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Articles from the April 5, 2019 edition

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Milly's happy, long life

When 100-year-old Mildred Kjoberg (CHO-berg) got together with a few of her friends and relatives at the Cloquet Senior Center on a recent Tuesday afternoon, the only thing flying faster than the... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 5, 2019

MnDOT urges motorists to plan ahead for pending snow storm

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Motorists traveling in Minnesota Wednesday afternoon through early Friday should prepare for a snow storm that will result in hazardous road conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Heavy and drifting... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 5, 2019

Cloquet schools canceled for Thursday, other county schools likely canceled too

Cloquet Schools Superintendent Michael Cary announced that school is canceled for Thursday, April 11, because of weather predictions that would cause students to be traveling home in the worst of the... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    April 5, 2019

Utility tax payback cases add up

Two recent resolutions in Minnesota Tax Court are part of a trickle that is expected to lead to a flood for taxpayers in Carlton County and in a swath of counties to the northwest. In early March, the tax court in St. Paul’s Ramsey County affirmed...

 

Body of missing man discovered in Cloquet

Between the time that 20-year-old Dakotah Abramowski was last seen on Jan. 5 and when he was reported missing Feb. 18, more than a foot of fresh snow had fallen, bringing the total amount of snow on...

 

Cloquet School Board supports strategic plan

The Cloquet school board met Monday, April 1, and approved a proposal to explore strategic planning coordination services, which would start the process of implementing a new 5- to 10-year strategic plan. Superintendent Michael Cary suggested that...

 
 By Tom Urbanski    News    April 5, 2019

FDLTCC College for Seniors classes are in full swing

The College for Seniors Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is up and running with a new schedule of Spring Semester 2019 courses. College for Seniors is a unique program featuring a variety of non-credit courses that local seniors...

 

Young Life 5K is Saturday

The annual Young Life 5K is set for Saturday, April 6. Registration ($20) opens at 8:30 a.m. at Journey Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave. in Cloquet. Students under the age of 18 can enter for free. The race itself starts at 9:30 a.m. for...

 

Easter Egg hunt set for April 20

Get ready, kids! The Easter Bunny is coming to Cloquet’s Pine Valley Park Saturday, April 20. Egg hunts begin at 11 a.m. Thousands of eggs will be hidden with special golden eggs for a few lucky prize winners. The free Easter egg hunt is...

 

ATV accident injures one

An Esko man was arrested following an ATV crash that resulted in injuries to his passenger late Saturday night. According to a press release from the Carlton County sheriff’s office, officers responded to a report of an ATV crash on Wagon Road,...

 

SOS Ojibwe chapter receives Changemaker grant

The Fond du Lac Ojibwe School chapter of SOS (Students Offering Support) applied for and recently received a $250 Changemaker grant from the National Indian Health Board. Their funded project is to create an experiential learning booth, “How...

 

Man charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct

A 35-year-old Willow River man has been charged in Carlton County District Court with two felony counts for criminal sexual conduct. According to the Carlton County sheriff's office, Francis Lenard...

 
 By Judy Walker    Outdoors    April 5, 2019

Getting a jumpstart on the garden

Early in March we spent an afternoon soaking up the sun and strolling in the stunning Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. It was quite busy, even for a weekend. Part of the draw was the butterfly...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 5, 2019

County provides final funding piece for new apartments in Carlton

Carlton County will provide the final piece of funding for a 30-unit residential apartment building to be built on the north side of Carlton. At their March 25 meeting, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved $174,000 in Carlton County...

 

I had to unsubscribe!

Do you get frequent emails from your political party, favored candidates and elected officials? I don’t. Not anymore. Last year, I signed up for updates from the candidates for Congress. I figured...

 
 By Ann Markusen    News    April 5, 2019

Retired doctor pivots from medicine to watercolors

The Pine Knot is delighted to be exhibiting Dr. Lloyd Backus' watercolors in our downtown Cloquet gallery through April. I recently sat down with Lloyd, surrounded by his paintings. Lloyd was family...

 
 By Jana Peterson    Opinion    April 5, 2019

Tell their stories

My buddy, Bob Watts, died last week at the age of 96. I met Bob - as I do many people - because I wrote a story about him and his efforts to make sure every veteran's grave was decorated with a flag...

 

LETTER to the editor: School decisions are about the kids

To the editor: Our daughter Jordyn was one of the ninth-grade students who spoke at the recent referendum meeting in Wrenshall. She and her classmates surprised us (and other parents) by being adamant their voices be heard as part of this process....

 

LETTER to the editor: Wrenshall should focus on recruiting students

To the editor: In Wrenshall once again, a $14.4 million plan for building improvements has been presented by ARI Architects and Kraus- Anderson, after already being defeated twice within 18 months. Recent news tells us of the Floodwood school...

 

LETTER to the editor: Support your local hospital

To the editor: I read the recent article about the prospects of Essentia moving to Cloquet, into the Applebee’s and its neighboring buildings. I am not in favor of this at all. Now saying that competition is good, I must say that our Cloquet...

 

LETTER to the editor: Electoral College is un-American

To the editor: I read Pete Radosevich’s “Harry’s Gang” column last week in support of the Electoral College. His reasoning, as I understand, had to do with the impact of several large states overwhelming numerous smaller states. Being in my...

 

Wright-Cromwell news

As I type this week’s news, I am in a hotel in Alexandra, Va. I have been on a 10-day trip to Washington, D.C. with my son and grandson. We have seen most of the important monuments and memorials...

 
 By Starr Marshall    News    April 5, 2019

Spring brings good news to the Medicare world

Along with tender shoots of beautiful flowers sprouting, robins nesting, and snow melting comes fantastic news in the Minnesota Medicare world. Cost plans are not going away for 21 counties in...

 
 By Cathy Niemi    News    April 5, 2019

Community Connections

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ~ Fred Rogers As with any life-changing event, retirement involves an ongoing process of emotional adjustment. While some people seem to...

 

Obit: Alvina A. Merrill

Alvina A. Merrill, 89, of Cloquet went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 27, 2019, after a brief stay in the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. She was born Jan. 14, 1930 in Bowlus, Minn. to Roman and... Full story

 

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