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Articles from the March 4, 2022 edition


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  • Cloquet hospital tackles rural obstetrics training

    MPR News|Mar 4, 2022

    Virginia is lying on her back in a hospital gown, about to have her second baby. "She's 39 weeks pregnant," explains Melissa Seibert, inpatient services director at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital. "And she couldn't make it to Duluth hospital because she thinks she's gonna have her baby sooner." Virginia doesn't have anything to add to the conversation - because she isn't a person. She's a life-like birth simulator that can replicate a wide range of birth scenarios from a cesarean section... Full story

  • Our View: This is the history we will be writing

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    There seems to have been a time, perhaps in a galaxy far, far away, when we in the United States felt rather comfortable. A time when conflict and major events of history seemed to be something you only read about in history books. How quickly things can change. Let alone a political divide that no one alive today has ever seen so strident, the now two-year Covid-19 pandemic will leave an imprint that generations after us will be digesting. The same can be said of the social unrest sparked by the continued extrajudicial killing of Black... Full story

  • State Legislature: Sundin won't run again

    Jana Peterson|Mar 4, 2022

    For the first time in 10 years, Esko’s Mike Sundin will not be a District 11A candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Now in his fifth term in the district — which includes all of Carlton County and smaller parts of St. Louis and Pine counties — Sundin said it was health issues and a desire to spend more time with family that prompted his decision. “After three major surgeries in the past seven years, I’ve decided to hang up the legislative career … for now,” he said. “I dear...

  • Science fair competitors explore the world through science

    Jana Peterson|Mar 4, 2022

    Science fair students and judges logged onto their computers and cellphones last weekend as they - once again - attended the Northeast Minnesota Regional and American Indian Science and Engineering Fair virtually. In a pre-pandemic year, buses and vans would have traveled to the University of Minnesota Duluth from schools as far south as Hinckley-Finlayson and all over the Northland for the regional science fair. Students would set up large display boards in large rooms, ready with an "elevator... Full story

  • Local skiers successful in Birkie races

    Tom Urbanski|Mar 4, 2022

    It was another good year for area Nordic skiers at the 2022 American Birkebeiner ski events held last Friday and Saturday in Hayward, Wisconsin. Outstanding performances came from across a range of age groups, from high school-aged skiers and recent graduates on up to more seasoned, veteran skiers. Several local skiers were participating for the first time in a Birkie event, while others have been making the trek for decades. In the Birkebeiner 50-kilometer skate race, Cloquet's Benjamin Bauer... Full story

  • Ski talk: First-timer versus Kortelopet

    Tom Urbanski|Mar 4, 2022

    Last Friday, Cloquet's Kate Meisner completed her first Kortelopet, the 29-kilometer Nordic ski race that is part of the American Birkebeiner's Birkie Week events. It's a challenging endurance event that requires training, planning, perseverance, skiing skills, and dealing with a lot of other skiers on the trail ... almost 3,000 last Friday. Meisner posted a solid and satisfying debut, finishing in three hours and seven minutes in the 29K classic race. Starting in Wave 4 this year, her finish... Full story

  • Council wards, polling places won't change in 2022

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 4, 2022

    When the 2020 Census showed an increase of 444 residents in Cloquet, city officials took a look at their own version of redistricting and decided to keep things the way they were. City administrator Tim Peterson explained to the council members during Tuesday’s meeting that unlike U.S. House District 8 — which is expanding west to include the White Earth and Red Lake nations — Cloquet saw only small changes to the population numbers in the city’s five council wards. Current population numbers and percentage of average population are listed...

  • Accused shooter transferred from county

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Prosecutors have charged a man with Cloquet connections with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Minneapolis North student-athlete Deshaun Hill Jr. The 15-year-old died Feb. 10 after being shot in the head the previous day along a Minneapolis street. Hennepin County prosecutors allege 29-year-old Cody Logan Fohrenkam fired the shot that killed Hill after the two may have bumped into each other on a sidewalk. Over the course of the investigation, numerous witnesses and a surveillance video from the area helped investigators identify Fo...

  • Coffee with the superintendent

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Join Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary, along with some school board members and administration, for conversation 9-10 a.m. Monday, March 7 at Gordy’s Warming House in Cloquet. The “coffee in the community” meetings are being held monthly at various coffee shops in Cloquet and are a venue for people wishing to have a two-way discussion with school officials....

  • Minit Mart stores will change hands

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    The Minit Mart convenience stores in Carlton County were expected to come under new ownership by the end of the month. There are seven Minit Mart stores in the county that will fall under KornerStores Inc. of Duluth, Caywood Country Store in Saginaw or Edwards Oil Company Inc., a family-run business in Virginia, Minnesota. Most of the current Minit Mart stores were, until 2015, under the ownership of Cloquet-based Best Oil Co. It sold 18 Little Store convenience stores to TravelCenters of...

  • Life sentence issued in rape, kidnap case

    Mike Creger|Mar 4, 2022

    After a jury found Dennis Michael St.John Jr. of Scanlon guilty of kidnapping, rape and domestic abuse in January, his expected sentence was handed down this week: Life in prison without the possibility of release. Two of St. John’s convictions were used in guiding the sentence Monday in Carlton County Sixth District Court. He received just more than eight years on a felony kidnapping charge. His felony criminal sexual conduct conviction sparked state statute that guides sentencing depending on the existence of “heinous” elements to the crime...

  • County Board: Expect sticker shock with property values

    Lois E. Johnson|Mar 4, 2022

    Due to what’s been called an “extreme increase” in property values since 2020, Carlton County property owners can expect the estimated market value of their property to increase substantially this year, according to the Carlton County assessor’s office. Calling it the “craziest real estate market” he’d ever seen, assessor Kyle Holmes told the Carlton County board of commissioners at their regular meeting Monday that they will probably be getting calls after property owners receive their 2022 Proposed Valuation and Classification notices for p... Full story

  • Comments due on contamination

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Residents have until 8 a.m. Monday, March 7, to comment on plans for remediation of contaminated groundwater in Esko, adjacent to the Esko Post Office. A notice regarding the comment period appeared on page 5 of the Feb. 4 Pine Knot News. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began site investigation in 1994, when the post office well was sampled as part of a petroleum release investigation and benzene was detected in the well. Remedial activities lowered the benzene levels so the MPCA closed that case in 2008. In 1996, tetrachloroethene (PCE)...

  • Mojakka cook-off coming soon

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Satisfy your craving for soup or Finnish pride at the 16th annual Mojakka Cook-Off on Sunday, March 13 at the Northeastern Saloon and Hotel, 115 St. Louis Ave. on Cloquet’s Dunlap Island. Featuring Finnish soups created by an expected 10 to 20 cooks, the soup will be warm and ready for tasting (and voting on) from noon until 4:30 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for the Carlton County Historical Society. Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 at the door. There is no fee to enter. Call the CCHS at 218-879-1930 or Bert at the Northeastern at 218-393-0657 for mor... Full story

  • Family has deep ties to Ukraine

    Jana Peterson|Mar 4, 2022

    A Cloquet family has been living with their collective heart in a knot since Russia invaded Ukraine, worried about the fate of a girl they once thought they would adopt, and a Ukrainian family that instead made them part of their family. It's a long and complicated story, but Cloquet's Carmen Purcell says she is 14-year-old Sonia's "foreign mother" and she wants the teenager to come and be safe here while war rages in her homeland. Purcell plans to fly to Poland if Sonia can get out, or to...

  • Harry's Gang: If I had a seat in St. Paul...

    Pete Radosevich|Mar 4, 2022

    If I were our representative in the Legislature, here’s how I would approach some of the issues they are considering in St. Paul this session. For decades, “gaming” — which is a softer term meaning “gambling” — has been confined to the Native American casinos across the state, the Minnesota lottery, a couple of horse and dog tracks, and nonprofits using pull tabs and the like in local establishments. Now, it’s no secret that all sorts of gambling has been going on privately forever. I’ve b... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: Child with Covid is a big scare

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    If you or a family member or friend have not been adversely affected by Covid, consider yourself very lucky. My worst nightmare as a mom and grandmother was that one of my kids or grandkids would become very sick from Covid. Well, that nightmare came true recently. Our youngest grandchild, at 6 months old, became extremely ill as a result of Covid. Luckily, her mom was aware of her difficulty in breathing and brought her to a pediatrician who wanted our grandchild to go immediately to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. After... Full story

  • Cloquet hosts section frenzy

    Kerry Rodd|Mar 4, 2022

    For the second time in the history of CEC wrestling, the Lumberjacks played host to the Section 7AA wrestling meet last weekend. The meet featured the top 135 wrestlers on 12 teams in the section vying for the top two spots in each weight class and a chance to wrestle in the Minnesota state high school wrestling tournament this weekend. "The crowd and the atmosphere were amazing all weekend long," said CEC coach Al Denman. "Imagine four mats of wrestling with eight wrestlers going at it all at... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Thursday, Feb. 24 Girls Basketball Barnum-58 Braham-57 Esko-54 Marshall-49 Cloquet-76 Eveleth-Gilbert-36 Boys Basketball Braham-78 Wrenshall-71 Friday, Feb. 25 Girls Basketball South Ridge-61 Ely-39 Cromwell-Wright-81 Cook County-17 Cherry-72 Wrenshall-27 Boys Basketball Cromwell-Wright-67 Cook County-44 Cloquet-70 Grand Rapids-52 Esko-75 Duluth Denfeld-69 Ely-48 South Ridge-47 Pequot Lakes-59 ML/WR-57 Virginia-63 Barnum-60 Wrenshall-57 Ogilvie-50 Saturday, Feb. 26 Girls Basketball Cook County-45 Fond du Lac-21 Ogilvie-71 Barnum-59 Esko-43... Full story

  • Esko gets after giants as playoffs loom

    Kerry Rodd|Mar 4, 2022

    After suffering a loss to Pequot Lakes on Feb. 10, the Esko girls basketball team rallied to notch three consecutive wins over top opponents. On Feb. 17 they beat Hermantown by 31 points. Last Thursday and Saturday, the Eskomos beat Duluth Marshall and Grand Rapids, one of Class AAA's top ranked teams. "I like the way we are playing right now," said Esko coach Scott Antonutti. "We aren't a tall team, but we are gritty and play tough and the girls don't quit." In Thursday's 54-49 home win over... Full story

  • Girls Playoff Roundup

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Local girls basketball teams kicked off the start of section play Monday. Here’s a breakdown of how local teams have fared and what their future may hold in the postseason. Section 7A The 7A tournament opened with No. 14 seed Carlton downing No. 19 seed Fond du Lac 48-41. Carlton’s Eliza Decaigney poured in 20 points and Megan Matarelli added 18 points. Both Madison Asleson and Haley Ableiter finished with three points for the Bulldogs. Solai Mohr and Talayah Martineau led the Ogichidaa in scoring with 28 and 13 points. The No. 15 seeded Wre... Full story

  • Andover quashes CEC playoff hopes

    Kerry Rodd|Mar 4, 2022

    Back on Nov. 4, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team opened its season on the road against Andover. The Huskies took a 4-0 win in that game. Flash forward to last Wednesday when the two teams battled in Andover again in the Section 7AA quarterfinals and the Huskies again prevailed, this time by a score of 7-0 over the Lumberjacks. "They have the ability to attack on the rush," said CEC coach Shea Walters. After that first loss, the Lumberjacks struggled to find wins as they ended with a... Full story

  • Carlton, Wrenshall to field joint softball team

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    School board members for the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts voted on Monday to move ahead with adding softball as a cooperative spring sport. If approved by the Minnesota State High School League, the partnership would begin immediately and be effective for at least this season. Both schools have lagging participation rates that would have put junior high students on varsity rosters, often before they are ready, the application to the MSHSL said. The two districts earlier this year agreed to combine track programs as well. The...

  • Wilderness split series with St. Cloud

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    The Minnesota Wilderness split a home-and-home series with St. Cloud last weekend. The team’s 8-0 drubbing of the Norsemen at home on Saturday will be the last time they’ll be on home ice for a while. The Wilderness embark on a nine-game road swing beginning with three games this weekend, one at the Minnesota Magicians in Richfield on March 3, and two at Springfield in Illinois on March 4-5. They’ll follow that with six games in Alaska, three at Anchorage and then three at Kenai River. They’ll return home for a series against Janesville on Marc... Full story

  • Sports Schedule

    Pine Knot News|Mar 4, 2022

    Boys basketball Cloquet at Proctor, 7:15 Esko vs. Brooklyn Center, 7:15 Barnum at Two Harbors, 7:15 Cromwell-Wright at Nashwauk-Keewatin, 7:15 ML/WR vs Pillager, 7:15 March 5 Boys basketball ML/WR at Greenway, 2:30 p.m....

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