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Articles from the March 11, 2022 edition

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  • FDL chair faces censure

    Jana Peterson|Mar 11, 2022

    A hearing on a motion to censure the chairperson of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is set for Monday, based on allegations he knowingly violated a reservation ordinance that prohibits weapons in the tribal business center. Fond du Lac secretary/treasurer Ferdinand Martineau made the motion to censure Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee chair Kevin Dupuis Sr. at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee meeting. The Tribal Executive Committee comprises the chairperson and secretary/treasurer...

  • Carlton Happenings

    Leola Rodd|Mar 11, 2022

    As we all know, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. It is the Irish celebration of the day St. Patrick is said to have cast out the snakes from Ireland. But there is also another celebration the day before, St. Urho’s Day, on March 16. The Urho legend includes the story of St. Urho casting out the frogs by the power of his voice, which he got by drinking feelia sour (sour whole milk) and eating kala mojakka (fish soup). Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy St. Urho’s Day to all! Kindergarten roundup...

  • History mystery

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Art Gist recognized the old 1953 Dodge truck he still owns in the History Mystery photo we shared a few weeks ago. "Sitting on the fender of my truck is my son Anthony Gist," Art said. "He doesn't remember the other two kids. Their class was reading 'The Grapes of Wrath' and they were doing a food shelf drive." The photo is marked at the Carlton County Historical Society as from Feb. 21, 1998, in the parking lot at Super One. Art shared a more recent photo of the truck....

  • Robotics teams thrive at regional

    Mike Creger|Mar 11, 2022

    The three-day throng of tech-inclined high school students called the Duluth Regionals in robotics didn't disappoint last weekend as 111 teams from Minnesota and neighboring states took over the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. There were four Carlton County teams in the competition, from Cloquet, Esko, Barnum and Moose Lake. Esko came away with the biggest honors: a run in the playoffs, a top award for innovation in controlling its robot, and a sure place in the state tournament....

  • Police investigate suspicious death

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    The Cloquet Police Department is investigating the “suspicious” death of Amanda Cadotte, a 33-year-old woman, within Cloquet city limits on the Fond du Lac Reservation. According to a news release, Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments, along with the Cloquet Area Fire District, responded to Trettel Lane in Cloquet on a medical call at approximately 7:24 a.m. Thursday, March 3. Cadotte was unresponsive and pronounced deceased at the scene. It is an open and active investigation, as the death is being considered suspicious, police said, whi...

  • Covid numbers continue dramatic fall

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Local Covid-19 case numbers continue to decline dramatically, with the most recent weekly numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health report (released every Thursday) showing an increase of only 42 cases from Feb. 24 to March 3. That same week, however, showed four deaths from Covid-19, the largest weekly increase of deaths in Carlton County this year. MDH numbers for Wednesday, March 9, showed the county with 8,796 cumulative cases, an increase of 30 from the previous Thursday’s numbers. One additional Covid-19 death had been recorded o... Full story

  • Gordy's set to open March 23

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Owners and staff at Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet, a seasonal food hotspot for 62 years, were busy last weekend removing snow from the restaurant grounds. That’s because they plan on welcoming people interested in working there 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12. Gordy’s announced online and with its sign off Minnesota Highway 33 north of the St. Louis River the past week that opening day will be March 23. It will be the first year of operation without founder Gordy Lundquist, who died last July....

  • Pandemic grants going to events

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Carlton County has announced that $10,000 of the remaining pandemic relief funding will be disbursed as grants aimed at bringing county communities back together. Groups that plan to host free community events in Carlton County in 2022 should consider applying for grants of up to $1,000, based on event details, geographic disbursement, impact, and countywide demand for funding. Applications are available beginning Monday, March 14 and are due by 4 p.m. April 15. Over the past two years, many fun, community-building, educational and cultural eve...

  • Concrete plans made with justice center

    Dan Reed|Mar 11, 2022

    The Carlton County Board of Commissioners continued to advance the combined justice center project, voting on the first construction contract and finalizing the administrative contracts during their meeting Tuesday morning. The board awarded Taracon Precast of Hawley, Minnesota a $5,230,705 bid to furnish the needed precast concrete for construction of the new justice center complex. The bid came in $169,295 below engineering estimates. “I will make the motion to proceed,” announced longtime commissioner Dick Brenner, “now that we have a plan....

  • Man arrested in county for meth, again

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    A Superior man is facing charges for possession of more than 72 grams of methamphetamine after a traffic stop earlier this month. Antonio Carlos Boyd, 42, was charged March 3 with first-degree felony drug possession and obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor, in Sixth District Carlton County Court. According to the criminal complaint, officers from three agencies — the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and Cloquet Police Department — initiated a traffic stop on a motor vehicle on Interstate 35 in...

  • Thrift store, auctions draw customers

    Lois E. Johnson|Mar 11, 2022

    The Classy Moose on 61 has something for everyone, even some four-legged friends. A black cat named Tank and Gus (a dog) greet shoppers when they enter the thrift store and auction site in Barnum. "Tank is a rescue," said Dawn Schubert, one of the owners of the Classy Moose and the online auction, Classic 61 Sales, located in the same building. "He is the best-known cat in Carlton County. He just loves people. One little girl sat on the floor and played with him while her mother shopped." The Cl...

  • County zoning has busy year

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Carlton County Zoning and Environmental Services administrator Heather Cunningham gave her annual report to the county board Tuesday, saying it was a year of change with three new staff in the department. She thought it was good to have a fresh view of some of the programs they run. Sixty new homes were built in the county and there was an increase in construction activity. At the transfer station, recycling used mattresses is going to cost more. Clean mattresses will be processed now for $20 and wet mattresses will be taken for $24, with...

  • State courts drop mask use

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced March 4 that it was lifting the statewide order requiring face coverings in court facilities. It went into effect on Monday. The order included a word of caution about Covid-19 rates in certain areas of the state and optional mask use to keep people safe. The order issued by chief justice Lorie S. Gildea lifts the requirement of face coverings for every person entering a court facility. The chief judge in each district is authorized to require face coverings in court facilities in areas where Covid-19...

  • Thomson Town Board approves 3-percent levy increase

    Rebekah King|Mar 11, 2022

    The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors heard annual reports from community leaders and discussed taxes at the annual township meeting Tuesday, March 8. The board approved the proposed 2023 tax levy for the township, $1,738,876, which reflects a 3-percent increase from the previous levy for 2022. There was no discussion regarding the 2023 levy, but resident Jim Nynas questioned the board about the township's relationship with the Cloquet Area Fire District and wondered if there had been any...

  • Our View: Get whole story on assessments

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Whoa there, Facebook commenters. While we are gratified that last week’s Pine Knot story on the county board meeting got huge traffic on Facebook, we are disturbed that all but one of the comments (as of Wednesday) seem to indicate that the people writing them didn’t read the story. That’s unfortunate. Our story focused on a warning from Carlton County auditor Kyle Holmes that the estimated market value of properties is going up by at least 30 percent for 2023. That means if your home was worth $150,000 last year, it will be worth close to $1... Full story

  • Harry's Gang: Energy woes bring me back to the late 1970s

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    With the price of energy rising rapidly, I started getting a little sentimental over the energy crisis many of us remember from the late 1970s. I was in about the eighth grade when my father, struggling to make ends meet in his tavern along the North Shore, had a woodburning stove installed in our basement. Times had been tough: not only was my father inexperienced at running a tavern, the economy was in rough shape in Lake County. The railroad and the taconite plant were laying off workers, and tourism had crawled to a standstill as the... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: Prices rise and quantity ebbs

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    On a recent visit to the Dollar Tree store, I discovered that it is no longer the Dollar Tree; it is now the $1.25 Tree. Most items, not all, but most, are now $1.25. That’s a 25-percent price hike. And I thought inflation was already high at 6 and 7 percent. I wonder if the name of the store will change. A local food store advertises on TV that they have low prices; not any more. We’ve all seen food prices lately and they are not low. I wonder if this might be classified as “false advertising.” Maybe the statement in the commercial needs a... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: What would Harry do?

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    As I watched the State of the Union address, I was not shocked but I was dismayed by the behavior of U.S. Rep. Lauren Bobert of Colorado and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia when they heckled the president of the United States. Being a student of Harry Truman for over 50 years, I asked myself, “What would Harry do?” One can never be certain what a president would do in any given situation, but a student of Truman, who has come to understand the motivations, the values, the demeanor of the man can make a considered approximation of his... Full story

  • Obituary: Janet "Jan" Arlene Mattson

    Mar 11, 2022

    Janet "Jan" Arlene Mattson, 76, of Coon Rapids was born Oct. 26, 1945, and ended her journey on the earth and went to be with her Lord on Feb. 28, 2022, after a battle with breast cancer. The daughter of Senja and Oscar Oswald of Cloquet, she graduated from Cloquet High School in 1963. She worked at the Northwest Paper Company until making a move to Minneapolis. There she worked at the Star Tribune newspaper until getting married and starting a family. She worked at the H C Osvold Company for a... Full story

  • Obituary: Bernice Bertha Price

    Mar 11, 2022

    Bernice Bertha Price, 98, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. Bernice was born Dec. 21, 1923, in Ely, the fourth of seven children born to Matt and Bertha Korpi. Born prematurely, she was baptized immediately, placed in a shoebox and named after her mother, as they thought she would not survive. She stayed with us for 98 years. She attended Ely public schools and later earned an associate degree from Ely Junior College, of which she was very... Full story

  • Obituary: Wendy Jo Eliason

    Mar 11, 2022

    Wendy Jo Eliason died unexpectedly March 2, 2022. Wendy was born Dec. 7, 1964, in Duluth. She grew up in Cromwell, where she attended Cromwell High School and graduated with honors in 1983. Wendy was an exceptional musician and student. Following graduation Wendy obtained degrees from Luther College and Kansas University in the anthropology field. Wendy was preceded in death by grandparents Doris and Rudolph Eliason, and Lucille and Lester Larson. She is survived by parents Carole and Oscar Eliason; siblings Greg (Christie), Paul (Tho) and... Full story

  • Obituary: Gene Otto Pellitier

    Pine Knot News|Mar 11, 2022

    Gene Otto Pelletier, 77, of Esko passed away Feb. 12, 2022. Gene was born May 30, 1944, in Proctor, and was a 1966 Proctor graduate. Gene spent more than 40 years at the Duluth News Tribune in advertising sales, and served as a mentor to community newspaper ad reps in his later years with the Duluth newspaper. After retiring, he became a certified PCA and spent the last four years helping to care for his grandson and "co-pilot" JJ. Gene was devoted to his family, hosting game nights and... Full story

  • Obituary: Carol Kathryn Johnson

    Mar 11, 2022

    Carol Kathryn Johnson, 86, of Cloquet passed away peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. She was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Munich, North Dakota to Diedrich and Kathryn Adrian. Carol married Uno Richard Johnson on June 1, 1963 in Floodwood. She worked as a bookkeeper. She loved the Lord dearly and had been a member of Grace Church since 1970. She loved her family and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dick; and sister... Full story

  • Obituary: Carol Mae Phyllis (Fossell) Sandstrom

    Mar 11, 2022

    Carol Mae Phyllis (Fossell) Sandstrom passed away March 2, 2022. She was born to Julius and Estella Fossell on May 2, 1932, on a farm 9 miles east of Kennedy. She lived there until she was in the second grade, when the family moved to the Stephen area, where she finished grade school in a small country school. She was the only one in her class, so she was at the top of her class and an “A” student. In eighth grade, she started school in Karlstad and graduated in 1950. After she finished pic... Full story

  • Obituary: Thomas "Tom" Robert Wagemaker

    Mar 11, 2022

    Thomas "Tom" Robert Wagemaker, 79, of Cloquet passed away Feb. 18, 2022, with family by his side. Tom was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Olivia to Thomas J. and Dorothy (Bartholet) Wagemaker. Tom graduated from Olivia High School in 1960 and then attended the College of St. Thomas in 1961 and 1962. He received his master of science degree in civil engineering and master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota. Tom worked as a civil engineer in California for four years,... Full story

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