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Articles from the February 18, 2022 edition

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Esko actors reach state stage

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Esko One Act play team took its show to the state competition Friday. Before the team loaded their trailer and drove to St. Paul, their classmates and... Full story

 

Our View: What will light a fire in Carlton?

Cutting sports and other extracurricular activities is the third rail of consideration for any smart school board, but at the risk of losing students because of lost non-classroom experience — exactly what a struggling district can’t have... Full story

 

History Mystery: Golf club mural artist revealed

With the help of some of Steve Korby's contacts and Pine Knot readers, we can safely say that the mural at the Cloquet Country Club was done by onetime resident George "Shorty" Edman. He was an artist...

 

More One Act teams find glory

Like athletic teams, One Act play teams compete against one another at section and subsection tournaments to get to the state competition. Esko had to get past 23 other regional teams in Section 7A... Full story

 

Guinness says, yep, you're the tallest family in the world

Watching the Trapp kids play basketball and volleyball in the previous decade, Carlton County residents knew Esko's Trapp family was extraordinarily tall. Now the world knows. As announced by the... Full story

 

Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" Raymond Maki

Gerald “Jerry” Raymond Maki passed away Jan. 14, 2022 in Englewood, Florida. Jerry was born May 5, 1938, to Emil and Helen Maki. Emil was a Merchant Marine turned carpenter and Helen was from a fa... Full story

 

Obituary: Sandra Kay Duffy

Sandra Kay (McKibbon) Duffy passed away unexpectedly Feb. 13, 2022. Beloved and devoted wife, mom, grandma, sister, aunt, nurse, caregiver, outdoorsperson, quilter, traveler, photographer, puzzle... Full story

 

Obituary: Douglas Seivert Haglin

Douglas Seivert Haglin, 82, of Esko died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born Dec. 28, 1939, in Duluth to Elmer W. and Ida M. Haglin, the eighth of 12... Full story

 

Obituary: Duane Carl Johnson

Duane Carl Johnson, 59, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in his home. He was born Nov. 8, 1962, in Cloquet to Carl and Janet (Koski) Johnson. He was raised in Barnum and graduated from... Full story

 

Obituary: Jack Norman Oswell

Jack Norman Oswell, 70, of Esko passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 at St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth. He was born July 5, 1951, in Cloquet to Oscar “Bud” and Eleanor Oswell. Jack graduated from... Full story

 

Obituary: William "Bill" F. Anderson

William “Bill” Francis Anderson died peacefully Feb. 16, 2022. Despite having heart problems which began with a triple bypass at age 49, Bill was fairly active and healthy most of his life. He... Full story

 

Cloquet mask mandate expires Friday

The mask mandate implemented by Cloquet elected officials a month ago will be allowed to automatically expire on its planned end date of Friday, Feb. 18. The expiration was ensured when Tuesday’s Cloquet city council meeting was canceled...

 

Pine Valley, where Olympic hopes grow

In Cloquet, it isn't farfetched to have Olympic dreams. After all, Olympic Drive snakes around the land Joe Nowak convinced Northwest Paper to donate for a park, now home to ice arenas and a woodland... Full story

 

Schools drop mask mandates as cases decline

As Covid case numbers continue to fall after peaking here in early February, so too do the mask mandates. The only school district in the county to mandate universal mask wearing in all grades since...

 

Barnum faces looming staffing, building needs

On top of a pandemic, the Barnum school board is looking at a challenging 2022, with top administrators leaving and an $8 million decision on school maintenance coming fast. During the regular...

 

CEC Nordic skiers challenged by section changes

Sometimes an athlete just has a less than stellar day. Unfortunately for the Lumberjacks Nordic ski team, that happened to a few skiers Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Section 7 Nordic ski meet. It meant... Full story

 

Wrenshall adds member to board

The Wrenshall school board on Feb. 9 appointed district substitute teacher Ben Johnson to the school board as a temporary replacement for member Alice Kloepfer, who had a serious case of Covid last fall and is still recovering. Johnson, who is also...

 

Redistricting maps released

A special five-judge panel released new congressional and legislative maps Tuesday setting the political playing field for Minnesota for the next 10 years. The newly drawn congressional districts keep the 7th in western Minnesota and extends the 8th...

 

SUV hits Lazy Bear

A car crashed into a Barnum restaurant Sunday, but no one was injured and no charges are being filed. The 911 call came into Carlton County dispatch at 10:46 a.m. Sunday, reporting a motor vehicle...

 

Prom dress giveaway finds home in Carlton

For girls seeking the ultimate prom experience, finding and affording a dress can be a barrier to the big night. For the past several years, a mother-daughter team has put dresses within reach. Amy an... Full story

 

FDLTCC marks Black History

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting a fantastic event featuring two FDLTCC alumni on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The exciting event will feature a presentation from Serrano Robinson and soul food lunch provided by Doc Witherspoon’s Soul...

 

Free nursing assistant class

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training (JET) and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are providing free nursing assistant training through a 4-week fast track hybrid program in March....

 

Harry's Gang: Don't put away your masks quite yet

Now that the city’s mask mandate has ended, and most schools are removing their requirements that students wear masks at school, we can all hope that the pandemic is waning and may soon be over.... Full story

 

Remembering homemade ski jumps in the 'Wild 80'

The recent article by Steve Korby on his memories of sliding and skiing in the woods in Cloquet triggered my own memories from the early 1960s. I grew up on a dairy farm 3 miles northwest of Barnum. Even with few neighbor kids around, I don’t ever... Full story

 

Letters to the Editor: Thanks for memories shared

My heartfelt thank-you to Steve Korby for sharing his story about Gary Ross. He was a wonderful person and a great friend and is missed. Thank you for sharing this story. Tim Peleski, Esko... Full story

 

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