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  • Obit: Roger Fenton Davis

    Apr 12, 2019

    Roger Fenton Davis, 87 of Cloquet passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Barnes Care in Esko with his loving family by his side. He was born August 9, 1931 in Sisseton, South Dakota to Frank and Marion Davis. In 1938 the family moved to Superior, Wisconsin. Roger graduated from Superior Central High School in 1949. After high school he went to work for Great Northern Railroad until being drafted into the Army in 1952. He served in Korea until 1954. Roger married Shirley Negrete in March of... Full story

  • Obit: Harold Jacob "Ole" Ollila

    Apr 12, 2019

    Harold Jacob “Ole” Ollila, 92, passed away April 9, 2019 in Clancy, Montana at Elkhorn Health and Rehabilitation. He was born March 13, 1927 in Cloquet, Minn. to Jacob and Melita (Penttila) Ollila. He graduated from Cloquet High School in 1945 and from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in English in 1945. Ole served in the U.S. Army 1952-1954, during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life, he attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a bachelor’s degre... Full story

  • MCCU moves to the fast lane

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    Members who visited the brand new Members Cooperative Credit Union branch on opening day Monday gave the new facility rave reviews. "It looks very nice," said Angela Weisz. "Very warm and inviting." Don Christensen said it was "stunning." "It's got a real modern flair," the Cloquet Natural Foods owner said of the open plan building, as he sat with a personal banker in one of the partially open offices that line the south side of the building. MCCU closed its 14th Street building at the end of...

  • Obit: Darold D. Gregory

    Apr 12, 2019

    Darold D. Gregory, age 79 of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 due to dementia. He was born July 11, 1939 in Bagley, MN to Edwin and Glenna (Spencer) Gregory. Darold was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Angie Dilly, Carolyn “Peggy” Goode, Cleone “Tootsie” Cheater, and Lanette “Babe” Baker. He is survived by Donna Frisk, loving life-partner for 24 years; two sons, Michael and Mitchel; two daughters, Jody Gregory and Kelly Johnson; eight grandchildren: Josh, Chase... Full story

  • Boys volleyball debuts in the Northland

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot news|Apr 12, 2019

    FLOODWOOD-The back of Coach Derek Hart's T-shirt said it all. "Making history," it read. "I've told every one of these kids, everybody who walked through the door, that's exactly what they're all doing," Hart said. We're not talking serious memorizing-date-in-a-history-book history, though. More just a first-time-ever history, a little piece of Northland volleyball history. "Have fun with it, enjoy it," Hart continued. "But don't get stressed out over it, it's a game." The Floodwood coach was...

  • Softball teams excited for new season

    Apr 12, 2019

    Softball season is here and the Pine Knot will be covering your local high school fast-pitch teams this spring. Here is a preview to the small-school softball teams in our area. CARLTON: Carlton coach Melissa Clark is in only her third season, but the Bulldogs head coach has led her team to the state tournament in her first two seasons at the helm and it certainly looks like she has the inside track on a third straight trip to Mankato. The Bulldogs lost only two players from a team that...

  • 'Take me out to the ball game'

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 12, 2019

    As winter turns into spring and local high schools attempt to make the transition to spring sports, several local baseball teams are looking for the success they had from a season ago. Class A South Ridge: The South Ridge Panthers are coming off their best season in school history as they finished fourth in the Class A state baseball tournament, losing to Parkers Prairie in the third place game in Chaska. The Panthers lost key senior Nick Carlson to graduation, but return seven starters from...

  • Eskomos baseball off to a fast start

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 12, 2019

    The Esko boys baseball team didn't let a lack of experience get in the way, as they started their season Monday by beating defending section 7A champion South Ridge by a score of 9-4. "We had many new faces on this year's team and we don't have a lot of returning experience," said Eskomos head baseball coach Ben Haugen. The teams played at the artificial turf field in Superior before inclement weather was predicted to hit the Northland this week, because both sides wanted to make sure the...

  • Central ski jumping champs

    Apr 12, 2019

    On Feb. 23 and 24, ski jumpers from the Cloquet Ski Club competed in the 2019 Central Junior Ski Jumping Championships. The cold and wind did not deter the more than 20 local jumpers from competing on all six jumps, ranging from the 5-foot jump dubbed "Sue's Slide," all the way up to the towering 70-meter jump. The Cloquet Ski Club members had strong showings in a deep field including brothers Simon (8-meter) and Isaiah (15-meter) Langer who won their age group. By winning, the Langer boys were...

  • Sandman takes 10th at nationals

    Apr 12, 2019

    Cloquet’s Hannah Sandman finished off her snowboarding season on a high note this spring with a trip out west. Sandman, 13, recently took 10th place in her age group at the 2019 USASA Snowboard National Championship held at Copper Mountain, Colo. April 1-12. The events kicked off the evening before, when more than 1,400 USASA members from 40 states marched in the Parade of Athletes as part of USASA’s 30th annual Snowboarding National Championships Opening Ceremonies. USASA is the largest sno...

  • Smith named Thunder head football coach

    Apr 12, 2019

    Robert Smith has been hired as head coach of the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football team. Smith immediately began his appointment in early April and will lead the Thunder Football Program into the 2019 season. Smith is no stranger to the Thunder Football program, having served as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach during the 2018 season. He takes over the program from former head coach Davin Depoe who led the Thunder to a 3-6 record and a conference playoff berth...

  • Eskomos hold off Blue Devils until the fourth

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot news Sports|Apr 12, 2019

    The visiting Virginia Blue Devils broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning and went on to beat the Eskomos 4-0 in a game that was shortened to five innings due to rain and lightning. "Things were good up until the fourth inning," said Esko coach Huff Emanuel. "Once they went through the lineup twice, we struggled to find ways to get them out and they started hitting the ball hard." Hard-throwing Ava Warren held the Eskomos in check by giving up just one hit. Miranda Kelley of the...

  • Time to 'pout'

    Bret Baker, Pine Knot News Outdoors|Apr 12, 2019

    A couple of weeks ago my oldest son Joseph passed his driver’s test. Elated, he took his first officially licensed cruise through Cloquet. Atop the bridge over the St. Louis River, our Suburban’s transmission decided it had had enough, leaving our new driver unceremoniously stranded on the side of Highway 33. As we all know, these types of annoyances just happen. This particular breakdown occurred heading into our spring break. Over the years, spring break has provided us time to travel and fis...

  • Get paid to stay at home

    Pete Radosevich, Harrys Gang|Apr 12, 2019

    The Legislature is considering a proposal to make Minnesota employers of a certain size keep employees on the payroll, even while they are taking family leave. Essentially, the proposal would allow workers to continue to get paid while they are on leave for family and medical emergencies. This makes some sense, because most workers dedicate their work life to their jobs; they expect to spend most of their day, five days a week, year after year, doing their jobs. In exchange, the employer pays...

  • The Northland's language gem

    Ann Markusen|Apr 12, 2019

    It's not that easy to learn another language when you are well past your schooling. For five years, I've watched my husband, Rod Walli, learn Finnish, his parents' first language. Motivated by the desire to speak with non-English-speaking cousins of his generation in Finland, he plunged into every route he could find. Down the road from us, at our Villa Vista-Cardinal Court for elders, he convened a Finnish language table, learning from those who had spoken it as children at home. More...

  • LETTER to the editor: Parents, take extra care with kids and social media

    Apr 12, 2019

    To the editor: I try to shy away from sensational news, but being a father of two girls has changed a lot of things for me. Please strongly consider whether your child needs a smartphone, tablet or other device. If you choose so, take the time to learn about controls to be put in place. For example, what apps can they install, what are they using it for, what should they not be doing, are there hours of use, and rules of etiquette around other people, including photos/videos of others. There is a scenario recently where a 10-year-old girl in...

  • Where is our new judge?

    Apr 12, 2019

    We’re short a judge in Carlton County, and it’s time a replacement is named by Governor Walz. Last fall, Judge Mark Munger announced his retirement and then Governor Dayton’s judicial selection committee selected three nominees to replace him. At the same time, Carlton County judge Leslie Beiers, who replaced judge Dale Wolf when he retired five years ago, asked to move her chambers to Duluth, leaving Carlton County with only one judge, and a slew of “visiting” judges to handle our county’s legal needs. Leaving aside the issue that former Gove...

  • Carlton students bring 'Arsenic and Old Lace' to Encore! stage

    Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    For the third year in a row, Carlton High School theater is partnering with the County Seat Theater as they present their production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" Friday through Sunday. It's a partnership that works for both the community theater and the school where County Seat Theater got its start. The County Seat Theater operated out of the school for 13 years," said general Manager Joel Soukkala, a Carlton grad. "We now get the opportunity to return the favor for these high school students." "A...

  • Studying adds up to first place for Cloquet economics team

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    What does it take to make a championship team? Well, for the members of the Cloquet High School Economics team, it took a lot of lunches together, a stack of 3-inch binders crammed with information and practice tests, hard work, more hard work and some pretty savvy test-taking skills. And a good teacher, of course. Econ coach Tim Stark credited the kids: seniors Claire Taubman, Olivia Diver, Payten Schneberger and Johnathan Muhvich. The four were declared the champions of the David Ricardo...

  • CARLTON news

    Leola Rodd|Apr 12, 2019

    The national Mayor's Day of Recognition for Volunteers was April 2 and Carlton Mayor Mike Soderstrom presented awards to Amy Decaigny, Lillian and Gordy Davis, and the Four Seasons Complex /Carlton Amateur Hockey Board for their volunteerism and dedication to the Carlton community. They have given their time and support to make Carlton and the surrounding area a great place to live. Congratulations to all of the honored volunteers. We know that spring is just around the corner. The warm sunny...

  • Wright-Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Apr 12, 2019

    It’s good to be back in Minnesota and my home, after traveling to Washington, D.C. with my son and grandson. We had a wonderful time visiting the many memorials and monuments, and especially the cherry blossoms which were at their peak, but it’s always great to get back home. Congratulations to Sara and Dustin Rahja on the birth of their son, Riley Leonard, on April 5, 2019. Proud grandparents are Carrie and Wayne Lind, and Pam and Bob Rahja. Also, congratulations to Vance Anderson on his rec...

  • Enbridge applies for Line 4 route changes

    Apr 12, 2019

    Enbridge hopes to change the route of a second pipeline that crosses the Fond du Lac Reservation, but this time the proposed changes are welcomed by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa officials. As part of the agreement between the pipeline company and the Band regarding the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, Enbridge plans to relocate a portion of the Line 4 pipeline that crosses the reservation once its plans are approved by the state. According to Fond du Lac officials, the Line 4 project includes relocation and reburial...

  • Carlton considers options to reduce deficit

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    The reality of a significant budget deficit for the current school year appears to be changing Carlton School Board attitudes about working with the Wrenshall School District, as evidenced by discussions held during the committee of the whole meeting Thursday, April 4. How far board members might be willing to go still varies wildly, with Tim Hagenah expressing some willingness to discuss combining football teams with nearby Wrenshall — a change from previous discussions — while Jennifer Chm...

  • One football team for Carlton, Wrenshall?

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    A historical sports co-operative between schools in Carlton and Wrenshall could be approved as early as Monday by district school boards. Football coaches and activities directors from both schools made presentations to the public in Carlton and the Wrenshall board Wednesday night on the prospect of the two schools teaming up in football. The idea comes on the heels of a partnership in cross- country last fall that was deemed successful. “I’m 100-percent for this,” said Wrenshall football and activities director Jeremy Zywicki as he addre...

  • Cloquet officially designates 'school forest'

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Apr 12, 2019

    The largest classroom at Cloquet schools is poised to receive some expert help from the state, and all the Cloquet School Board needed to do is give the classroom a name. This week, the board approved designating the 15 acres of woods, fields and water around Cloquet Middle School as the “Cloquet School Forest and Outdoor Classroom.” The official name means the district can enter the forest into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources school forest program. “It doesn’t cost money,” said earth science teacher Matt Winbigler when describin...

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