Articles from the April 3, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 3, 2020

Displays offer light in dark times

Amidst all the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, there's a movement afoot to make life more fun, more beautiful, or both. Suddenly, there are bears - of the stuffed variety or...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 3, 2020

Churches find ways to connect despite social distancing

Can you imagine pastors Jeff Walther and Tom Brinkley preaching from the roof of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko on Easter Sunday? Below them in the parking lot are parishioners in their cars... Full story


Gordy's Hi-Hat opens Wednesday

Spring really is here, because Gordy's Hi-Hat is opening Wednesday, April 8. Owner Dan Lundquist made it official on April Fool's Day, changing the sign to reveal the new opening day. The now...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 3 1970 A former Greyhound bus station in Minneapolis opens its doors as a music club, the Depot. Twelve years later it would be renamed...


First positive tests recorded in county

As the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have grown across the state, from one case on March 6 to 629 on March 31, it was only a matter of time until the virus reached Carlton County. It's here n... Full story


Super One takes extra precautions

Super One Foods cashier Pam Line talks with a customer Sunday through a protective plastic shield that the company has installed at its stores to protect employees and customers from some accidental... Full story


With shortage of masks, some turn to homemade

As the coronavirus marches across the United States and Minnesota, officials have been telling the public to leave the N95 masks to healthcare providers on the front lines of the pandemic. For the res... Full story


State briefs on pandemic response

Compiled from reports via Pine Knot News partner Minnesota Public Radio. Afflicted age range is 0 to 104 The median age of Minnesota’s confirmed COVID-19 cases is 47, but the median age of those who’ve needed hospitalization is 64, and it is 84 for... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Playgrounds closed in Cloquet

The city of Cloquet closed all its outdoor play structures on Wednesday, including playgrounds, the skatepark and other athletic facilities as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. City administrator Tim Peterson said the decision...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Rural Barnum home hit by fire

A house fire in Barnum Township Sunday put three people in the hospital for smoke inhalation, and destroyed the home, killing several pets that were inside. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call r...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Scammers prey on stimulus bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorizes stimulus payments to those who qualify. As a result, scammers may target Minnesotans and try to steal their personal information. Government agencies, including the IRS and the...


Statewide crisis builds as surge expected

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to rise, Minnesota officials on Wednesday said they were still working to secure needed testing supplies and get unemployment checks to people as quickly as possible. And with religious holidays approaching,... Full story


Our View: You may not get it, but why take a risk?

It’s difficult to see the effect COVID-19 has had on our county. Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. People are staying home. But people are getting creative to stimulate their need for social interaction: using social media, teddy bear h...

 By Jana Peterson    Opinion    April 3, 2020

From The Editor: We'll stay on top of the news

Like many of you, the coronavirus pandemic has brought plenty of questions and extra stresses to our office and our homes since the governor began taking measures to try to limit the impact of a...


Letter to the editor: Use this time for good

For many of us, the normal routines of work, life, and play are sidelined. Which means more free time or new situations (kids home all day, for example). The natural reaction is to resent all this. It’s a total pain, brings about new inconveniences,...


Harry's Gang: A stimulus now churns into debt fovever

It’s been called the “Overnight Recession” by some economists. Just weeks ago, the economy was humming along. Suddenly, stock values dropped; people are out of work; and economic uncertainty is scari...


Lay cornerstones in the community

Our town, your town, my town. There are many small communities with a history which are questioning the future. Public television in Duluth recently aired the documentary “This Town,” which hig...

 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic: Staying informed has been a balm

It’s Sunday morning and your most recent edition sits open to page six on our dining room table. Because we enjoy reading and digesting the articles slowly, we are rationing the paper so it lasts until the next issue arrives. We have come to trust yo...

 By Pine Knot News    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic

The Pine Knot News has a new page designed to provide some light in these troubling times for the community. It’s called “Life During a Pandemic.” How are you coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to stop its spread? We’ve...


Life During A Pandemic: Social distance applies in stores

I was struck this past week by a surprising contrast. One day I walked several miles around town to get some outside exercise, and was impressed by how diligent other walkers were about maintaining so... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    April 3, 2020

Life During A Pandemic: Things change every day

Anthony Fell went to the skate park in Cloquet after the snowfall earlier this week to shovel it off, allowing skaters like Walker Lindberg, behind Fell, to enjoy the outdoor attraction while the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Family passes time with music shows

The Pine Knot News contacted Lyz Jaakola and asked her to describe her life at home after staff members discovered her family in humorous musical performance on Facebook. The Jaakola family joins a...


Obituaries: Robert Thomas Bureau

Robert Thomas Bureau, 69, died from complications from open heart surgery on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Health hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on October 17, 1950,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 3, 2020

Food train rolls on at B&B Market

B&B Market is the epicenter of giving in the Cloquet area right now, as many residents grapple with losing jobs or income as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to owners John and...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Check out book boxes

There are several free book boxes in the area, including a Book Barn and Kitchen Cabinet outside the Jadeke family’s house at the corner of Sixth Street and Selmer Avenue in Cloquet, where both books and food supplies are free for the taking (or g... Full story


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