Articles from the March 3, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    March 3, 2023

For DNR officer, this is home

New face minds Cloquet lakes, trails `The timing wasn't great, two weeks before the birth of his second son, but the opportunity for Tony Elwell and his family was too good to pass up. "Otherwise,...


Scouts get lessons in teamwork, survival

It was easy to tell which group hadn't been to the Beargrease Derby before, as two sets of scouts made their way down the trail on three-person skis. It was the group that kept falling over that was... Full story


History mystery: It was 60 years ago this month

Steve Kneeland provided this photo, taken by his mother, Jean Kneeland, from the scene on March 24, 1963, at the Cloquet Co-op Shopping Center parking lot on 14th Street (where City Hall is now... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    March 3, 2023

Wrenshall council weighs RV ordinance, adds short-term rentals to mix

Following two weeks of uproar related to proposed ordinance changes in Wrenshall, the city council earned a muted response at its meeting Wednesday. There were fewer than a dozen visitors to City Hall, compared to the almost 100 who objected to an...


Former Cloquet man sentenced

A one-time Cloquet resident was sentenced Tuesday to 38 years in prison — the maximum sentence — for the murder of Minneapolis North student and athlete, Deshaun Hill Jr. in Minneapolis. Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 30, was found guilty of sec...


Animal rescue meeting Tuesday

The Carlton County Animal Rescue group invites community members to a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Cloquet Public Library. Now officially a nonprofit, group members hope to discuss fundraising, future ambitions and hold a Q&A session...


Robotics event is this weekend

High-school students from more than 50 area schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa — with teams from Cloquet, Esko, Carlton and Barnum registered — will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after an intense six weeks of designing and...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 3, 2023

State auditor says Kettle River violated state law

In the black and white world of auditing, the letter the Minnesota State Auditor sent to the city of Kettle River last month is clear. "We found several instances where the city violated Minnesota...


Historical happenings

The Carlton County Historical Society announced the following upcoming events: Bruce Savage will present on maple sugar at 2 p.m. March 11 at Spirit Lake Nature Farms, 1032 Spirit Lake Road, Sawyer. In cooperation with the Fond Du Lac Reservation...


Power co-op has candidates

The slate of candidates is set for Lake Country Power’s director elections this spring. Director ballots for Districts 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 will be mailed to co-op members between March 31 and April 5. Northern Carlton County areas fall in districts 7...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 3, 2023

Businesses hit reset after fire

A quick and aggressive response by firefighters saved the storefronts at the Bergquist complex last week, but the large warehouses in the back are likely a complete loss. Cloquet Area Fire District...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 3, 2023

Closure irks Kettle River residents

Icy roads did not deter a dozen concerned Kettle River citizens from attending Monday's Carlton County Board meeting to ask why the grader was pulled from the Kettle River area county garage. "Six...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 3, 2023

Esko schools victim of another fake 911 call

For the second time in less than a year, Esko schools were again the victim of a “swatting” incident, essentially a fake 911 call made to bring about the dispatch of a large number of law enf... Full story


Northern forester wins national award

Carlton resident and consulting forester Jan Bernu was recognized as the Tree Farm Inspector of the Year by the American Tree Farm System in January. The award is presented annually to one among... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 3, 2023

Cadwell credits 'divine intervention' for new liver

Cloquet resident and WKLK sports guy Dwight Cadwell has a new lease on life, and a new liver. He and his wife, Diane, got the call that a donated liver was available just before midnight on Feb. 18.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 3, 2023

High school athletic complex plans near finish line

Editor's note: Cloquet School District officials canceled the special meeting mentioned in this story and will finalize athletic facilities plans and funding at the board meeting on Monday, March 20...


Letters: Current session has issues

This legislative session has proven interesting. In most bienniums, the first year is appropriations, not policy. However, there have been a lot of policies introduced and passed. Our local legislators have voted against most of the legislation....


Letters: Reporter got it wrong

I disagree with the Pine Knot reporter’s description of a community member shouting questions at the Wrenshall school board meeting in the Feb. 17 issue. I was sitting right next to that community member and he did not “shout.” In fact, he used...


Letters: Importing needs a dialback

Back in the 1960s, China was a Third World country, but today it’s a superpower. We, through trade agreements and importation, have turned the tables, making them strong. What do China, Russia and North Korea have in common? They’re all led by aut...


Harry's gang: These are gifts that never gave

Gift certificates are very popular presents. They have been since at least 1978, when my sister Zora gave me a McDonald's certificate for Christmas. Fifty cents, which bought a burger and maybe a drin...

 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    March 3, 2023

Notes from the small pond: Friends

Some friends are lifelong friends and others are seasonal. I once got an emotional email from a friend of 8 years calling me out for not being more friendly — I hadn’t been paying enough att...

 By Steve Olson    Opinion    March 3, 2023

Forestry land ownership change could benefit all

In 2018 I retired as the forest manager for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa after a 37-year career. I'm also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, College of Forestry. I'm writing...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 3, 2023

Cloquet boys basketball are comeback kings

After stumbling on Feb. 21 in a road loss to Duluth Denfeld, the Cloquet boys basketball team bounced back with impressive back-to-back home wins over Grand Rapids and Providence Academy Friday and... Full story


Girls playoffs seedings, locations are set

The girls high school section basketball tournaments opened Monday across Minnesota. In Section 7A the first-round games featured Wrenshall at Littlefork-Big Falls, while Fond du Lac was scheduled to play at Nashwauk-Keewatin. Nashwauk-Keewatin was... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 3, 2023

Ogichidaa outpace Wrens for big win

The boys high school basketball season is coming to a close, and as the season winds down every game is important from a seeding and momentum standpoint. Tuesday night Wrenshall hosted the Fond du... Full story


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