson in Duluth on Nov. 10, 1927. Marylu... Full story


Obituaries: Charlotte A. Johnson

Charlotte A. Johnson, 81, of Cloquet died peacefully Feb. 1, 2020, in the presence of family. She was born Sept. 19, 1938, in Cloquet to Carl Elon Johnson and Bernadette Fern (Mullen) Johnson.... Full story


Obituaries: Neil Dale Woodward

Neil Dale Woodward, 87, of Cloquet passed away suddenly Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital. Neil was born in Duluth to James and Hazel (Nelson) Woodward on Oct. 23, 1932. Nei... Full story


Republicans hosting speaker who claims research on refugees

The Carlton County Republican Party invited a self-described refugee resettlement expert to conduct a meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, accordi...


Your Pine Knot is now an award-winning newspaper

The Pine Knot News was recently recognized as among the very best newspapers in the state by the Minnesota Newspaper Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. Hundreds of papers from across...


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