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  • Easter Egg hunt set for April 20

    Apr 12, 2019

    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 age-based, with areas for ages 1 through Pre-K, kindergarten through second grade, and third- through fifth grades. This annual event is coordinated by the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce, Cloquet Community Education and the City of Cloquet. Kids can get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny, too. F...

  • Wrenshall referendum informational meeting set for Wednesday

    Apr 12, 2019

    A second public meeting regarding the proposed $14.4 million school building referendum in Wrenshall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Wrenshall School. Referendum plans include converting the now-closed rec building into a space for technical education, adding a new main gym adjacent to the current gym and remodeling the pool area to add four classroom areas and more space for athletics. More than half of the $14.4 million would go to improving the air quality in the portions of the building built in 1956 and 1963. More...

  • Law enforcement career expo set for April 17

    Apr 12, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting the 16th annual Law Enforcement Career Expo and Campus Visit Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center on campus. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The Law Enforcement Career Expo will provide information about the wide range of career opportunities in the criminal justice field. Representatives from more than 35 local, regional, tribal, state and federal law enforcement and corrections agencies will be present to discuss...

  • Cloquet changes winter parking law to allow for towing

    Apr 12, 2019

    By a vote of 5-1 (councilor Kerry Kolodge dissenting) on April 2, Cloquet City councilors approved a requested change to the city’s winter parking ordinance — which prohibit parking on the street 3-6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31 — to allow police officers to tow vehicles that violate the law. It’s been five years since police have been able to enforce the ordinance, because of a change to state statute which required police to ticket, then wait four hours notice before towing. That four-hour limit has now been removed from state law, which m...

  • Level 3 offender moving to Cloquet

    Apr 12, 2019

    The Cloquet Police Department issued public notification that Steven James Hayes, age 33, a Level 3 (highest risk) predatory offender, was moving to Cloquet on Wednesday, April 10. He is residing in the vicinity of Allen Street and Big Lake Road. According to the fact sheet on Hayes, he held several known and unknown adult male and female victims against their will, and physically assaulted a known adult female victim. The Minnesota Community Notification Act requires persons who have engaged...

  • Cloquet police look for help identifying burglary suspects

    Apr 12, 2019

    Cloquet police are asking for help from the public to identify two suspects who allegedly broke into the Northwoods Credit Union Hockey Arena and stole numerous items from the concession stand in the early morning hours of March 30. Police have several photos of the suspects, who were both wearing black sweatshirts with the hoods pulled over their heads, on the CPD Facebook page. If you have any information please call 911, non-emergency 218-384-4185 or send anonymous NIXLE Tips: text TIP CLOQUETPD followed by your message to...

  • Planning Commission recommends land sale

    Apr 12, 2019

    Members of the Cloquet Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend approval by the Cloquet city council of a land sale from the city to 14th Street Apartments, LLC, for the development of Phase 3 of the 14th Street Apartments across the street from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. City planner/zoning administrator Al Cottingham told commissioners that the two existing apartment buildings hold 18 and 22 apartments, and plans for a third building propose 36 units. Cottingham said the developer, David Chmielewski, hopes to...

  • Jury finds man guilty of criminal sexual conduct

    Apr 12, 2019

    A jury last month found a Carlton County man guilty of criminal sexual conduct in 2016. On Thursday, March 28 a jury in Carlton County returned two guilty verdicts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree against Michael Dean Defoe, 51, of Cloquet. According to the criminal complaint: At approximately 3:55 a.m. Oct. 16, 2016 officers responded to Defoe's home on Maple Drive regarding an alleged assault. Officer Kevin Holshouser of the Fond du Lac police department was the first officer to...

  • Schools closed Thursday due to winter storm

    Apr 12, 2019

    Area schools closed Thursday due to the predicted winter weather that had been forecast by meteorologists for the past several days. Cloquet Schools superintendent Michael Cary told the Pine Knot News that, while the weather was unremarkable Wednesday afternoon, the forecast for Thursday meant students would be traveling home in the worst of the storm, which was predicted to hit hard between noon and 2 p.m. Thursday. “That’s too late for us to do an early release, so it would mean kids would be traveling home from school at the worst time. Aft...

  • Funeral Notice: Ronald Vincent Wendling

    Apr 12, 2019

    Ronald Vincent Wendling, 53, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 in his home. Celebration of Life: 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Fond du Lac Community Center.... Full story

  • Funeral notice: Jeffery Ronald Thorson

    Apr 12, 2019

    Jeffery Ronald Thorson, 62, of Barnum, Minn. died Friday April 5, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, from complications. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Care.... Full story

  • Funeral notice: David Carlin Willie

    Apr 12, 2019

    David Carlin Willie, 87, of Sawyer, Minn. passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in New Perspective Assisted Living. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, April 13 at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Inurnment will be in Sawyer Cemetery.... Full story

  • Obituary: Michael Patrick Tyman

    Apr 12, 2019

    Michael Patrick Tyman, 64, known to friends as "Mike," passed away March 5, 2019 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Originally from northern Minnesota, Mike moved to Hutchinson as a young man. He was a man of faith and a hard-working, contributing part of this community. Mike will be forever remembered by his siblings Tom (Mary), Cathy, Gary (Cindy), Scott (Evelyn), Patricia (Robert) and Mary Lynn (Mike). He will also be remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews. A luncheon in honor of Mike will be... Full story

  • Library hosts free music relaxation workshop

    Anne Lundquist, Cloquet Public Library|Apr 12, 2019

    Modern life seems to be getting faster and faster and more and more stressful. Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at the Cloquet Public Library, Jodie White, Board-Certified Music Therapist, will share ways that music can help you relax and increase your sense of well-being. Singing is not required. Please dress comfortably. Relaxation techniques will be practiced in chairs, so this workshop will be appropriate for all fitness levels. Below is an interview with Jodie about her musical background and...

  • Student news

    Apr 12, 2019

    Alissa Chalberg from Mahtowa, Minn. earned President’s List honors from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester. A total of 362 students earned Spring 2018 President’s List honors from the university, and an additional 797 students earned Dean’s List honors for earning GPAs between 3.50 and 3.99....

  • CHS students win Change War

    Apr 12, 2019

    Cloquet High School students in science teacher Debra Mikkola's home room show off the coveted "purple pig," which they earned the right to display for the next year for winning the recent Change War fundraiser for the second year in a row. CHS students raised a total of $3,600 for charity. They will donate $2,000 to the Carlton County United Way, $700 to Animal Allies and $900 to Cloquet High School projects. Contributed Photo...

  • Carlton HIGH SCHOOL honor roll quarter 3

    Apr 12, 2019

    A Honor Roll Grade 12 Jordan Hyry, Scott Rousseau, Alena Wallin. Grade 11 Kaden Crane, Madelyn DeCaigny, Ryan Gray, Spencer Hoeffling, Kaitlyn Kinnunen, Abigail Mickle, Brynne Mickle, Taylor Nelson, Austin Parker, Matthew Santkuyl, Benjamin Soderstrom, Jessica Sutter, Justin Swanson, Benjamin Talarico. Grade 10 Haley Adkins, Shea Campbell, Saydee Clemens, Colin Emerson, Arianna Griak, Kristian Herman, Elizabeth Hey, Annabeth Johnson, Annika Johnson, Samantha Matarelli, Seth Mlodozyniec, Trevor Ojibway, Johnette Ostlund, Ella Rose Palmer,...

  • CLOQUET HIGH SCHOOL honor roll quarter 3

    Apr 12, 2019

    A HONOR ROLL GRADE 9 Amelia Allen, Mason Anderson, Samuel Bailey, Donte Bell, Winnie Benjamin Hall, Ilei Benson, Abigail Brown, Thorin Brown, Jonah Bryant-Nikko, Samuel Buytaert, Kate Conway, Sophia Diver, Marina Dostal, McKenah Downing, Carson Essler, Eve Eugenis, Hannah Fink, Connor Hecht, Laura Hecht, Olivia Jameson, Dana Jones, Caley Kruse, Carter Kubis, Jack Liang, Addison Loeb, Olivia Macaulay, Brynn Martin, Carlee Maslowski, Jillian McCullough, Jacob Mertz, Cale Prosen, Bailey Reynolds, Bella Richardson, Sarah Ringat, Emerson Rock,...

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