Articles from the March 4, 2022 edition

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 By MPR News    News    March 4, 2022

Cloquet hospital tackles rural obstetrics training

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... Full story


Our View: This is the history we will be writing

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... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 4, 2022

State Legislature: Sundin won't run again

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...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 4, 2022

Science fair competitors explore the world through science

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... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Sports    March 4, 2022

Local skiers successful in Birkie races

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... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Sports    March 4, 2022

Ski talk: First-timer versus Kortelopet

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... Full story


Council wards, polling places won't change in 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...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 4, 2022

Accused shooter transferred from county

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 Minneapol...


Coffee with the superintendent

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...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 4, 2022

Minit Mart stores will change hands

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...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 4, 2022

Life sentence issued in rape, kidnap case

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...

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    March 4, 2022

County Board: Expect sticker shock with property values

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... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 4, 2022

Comments due on contamination

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 Minneso...


Mojakka cook-off coming soon

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... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    March 4, 2022

Family has deep ties to Ukraine

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...


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

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... Full story


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

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... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 4, 2022

Cloquet hosts section frenzy

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... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 4, 2022

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

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... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 4, 2022

Esko gets after giants as playoffs loom

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... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 4, 2022

Girls Playoff Roundup

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.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 4, 2022

Andover quashes CEC playoff hopes

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... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 4, 2022

Carlton, Wrenshall to field joint softball team

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...

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 4, 2022

Wilderness split series with St. Cloud

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 swi... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 4, 2022

Sports Schedule

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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