Articles from the May 15, 2020 edition

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 By Kerry Rodd    News    May 15, 2020

A parade of future graduates

Cloquet High School seniors were met with well-wishers from the school staff Saturday as they picked up graduation gowns and other materials. The raucous event was part of ongoing efforts to bring... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 16 1898 Three regiments of the Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, with nearly 1,000 men in each, depart for training to fight in the Spanish-Amer...


Capturing a 'super' moon

The May 7 full moon was the final supermoon of 2020. Cloquet photographer and retired doctor Dana Malkovich shared this photo he took of a 98.5 percent full moon at 5:14 a.m. May 6, looking east as...


COVID cases still rising locally

As the number of tests given increases across the state, so do the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 65 positive cases in Carlton County as of Wednesday, May 13, an increase of four from a week ago.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

UPDATED: Filing period opens for offices

The filing period opens Tuesday, May 19 for three Cloquet city council positions: Ward 4, Ward 5 and At-Large. Because Cloquet City Hall is currently closed to the public, affidavits of candidacy will be accepted by appointment and curbside, Monday t... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 15, 2020

Consolidation plan headed to state

The school boards from Carlton and Wrenshall earlier this week approved in separate online meetings a consolidation plan to be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. It’s a formal step in a process with many parts as the districts edge closer...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

DFL chooses its district candidates

Democratic-Farmer- Labor candidates and supporters gathered outside the Premiere Center on a brisk Friday morning to celebrate the party's endorsement of State Representative District 11A incumbent...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Virus can't stop DAV brat(wurst) sales

There was a long line of cars waiting to order and pick up brats, burgers and more last Thursday and Friday afternoon as both local residents and folks heading to cabins and lakes north of here... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

Commissioners will run again

Cloquet's Thomas Proulx announced this week that he is seeking re-election for the Carlton County commissioner seat he has held since 2010. "It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the residents of...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

Farmers market to open in Cloquet

The 2020 Carlton County Farmers Market opens in Cloquet Saturday, June 6 in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Hwy 33 South. From 9 a.m. to noon, vendors will offer locally grown transplants and fresh-picked produce, delicious breads and baked goods,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 15, 2020

Coaches, theater advisors will be paid

In line with many school districts across the state and region, Cloquet school board members voted unanimously Monday to pay all spring coaches and activity advisors their full pay — despite the f...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

Scholarship open to area musicians

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation will offer $1000 scholarships to students in rural northeastern Minnesota who plan to pursue music in college. The foundation was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman, a percussionist...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

Weigh station getting major fixes

The Minnesota Department of Transportation began construction on the northbound Interstate 35 Carlton weigh station May 11. The existing weigh station ramp and lot will close until work is completed in August. Project work includes construction of...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 15, 2020

Courts to continue remote access

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued another order earlier this month that extends the limited physical access to courthouses until May 18 in order to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. Remote, or virtual, technology may...


Adding to the rescue toolkit

With the recently thawed lakes and rivers, and fishing season beginning, Cloquet Area Fire District Captain Mike Garbers and firefighter/paramedic Joe Pikul took some time to train with the new...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 15, 2020

Board taps brakes on county hiring

In response to the COVID-19 impact on the local economy and health, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved a limited freeze on hiring, with the board pledging to make a step-by-step study of each position before a new person is hired....

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 15, 2020

OUR VIEW: Parties make their election choices

Last week, we pointed out that elections are right around the corner. With social distancing affecting traditional campaigning, and also becoming an issue in itself — should our representatives have such power to quarantine us for so long? — our nee...


Harry's Gang: Property tax is a good bane

Property taxes are just too high. It’s pretty easy to start a conversation with any landowner by saying, “My property taxes are crazy high.” No one ever really argues with you about it. They’ll sympat...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 15, 2020

Letter: U.S. needs a moral revolution right now

Throughout all the turmoil on all levels of life nationwide, I’ve become disgusted with the response from our government. Do they respond in unity? No. It’s simply a great opportunity to bash Trump or Biden, depending on whose side you’re on. The d...

 By Denise Hammond    Opinion    May 15, 2020

Guest column: Hands ...

Hands. From the time I was a young girl I’ve noticed them. First, with my mother as she deftly kneaded and twisted dough into bread or caramel rolls. She covered a plywood slab, which my Papa Al h...


The Political Account: Offspring can often spring to forefront

While growing up, listening to radio was one of my favorite pastimes. It was not just the music I enjoyed, I also love the sound of the disembodied voices booming through the speakers. It was as if...


GUEST VIEW: In praise of our area prison staff

We have heard several disheartening stories from staff members at the Moose Lake and Willow River prisons about the fear and stigma they face after doing their day’s work since the COVID-19 outbreaks. We are writing to thank the men and women in t... Full story


Obituaries: Vicki Lee Ross

Vicki Lee Ross, 61, of Cloquet passed away on May 13, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on Jan. 26, 1959 to Donald and Janith (Carlson) Wadman in Cloquet. Vicki was employed as a... Full story


Death notices

Howard “Howie” Wayne Wilkes, 78, of Kettle River passed away April 25, 2020 in Essentia Health in Duluth. He was born Sept. 10, 1941 in Wahkon, Minnesota. A gathering of family and friends is pending. Arrangements by Atkins Northland Funeral Hom... Full story


Hospital services ramp up, elective surgeries allowed

On May 5, Gov. Tim Walz signed an Executive Order allowing elective surgeries, and Community Memorial Hospital is already back in business. The order allowed hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, an... Full story


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