Articles from the March 5, 2021 edition

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 By Rebekah King    COVID-19    March 5, 2021

As vaccinations rise, some vacillation

Although first responders in Minnesota got to jump to the front of the line for the Covid-19 vaccine, some have said "no" to getting vaccinated despite their elevated risk of contracting and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 5, 2021

K-9 death reverberates beyond Duluth

Police officers and mourners made a sad trip to Scanlon Saturday to say farewell to Duluth K-9 Luna, who was killed in a standoff Thursday. People lined the route from a pet hospital in West Duluth... Full story


History Mystery

The story about the closing of Wood City Lights & Hardware in the Pine Knot News a few weeks ago got us thinking about that nickname for Cloquet. It’s obvious why Wood City came to be, given the influence of the wood-related industry here. But when d...


MPCA has puzzling plan to change water rules

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to change the rules on water quality. The agency has been working on these rules for a few years and hopes to put them into effect this summer. The plan looks like a sort of Rubik’s cube, eliminating s...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 5, 2021

Tobacco store plans move to Ave. C building

The former Avenue C restaurant space in West End Cloquet could soon be home to a tobacco and vape store, albeit not a new business. Rather, Lakeshore Tobacco Vapor owner Aysar Sadi said he needs to...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 5, 2021

Unconscious assault trial is reset

The trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman who was a guest at his home has been tentatively rescheduled for May, after being delayed because of courtroom shutdowns due to Covid-19 concerns. Jamin Paul Beardley, 45, of...


Options grow regarding shots

• In Cloquet, Community Memorial Hospital has a vaccination registration form on its website, or call 218-879-1271. The form allows residents to register their interest but not to schedule an appointment. The hospital will notify people who have r... Full story

 By MPR News    News    March 5, 2021

Some envision normal - including a state fair

Vaccination acceleration may finally be here. The Health Department on Wednesday reported about 32,000 new vaccinations in Minnesota, nearly twice the number from last Wednesday. The seven-day trend is running at nearly 39,000 shots daily now, the...  Website


Our View: Projects demand an engaged public

We took some heat recently for an Our View stating we were nervous about building a new fire station in Cloquet. Although we stand by our position that public officials need to be cautious about overtaxing residents, we also reiterate that help from...


Harry's Gang: Cold snap brings hard slap when it comes to heating bills

That was quite a cold snap we just outlived, with 13 days in a row with lows of around 20 degrees below zero or even lower. Many of those days it never rose above zero. Our furnaces worked nonstop... Full story


Student Views: Find new uses for trash

A verdant forest flooding with life. A sun-baked land contrasted by the cool, calm sea. A fluttering flame of oranges, yellows, and reds. And a glittering wonderland crafted from diamonds. This is the land we were given, an immense, majestic being,... Full story


Obituaries: Robert L. Fjerstad

Robert L. Fjerstad, 89, of Carlton passed away Feb. 27, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1931 in Fosston to Lloyd and Sadie (Carver) Fjerstad. He married Marie Cumber on June 13, 1959. He was a loving... Full story


Obituaries: Marilyn Mae (West) Riihiluoma

Marilyn Mae (West) Riihiluoma, born on Feb. 19, 1931, left this earth on Feb. 28, 2021, into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who welcomed her to her eternal home. Marilyn was privileged... Full story


Obituaries: Charles Michael Diver

Charles Michael Diver, 82, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 24, 2021. He was born on June 6, 1938 at the Fond du Lac Indian hospital to Charles and Elizabeth (Wood) Diver. He attended Wahpeton and... Full story


Death notices

Kay Lenore Burgraff, 69, of Duluth and formerly of Holyoke, passed away Feb. 28, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Robert Schultz, 90, of C... Full story

 By Elle Swanson    People    March 5, 2021

Wrenshall News: Libraries are sacred space

Annie Dugan's recent column about what people are reading in the Wrenshall community got me thinking about libraries in schools. It's been a while since I've student-taught, but I can clearly...


Wright/Cromwell news

Congratulations to Glenn and Fran Solomon on being chosen the king and queen at the Cardinal Court/Villa Vista’s recent annual Valentine’s Day celebration. Glenn and Fran are recent residents, hav...


Guest view: Districts have a lot invested in schools

The Pine Knot News asked the superintendents of the Wrenshall and Carlton school districts to update readers on the state of consolidation. Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro weighs in here: Since being hired as superintendent of Wrenshall... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 5, 2021

Guest view: Exploring the options

The Pine Knot News asked the superintendents of the Wrenshall and Carlton school districts to update readers on the state of consolidation. Carlton superintendent John Engstrom weighs in here: The Carlton school board is currently in the process of... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 5, 2021

Cloquet student named delegate to medical leaders conference

Cloquet High School ninth-grader Quinn Danielson will be a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders March 20-21. The congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to...

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 5, 2021

CEC will return to state meet

By the narrowest of margins - one point exactly - the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys ski team is headed to the state meet next week, after taking second place in the Section 7 ski meet Wednesday. Duluth... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    March 5, 2021

Small alpine team makes big strides this season

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton alpine ski team wrapped up its regular season last week, and competed in the Section 7 Championships Tuesday, March 2 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. For the girls team, freshman... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    March 5, 2021

The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Feb. 25 Boys Basketball Wrenshall-57 Cook County-47 Esko-78 Duluth Denfeld-34 Cherry-84 Carlton-46 Cloquet-78 Proctor-19 Girls Basketball Cook County-78 Wrenshall-68 Cromwell-Wright-54 Floodwood-17 Barnum-58 McGregor-43 Cloquet-61 Mesabi... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 5, 2021

South Ridge making run to postseason

Don't look now, but the South Ridge Panthers girls basketball team is serving notice that they are going to be a tough team to beat come playoff time. The Panthers notched their fifth win in a row... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 5, 2021

Cards pluck Wrens

Cromwell-Wright used the three-point shot Tuesday night to defeat Wrenshall 66-49 in a high school boys basketball game played in Cromwell. "We played pretty well tonight," said Cardinals coach Bill... Full story


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