Articles from the April 21, 2023 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 21, 2023

Wild weather, wilder water

Carlton County's emergency management director isn't yet willing to concede the county dodged a bullet with the spring flooding this year. He's worried about what Mother Nature could bring next. "I'm... Full story


Scramble on to find funding for new justice center

Carlton County voters likely remember passing a local-option sales tax last November to pay for construction of a new jail and courts facility in Carlton. The half-cent addition onto the sales tax was... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    News    April 21, 2023

School incident draws tribal attention

Nearly 40 people turned out for the Carlton school board meeting Monday, many of them upset by allegations of a threat of violence against a Native American student. In a news release Monday, Carlton...


'Wolf's Trail' author at library

Celebrate “The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves” book with storytime and mask making at the Cloquet Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22. The all-ages event will be led by students from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Commu... Full story


Land of Stories again at college

If you missed the “Land of Stories” at Common Ground last fall, don’t despair. Another performance of the shadow puppet play along with an author talk and book signing with Thomas Peacock is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Fond du La... Full story


MnDOT hears plenty on shape of Hwy. 73

About 75 people showed up at the Cromwell Pavilion April 12 to support the reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 73 south of Cromwell. Users of the road were invited by a survey group from the...


Ice fishing shelter exposed

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Tony Elwell recently reported an ice fishing shelter violation that resulted in citations. Elwell said a man left his shelter on the ice past the removal deadline last month and was...


Free state park days this summer

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023: April 22, June 10, Sept. 9 and Nov. 24. With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers free... Full story


Cloquet offers sewer line grants

Got a home sewer line that repeatedly backs up from roots? The City of Cloquet is offering a grant program for homeowners who need to upgrade or repair leaky or decaying lateral sewer lines running from the home to main sewer lines. The grants are... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    April 21, 2023

Superintendent position scaled back

The Wrenshall school board had planned to interview three full-time candidates for its superintendent vacancy on the first day in May. But a recommendation Tuesday from the board’s budget committee spoiled the plan, recommending pursuit of a p...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 21, 2023

Storm sewer plan needs public input

City engineers wanted to talk about flooding Tuesday, but not the kind of flooding that's been plaguing northern Minnesota since the snow started melting last week. "This isn't related to the river... Full story


Find out more on organ transplant

In honor of National Donate Life month, there will be an informational gathering to spread awareness of organ transplant starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the Carlton Wellness Center, 199 Chestnut Ave. in Carlton. Several organ transplant... Full story


Grad party donors needed

The Cloquet All Night Grad Party tradition continues, keeping graduates entertained together in a chemical-free, safe environment. Committee members are looking for financial and in-kind donations to help defray costs. Donate via venmo @chsangp or... Full story


County part of Drug Take Back

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations across the country from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. The DEA and its partners will col... Full story


Cloquet partners for first-time homebuyer and fix-it loans

Minnesota Housing announced over $70.3 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $226,882 for the city of Cloquet. Homebuyers can take... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 21, 2023

Fire district to close Scanlon station

The fire station in Scanlon will be eliminated as part of a new long-term plan for the Cloquet Area Fire District. Fire District chief Jesse Buhs is aiming for a financially leaner fire district in...


Our view: This cold relationship is over; just go away

We found a soggy letter washed up on the shore of the St. Louis River in Scanlon this week and thought we'd share it with readers who likely can relate: Dear Old Man Winter, Let's just start off with...


We have the right to repair

You don’t really own your land, right? The government just lets you use it as long as you pay your taxes, and, of course, you have to comply with zoning laws and all sorts of rules and regulations. M...

 By Kerry Rodd    Opinion    April 21, 2023

Trying to keep up with the walking lady

Ahh, springtime. The time of year when the snow melts, the mud puddles get deep and the winter snowbanks recede to allow the piles of doggy doo to rear their ugly faces. But not all is bad, because...

 By Ann Markusen    Culture    April 21, 2023

Next in the gallery: Fabric arts

The Knot Gallery is taking a different tack for its next display, hosting a fabric art exhibit for May and June. Join fabric artists and Pine Knot News staff for a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m....

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 21, 2023

Cloquet scores early, often in Duluth

With 13 seniors on the roster, the Cloquet baseball team is aiming to take another step up the ladder this season. The Lumberjacks play in a difficult section and they hope their overall depth will co... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 21, 2023

Cleared to play, 'Jacks blank Milaca

For two weeks prior to their home opener against Milaca, the Cloquet girls softball team did double duty to prepare for the game. The Lumberjacks not only spent time in the gym practicing, but they... Full story


Business spotlight: CreativEdge, Carlton

Jessie Waldorf opened CreativEdge in 2017 with the help of her husband, Joe. She left full-time employment to begin her own business. Without Joe's support, CreativEdge would still be a daydream,... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    April 21, 2023

Cloquet goes south for greens

On April 13, the Cloquet High School boys golf team had an outdoor, "on real grass" golf meet. No April Fools joke. Granted, they had to travel to Red Wing, but once they got there, the players were... Full story


Wilderness finish strong

Kevin Marx Norén scored two third-period goals Saturday, April 15 to send the Minnesota Wilderness soaring into the Robertson Cup playoffs following a sweep in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Norén scored three times over the weekend, leading Minnesota t... Full story


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