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  • Obit: Robert "Bob" Watts

    Apr 5, 2019

    Robert G. "Bob" Watts, 96, of East Rose Lake Drive in Canyon, Minn., died peacefully March 28, 2019. Bob was born in Duluth on Nov. 12, 1922. He was a former Duluth News Tribune carrier and graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1940. At the age of 14 he became interested in the Minnesota National Guard, and at age 16, followed his father George's footsteps and became a member of the Guard. He was inducted into federal service, along with 30 from his graduating class, on Feb. 10, 1941. He... Full story

  • Gerry "Bud" Haugland

    Apr 5, 2019

    Gerry "Bud" Haugland, 90, of Cloquet died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. with his son by his side. He was born June 27, 1928 to Herbert and Alice (Vernon) Haugland in Litchfield, Minn. Gerry moved to Pequot Lakes, Minn. and lived with his grandparents until graduating from high school. He married his high school sweetheart Helen (Joyce) Hanson on May 7, 1949. They celebrated 69 years of marriage. Gerry was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, serving as a radio... Full story

  • Historic Scott House: Where history and imagination meet

    Ed Newman, Pine Knot News|Apr 5, 2019

    For some, it's the region's best kept secret. For others, the events at Historic Scott House have been creating memories for years. Whether it's the ever popular Pub Night on St. Patrick's Day or inventively themed gatherings, Scott House has evolved into a community treasure. At first blush it almost seems to be in the middle of nowhere, located on County Road 4 - a skip and a jump beyond Wrenshall. How did this very special place get built in such a peaceful location so far off the beaten...

  • It's all about the arts at the Encore! this weekend

    Apr 5, 2019

    Enjoy two full days of entertainment at the Encore! Performing Arts Center and Gallery in Cloquet. After a full weekend of performances of the County Seat Theater's award-winning production of "Sweet," a new stage is now being set for the Arrowhead Art Club Show and Sale on Saturday and two performances by the Emmy award-winning vocal group Tonic Sol-fa on Sunday. "It is a crazy busy week here at the theater," said CST general manager Joel Soukkala, adding that they are busy building a set...

  • Cloquet VFW Auxiliary offers $1,000 scholarship

    Apr 5, 2019

    The Cloquet VFW Auxiliary is offering a $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors who are headed to college. The scholarship is open to all high school and home-schooled seniors. The winning applicant receives the money after first semester completion and presentation of transcript to the VFW 3979 Auxiliary. Print and complete the application from the VFW3979.orgwebsite http://vfw3979.org/docs/AuxiliaryScholarship2019-1.pdf and return to the Cloquet VFW Auxiliary, Attn: Cheryl Witeli, 210 Arch Street, Cloquet, MN 55720. Must be delivered...

  • Destination ImagiNation goes to state

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 5, 2019

    When the regional Destination Imagination meet was canceled due to predictions of a winter storm last month, the DI statewide organization made an executive decision: they would send every team on to the state meet. It can be difficult to describe Destination Imagination to a person who hasn't experienced it. Some say the project-based academic challenges teach kids "how to think" - not what to think. Teachers like the way DI blends STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Many...

  • County track teams race into spring

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 5, 2019

    The Northland overcame a record-setting snowfall in February by having one of the driest months of March in history. That, in turn, allowed area running tracks to melt and local high school teams to get outside and do their thing. The teams are ready to hit the road running this weekend and next week, and the Pine Knot News has put together a small-school preview to give our readers a chance to know their local teams. CARLTON The Bulldogs track program has 21 girls and 22 boys out for their...

  • Tomhave, boys tennis serve notice they are team to watch

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 5, 2019

    Led by senior Peter Tomhave, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team is looking for big things this season. But the No. 1 singles player is just one of many strong players for the boys team that will be feisty and full of fight this season. "We have about 28 players on the team this year, which is up a few from last year," said CEC coach Derek Johnson. "We have some new juniors and seniors who are athletic and will definitely put up a fight even if they don't have the tennis experience."...

  • A Big Otter education

    Bret Baker, Pine Knot News Outdoors|Apr 5, 2019

    A couple of times a week I would drop down the ridge behind my childhood home into the lowlands that led to Big Otter Creek. Having made the journey dozens of times with my older brothers, I was confident in my footsteps. Alone now, each trip took a slightly different route. Would I drop into the slop and plow a straight line toward the deep bend where the two tall pines shadowed the pool? Would I follow the neighbor’s fence to where it crossed the creek at a set of frothy rapids? There was n...

  • Cloquet senior named 'scholar athlete' by National Football Foundation

    Apr 5, 2019

    Cloquet senior Riley Leslie has been named a Scholar Athlete by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Leslie quarterbacked and captained the Lumberjacks to a Section 7AAAA runner-up finish in 2018. He earned 7AAAA All-Section and all-district recognition as a senior. He was a two-year starter as a defensive back, including the Lumberjacks’ 2017 season when they made an appearance in the state championship. He also played basketball and ran track for Cloquet. Academically, Leslie ranks in the top five percent of his c...

  • Cloquet softball team aims high this season

    Pine Knot Sports staff|Apr 5, 2019

    The Cloquet softball team went 16-7 last season and then surprised everyone with a run to the Section 7AAA championship game. The Lumberjacks fell short of a section title when North Branch rallied to defeat Cloquet twice in the double elimination tournament. The Lumberjacks fell short of a section title when North Branch rallied to defeat Cloquet twice in the double elimination tournament. With only one senior in their starting lineup last year, the 'Jacks start this season with a loaded...

  • FDLTCC awarded nearly $500,000 to build resilience to weather and climate hazards

    Tom Urbanski, FDLTCC|Apr 5, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was awarded a $499,407 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Program to advance community resilience through environmental and climate education. The college’s proposal was one of just nine projects across the United States that were awarded funding. The selected projects for NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Program use education to build the foundation for resilience to weather and climate hazards. Together these projects, spread across eight state...

  • Why the ground rumbles beneath you ... or not

    Glen Sorenson, Look at that|Apr 5, 2019

    Hello to another edition of "Look at that!" I have been on the run recently and found myself in Anchorage, Alaska, where two of my grandchildren live. The last time I traveled was my first trip to Hawaii, where I was struck by the similarities in geology between the north shore of Oahu and the north shore of Lake Superior. Even though our north shore is about a billion years older, the similarities were striking. I decided to look for any similarities in the Anchorage area and Carlton County but...

  • Try something new this spring: Adopt a drain

    Chris Gass, The Green Guy|Apr 5, 2019

    The season of spring may well be considered the season of new. As the latest-model boats and motorcycles hit the market, grills and other summertime recreation equipment fill the stores, and the newest offerings for gardening, camping, backyard get-togethers or home renovation and yard care pour in, it stands to reason that producers know we are wide-eyed after being holed up for the long cold spell. On top of all that, lawn care, tree maintenance and stump removal businesses will soon be in...

  • Closing a manure pit is a big job

    Kim Samuelson, SWCD News|Apr 5, 2019

    Last week, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District brought you Part 1 of a story on water quality and agriculture, which highlighted the ways farmers can make an impact - positively or negatively - on local water quality through the choices they make in raising cattle. This week, we'll concentrate on the use of manure pits and how to properly handle abandoning them when they are no longer needed. Most farmers who have feedlots or barnyards have had manure pits constructed. These are... Full story

  • Winter ends with near-normal temperatures

    Dave Anderson, CBS 3 meteorologist|Apr 5, 2019

    Spring seems to be here - and if not, at least the promise of spring is finally in the air after a good five months of winter. But I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Last year, the last blizzard blasted us on April 23. Spring never seems to be a sure thing around here. Only winter is a sure thing, it seems. What a winter we're shaking off! Some towns set snow records and others came close to the state low record. The Cotton area missed it by only four degrees. Temperature stats for...