Articles from the April 2, 2021 edition

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Vaccination throttle is wide open

In a major milestone for the state’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy, all Minnesotans 16 and older are now officially eligible to be vaccinated — regardless of age, location, occupation, health... Full story

 By Dan Reed    People    April 2, 2021

Squeaky wheel, bumpy ride led to road fixes

Community service was drilled into many of us growing up. This was necessary in rural communities of the past that had little money to spare. People gave time and energy to provide community centers,... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    April 2, 2021

Sturgeon Lake residents rue reality of covered bridge: It's beyond repair

People in the Sturgeon Lake area are experiencing bittersweet feelings about losing a much-loved landmark, the Sturgeon Island covered bridge. "It will be replaced this fall if the state funding...


Obituary: James Charles Blossom

James Charles Blossom, 53, of Carlton died suddenly at work on March 27, 2021. He was born in Edina on April 11, 1967. He moved to Carlton when he was 5 years old because of his father’s work and... Full story


Obituary: Craig Gilbert Johnson

Craig Gilbert Johnson, 76, of Cloquet passed away March 16, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospice in Duluth. He was born Nov. 5, 1944, in Cloquet to Alexandria (Maslowski) Johnson and Wallace Johnson. Craig g... Full story


Obituary: Brad D. Mundell

Brad D. Mundell, 52, of Cloquet passed away Jan. 4, 2021, after a short battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 10, 1968, in Cloquet to John “Sonny” and Hazel (Nelson) Mundell and graduated from... Full story


Obituary: Sharon Joy Merrill

Sharon J. Merrill, 68, died March 24, 2021, at North Shore Estates in Duluth after a short battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 12, 1952, to James and Ailie (Laine) Merrill in Cloquet. Sharon was a... Full story


Obituary: Kathleen Ann Lengol

Kathleen Ann Lengol of Rutland, Vermont passed away peacefully March 27, 2021, at Our House Residential Care. She was born March 27, 1945, in Cloquet, the daughter of Howard and Irene (Granvick)... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 2, 2021

Rebels turn to defense to win Section 7AA championship

A switch in game plan and the perfect execution of that plan made the difference last Thursday night as Moose Lake/Willow River slipped by Pequot Lakes 57-53 to win the Section 7AA boys basketball... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 2, 2021

Tax case hits keep coming

The erroneous property tax evaluation monster has struck again, and this time the bite is big. Two decisions in March, in favor of Enbridge and its pipeline that cuts across the state, in Minnesota Tax Court mean that Carlton County will need to...


History Mystery

As we find ourselves in the holiest part of the year, with Easter on Sunday, we were delighted to come across the story below from 1975. It involves an innovative turn on fundraising at Cloquet's Our...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 2, 2021

Supreme Court rejects appeal in murder case

The Minnesota Supreme Court denied an appeal for a Bayfield County man who was convicted last year of murdering his uncle in Carlton County. James Francis Montano was arrested in April 2018 for shooting his uncle, 56-year-old Andrew James Gokee, and...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 2, 2021

Federal relief includes pension bailout

In addition to the popular $1,400 payments for many citizens, the recently passed $1.9 trillion federal American Relief Plan also allocated $86 billion to help stabilize distressed multi-employer pension funds for the next three decades. The money...


Local vaccination options abound

Vaccinations went into high gear in Carlton County this week thanks to a joint vaccination clinic held by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Carlton County on Thursday, April 1, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 2, 2021

Earth Day cleanup is set

The Boldt Company, in collaboration with the City of Cloquet, will host an Earth Day clean-up, scheduled for the morning of April 24. Registration is required for this event. People will gather between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at the Dunlap Island Park... Full story


College offers a food boost

In a repeat of a successful Thanksgiving food distribution last November, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College employees handed out spring bundles to current college students on March 26. Student... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    People    April 2, 2021

On the Mark: Passion, practice rule music contests

A goodly share of Cromwell-Wright High School students participate in vocal music every year. It's an art form requiring intensive individual work and attentiveness to instruction as well as the... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 2, 2021

Cloquet plans to hold outdoor prom, graduation

As of right now, Cloquet High School plans are to hold both prom and graduation outside, according to principal Steve Battaglia. Prom will be in the school parking lot with large tents “to help facilitate air flow,” Battaglia said. He said the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 2, 2021

Esko girls fall to Marshall in Section 7AA championship

An impressive season came to an end for the top-seeded Esko girls basketball team on Friday in a loss to Duluth Marshall in the Section 7AA championship game. The Eskomos defeated Crosby-Ironton in ov... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 2, 2021

Music scholarship available

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation $1000 scholarship is available for students in rural northeastern Minnesota who plan to pursue music in college. The foundation is providing two scholarships. The foundation was created in 2010 to honor the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 2, 2021

Dean's lists

Samuel Rengo, son of Todd and Sandra Rengo of Esko, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Rengo is a junior political science major. Four students from Cloquet were named to...

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    April 2, 2021

Anderson plays softball for UW-Stout

Bella Anderson, a first-year psychology student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, is also on the softball team, playing third base. Anderson graduated from Carlton High School....

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 2, 2021

Jumping for a cause

Students at Washington Elementary School in Cloquet jumped rope to help fight heart disease during their physical education class on Friday, February 26th. They had a record-breaking year during this...


Our View: Cloquet needs city hall to be open

It’s time for Cloquet to reopen City Hall and resume in-person council meetings. City Hall is set up well for social distancing. The lobby area is spacious, and could easily accommodate crowd-control lines and ropes to keep citizens safely spaced....


Harry's gang: There's freedom of speech and the freedom to ignore it

Even I was a little shocked to get my Pine Knot News in the mail last Friday. Maybe we should start mailing them in brown paper wrapping, so little kids can't see the covers, like they used to do... Full story


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