Articles from the March 13, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Community tries to heal after deaths

Two days after Jackie DeFoe and her 20-month-old child were found dead, a crowd of more than 75 friends, family and fellow Fond du Lac band members gathered and marched in her memory. Before starting... Full story

 By Mike Creger    People    March 13, 2020

He helped a family, and likely himself

It was Christmas Eve and traffic was expectedly heavy on the interstate just north of Minneapolis. David Rice was headed home to Cloquet from a temporary construction job. He wasn't exactly in the...


Minnesota State basketball tournaments canceled

The Minnesota State High School League has now canceled both the boys and girls state basketball tournaments, because of ongoing coronavirus concerns. The notice went out at 10:57 a.m. Friday, March... Full story


UPDATED: Law enforcement respond to suicide at casino

Carlton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Black Bear Casino and Resort Monday, March 9, after a caller reported a person with a hand gun and a shot fired inside the Seven Fires... Full story


Duluth Diocese dispenses Catholics in the region from Sunday Mass obligation

The Duluth Diocese sent out the following press release Friday, March 13: In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) across the world and now to Minnesota, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth,... Full story


Carlton County COVID-19 update (March 13)

Carlton County is sending regular updates on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The following update has been edited by the Pine Knot News to make it more relevant to the general public. These updates are providing you with the most... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

History of violent assaults is 'alarming'

When she was murdered, Jackie DeFoe joined a long list of Native American women who have been victims of violence. A 2016 National Institute of Justice report revealed that four in five American India... Full story


No cost for COVID-19 testing for Minnesotans enrolled through MNsure

All four medical insurance companies that sell private health insurance plans on MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing. Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Man charged in deaths of his pregnant girlfriend and her son

A Cloquet man was charged with killing his girlfriend, Jackie DeFoe, her 20-month-old son, Kevin, and her unborn child in Sixth District Carlton County Court on Tuesday, March 10. Sheldon James...


Outdoor Expo in Moose Lake on for Saturday

The sixth annual Outdoor Expo, a free community event celebrating everything outdoors, will take place this weekend. Doors open at 3 p.m. at the Moose Lake Covenant Church, 700 Fifth Street, Moose... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 13, 2020

Mojakka is on

Two national traditions will combine Sunday, March 15, at the annual Mojakka Cook-Off, when at least 15 area cooks will show off their best Finnish soups, all washed down with the buyer’s choice of green or purple beer. The cook-off starts at 1...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 13, 2020

Music returns to Common Ground

Dan Bremnes “Wherever I go” 2020 Spring tour and documentary screening is coming to Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli at 103 Avenue C Sunday, March 15 starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. This intimate acoustic performance will feature hit records...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 14 1919 Humorist Max Shulman is born in St. Paul. An author and Hollywood screenwriter, he is best remembered for creating the character Dobie Gillis. Shulman died in 1988. March 15 1927...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 13, 2020

Council debates streets, sidewalks

Councilors nearly tabled a project that would repair some of the city's worst streets after a public hearing Thursday, March 5 revealed the biggest pothole in the project: attitudes about the planned...


The joy of jumping

With the temperature climbing into the 40s Saturday, the conditions weren't exactly perfect for the annual City Ski Meet at Cloquet's Pine Valley. Too much snow had already melted to use the 40-meter...

 By Pete Radosevich    News    March 13, 2020

Canosia Road will close near Esko

Esko residents learned that Canosia Road North of Highway 61 will be closed starting July 1 and into the fall for replacement of a bridge over the Midway River. The news about what is also known as...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 13, 2020

County extension program reorganizes

Changes unfolding in the Carlton County Extension Office were laid out in a report presented by acting supervisor Donna Lekander at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting March 3. The Extension program has been under intense scrutiny...

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    March 13, 2020

Dialogue begins on Barnum budget woes

A community meeting brainstorming solutions to financial issues in the Barnum School District aimed to bring people together Wednesday, March 4. A circle of 21 stakeholders, made up of three members of school personnel, students, parents, community...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 13, 2020

Woman sentenced for taking lunch money

A former Barnum School District payroll employee who took — and paid back — $14,062 from the school’s food service fund pleaded guilty to theft last fall under the terms of a plea deal. Nancy Colleen Monfeldt, 58, was initially charged with emb...


Our View: On new tobacco rule: What's the point of it?

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners passed a revised tobacco ordinance last month, and we have a question: Why bother? The new ordinance prohibits the sale of tobacco and vaping products to people under the age of 21, which a federal law...


Obituary: June Myrtle Reed

June M. Reed, 100, formerly of Cloquet, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at Maranatha Presbyterian Home in Brooklyn Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1919 in Kelliher to Leaman and Myrtle (Collins)... Full story


Obituary: Alvin "Tillie" Michael Tillman

Alvin “Tillie” M. Tillman, age 91 of Cloquet, died peacefully on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minnesota. He was born on December 15, 1928 in Little Falls,... Full story


Obituary: Leland Scott Miesbauer

Leland Scott Miesbauer passed away Feb. 9, 2020. He was born in Cloquet in September 1941. Lee graduated from Cloquet High in 1959, and from the University of Minnesota in 1964 with a degree in civil... Full story


Harry's Gang: Cable channel isn't dead yet

After the Cloquet City Council fired Eric Lipponen, the CAT-7 cable TV coordinator, I have been asked repeatedly: Is CAT-7 dead? Will "Harry's Gang" ever come back? I am encouraged by the comments, ac...


Wright/Cromwell news

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Basketball teams as they finished another very successful season and good luck at state to the girls! The girls team was set to play at 3 p.m. Thursday March 12.... Full story


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