Articles from the February 16, 2024 edition

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For Janae, it's all smiles ... and a crowning moment

The smile on Janae Sjodin's face was everything. But then someone must have said, "But wait, there's more." Wrenshall High School principal Michelle Blanchard called it all "surreal," like "something... Full story

 

Citizen input mixed on Forestry Center plans

Close to 100 people gathered Tuesday to talk about the future of a place they all love, the Cloquet Forestry Center. Although University of Minnesota representatives presented the transfer of the...

 

A Friday night for royalty

It was a royal night of homecoming for schools on opposite ends of Carlton County last Friday.... Full story

 

Agency on Aging offers webinar series

The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging announced the launch of a series of webinars aimed at providing valuable information and resources for community members and professionals, beginning Feb. 27. Learn about Minnesota’s multisector plan on aging, i...

 

"Escape the Vape" video challenge

Middle- and high school students across the state of Minnesota are being invited to participate in a contest to help educate their peers on the dangers of vaping, with the chance to win up to $500 for students and $500 for their associated school or... Full story

 

Vape detectors approved

In an effort to quell a vaping epidemic in Cloquet high school and middle school bathrooms, the Cloquet school board voted unanimously Monday to purchase a vaping detection system at a total cost of $21,699. The school district is purchasing 14...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 16, 2024

Board holds off on wolf resolution

The Carlton County board pumped the brakes on a resolution lending support for delisting the gray wolf as a federally endangered species during its meeting Tuesday. The proposed resolution would have featured letters sent to federal legislators,...

 
 By Ted Lammi    News    February 16, 2024

Carlton mulls the finances of consolidation

Public finance advisers Ehlers told the Carlton school board on Monday that a consolidation with Wrenshall would be close to revenue-neutral with only a slight decrease in state aid for the new combined school district. Aaron Bushberger, Ehlers’ m...

 

Northland Foundation grants

The Northland Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in grant funds in the last quarter of 2023 to benefit people and communities in its geographic service area. The lion’s share of grant dollars, $1,175,000, was awarded through the Northland F...

 

Mushroom foraging webinar coming

In a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 21, a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society will discuss edible mushrooms that grow in Minnesota and how foraging for mushrooms, after learning how to do so safely, can be a fun and healthy way to find delicious...

 

County preps judges for March primary

Adopted by the state in 2016 and first practiced in 2020, the presidential nomination primary gets its second go-round in Minnesota on March 5. That's when the state will join 14 others as part of Sup...

 

Candidates file for April 2 FDL tribal council vote

Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will have plenty of choices in the primary election April 2. Names for three Reservation Business Council positions — Chairperson, District I (Cloquet) Committeeperson and District III (...

 

AEOA Adult Education: One person's success story

Pranee left her home country, Thailand, to come to the United States so her son could receive the best education possible. Additionally, she hoped to improve her English speaking, reading, and... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor: Story spurs action on wandering letter

In regard to the “Sticky letter” article in the Feb. 9 edition of the Pine Knot News, the very next morning a U.S. Postal Service mail van pulled up to my house. The postmaster of the Saginaw post office stepped out of the van and introduced her... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor: Roundabouts can work, I've seen it

I attended the Minnesota Highway 33 meeting on Feb. 1 at the Cloquet Library. Here are some things I can say about the discussion. I heard someone say the roundabout at Washington Avenue and 14th Street doesn’t work. I live close to that intersection... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor: Dotseth is fighting for us in District 11A

I’m writing on behalf of Rep. Jeff Dotseth’s bid for reelection as representing Minnesota House District 11A in the state legislature. Jeff has firmly stood behind and represented the values of voters in our district. Unlike the ruling party in St.... Full story

 

Seniors share 'This I believe' essays

The Feeling of Family By Merissa Witte When I was younger my dad would play bands on the radio like Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses. I’d sit there in the car with my siblings trying to figure out who the band was and what song of theirs it was... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 16, 2024

Young 'Jacks run out of gas

A massive run over the second half of the season propelled the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team into the Section 7A semifinals on Saturday against defending champions Proctor/Hermantown. But a... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 16, 2024

Marshall flurries end MLA's season

Less than two weeks ago, Moose Lake Area defeated Duluth Marshall 4-0 in girls hockey in Moose Lake. Last Saturday, MLA was looking to become the first Rebels girls hockey team to play in a section fi... Full story

 

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

THURSDAY, FEB. 8 BOYS HOCKEY CEC 3 Sartell 2 Northern Lakes 5 Moose Lake Area 0 BOYS BASKETBALL Denfeld 70 Cloquet 59 GIRLS BASKETBALL North Woods 72 Fond du Lac 21 Cloquet 82 Coon Rapids 69 South Ridge 30 Cromwell-Wright 29 Pequot Lakes 50 Esko 40... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    February 16, 2024

Big night, big win for running Raptors

The gym was rocking and the fans were in a frenzy last Friday when the Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors hosted Barnum in Wrenshall. The game was part of the Wrenshall homecoming festivities, and the Raptors... Full story

 

Sports Schedule

Friday, Feb. 16 Girls Basketball ML/WR vs Hinckley- Finlayson, 7:15 Boys Basketball Barnum at Esko, 7:15 Carlton/Wrenshall at Two Harbors, 7:15 ML/WR at Cloquet, 7:15 Saturday. Feb. 17 Boys Hockey Section 7A playoffs Moose Lake Area at... Full story

 

Wilderness end slide, win a pair

The Minnesota Wilderness got a much-needed home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears last weekend, ending a five-game losing streak. The Wilderness got wins of 3-0 on Feb. 9, and 3-2 on Saturday, allowing them to keep pace in a tightly packed... Full story

 

Esko notches Cloquet sweep

Esko completed a boys basketball home-and-home sweep against Cloquet on Tuesday night, coasting to an 83-66 nonconference victory in Esko. Adding to the celebration was senior guard Koi Perich... Full story

 

CEC gets No. 2 spot in playoffs

The Cloquet boys hockey team was seeded No. 2 for the upcoming Section 7A playoffs. Moose Lake Area is the last seed which is No. 9. Cloquet benefited from a strong finish to the season. After... Full story

 

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