Articles from the April 24, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 24, 2020

Weighing the costs of a lost season

The fate of spring sports lies in the hands of the governor and the Minnesota State High School League - for now, nothing until May 4 - but coaching contracts are another matter. To pay or not to pay,...


Testing ramps up, cases increase in area prisons

On a day that saw Minnesota deaths due to COVID-19 jump to 179 - the largest increase yet - and confirmed numbers of infected rise to a total of 2,721 statewide, the state prisons in Moose Lake and Wi... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 24 1956 The first baseball game is played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The Wichita Braves beat the Minneapolis Millers, 5-3....


Carlton had Native American grads in 1950s

Last week's MNopedia spotlight on the late Jim Northrup - a well-known author and columnist - wrongly noted that Northrup was the first Native American graduate of Carlton High School in 1961. Pine...


Land O' Lakes 'maiden' disappears

It’s an image everyone knows. A young Native woman kneels on a patch of grass, blue waters and green trees behind her. She’s wearing a buckskin dress and has two feathers in her hair. She holds out both hands, smiling, as she offers the viewer a poun...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    April 24, 2020

State numbers confirm staggering job losses

Reflecting what all Minnesotans are seeing in their local economies during the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders, the jobless numbers that are coming out are startling and historic. And they are rising by the scores daily in counties across the sta... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 24, 2020

Northwoods shuffles board

Northwoods Credit Union's board of directors recently appointed Jeff Kletscher as its new board chairperson. Kletscher has served on the Northwoods Credit Union board since the 2018 merger with...

 By Mike Creger    News    April 24, 2020

Carman resigns as Carlton superintendent

Gwen Carman, superintendent of the Carlton school district, has resigned. In a letter to school board chairwoman LaRae Lehto dated April 14, Carman said she had accepted the superintendent position in the Lewiston-Altura school district in...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 24, 2020

Sidewalk idea for Prospect nixed

Neighbors’ voices beat out public safety officials and educators in the debate on whether or not to include a sidewalk in the upcoming Prospect Avenue street reconstruction project, as Cloquet city c...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 24, 2020

Library sells naming rights to room

Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday that will give naming rights for a new meeting hall to Northwoods Credit Union in exchange for a gift of $80,000 from the local credit union. Under the terms of the agreement,...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 24, 2020

Fire district shifts to interim plan

Following interviews with the two finalist candidates for the position of Cloquet Area Fire District chief, members of the CAFD board opted to not hire either candidate, citing the difficulty of finding someone with the skill set to lead the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 24, 2020

$35 million sought in police shooting case

A Moose Lake man shot by a Carlton County deputy last summer is suing the deputy, the county and other participating agencies for $35 million, claiming that the deputy used unnecessary force by...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 24, 2020

ACLU, inmates say Moose Lake prison is unsafe (updated)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a petition against the state Department of Corrections April 15 to keep prisoners and staff at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake safe from the rapidly spreading COVID-19. Filed on...


Our View: Prison workers on front lines as well

There’s been an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, and that’s raised a few eyebrows around here. Not just prisoners are affected, staff also have been infected. We know from the Department of Corrections spokesperson tha...


Harry's Gang: Prison lawsuit falls in bounds

It takes some chutzpah to commit a crime, get sentenced to prison, then complain about the poor conditions and ask to be let out. After all, prison is not supposed to be fun. Or pleasant. That's why...


Letters to the editor: Fighting the good fight

The Pine Knot’s April 17 story, “Health care centers prep for a surge in cases,” along with other articles, deserves a thank-you after showing where our county is with the COVID-19 preparedness. We all recognize this contagious disease, like sever...

 By John Hatcher    News    April 24, 2020

Trying to put down roots in Carlton County

It was the stand of white pines that sold us this spring. We turned off the gravel road, stepped out of the car and you could hear it: The wind whistling through the pine needles. We were home. Or,...


Vet Talk: More to worry about: Tick season

The snow has melted, the grass is turning green, and the weather is warming up. This can only mean one thing: It's tick season. Ticks can be out at any time of year, but they have surges in the...


On The Mark: Food providers adapt during 'stay at home'

I set out to ask small businesses in Carlton County how they are faring under social distancing practices. I found amazing spirit, concerns, and accommodation on the part of employers, suppliers, cust...


Lockdown dinner gets creative

A writing assignment was shared with the Pine Knot News by English teacher Jason Richardson. Cloquet High School student Allison Sickmann used a prompting quote about not thinking of what you don't... Full story


Cloquet city parks reopen … mostly

At the direction of Gov. Tim Walz, the city of Cloquet has opened a limited number of park facilities to allow for safe outdoor recreation — provided people follow safe social distancing practices. Tennis courts are already open to the public. F... Full story


The doctor will see you now … via video

Worried about that funny looking skin ulcer but don’t want to risk going to the clinic in this time of COVID-19? Why not make a video appointment? Many of the providers at Community Memorial H... Full story


School district asks families to call in sick

Worries about keeping staff healthy when they unknowingly deliver meals or homework to students or families members who are sick with COVID-19 led to a mass email to families in the Cloquet school district last week. Superintendent Michael Cary said... Full story


Death notices

Patricia (Wedl) Bailey passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. The May 2 Celebration of Life has been postponed due to COVID-19. Information will be provided when updated arrangements have been made.... Full story

 By Holly Henry    News    April 24, 2020

Celebrating Earth: A river's revival

If there's one lesson to be learned from the history of the St. Louis River it's this: Let us not be complacent. That Earth Day message comes from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College...


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