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  • Man walks free because of officer dishonesty

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 15, 2019

    The fallout from a former Cloquet Police Department officer's untruths continued last week when an imprisoned man walked free after charges he pleaded guilty to were dismissed in Carlton County District Court Friday. All charges stemming from a December 2016 case of second-degree assault against Clarence Manuel Lozoya Jr. were dismissed after the Carlton County attorney's office determined that former CPD officer Scott Beckman - who lied under oath on an unrelated search warrant application in...

  • City drama

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 15, 2019

    After two years of attempting to get results through official channels, former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande finally just decided to let the world know of his concerns. Early last week, Lamirande dropped a series of complaints on city councilors, the mayor, city staff and media, detailing eight issues each with Cloquet City councilor Steve Langley and Cloquet police chief Jeff Palmer. The Pine Knot News explored the allegations against Langley for this story, utilizing records of the...

  • Science fair kids take center stage at regionals

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 15, 2019

    Local science fair students had their chance to shine Saturday. Wearing their Sunday best and armed with practiced explanations of projects backed up by months - or years, for many older teens - of research, 35 Cloquet students climbed onto a school bus at 6:45 a.m. and headed to Duluth for the regional science fair. Once there, they joined students from 10 other schools from northern Minnesota, from Hinckley in the south and Babbit to the north. Student projects ran the gamut. Cloquet...

  • Heren finishes third in sections, takes 10th at state

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 15, 2019

    Giants Ridge in Biwabik hosted the Section 7 Alpine ski meet last week with the Stillwater boys and girls both taking the section titles. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton finished third in the boys event and 15th in the girls event. Only one CEC skier, Thomas Heren, qualified for the state meet, which was held Wednesday afternoon, also at Giants Ridge, as this edition of the Pine Knot News went to press. The winner of the boys title was Kaarl Damberg of Mounds View, who finished his two runs in a time of...

  • Cloquet mock trial team reaches section finals

    Hannah Baker For the Pine Knot News|Feb 15, 2019

    It's been seven years since the Cloquet High School Mock Trial team made it to the state tournament. The 2018-2019 season is looking like a promising opportunity to return. The Lumberjacks are 3-0 at trial, and if they keep rolling through the fourth trial, they will find themselves deservingly back at state. Since its start 35 years ago, only two coaches have led the Lumberjacks. Cloquet social studies teacher Bret Baker has coached the team since he took over from retired social studies...

  • We honor school board members

    Dr. Michael Cary Cloquet Schools Superintendent|Feb 15, 2019

    Local school board members oversee one of society's most important endeavors: the education of our youth The Minnesota School Boards Association has set Feb. 18-22 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Cloquet Public Schools is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitme...

  • Lumberjack girls finish best season in years

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 15, 2019

    Weather wreaked havoc with the girls hockey playoffs schedule on Thursday last week, pushing those quarterfinal games to Friday and leaving teams little time to recover for the semi-final round on Saturday. The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls easily handled Eveleth-Gilbert 5-0 at home on Friday, but then struggled offensively on Saturday as they were eliminated by the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers by a score of 1-0. "For a coach, anytime things get adjusted, it's a bit unnerving to see how players are...

  • Lumberjacks stop Greyhounds in their tracks

    Feb 15, 2019

    Things looked bleak at halftime on Monday night for the Cloquet girls basketball team. Playing on Parents Night, the 'Jacks found themselves trailing 31-17 at the break against the Duluth East Greyhounds. Whatever happened in the locker room at halftime should be bottled by the Cloquet girls basketball coaching staff because the Lumberjacks came out flying in the second half and pressured the Greyhounds into numerous turnovers as Cloquet rescued a sure defeat and turned it into a 46-42 victory....

  • Three 'Jacks ski to state Nordic meet

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 15, 2019

    Despite less than ideal conditions, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Aidan Ripp took second place at the Section 7 Nordic Ski Meet held in Biwabik at Giants Ridge Thursday, Feb. 7. Garrett Beckrich of Grand Rapids claimed the overall boys top spot with Gretchen Haggenmiller of Duluth East taking first place in the girls race. “I was very pleased with Aidan’s performance. He did what he wanted to do,” said CEC coach Arne Maijala. “And Garrett Beckrich is a very solid skier who is consistent and fun to wa...

  • CEC wrestling team falls at Sections

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 15, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys wrestling team came up short Tuesday night in Proctor as the Hibbing Bluejackets defeated the Lumberjacks 43-27 in the Section 7AA team meet. Entering the section team portion of the tournament, the Lumberjacks were the third seed in the north subsection, behind Grand Rapids and Hibbing. The Virginia Blue Devils were the fourth seed, and Proctor-Hermantown was the fifth seed. Proctor-Hermantown and Virginia had to have a dual meet to see who would advance to meet...

  • The Great Outdoors, indoors

    Feb 15, 2019

    I'm not sure Shamrock Productions could have timed it better. The Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show rolls into Duluth Entertainment Convention Center February 13-17. This past weekend I was excited to hit some local lakes and chase crappies. The snow, cold and lack of plowed roads left me with few options. Lake after lake was virtually inaccessible without a snowmobile. I longed for open water and to be back in my 20-foot Lund Alaskan, enjoying the warmth of the sun and long days of summer....

  • Robert Rodd Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

    Feb 15, 2019

    The Robert Rodd Memorial Scholarship fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton, Minn. Tickets are $10, which includes a Swedish meatball or turkey gravy dinner, admission to the costume hockey game, and entry for prize drawings. There is no admission fee for the hockey game for children 12 and younger, and the cost of dinner for children age 5 and under is $4. Dinner will be served 1-5 p.m., with a cash bar. Children’s activities include Chuck-A-Puck, Zamboni Bob coloring contest, and a shoot-out for kids a...

  • Kiwanis Club "Last Chance" ice fishing contest next weekend

    Feb 15, 2019

    The Cloquet Area Golden K Kiwanis Club will host the 2019 annual Kiwanis Last Chance ice fishing contest Saturday, Feb. 23. The contest was originated and hosted by the Kiwanis of Cloquet Noon Club. Since its inception 17 years ago, the contest has grown, and anglers look forward to the event. The family-friendly event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 on Fish Lake, located northwest of Duluth. There will be prizes for participants, including cash and sports gear. The grand prize for the first-place winner is $500 in cash, plus other...

  • Sports Schedules

    Feb 15, 2019

    BOYS BASKETBALL Carlton Bulldogs Friday, Feb. 15 7:15 pm vs. Cromwell-Wright Monday, Feb. 18 7:15 pm vs. Hill City Friday, Feb. 22 7:15 pm at Fond du Lac Ojibwe Ogichida Cloquet Lumberjacks Tuesday, Feb. 19 7:15 pm at Duluth Marshall Friday, Feb. 22 7:15 pm vs. Bemidji Cromwell-Wright Cardinals Friday, Feb. 15 7:15 pm at Carlton Tuesday, Feb. 19 7:15 pm at Barnum Friday, Feb. 22 7:30 pm vs. Nevis Esko Eskomos Tuesday, Feb. 19 7:15 pm at South Ridge Friday, Feb. 22 7:15 pm vs. St. Croix Lutheran Fond du Lac Ojibwe Ogichidaag Friday, Feb. 15...

  • FDLTCC announces Fall semester Dean's List

    Feb 15, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announced that 206 students attending the college during Fall Semester 2018 earned academic honors and have been placed on the Dean’s List for the semester grading period. Requirements for earning Dean’s List honors at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College include maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher while completing 12 or more course credits during the semester. Students may take daytime classes, evening classes, weekend classes, online classes, or a combination of the above classes. A total of 1,9...

  • Student news

    Feb 15, 2019

    Andrea Nicole Keuhn was named to the Fall 2018 dean’s list at the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Keuhn is a junior majoring in Health Care Management. She is the daughter of Michael Keuhn and Marcy Bubb, and is a 2015 Esko High School graduate. A student must have achieved a minimum semester GPA of 3.6 and earned 12 credit hours or more to be named to the dean’s list....

  • FDLTCC hosting author reading and music event

    Feb 15, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting “Reclaiming the Narrative: An Evening of Story, Song, and The Arts,” featuring a book reading and signing by an award-winning author plus a rap music performance on Friday, Feb. 15, starting at 3 p.m. in the Amphitheater & Commons on campus. The unique literary and music event features author Terese Marie Mailhot and rap artist Thomas X. The event is free and open to the public. Terese Marie Mailhot, author of the celebrated memoir “Heart Berries,” graduated from the Institute of America...

  • Carlton happenings

    Leola Rodd|Feb 15, 2019

    Tomorrow, Feb. 23, will mark the 10th anniversary of the Robert Rodd Memorial Scholarship Hockey Costume Game/Fundraiser, and its final year. About two years after my husband Robert passed away, Joe and Rhonda Broneak approached me about helping to raise money for scholarships for Carlton High School graduating seniors. They knew I was trying to raise funds for a scholarship in Robert's memory, and suggested a fun hockey game and raffles to keep the scholarship going. Since the scholarship was s...

  • Wrenshall homecoming court announced

    Feb 15, 2019

    The 2019 Wrenshall School homecoming coronation will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 following the basketball games. The Wrens play Floodwood on Homecoming Night with games at 4:45 p.m. for boys JV and 6:15 p.m. for boys varsity. Pictured left (top row): Wrenshall Queen candidates are Emily Adkins, Paige Johnson, Kaitlyn Laveau, Haley Patritto, Sara Tyson, and Hanna Weiderman. Pictured left (bottom row): Wrenshall King candidates are William Bird, Chase Duncan, Jared Kelley, Eli Krisak, Daniel...

  • Wright-Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Feb 15, 2019

    The local performance of the One Act Play “Check, Please” has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school. They will be accepting free-will donations. In other school news, this year’s Cromwell-Wright School homecoming candidates are Madisyn Anderson, Amanda Hakamaki, Elizabeth Risacher, Lauren Slama, Zayde Smith, Payton Suhonen, Cameron Cahoon, Jaden Gronner, Kannon Korpela, Andrew Libbon, Marcus Pocernich and Isaac Shelton. First-grade crown beare...

  • James Anthony Jurek

    Feb 15, 2019

    James A. "Congo" Jurek, 62, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. He was born March 6, 1956 to Anthony and Marjorie (Jezierski) Jurek and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1974. Jim attended DAVTI Carpentry and later the Minnesota School of Barbering. Jim was very active with the Cloquet Hockey Association. He loved theater and was involved with the County Seat Theater Company, where he was recognized for his continual love and support for the... Full story

  • Raymond W. Rikkola

    Feb 15, 2019

    Raymond W. Rikkola, 63, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. He was born on Dec. 17, 1955 in Ashland, Wis. Ray spent his early years in Marengo, Wis. with his 12 brothers and sisters. In true Finnish fashion, they enjoyed nightly saunas and competitions over who could take the most heat. He moved to Cloquet in 1985 and worked as a construction foreman for Johnson Wilson Constructors. In 1992, with the help of his father-in-law, he built the house he raised his three children in.... Full story

  • Funeral notices

    Feb 15, 2019

    John “Mikwamiiwigaabow” (One Who Is Standing on Ice) Martin Jr., 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Visitation was held Feb. 9 in the Sawyer Community Center, and the funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 10. Burial will be in the Sawyer Cemetery. _______________________________ Bradley Richard Bong, 57, of Cloquet, Minn. died Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. A memorial was scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Presbyterian Church of Cloquet. Inurnment will be in Culver Cemetery this spring.... Full story

  • FDLTCC helps students via Mental Health Days event

    Tom Urbanski, FDLTCC|Feb 15, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College hosted its second annual Mental Health Days on campus Feb. 5-7. Each day was filled with unique events and activities to help combat and bring recognition to mental health challenges. "The goal of our Mental Health Days was to bring awareness to common mental health issues of college students, and to provide experiences for students and employees using strategies that help ward off the winter blues and avoid the mid-semester slump," said Ashley Tegels,...

  • Holmes, Thell testify at hearing for utility tax abatement legislation

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Feb 15, 2019

    Carlton County commissioner Mark Thell and assessor Kyle Holmes spoke to the Carlton County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday's meeting about their appearance at a hearing at the State Legislature regarding the issue of repayment to utility companies for years they were deemed as overtaxed on their properties. The two men testified in support of a bill authored by State Rep. Mike Sundin that would make the State Commissioner of Revenue fully responsible for any paybacks if litigation goes ag...

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