Articles from the March 31, 2023 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    March 31, 2023

Communities rally for girls hurt in crash

Angela Sjodin was sitting next to her unconscious daughter and thinking about the moments before everything changed. "Let's go for a walk, Mom," Angela wrote of the day before her daughters Janae and... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    March 31, 2023

It's a peculiar pothole season

If you scroll Facebook or other social media, you've seen how spring roads in Minnesota have taken on a new life in memes. Many of the humorous images feature the character Jack from the blockbuster... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    March 31, 2023

Anything can inspire this author

In a way, Katharine Johnson's writing career was sparked by a dislike of washing dishes. The Cloquet author recounts how she was always trying to figure out ways to not do the dishes when she was a...

 

One more vaccine clinic

Carlton County Public Health is holding one more childhood vaccine clinic next week for children in grades K-12 who need vaccinations to meet school requirements, on Tuesday, April 4 at the Carlton County Community Services Building at 14 N. 11th... Full story

 

Road weight limits begin

The Minnesota Department of Transportation ended winter load increases — and started spring load restrictions — in the north-central and north zones (including Carlton County) on March 29. Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and...

 

MnDOT meeting in Cromwell

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a hybrid public meeting on Wednesday, April 5, to discuss the Minnesota Highway 73 corridor study from Kettle River to Cromwell. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the Cromwell Pavilion with a formal... Full story

 

Pine Knot fabric show set for April 28

The Pine Knot News will hold its next art show — featuring textile arts – from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 at 122 Ave. C in Cloquet. Area residents who create with fabric and fibers are invited to submit images of their favorite qui... Full story

 

Still need to file taxes? Tips to ease the process

With about two weeks left before the April 18 deadline, more than 1.8 million Minnesotans have already filed their income tax returns with nearly 1 million already getting their refunds. “The weeks leading up to the deadline are often the busiest o... Full story

 

Skywarn spotter training classes next month

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth will offer free Skywarn spotter training classes across the Northland on April 13 in Duluth and April 26 in Cloquet. Skywarn is a cooperative effort between the NWS, local emergency management, and... Full story

 

Free state park days

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023: April 22, June 10, Sept. 9 and Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free... Full story

 
 By Dan Reed    News    March 31, 2023

Essentia supply center moving to Esko

The Essentia Health medical supply distribution center is moving to 126 Bedrock Lane in the Esko Industrial Park by late 2024. A 163,000-square-foot warehouse is planned to support the medical supply...

 
 By Dan Reed    People    March 31, 2023

EMS workers are honored

It's that time of year again, and those volunteers that make Carlton County a safer place to live by providing emergency medical services throughout the year were recognized at the Carlton County...

 

Fired cop loses state lawsuit

With the dismissal of a state lawsuit March 13, the door shut on a fired Cloquet police officer’s attempts to sue those he blamed for his dismissal. Scott Holman, a detective and K-9 officer who had worked for the Cloquet police department for 22 y...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    March 31, 2023

Students prep to divide and conquer

When Jessie Graddy started teaching at South Terrace Elementary School three years ago, she wondered why the school wasn't participating in higher-level activities, such as spelling and geography... Full story

 

Our view: PLA decision was best option for city

The Cloquet City Council and Mayor Roger Maki did the right thing last week when they voted to eliminate the project labor agreement mandate for private businesses. We elect the mayor and the councilors to look after the city of Cloquet, and that...

 

Unions have a legit gripe

It’s difficult to explain why, exactly, there’s a disagreement over the revised project labor agreement (PLA) requirement for city-funded economic development projects. Just asking the question is...

 

Letters: Getchell is one of the good guys

Thank you for your heartfelt story by Brady Slater in the March 17 issue. It was nice to see you honor a friend and one of the best mechanics that I know. I have been a loyal customer of Tom Getchell’s for decades, and so were my sons. It was nice to...

 
 By Debra Hunter    Opinion    March 31, 2023

Guest column: Thanks Cloquet, for all the support

March Madness is a great time of year if you are a basketball junkie. With multiple media outlets allowing for the televising of games, you can hardly miss any of the scores or stories that surround... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    Opinion    March 31, 2023

A case of old-fashioned discrimination

Throughout life I’ve toggled between professional worlds, working in journalism or being employed in human services as a caregiver. For the first time, I’m juggling those. I work part-time at the Pine Knot News, of course, and also for a Cloquet out... Full story

 

Letters: Thank you, stranger

On Sunday, March 26, I had a fall on ice at a local store. A kind man who was driving a truck at this store helped me without being asked to by moving my car where I lay on the ground and helping me to get back into it. I would like to express my...

 

Letters: Dogs in schools idea is a good one

I love (Kermit Nielsen’s) ideas for security dogs in schools. (Column in the March 24 Pine Knot.) As a teacher for 45 years, I could see it working. I wonder if you could get your friends at Proctor High School to pilot a program. You most c...

 
 By Bret Baker    Sports    March 31, 2023

Fishing skill lands a scholarship

Sixteen hours south of his hometown of Esko, Noah Wells entered a combine excited to showcase his skill set to the coaches gathered around. Unlike the NFL combine, his 40-yard split time or vertical... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    Sports    March 31, 2023

Former Rebel is B1G champ

By summer, Sam Coil will have retired his throwing shoes and his track and field silks, trading them for a professional accounting job in Minneapolis. Until then, the 24-year-old Sturgeon Lake native... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 31, 2023

Spring sports face first battle: clearing the snow

A quick check on local field and track conditions shows that the spring sports season may take a bit longer than usual. Despite valiant efforts by local businesses, parents, coaches and athletes,... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    March 31, 2023

Esko uses trip to gel as a team

Last season ended abruptly for the Esko baseball team. The Eskomos had an incredible regular season, but were stunned with back-to-back losses at the hands of Marshall and Proctor in the Section 7AA... Full story

 

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