Articles from the April 23, 2021 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 23, 2021

Students march against injustice

The same day that a Minneapolis jury was hearing closing arguments in the case of a police officer accused of killing a Black man, nearly three dozen Carlton High School students walked out of school...

 

Students, Covid back at school

Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer said people are "overwhelmingly glad" to be back in in-person classes at school, following an extended period of distance- and hybrid learning. Fischer shared a... Full story

 

Chauvin verdict one step toward 'true justice,' state leaders say

Even as people flocked to downtown Minneapolis Tuesday to celebrate the guilty verdict in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin, many of Minnesota’s elected leaders vowed the state’s fight for racial justice wouldn’t end with this cas...  Website

 

Wrenshall celebrates homecoming

The Wrenshall Homecoming ceremonies were titled "A Black Mask Affair" and the dress code was formal at the April 9 event held in the school gymnasium. Zeke Rousseau-Sheff was crowned homecoming king,...

 

Artists wanted

After a yearlong delay due to the pandemic, the "West End Flourish" is once again back on track to celebrate arts and community. The project aims to revitalize Cloquet's West End business district... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

Earth Day cleanups Saturday

Although April 22 marked the actual Earth Day and the 51st year of the annual event, there are plenty of opportunities to do your part this weekend, on your own, with family and friends, or in a... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

Lake Country Power elects new board members

A community of cooperative members “plugged in” — literally — to Lake Country Power for a virtual annual meeting held via Zoom videoconference Thursday evening, April 15. More than 125 members and guests heard about working through the...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 23, 2021

Jail planning shifts into high gear

With an end-of-year clock ticking, county officials are digging into the details of what a new Carlton County jail building plan will look like. The county's building committee, court system, finance...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    April 23, 2021

Survey looks to future of school district

The Carlton school board agreed this week to move forward with a survey of district residents on a list of options for the future of the district. The survey will come after attempts to consolidate...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

Art is for the birds

The Pine Knot News team is soliciting submissions of bird images in any genre (photography, paintings, sculptures, woodworking, mobiles, etc.) for The Knot Gallery on Avenue C. Please send a few... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

The Nerf war is back

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, students from Cloquet, Esko and Carlton high schools are holding another “Nerf war” — so don’t be surprised to see kids chasing each other with brightly colored Nerf guns in the name of fun and for...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 23, 2021

Council considers dropping labor agreements

Cloquet City Councilors took a step toward getting rid of the city requirement for project labor agreements Tuesday, as recommended by staff in response to a lawsuit targeting PLAs in Cloquet, Duluth and Two Harbors. A number of people — mostly... Full story

 
 By Rebekah King    News    April 23, 2021

Township takes action to address missing road signs

The Thomson Township board of supervisors is exploring the idea of making the township’s own road sign repair, after multiple complaints from residents about missing signs. Supervisor Bill Gerard reported at the township meeting Thursday, April 17,...

 

Another view: Verdict is a step toward accountability

Tuesday’s conviction was right. For the Floyd family, nothing will bring back George, but this verdict is a first step toward accountability. Attorney General Keith Ellison and his team did great... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Former mayor reflects on his legacy

Bruce Ahlgren is a pretty well-known guy around these parts, having served the community for decades: first on the Cloquet school board for 12 years, then as mayor for about 16 years. Meanwhile, he... Full story

 

Guest View: It's time to protect those who protect us

I retired in 2020 after more than three decades as a firefighter, the last nine years as Cloquet Area Fire District fire chief. And while I carry with me many positive memories of my time serving the... Full story

 

Letters to the editor: Keep all gods out of government

On the same day I read a letter in this newspaper with the heading, “God should guide us,” Asa Hutchison, governor of Arkansas, signed a bill making it legal for doctors in that state to refuse medical treatment to LGBT people because of their re... Full story

 

Letters to the editor: Biogas bill supports toxic polluters

There is a bill currently proposed in the legislature that would subsidize huge animal confinement operations by turning their toxic manure problem into “biogas,” under the misnomer “Natural Gas Innovation Act” (SF 421/HF239). It would also g... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 23, 2021

On The Mark: Staying in touch with godchildren is a joy

Do you have godchildren? It was customary when my husband and I were born, mid-twentieth century, to acquire them. Having godchildren and keeping in touch can be so much fun, a form of extended...

 

Obituaries: Bradley Wolf

Bradley Wolf, 58, of Duluth went to be with his Lord and Savior April 19, 2021, unexpectedly, of natural causes. He was born in Duluth on Aug. 28, 1962, the son of Harris "Corky" and Mary Lou... Full story

 

Obituaries: Afton Marie Schmidtke

Afton Marie Schmidtke, 84, of Cloquet passed away April 17, 2021 in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born Oct. 13, 1936 in Shelly to Archie and Mildred Larson. She grew up in Shelly and... Full story

 

Carlton happenings

As I write my article, the weather has taken a turn for dark clouds, overcast and rain (again). We are all waiting for the sun to shine and dry out our yards so the raking can begin. On Monday, May 10...

 

Wright/Cromwell news

Help support the ADK teachers sorority’s takeout dinner fundraiser for area scholarships from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 23 at the Rustic Diner in Barnum. Dinner includes barbecued pork, chicken,...

 

Plant a tree for free

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is May 21. That's when the grand Pine Knot News "tree giveaway" is launching, a day when local businesses and organizations will... Full story

 

On the mark: Pollinators need gardens too

Growing up in an inner-ring Minneapolis suburb, we didn't think much of bees. We saw few, perhaps because my dad, along with other neighbors, zapped the dandelions every spring with an awful-smelling...

 

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