Articles from the March 27, 2020 edition

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Governor issues 'stay at home' order, extends business closures

Get used to it, Carlton County. Things may have been pretty quiet the last two weeks since Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they're... Full story


1918: A deadly confluence of influenza and forest fire

The following historical account on the flu pandemic in 1918 comes from the Minnesota Historical Society and its MNopedia project that tracks Minnesota history online and includes the history feature...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 27 1905 The Aerial Bridge, spanning the Duluth shipping canal, carries its first passengers across the harbor inside a carriage suspended from the bridge framework. The system would be...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020

Schools: Virtual classrooms, real meals

The order Wednesday by Minnesota governor Tim Walz that schools remain closed and transition to distance learning through May 4 didn't surprise many educators, since they were told to be ready for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    March 27, 2020

Former Carlton exchange student says Italy getting by

While news media paint the situation in Italy with COVID-19 as truly dire, a former exchange student thinks the government there is taking the correct actions to turn the tide of infection. Giorgio Pe... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020

School meals, apps are a go in Wrenshall

In Wrenshall, superintendent Kim Belcastro updated the school board this week on where the district was since the closure order March 15. “I will admit it did feel like the last week of school for the students,” Belcastro wrote in her memo about... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020

Plea: Keep sewer pipes unclogged

Don’t even think about flushing that down the toilet. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District officials warn residents and businesses about the hazards of flushing any products except toilet paper....

 By Dan Reed    News    March 27, 2020

More county buildings, offices close

The workings of government have changed as the pandemic spreads at an unknown rate throughout the nation. Physical participation in Carlton County meetings and whether any County building should be open to the public were two of many public safety... Full story


Our View: Choose pandemic resources with care

We live in an era of overwhelming information. And you’ve heard it before in this current micro-era of divided politics: Be careful where you get your news. Perhaps you are. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to remain in a comfortable bubble where your... Full story


Harry's Gang: History shows we've endured

Winter started early, with snowstorms over Thanksgiving I wasn’t expecting. No one was, really. Over 2 feet of heavy, wet snow that clogged the streets caused most of us to “shelter in place...


Letters to the editor: Donate to local relief fund

For more than 60 years, the United Way of Carlton County has been fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in every community in Carlton County. As we collectively navigate our way through these uncertai...


Column: Offering support as we distance ourselves

We all know that a key to our health and well-being in this pandemic is "social distancing." While I can feel totally helpless against an enemy that is invisible, powerful, global and doesn't care a...


OP-ED: Legislators trying to lessen impact of pandemic response

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in unimaginable ways. This is a time of tremendous uncertainty with the situation evolving hour by hour and workers, families, and businesses are... Full story


Obituaries: Mamie Katherine Seppanen

Mamie Katherine Seppanen, 86, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital Hospice in Duluth. She was born on May 7, 1933, in Kettle River to Peter and Alma (Wimpari) Wiitanen. She married... Full story


LISTING: How to access county, court services during pandemic

Local governments have closed many offices to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic and governor's orders, although vital staff continue to work in buildings and from home and can be... Full story


Obituaries: Kenneth Vincent Joseph

Kenneth Vincent Joseph, 83, of Findlay, Ohio died at 5:05 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at The Heritage in Findlay. He was born April 27, 1936, in Cloquet to Walter and Ruth (Olson) Joseph. He married... Full story


Obituaries: Ellen Delores Larsen

Ellen Delores Larsen, 92, of Esko passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born March 10, 1928, in Cloquet to Waino and Impi Johnson. Ellen grew up in... Full story


Obituaries: Ralph Charles Fairbanks

Ralph Charles Fairbanks, 71, of Sawyer District Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, died Monday, March 23, 2020, in his home.] Ralph was born August 24, 1948, in Cass Lake, the son of William... Full story


Obituaries: David E. Myllymaa

David E. Myllymaa Sr., 77, of Cloquet passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born May 20, 1942, to Einar and June (Mullen) Myllymaa in Cloquet.... Full story


Death notices

Clinton Robert Hawkinson, 94, of Superior, Wisconsin, and formerly of Scanlon, passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2020 at Twin Ports Health Service in Superior. A private family funeral service will be held March 27. A future celebration and... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020

Future of CAT7 remains up in the air

CAT7 TV must have at least seven lives. Following a year (2019) when the community access television channel was black almost as much as it was broadcasting, the station is black again following the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020

Sawyer cabin damaged by fire

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Carlton County dispatch received a call from a resident in the 3100 block of Maple Drive in Sawyer, stating that their neighbor's seasonal cabin was on...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020

Kettle River lights Christmas tree

The Kettle River Christmas tree lights have been turned on again to provide a light of hope during these darkening days of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ma ’n’ Pa Kettle Days committee, with the electrical support of the Federated Co-op of...


United Way fund will help with groceries

The United Way of Carlton County created an emergency fund called the COVID-19 Local Relief Fund to provide immediate support for Carlton County residents who need basic, everyday survival items by sending grocery cards through the mail to families... Full story


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