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  • Obituary: Jeffery Allen Rick

    Feb 22, 2019

    Jeffery Allen Rick, 54, of Cromwell, Minn. and formerly of West Bend, Wis. died at his home due to illness Jan. 30, 2019. He was born Aug. 14, 1964 in Milwaukee to James and Dorothy (Ewert) Rick. While living in West Bend, he attended St. John’s Lutheran School. Jeff moved to Floodwood in 1978 and attended grade school and graduated from Floodwood High School in 1983. He worked in construction for more than 20 years. Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors in his free time. Jeff... Full story

  • Derailed!

    Feb 22, 2019

    FDL board says railroad not working with tribe Kevin Dupuis didn't mince words Tuesday when talking about the BNSF Railways' response to a derailment of 40 cars carrying coal Saturday on Fond du Lac Reservation land. He was not happy. "We have jurisdiction; it's within our lands," said the chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. "We are the lead agency and we should have been contacted. There should have been collaboration to ensure the cleanup is done the right way within...

  • Council to investigate two city employees, police complaint

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    Cloquet city councilors took the first steps Tuesday toward an outside investigation of complaints filed by former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande. Lamirande emailed Cloquet city officials, councilors and local media a list of complaints about Cloquet city councilor Steve Langley and current police chief Jeff Palmer on Feb. 6; he also included allegations against city administrator Aaron Reeves and human resources director James Barclay within the complaints. After going in and out of closed...

  • Paul E. Koski

    Feb 22, 2019

    Paul E. Koski, 93, of Chisago City, Minn., formerly of Esko, Minn. passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2019. Paul was a graduate of Cloquet High School, Class of 1943, and a World War II veteran, serving as a U.S. Navy Radioman on the USS Karnes in the Pacific Campaign. Paul was a lifelong accountant with the Western Oil Company, as well as treasurer for the Cloquet Credit Union, the Esko School Board, St. Matthews Church, Golden Valley Lutheran Church, and various other community boards. Paul was... Full story

  • Sheriff Lake, County Attorney Ketola lead together

    Feb 22, 2019

    When County Coordinator Dennis Genereau asserted that Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake and Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola made state history, he was almost right. The two may be the first women in northern Minnesota to lead county law enforcement together. However, they follow a southern Minnesota duo -- Sheriff Terese Amazi and County Attorney Kristen Nelson -- in terms of making state history. "I hadn't given it much thought," Sheriff Kelly Lake noted about the idea of all-female...

  • 'Blue Zones' pitched in county as way to improve community health

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    Pine Knot NewsA bad economy may have meant good timing for people in the far southern Minnesota city of Albert Lea. In the depths of the economic downturn that began in 2008, city leaders decided to take on a project to make its residents healthier. "Why not do something that we can control," said Ellen Kehr. "It was better than just sitting around worrying about the economy." What the city took on has been measured as a head-turning success. It's called the Blue Zones Project and a similar effo...

  • Ice fishing winner has a story to tell

    Feb 22, 2019

    Dan Gorski won the KBM ice fishing tournament Saturday, with the biggest fish and the biggest fish tale. It's a whopper. The story, not the fish, which weighed in at 2.09 pounds. Allegedly, Gorski wasn't paying attention when the fish decided to bite, and the darn thing ended up pulling his pole through the hole in the ice at Carlton's Chub Lake. After borrowing a pole from someone else, Gorski started fishing around for his lost fishing pole. After pulling up a lot of weeds, he hooked a line...

  • The battle with tobacco and nicotine continues

    Ken Ripp MD|Feb 22, 2019

    We had been making steady progress on the battle with tobacco use. It has been a long fight with many victories over the years. Each victory brought our community closer to lowering the use of tobacco. From the early days of the surgeon general issuing warnings and the elimination of much of the advertising and marketing of tobacco, to the more recent elimination of smoking in bars and restaurants, we have been moving forward to a healthier community. All of these changes have resulted in a...

  • STUDENTS of the month

    Feb 22, 2019

    Samuel Gaffney is Student of the Month in the first-grade St. Anthony Class at Queen of Peace Catholic School. Samuel comes into class every morning with a smile on his face, ready to work. He follows the classroom rules and works hard to accomplish his tasks. Samuel has made amazing progress this year and is very adaptable to varying situations. He makes friends wherever he goes and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Samuel is a student who never gives up. He always works hard to do his...

  • Prevent Type 2 diabetes

    Feb 22, 2019

    If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you can make changes to improve your health and prevent Type 2 diabetes with a new series of classes being offered at Community Memorial Hospital. The Diabetes Prevention Program will help you reduce your risk by making lifestyle changes, such as improving food choices, increasing physical activity and managing stress. The program includes 16 sessions, beginning April 24 at 4 p.m. There will be an information session explaining the program 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. There is a cost associated...

  • A love letter from age to age

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    It was the perfect match for Valentine's Day. The Washington Elementary schoolchildren came bearing roses, valentines, a youngster's open curiosity about the world and the gift of song. They were received with patience, smiles and an elder's appreciation of little ones. First-grade teacher Julie Schultz said her students were super-excited to go back to Evergreen Knoll Senior Living - a place they've visited before - and see the residents again on Valentine's Day last week. "They each made a...

  • Funeral notices

    Feb 22, 2019

    Grace Elaine Ulvi, 92, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 with her loving family by her side. A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 18 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. ____________________________ Joseph John Miller, 92, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. A funeral service was scheduled for Feb. 21 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home. Military Honors accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Burial i... Full story

  • Cloquet City Hall transfer to county is on track

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    The county may be taking up residence in Cloquet City Hall before summer comes. “Our goal continues to be a building for County occupancy with little cost to the county taxpayer,” county coordinator Dennis Genereau said at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this month. “Cloquet officials still say they will be out of the present City Hall late spring.” Genereau said plans center around installing an elevator in the new building to provide easy access to the large basement, adding that the County Coordinator and Human R...

  • Ripp races to the last second of high school career

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    Cloquet Nordic skier Aidan Ripp finished his last state high school meet in a race to the finish against one of his toughest Northland competitors, a final push that saw both skiers end with exactly the same time: 31:11.8. Former CEC ski coach Glen Sorenson said it was literally a photo finish. "The time can be the same but you still can be 'toed out' at the finish," said Sorenson. "They have a little camera at the finish line for exactly that reason." Thus, Ripp took 12th and Ely sophomore...

  • Lumberjacks dominate in first playoff game

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 22, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team used an age-old recipe to put together a 4-1 victory over Grand Rapids in their Section 7AA hockey quarterfinal matchup Tuesday night in Cloquet. That recipe included solid goaltending from Owen Carlson, timely scoring and a tenacious penalty kill in the third period. Landon Langenbrunner scored an important goal for the 'Jacks just 3:40 into the opening period - with assists going to Gavin Rasmussen and Mason Langenbrunner - giving CEC a quick 1-0...

  • Bennett leads Bulldogs over Ogichida

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 22, 2019

    Carlton Bulldog junior forward Alaina Bennett scored 26 points Tuesday to lead all scorers and the Bulldogs to a 76-34 victory over Fond du Lac Ojibwe at the Carlton High School. In a fast-paced first half both teams battled, with Carlton holding a 16-point lead at the break at 38-22. Tannia Misquadace and Solai Mohr tried to keep the Ogichida close, but the Bulldogs had too many weapons to choose from Tuesday night. After building a first-half lead, the Bulldogs started the second half just as...

  • Cloquet powers to win over Hilltoppers

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Feb 22, 2019

    It isn't often that a high school basketball team has three players scoring 20 points or more in a game, but that is exactly what happened in Cloquet's 98-60 win over Duluth Marshall Tuesday night. Sophomore Adam Schneider led the 'Jacks scoring barrage with 28 points while both Markus Pokornowski and Nick Flynn had 20 points apiece. The Lumberjacks raced out to a 48-36 halftime lead and never looked back against the Hilltoppers. "It was an up-and-down-the-floor type of game and there was not...

  • Reflections from shore

    Bret Baker, Pine Knot News Outdoors|Feb 22, 2019

    As I drive up London Road I have one goal in mind: to see for myself the villages of fishermen that have ventured gingerly out onto Lake Superior’s rare ice. My social media feed has been taken over by videos of high fives and big fish — all caught within a few miles of my truck. Several black, blue, and red shacks appear just off 21st Avenue as I drive past Marine General in East Duluth. A couple dozen more groups can be seen off the mouth of the Lester, just a couple of miles farther. The mas...

  • The physics of ski jumping

    Glen Sorenson, Look at that|Feb 22, 2019

    Hello again, we are in a winter wonderland, and I love it. As long as it is winter it might as well snow a little bit. I was going to continue my discussion on peat bogs this week, but my peat guy in Cromwell had to cancel our interview. No problem, so many things to wonder about. Yesterday I went cross-country skiing with two of my grandkids, ages 5 and 8. Halfway through our ski, I built a little ski jump off to the side and watched as they soared 12 feet through the air and landed on their...

  • Frozen Forester triathlon offers bonus for flannel

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    JHardy northern folk are encouraged to participate in the Frozen Forester Winter Triathlon on Saturday, March 2 at Pine Valley Recreation Area in Cloquet. What is a winter triathlon? In this case, it includes Nordic skiing, fat tire biking and snowshoeing (or just running/walking in your boots, whatever works). Organizer Tim Krohn said the Frozen Forester Ski-Bike-Shoe is a family-friendly event to help introduce the new Pine Valley mountain bike trail. Unlike last year's Lost Forester race,...

  • With districts locked in, consolidation is out

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    The exchange of letters in the past six months between the school boards in Carlton and Wrenshall — to find common ground in consolidation talks — reached an icy end this week. Carlton Superintendent Gwen Carman says her district is moving on. Wrenshall Superintendent Kim Belcastro said her district is holding firm that any consolidation must include a school in Wrenshall. The district has often suggested keeping the elementary school in Carlton and retrofitting the Wrenshall school for the upper grades. During a special meeting scheduled for...

  • FINN news

    Kim Samuelson|Feb 22, 2019

    Well, It's now February, the month of Laskiainen, the Finnish sliding party. And it's almost March, the month of St. Urho, the patron saint of Finland. And it's getting really close to the start of spring .... And, after the winter we've had in the Northland, most everyone is very, very eager to have spring get busy getting started! Here are some upcoming events and meetings in the Finnish community in the next couple months to help you get out and enjoy the last of winter and the (finally! hopefully!) start of spring! The Ladies of Kaleva Aall...

  • Guthrie Theater chooses Cloquet grad, and Cloquet, for first outstate teaching artist

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Feb 22, 2019

    When Cloquet alumnus Alex Goebel heard that the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis was looking to hire its first-ever outstate "teaching artist," he jumped at the opportunity. First of all, the director and actor would be working with the Guthrie, the top-tier theater in the state, with all its resources and talent. He would be one of 10 teaching artists around the state in this unique program that encourages students to "think like an artist" and use creativity to tackle challenges or enhance...

  • Get local at the food fair

    Feb 22, 2019

    The first-ever Carlton County Local Food Fair is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Carlton County Extension, the Carlton County Food & Nutrition Network and the United Way are collaborating to host this new kid-friendly event to showcase local food producers. Come and meet the wide range of local vendors including CSAs (community supported agriculture farms), berry farms, and producers of beef, pork, honey, wild rice and more. Talk to...

  • Author, poet to speak at Cloquet Senior Center

    Feb 22, 2019

    Barton Sutter, the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories, will speak at the Sons of Norway Heimsyn Lodge 1-15 meeting Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Cloquet Senior Center, 1100 Olympic Drive. Sutter will read from his most recent book, “Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood.” In 2006, Sutter was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. He has received other awards from the Academy of American Poets, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, The Loft, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. All are wel...

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