Articles from the February 12, 2021 edition

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'The first time he kissed me, I cried'

Sexual abuse survivor K.M. addressed the courtroom during the sentencing for her former high school basketball coach, Robert Pioro, at the Carlton County Courthouse Friday afternoon. She read a victim impact statement to the people in the courtroom... Full story


Music legend marks 94th birthday

When Florian Chmielewski carries his accordion into the VFW in Cloquet, he can't help but smile. "I told someone that I have been doing that for 76 years, bringing my accordion into a place and... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    February 12, 2021

Carlton Wrenshall: Schools 'pause' merger wrangle

The on-again, off-again talks between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts regarding consolidation are officially off again. Superintendents and school board members agreed last week that it...


History Mystery

No real mystery here this week. We received this cool photo in a packet of information about the Wood Conversion Company, including one of its newsletters from 1950. Using the old-car expert the Pine...


Esko Schools: Tutors will try to bridge Covid gap

Esko schools plan to expand a tutoring program for students who fell behind during distance learning, after a pilot program led by high school principal Greg Hexum showed good results. The high school tutoring program will provide remedial help and...


Retiring firefighter gets a grand goodbye

Sean Saddler went through a rollercoaster of emotions Thursday ... and then he went for a ride in a fire truck. Retirement is bittersweet, said the firefighter of 33 years. "This is my family and I'm... Full story


Winter bus route starts for students

Thanks to the cold snap, the Cloquet School District started winter busing for those students who are not eligible to ride regular buses because they live too close to a school. These routes started this week — both morning and afternoon — and...


Online series on race set to begin

Carlton County residents and others are invited to join an online series of conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion across the county on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting Feb. 23. Called “Niibidoon: Relationship Weaving,” the...


School staff navigating vaccination road

By working with as many sources as possible, the Cloquet school district is making good progress getting staff members vaccinated for Covid-19. Superintendent Michael Cary told Cloquet school board members that they started the process with the...


This isn't her first pandemic rodeo

Martha Westlund, age 105, was three years old when the last pandemic hit the world. But she doesn't remember much about the 1918 influenza pandemic, because no one got sick on their isolated farm in... Full story


Carlton County cases stay low

Carlton County Covid-19 case numbers increased by 37 cases over the past week, and there have been no new deaths in at least two weeks. As of Feb. 10, Carlton County had seen a cumulative total of 2,946 Covid-19 cases with 43 deaths, according to... Full story


Superior rapid test site reopens

The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Covid-19 community rapid testing site will reopen Monday, Feb. 15. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services requested that the site open again after closing last month. Minnesota residents may test there.... Full story


New treatment offered in Duluth

Essentia Health is offering a new treatment for people diagnosed with mild to moderate Covid-19 who are at high risk for severe complications and hospitalization. The drug, called bamlanivimab, is a monoclonal antibody recently authorized for...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 12, 2021

Thomson Township: New engineering company has a familiar face

After months of consideration, the Thomson Township board of supervisors has decided to enter a three-year agreement with a new engineering firm: Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services. Joe Jurewicz, a project engineer with the firm,...

 By Dan Reed    News    February 12, 2021

Transfer station changes OK'd

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to make changes to the way the county operates the Carlton County Transfer Station. Zoning and Solid Waste Management administrator...


Our View: This extreme cold defines who we are

Winter in Minnesota is rarely routine. With all the snow and cold we get in northern Minnesota, it’s the perfect place to hold an ice fishing contest, or a snowmobile exhibition, or a sled dog...


Harry's Gang: Financial institutions change but community value remains

We're fortunate to have so many quality banking options here in town. Not only do we have a couple branches of some major banks, we also have plenty of smaller, local banks for most services. It's... Full story


Letters to the editor: Words matter on way to more robust civility

Our country continues to go through a traumatic time. Nobody in Congress trusts anyone, and hatred for the other party seems the norm. Very few people are willing to compromise. I think the biggest problem we have is that too many politicians, ads,...


Guest views: Five questions with local GOP and DFL leaders

We posed five questions to the leaders of Carlton County’s political party organizations about the state of politics today. Tony Sheda is the chairman of the Carlton County Republicans and Patty Murto is chairwoman of the Carlton County DFL.... Full story


Student View: Consolidation is best for academics

Wrenshall High School students wrote editorials in Ted Conover’s English composition class and some shared their opinions with the Pine Knot News. We will be publishing their work over the next few... Full story


Obituaries: Anna Elizabeth Kauma

Anna Elizabeth Kauma, 86, of Esko passed away Feb. 2, 2021, in the comfort of her home. Anna was born on Feb. 26, 1934, in Palermo, New York to Albert and Senja Hill. She was a member of the... Full story


Obituaries: Michael Hugo Tempes

Michael Hugo Tempes, 69, of Cloquet passed away of natural causes as the cold winds of February ushered him upward to a warm and welcome Homecoming. Michael was born to Hugo and Delores (Loubsky)... Full story


Obituaries: Edward "Ed" Vernon Jaakola

Edward "Ed" Vernon Jaakola, 83, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 6, 2021. He was born Nov. 26, 1937 to parents Edward Emmanuel Jaakola and Maime Senja (Ainasoja) Jaakola. Ed was greeted into life by two... Full story


County Seat one-act opens live and online

The County Seat Theater's production of "Do Not Go Gentle" opens today in-person as well as virtually. Precautions will be required for the 40 people allowed to watch the performances. The one-act... Full story


Gardening web series begins next week

University of Minnesota Extension Educators is presenting a second annual “Gardening from the Ground Up” webinar series next week. The free series will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. each day, Feb. 16-19. Here is what is being offered: • Feb. 16:...


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