Articles from the March 18, 2022 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    People    March 18, 2022

High school archer makes her mark

Izzy Burley may be the only Cloquet High School student ever to get a college scholarship for archery, said activities director Paul Riess. The CHS senior signed a commitment letter to go to Mount... Full story

 By Greta Kaul    COVID-19    March 18, 2022

Year 3: Could this be the Covid coda?

It was a quiet Friday afternoon, until it wasn’t. On Friday, March 6, 2020 — the Minnesota Department of Health announced the first case of Covid-19 had been confirmed in Minnesota. It set off a whirlwind of drastic change in the state,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 18, 2022

FDL chair is censured

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee voted 7-5 Monday to censure Kevin Dupuis Sr., chairperson of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee. Other than the disapproval implied by...


Election 22: Candidates emerge for state House seat

With five-time incumbent state representative Mike Sundin announcing that he won't run for re-election, this year's race for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 11A seat is heating up... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 18, 2022

Cloquet will host broadband talks

City of Cloquet staff invites the public to share broadband stories and to hear about results from the recent Cloquet Broadband survey and completion of the Blandin Broadband Communities Program. There will be two meeting opportunities: Tuesday,... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 18, 2022

Air pollution remains a threat

Two new reports released this month by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health find that air pollution continues to pose a threat to public health in the Twin Cities area and other regional metropolitan centers in...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 18, 2022

Fire district moves on after chief battle

Former Cloquet Area Fire District chief Matt Ashmore signed a separation agreement with the CAFD board in December that provided him with $35,407 (equal to four months salary) and a payout of unused...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 18, 2022

Esko board looks ahead to more normal times

The Esko school board is looking ahead to the 2023 school year, with Covid-19 cases slowing down for the district and the end of the current school year in sight. As of Friday, March 11, there were only two active Covid-19 cases documented by K-12 st...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 18, 2022

Man faces child porn charges for videos

A Cloquet man is facing multiple felony charges after police found he had shared illegal pornographic videos featuring children on social media in 2020. Jaypee Selorico, 36, was arrested earlier this month and faces eight charges relating to the...


Mojakka cookoff serves bellies and a good cause

There have been two staples in the annual mojakka cookoff over the past 16 years: the meal (soup) and the location (the Northeastern Saloon and Grille). The beneficiaries of the annual fundraiser... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    March 18, 2022

Barnum board overturns vote on building improvements

The Barnum school board voted against proceeding with the $8.32 million in proposed projects at the regular meeting of the board on Tuesday, March 15. Board member Paul Coughlin pointed out during the meeting that the board had approved, 4-3, to...

 By Mike Creger    News    March 18, 2022

One-man battle on petition costs continues

It’s the petition that wouldn’t go away, or perhaps it’s just the angry district resident who won’t go away. An obviously distraught Tony Sheda repeated his demands to the Wrenshall school board Monday night that the creators of the petition...


Carlton School Board discusses deep budget cuts

The Carlton school board met Monday, in large part to discuss again the possible cuts to meet a budgetary shortfall of about $500,000. The board is looking to cut that deficit in half for next school year with changes in curricular and...


Our View: In the interest of transparency

Our publisher, Pete Radosevich, is running for public office, he announced this week. And your local community newspaper, the Pine Knot News, is announcing that our publisher is being placed on sabbatical leave, effective immediately. He will no long... Full story


Harry's Gang: See you on the campaign trail

This will be my last “Harry’s Gang” column for a while. I have decided to run for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 11A, which encompasses all of Carlton County and a small part of... Full story


Obituary: Amanda RaeAnne Cadotte

Amanda RaeAnne Cadotte of Cloquet left this world unexpectedly, on March 3, 2022, at the age of 33. She was born on July 5, 1988, in Duluth, and lived in the area her entire life. Growing up, she was... Full story


Obituary: Jennifer Ardell Jaakola

Jennifer Ardell Jaakola, 59, of Cloquet passed away March 10, 2022, after a short battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 25, 1962, the daughter of James and Cookie (Hubbell) Jaakola. Jennifer was a bel... Full story


Obituary: Elvina Clara Soukkala

Elvina Clara Soukkala, 93, of Sawyer passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Villa Vista in Cromwell. She was born in Wright on Jan. 5, 1929, to Joseph and Tillie Solomon. On Feb. 23, 1952, Elvina... Full story


Obituary: Mary Carol (Suhonen) Erickson

Mary Carol (Suhonen) Erickson, 70, of Wright passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022, with family by her side. She was born Dec. 20, 1951, in Cloquet to Niilo and Vera (Bogenholm) Suhonen. Mary... Full story


Obituary: William "Bill" Jurek

William "Bill" Jurek, 80, Sturgeon Lake, died March 11, 2022, at Essentia Health in Moose Lake. He was born May 23, 1941, in Moose Lake to Florian and Mary Jurek. He attended school in Kettle River an... Full story


Obituary: Mark A. Blackwood

Mark A. Blackwood, 57, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 1, 1965, to Roberta (Dunphy) and Dale Blackwood. Mark... Full story


Section 7A roundup: South Ridge battles to the end

The South Ridge boys basketball season came to an end Saturday at UMD in a hard-fought game against the No. 1 seeded Cherry Tigers. After falling to Cherry by 43 points in December, the Panthers... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 18, 2022

'Jacks fall in championship

The Cloquet girls basketball team knew they would need to play their best game of the season last Thursday in the Section 7AAA championship game against Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks had already... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 18, 2022

Cold start ends Esko run

A valiant comeback attempt by the Esko girls basketball team fell just short last week as the Eskomos fell 48-42 to Pierz in a Section 7AA girls semifinal game March 9 in Hermantown. The story of the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 18, 2022

Rangers clip Cardinals

The Cromwell-Wright girls basketball team worked all season to get a chance to play in the Section 7A championship game Friday and a shot at Mountain Iron-Buhl. Midway through the first half, the... Full story


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