Articles from the March 20, 2020 edition

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Keeping up with and coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Days, hours, minutes and seconds. International, national, statewide, and home. In a whirlwind the past 10 days, life in Carlton County and the world has changed in response to a deadly respiratory... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 22 1882 A guilty verdict on several counts is rendered in the impeachment trial of Judge Eugene St. Julien Cox of St. Peter, who had been...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

Census invitations are here, please respond

About 95 percent or about 143 million households in the country have received an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes the past week. The Census Bureau says the materials can help the public know what to expect and...


Hospital, county ready for viral wave

Watching the number of statewide COVID-19 cases climb from two to 77 in a 10-day period, northern Minnesota residents could take cold comfort in the fact that there were zero confirmed cases in the... Full story


Restaurants, bars prepare to cope with close orders

On Monday morning, Gordy's Hi-Hat owner Dan Lundquist said the restaurant would open as planned on Thursday "unless issues develop outside our control." They did. A few hours later, Minnesota Gov.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 20, 2020

Schools scramble for off-campus options

Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday, March 15 to numerous messages on his cell phone. Five hours later, the rest of the state got the message that Minnesota Gov. Tim...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

Fond du Lac college joins the legion of closed schools

Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra announc- ed March 12 that all Minnesota State colleges and universities will suspend classes an extra week following spring break. At FDLTCC, that means classes will be suspended March 23-29 following...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 20, 2020

City operating with access restricted

This week's Cloquet city council meeting laid out a new world order, before even a word was said. Councilors sat one or two chairs apart, with two attending via conference call to make space for... Full story


'Essential business only' recommended for visits to county buildings

Carlton County is still open for business, but with a few changes to access. • Beginning March 18, access to the Carlton County Extension Building on Chestnut Street in Carlton and the Carlton County Transportation Building will be closed to the...


OUR VIEW: Business needs our help in time of need

Local businesses are the first ones to jump in when needed by the community, whether to donate to a local fundraiser, sponsor a youth athletic team, or support community activities. Yet, many forget the contributions of local business when a crisis...


Harry's Gang: Skeletons can rattle for a while

I plan to keep working until I can collect my full Social Security benefits. Or, at least until something I did 20 years ago comes back to ruin my career. I know most of us are focused on...


Letters to the editor: One more thing to do in times of uncertainty: Get outside

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we are being asked these days to do some things to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the illness. Wash your hands. Social distance. Work remotely if you can. Stay home if you are ill, and keep your...


The Political Account: Coronavirus is testing our liberties as well

In a time of uncertainty and disruption — at a level not experienced since World War II — I think we need to take a step back and ask ourselves a very important question: Where should the line be...


Guest commentary: I'm Finndian and proud of it

I walked out of the Washington Elementary school gym, my head held high. My dance was beautiful. I walked into my kindergarten classroom and watched as all the kids scrambled to take their seats. They were all squirrely and ready to be set free. I...


Guest commentary: Public's right to know is a continuing battle

The media is definitely not your enemy. Far from being the enemy of the people, day in and day out we take our role as the Fourth Estate seriously and work hard to protect your right to know, making public records requests and attending public meetin...

 By Ann Markusen    People    March 20, 2020

On The Mark: Enjoying the sweet sounds at music contest

Buses loaded with high schoolers disgorged their passengers and teachers in front of the Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth's Weber Music Hall. Eager and nervous, the students retrieved their instruments...


Am I sick?

Mild cases of COVID-19 - and the majority of cases are mild - cause symptoms similar to a cold or flu. They include a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath with some patients also reporting a sore... Full story


I'm sick. Now what?

Stay home People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel... Full story


Obituaries: Father Donald LeMay OSB

Father Donald died Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in the Retirement Center at St. John's Abbey. Donald Joseph LeMay, 97, the oldest of five children, was born on Sept. 24, 1922, to Edward and Alice... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

District Court update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judicial branch has also made some adjustments to its usual procedures that were effective March 16. • All court facilities shall remain open. Service windows at court facilities will also remain open, and...


Death Notices

Sheldon LeRoy LaPrairie, 77, of St. Paul died March 9, 2020 in his home. He was born Dec. 3, 1942 in Cloquet to Lawrence and Gertrude (Diver) Bosto. A funeral service was held March 14 at Fond du Lac Head Start in Cloquet. Interment will be in New... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

Fire hits city home; child OK after crash

Cloquet Area Fire District firefighters responded to a fire Wednesday, March 18, on the 1200 block of Carlton Avenue in Cloquet. CAFD battalion chief Gordy Meagher said the fire was confined to a...

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    March 20, 2020

Barnum school board votes to cut staff

The Barnum school board voted to cut positions from the school staff for the next school year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 17, despite a plea at a community meeting a couple of weeks ago to cut the positions slowly. “We are where we...


Stay safe at home

Risk is universal The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness in people caused by a new virus. It can spread from person to person. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has now spread to more countries including... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

Cloquet council member tells mask seller to beat it

Cloquet City councilor Lara Wilkinson had harsh words for a man who was selling rather expensive face masks and gloves out of the back of his vehicle in a Cloquet parking lot on Sunday morning, as reported in the Duluth News Tribune earlier this... Full story


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