Articles from the March 15, 2024 edition

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 By Ted Lammi    News    March 15, 2024

Partnership fuels driving program

Senior Isaac Hill sat in the auto shop building at Cloquet High School Friday morning, parking an 18-wheeler over and over again, a different scenario popping up on the video screen in front of him... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    March 15, 2024

Districts continue delicate dance

Call them hiccups or hurdles, the consolidation efforts between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts were bound to encounter them. But so soon in the process? A third meeting of the shared...


Hope for businesses impacted by no snow

As Minnesota continues to face record-high winter temperatures, Gov. Tim Walz announced last week that Minnesota has unlocked federal funding for small businesses impacted by this winter’s historic drought conditions. Amid the warmest winter on r...


Obituary: Betty Lou Milberger

Betty Lou Milberger, the daughter of Tina Wilhelimina (Salo) and Emil Joseph Plante was born on Oct. 20, 1930, in Cloquet. After high school, she worked at Diamond Match until she married Robert D.... Full story


Obituary: Roger Vincent Abramowski

Roger Vincent Abramowski of Brookston passed away March 11, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital. Roger was born Nov. 11, 1949, in Cloquet. He was 74 years and 4 months old to the day when he journeyed on t... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 15, 2024

Carlton board 'slightly discouraged' by tone

The Carlton school board met Monday in a working session devoted mostly toward preparing for the next night’s consolidation committee meeting with Wrenshall. Carlton was still smarting from a set of emails exchanged primarily between the board c...


Fond du Lac Band searches for missing man

A search was underway Wednesday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation for a 31-year-old Native American man last seen and heard from on Friday. Peter Michael Martin is considered a missing person,... Full story


Obituary: Stanley Walter "Stan" McKibbon

Stanley Walter "Stan" McKibbon passed away Monday, March 11, 2024. Stan was born in Cloquet on July 27, 1951, to Walter and Margaret McKibbon. He graduated from Carlton High School in 1969. He served... Full story


Attorney confirms shooting arrests

Two adults have been charged and two juveniles have been petitioned after the Feb. 24 shooting into a home in Cloquet. Carlton County Attorney Laura Ketola made the announcement after last week’s issue of the Pine Knot went to press. Arrested were R...


Cloquet council meeting canceled

The regular Cloquet City Council meeting scheduled for March 19 has been canceled, due to a lack of agenda items, said city administrator Tim Peterson. The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for April 2 at 6 p.m....


​​Make-A-Wish volleyball fundraiser

The Cloquet High School and Cloquet Middle School student council students are putting on a CHS staff vs. CMS staff volleyball game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the middle school gym. Ticket cost is $5 at the door and concessions will be...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 15, 2024

Board united on effort to delist wolves

After flirting for weeks with a resolution that calls for wolf management in the state, the Carlton County board voted unanimously Tuesday to appeal to federal and state legislators to delist gray...


Obituary: Ardis Joan (Eide) Jons

Ardis Joan "Bestemor" (Eide) Jons, born on June 9, 1933, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died on Dec. 18, 2023, in Tucson, Arizona. The younger daughter of John and Aagot Eide, she grew up on the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 15, 2024

Thomson Township residents hold lively annual meeting

The annual meeting for residents of Thomson Township ended Tuesday with a standing ovation for clerk-treasurer Rhonda Peleski, who is retiring at the end of the month. Jason Paulson, a former...


Obituary: Mary Jo (Erickson) Farleigh

Mary Jo (Erickson) Farleigh, 75, was surrounded with love and carried to her heavenly home on the wings of the Holy Spirit on Monday, March 11, 2024. She was a treasured wife, mother, daughter,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 15, 2024

Council approves road reconstruction

It’s been nearly nine years, but two more blocks of Eighth Street — from Prospect to Sahlman Avenue — are getting a much-needed overhaul this summer. Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved the reconstruction of the pothole-ridden street, along...


Obituary: Jeffrey Melvin "Opie" Aho

Jeffrey Melvin "Opie" Aho passed away on Monday, March 11, 2024, at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was born in Minneapolis on July 3, 1967. He graduated from Barnum High... Full story


Obituary: Renee Allison Abramowski

Renee Allison Abramowski, 67, of Cloquet passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Renee was born Feb, 11, 1957, to Russell Cash and Phyllis Hall in Guam. She was raised... Full story


Fire destroys cloquet home

Responding to a call about a shed on fire around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, firefighters with the Cloquet Area Fire District arrived at the 1500 block of Miskomin Street in Cloquet to find a house...


MDH: Drinking wells need regular testing

The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding Minnesotans who rely on private household wells for their drinking water to test regularly for contaminants. Testing is particularly important if babies or pregnant people will be drinking the water.... Full story


Moth spray will impact county

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and partner organizations are proposing to treat spongy moth infestations this summer in seven counties across eastern Minnesota. Of the 42 sites, nearly half are in Carlton County. Residents are invited to...

 By Alyssa Bloss    News    March 15, 2024

Workshop set on buffering land

Are our local lakes and streams as clean and healthy as they should be? Is your shoreline or streambank eroding more and more each year? Would you like to beautify your yard while protecting water... Full story


Slapstick comedy will provide plenty of laughs

County Seat Theater Company opens this weekend with "Black Comedy," billed as a hilarious, crowd-pleasing slapstick comedy. The show features several colorful, duplicitous characters stumbling around...


Letters to the editor: At DVS, cuts do make sense

What Sen. Jason Rarick failed to mention in his article last week is that the testing locations that the Driver and Vehicle Services department is proposing closing are open only one day a week, at most, for limited or inconsistent hours, and run by... Full story


Letter to the editor: Let's make township elections better

I was at the Thomson Township annual meeting last evening, March 12, and proposed a resolution for the town board, staff, and attorney to lobby the Minnesota Association of Townships and our state representative and senator to consider changing... Full story


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