Articles from the March 17, 2023 edition

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 By Mike Cregar    News    March 17, 2023

This winter is definitely a snow-doubter

What's with all the snow? It's a question everyone is asking after another weekend of digging out and another 6-inches-or-more burst forecasted as this issue of the Pine Knot went to press. We are...

 By Brady Slater    People    March 17, 2023

Health issues end an auto repair era

When Tom and Nancy Getchell started an automotive repair business, T&N Auto Repair, in a two-stall garage on Avenue B, they did so with an understanding: they'd offer fair prices and honesty for all... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    March 17, 2023

Residents question large budget 'surplus'

Thomson Township residents voted to approve a 3.91-percent tax levy increase for 2024, despite significant pushback from a few residents at the annual meeting Tuesday. At the end of 2022, Thomson Township was left with a fund balance in its general...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 17, 2023

Board approves fitness center plan, payment

The Esko School Board approved its 2022-2023 revised (and largely unchanged) budget of $16.14 million at its monthly meeting Monday, March 13, along with final funding and construction plans for the...


National Quilting Day is Saturday

Celebrate the art of quilting in Cloquet on National Quilting Day Saturday, March 18. Wood City Quilters will have displays and educational information at the Carlton County Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Cloquet Public Library... Full story


Free childhood vaccine clinics

Carlton County Public Health is holding two free childhood vaccine clinics in the coming weeks for children in grades K-12 who need vaccinations to meet school requirements, Thursday, March 23 and Tuesday, April 4 at the Carlton County Community...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 17, 2023

Mojakka means good times in Cloquet

Neither wind nor snow could stop the 17th annual Mojakka Cookoff, held Sunday at the Northeastern Hotel and Saloon in Cloquet, where it's always been. What is mojakka, someone new to the area might...

 By Dan Reed    News    March 17, 2023

Abuse cases stress county resources

Citing stress and burnout as the precipitating factor for three open positions in Health and Human Services, director Dave Lee said those staffers have “tough jobs.” Caseloads in child protection, mental health and involving vulnerable adults hav... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    March 17, 2023

Carlton board mulls innovative ideas to draw students

The Carlton school board heard bold ideas for getting the district to stand apart from neighboring school systems in an effort to reverse declines in student enrollment Monday. The committee of the...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 17, 2023

Wrenshall district cuts will be deep

The Wrenshall school board agreed to slightly more than $312,000 in budget cuts during a special meeting Tuesday — the biggest slice of three rounds of cuts to date, totaling $383,000. The board reiterated during its committee of the whole meeting a...

 By Brady Slater    News    March 17, 2023

Students frame up their future

It didn't take long for the Career and Technical Education building at Wrenshall school to show its value. The facility opened this school year after $2.1 million in renovations. By turning it into an...


Our view: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to people having fun together, even when it’s cold or snowing outside. It’s all over the recent issues of the Pine Knot, from the City Meet to the Mojakka Cookoff. Sure, it takes time to organize these things, but the payoff goes way bey...


Harry's gang: How safe is your money?

Nothing strikes fear in a banker’s heart more than the words, “run on the bank.” It conjures up images of the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and Jimmy Stewart convincing his customers to be...

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    March 17, 2023

This conversation is stuck in the snow

Go forward, but turn your wheels a bit. ... The other way. - How far? - Right there. If you get any traction, hit the brake. - Nothing. - Yeah. I smell rubber. Try going back, but not too far, the pol...


Passing MNCare public option would give middle-income Minnesotans another choice

Everyone deserves health insurance that is affordable, simple to use, and provides coverage for what they and their doctor decide is necessary to keep them healthy. Minnesota is lucky to have this... Full story

 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 17, 2023

Being a good citizen is harder now

A couple of decades ago, I wrote a book in which I talked about what it takes to be a good citizen in a representative democracy like ours. I thought the principles I laid out were timeless, but I... Full story


Business spotlight: River Inn: great food, drinks and river views

When Aaron Hanson and Ryan Osvold purchased the River Inn Bar & Grill in September of 2016, the Third Base Bar owners were excited by all the opportunities at the River Inn, with its full-size... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 17, 2023

Snow keeps coming

The Duluth Miller Hill Mall isn't the only place in the Northland with a missing roof thanks to the snow. When Cloquet's Nick Brown went to bed the night of March 6, his detached garage was intact. By...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023

Bombers snatch wild win over C-W

A 3-point shot with just over 4 seconds remaining and stout defensive play were enough to give Barnum a wild 55-52 win over Cromwell-Wright in the Section 5A quarterfinals in Hinckley-Finlayson... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023

Esko steamrolls to championship

The Eskomos are the lone local team remaining in the Section 7AA boys basketball tournament after Saturday's quarterfinal round of play. Esko picked up an impressive and easy win over Aitkin, while Mo... Full story


Wilderness roll through Alaska unscathed

For the first time in franchise history last weekend, the Minnesota Wilderness finished an Alaska road swing undefeated, with 6-2 and 4-2 wins over the Anchorage Wolverines on March 10 and 11. Sawyer Scholl led the way, scoring four goals and adding...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023

Hermantown ousts Lumberjacks in semi

After picking up an impressive quarterfinal win over Grand Rapids last Wednesday, Cloquet hit the road again March 10 to play Section 7AAA top seed Hermantown. When the dust cleared, the Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 17, 2023

Last-second heroics mark Section 7A playoffs

All four local Section 7A boys basketball teams have been eliminated from the playoffs after play last week, but they kept fans on the edge of their seats to the end. Fond du Lac hung in there the... Full story

 By Tyler Korby    Sports    March 17, 2023

Grand Rapids rolls over Cloquet for three-peat

One wouldn't be able to tell by seeing the Cloquet senior's red, teary eyes afterward, but Macie Majerle saved her best basketball game for last. Entering last week scoring just 5 points per contest,... Full story


Cards clipped in Section 7A final

For the second straight year and third time in the last five seasons, Mountain Iron-Buhl ended the Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team's hopes of advancing to the Minnesota Class A State... Full story


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