Articles from the February 9, 2024 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Backlash is strong, unrelenting on Hwy. 33 intersection plans

Cloquet residents converged at the public library Feb. 1 to address the future of what one resident called "the superhighway" through town. The resounding message: no more roundabouts on Minnesota...


Pine Knot reaps a pile of awards

The past week has been bittersweet in the Pine Knot News office as its staff said goodbye to the traveling Mills Trophy that marked the newspaper as the best weekly in Minnesota the past three years.... Full story


Sunset Brilliance

Darrell Davey captured what many people were marveling at on Jan. 31 when a radiant sunset was tossed across the region. Davey took this picture at the intersection of Cloquet Avenue and Minnesota...


Moose Lake loses police officers

Interim police chief Chad Pattison was granted special authority in Moose Lake after the three-member department saw the resignation of two of its officers last month. Both officers resigned in the wake of a public hearing last month to determine if...


Assisted Living Report Card is live

Minnesotans shopping for assisted living can now turn to a valuable new resource for help. The state’s new Assisted Living Report Card ( allows consumers to look up assisted living residences and find comparative ratings b...

 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Union gets 3-year deal with Sappi

The largest private sector union in the city of Cloquet ratified a new contract last week with the Sappi paper mill. United Steelworkers Local 1163 completed a three-year deal with the company that includes a 10.5 percent pay increase over the life...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Forest center fate is subject of meeting

It’s been a year since the University of Minnesota made public its administration’s plans to likely give the 3,400-acre Cloquet Forestry Center to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Oth...


USG plant receives $300K state grant

Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced more than $7.8 million in funding for seven business expansion projects statewide, including $300,000 for the USG Interiors plant in Cloquet. The Cloquet...

 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Council ponders Highway 33 proposal

Cloquet City Councilors know where the Wood City Riders stand on potential plans for Minnesota Highway 33, after an hour-long presentation by club president Chris Rokke. They appeared to agree with...


The Sticky Letter

Pine Knot News subscriber Sean Sundquist is on a quest to get this letter to its rightful owner, as it's now been delivered incorrectly to his own mailbox 10 times. Sundquist lives in Saginaw, the...

 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Board tackles wolves, celebrates safety

The Carlton County board appears on the verge of joining the chorus against wolves. During its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, the board advanced a resolution that would position the county...

 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Boards create consolidation committee

Aiming at consolidation as soon as the 2025-26 school year, the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts have formed a joint committee to lead the process. The consolidation committee will meet regularly along with additional monthly joint sessions of...


Making education better with the Blue Jean Ball

The Cloquet Educational Foundation's 22nd Blue Jean Ball brought a large crowd to Black Bear Casino Saturday to put the fun in fundraising. Close to 350 people attended this year's event - most of...


From the EDITOR: Why not read it in the newspaper?

Following the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday, a few of us were standing around talking about the Highway 33 public meeting last week. And one of the complaints — among many — was the lack of... Full story


Letter to the editor: Protection for wolves makes a lot of sense

When politicians meddle with nature, trouble can happen. But people, such as Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager Kelly Straka, seem to be a voice of reason when it comes to managing the population of Minnesota wildlife. As a... Full story


On The Farm: Small can still win on farming front

The “Go big, or get out” mantra has dominated U.S. agriculture for decades. It is getting push-back from small and medium-sized farmers in the Lake Superior regions of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and... Full story


Local representatives offer session preview

The Pine Knot News asked the two members of the Minnesota Legislature who represent the area to offer their views on the session that begins on Monday, Feb. 12. The often head-spinning budget session... Full story


Korby's Connections: So much spring already

The gentle breeze was swirling at 7 miles per hour from a north-northwest direction. It was sunny, and a beautiful Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. Earlier in the day, Punxsutawney Phil had...


Jottings from Janis: Winter nights are made for storytelling

Last weekend, as they've done for more generations than there are records, Ojibwe descendents gathered for aadizookeng - wintertime storytelling which can be told only at night when there is snow on...


Skiers swish into State slot

The Lumberjacks girls alpine ski team raced its way to State this week, taking second place during Tuesday's Section 7 meet. Head coach Ryan Zimny wasn't surprised - it's the best girls team he's had... Full story


Nordic season ends at sections

The Lumberjacks Nordic ski season ended during Wednesday's Section 7 meet as it began, with unseasonal weather challenges. Held at the Giant's Ridge Recreation Area near Biwabik, the pursuit race -... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 1 Girls Hockey MLA 1 Pine City 0 Boys Hockey Hermantown 6 CEC 1 Boys Basketball Deer River 84 South Ridge 58 Carlton/Wrenshall 78 Northland 65 Girls Basketball Esko 61 Carlton/Wrenshall 22 Cloquet 67 Grand Rapids 65 South Ridge 73... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 9, 2024

'Jacks off to a strong start in playoffs

Tuesday night the Lumberjacks girls hockey team hosted Hibbing/Chisholm in the first round of the Section 7A playoffs. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton came in on a roll having gone 9-0-1 over their last 10 games... Full story


Captain will go to RPI

Wilderness captain Gustavs Ozolins has decided to take his talents to RPI. The veteran defenseman announced this week he had committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the institution based in Troy, New York. Ozolins, from Riga, Latvia, began his ju... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 9, 2024

Rebels moving on after a 1-0 squeaker

The Moose Lake Area girls hockey team opened their season with four straight losses, the last one Nov. 28 at the hands of the Rock Ridge Wolverines. On Tuesday night, the Rebels avenged the loss as... Full story


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