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  • Obituary: Sylvia I. Kempas

    Apr 26, 2019

    Sylvia I. Kempas, 102, passed away Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minn. She was born Oct. 9, 1916 in Chicago, Ill. to Otto and Sofie (Tammi) Kempas. Sylvia grew up in Floodwood, Minn. and took nurse's training and attended Bible School in Chicago. In 1951, she was joined by Geraldine Tornfelt and together they worked as missionaries for the American Indian Crusade. They ministered in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Colorado. In 1984 they returned to Atkinson, mi... Full story

  • Funeral Notices

    Apr 26, 2019

    Vernon “Oz” Ralph Spoolman, 83, of Mahtowa. Minn. passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. Visitation: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, May 8 in the Atkins Northland Funeral Home. Gerald M. Kriske, 80, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Community Memorial Hospital. A Celebration of Life for Jerry was scheduled for April 25 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.... Full story

  • New Ojibwe children's book tackles the cosmos, love and grief between the generations

    Anne Lundquist, Cloquet Public Library|Apr 26, 2019

    Thomas Peacock will be appearing at the Cloquet Public Library Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. to present his newest book, "The Forever Sky." The book is about the love between grandparents and grandchildren, grief and the Ojibwe cosmos. Thomas Peacock is a retired UMD professor and member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe Ojibwe. He has written many books about Ojibwe traditions and knowledge such as "Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in All Directions." He is also the co-author...

  • Hats off to the senior dance

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Apr 26, 2019

    As Fleta Carol swirled around the dance floor last week, it was her head that drew the eye first. Easter eggs dangled from the brim of her brightly colored hat, and a large stuffed blue and white toy bird perched high above the eggs and bright yellow paper tendrils. Carol wasn't the only one with a bird on her head. Bette Upton's straw hat featured a garland of flowers with a tiny, but more realistic-looking, redbird on top. Carol and Upton took first- and second place in the annual hat contest...

  • Students go on an Earth Day safari to 'document spring'

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 26, 2019

    Document Spring 2019 Earth Day Safari participants were greeted by spring rain and 42-degree temperatures at Jay Cooke State Park, Monday morning, April 22. Students from Wrenshall and Moose Lake high schools came together with community members to document the arrival of spring with photography, citizen science and iNaturalist technology for Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community's project Document Spring. Document Spring project manager Glenn Swanson described Document Spring 2019 as an "art...

  • Wrenshall news

    Anne Dugan, From the Wrens Nest|Apr 26, 2019

    It's been a busy week for the Wrenshall school district. On Monday, Ellie Swanson's photojournalism class walked through Jay Cooke State Park with Glenn Swanson from the Oldenburg House as part of the countywide project, "Document Spring." This citizen science "bioblitz" brings together students, individuals, and organizations interested in capturing the emergence of spring by artistic and scientific observations. For more information on how you can get involved, see "Earth Day safari" starting...

  • STUDENTS of the month

    Apr 26, 2019

    Tony Cummings is a preschooler in the St. Joseph class at Queen of Peace Catholic School. He was chosen as student of the month because he always has a positive attitude and he's a great friend to all of the other students. Tony is always willing to lend a hand to help out the teachers and his friends. He is very kind and compassionate. Tony is a new big brother to his baby sister Lucy, and he proudly shows her off to his classmates. Evelyn LeBlanc is an exceptional student in our third-grade...

  • Adopt a Drain program

    Chris Gass, The Green Guy|Apr 26, 2019

    It’s official, ice-out season is in, and open waters are coming our way! Dedicated water enthusiasts are ready to pry their way out the door and itching for their chance to get out to enjoy the season. But with all the time we spend enjoying our waterways, how many of us think to give back to help preserve our favorite escapes? Cliché as it might sound, with great enjoyment comes great responsibility. And, more than ever, we really need everybody’s participation to help maintain our wate...

  • DNR seeks comments on Line 3 license and permit

    Minnesota DNR|Apr 26, 2019

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments until May 17 on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota. Line 3 is one of six Enbridge oil pipelines that cross Minnesota. Enbridge is proposing to replace the existing Line 3 with a new, higher capacity line. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has granted Enbridge...

  • Life jackets a safety necessity when boating on cold water

    Apr 26, 2019

    With waterways across the state clearing of ice, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds eager boaters that wearing a life jacket is a critical safety necessity during the spring “cold water” season. While boaters should always wear life jackets no matter the water temperature or season, public safety officials stress wearing a life jacket — not just having it on the boat — is the one action that significantly increases the chances of surviving a fall into cold water. “The shock of falling into cold water triggers your gasp reflex...

  • Early riser gets the bird

    Apr 26, 2019

    The moon was perched high above, casting long shadows across the front yard. I quickly gathered all the information I needed. The skies were clear, and the limbs silhouetted against the horizon stood motionless. Warm and clear and calm. I shut the alarm off; it would prove redundant. I was up. Soon I would rouse my youngest son Josh from his slumber. This morning he would experience the turkey woods firsthand. Chasing turkeys is uniquely suited to introducing youngsters to hunting. The weather i...

  • DNR offers tips for avoiding conflicts with bears

    Apr 26, 2019

    Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. “Bears are roaming around now with the loss of snow and warmer weather, so interactions with people have started in many areas of Minnesota,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife damage program supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources. As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Remove attractants suc...

  • Weather cooperates for Esko track meet

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot news Sports|Apr 26, 2019

    Fittingly named, the Esko Vortex track meet was held April 16 at the Esko Sports Center. Many of the local schools participated in one of their first outdoor meets of the year and there were plenty of big results. On the girls side, Zoie Johnson of Esko won the shot put with a toss of 33 feet, 6 inches. She followed up with a second-place effort in the discus with a throw of 101 feet, behind South Ridge-Cherry-Northwoods-Northeast Range sophomore Elle Ridge, who had a throw of 103-5....

  • Cloquet Country Club opens soon for 96th season

    Steve Korby, Pine Knot News|Apr 26, 2019

    For many area residents, the traditional media hype over the opening of Gordy's Hi-Hat restaurant on Highway 33 is a true and welcome sign of spring (especially since it typically opens the first day of spring). For some, it may be seeing the first robin of the year or putting out the dock and preparing for the opening of the walleye fishing season. But regional golfers know spring is really here when they can dust off the clubs, put away the snowblower and head to their favorite golf course. Fo...

  • Softball / Baseball RoundUps

    Apr 26, 2019

    SOFTBALL Softball summaries for Tuesday, April 23 CARLTON-8 McGREGOR-5 Brynne Mickle pitched the Bulldogs to the win as Carlton stayed undefeated. Abby Mickle smacked out three hits with a double and a home run while Brynne Mickle added two hits with a double. Alaina Bennett also had a pair of hits, including a double. SOUTH RIDGE-14 BARNUM-3 Celia Olesiak threw a five-inning gem and the Panthers won in five innings. Adelia Olesiak bashed out two hits and had five RBI. Natalie Smith chipped in with a pair of hits for South Ridge. ESKO-6 COOK...

  • CEC tennis team busy making up for lost time

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 26, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team dropped an early season match with Duluth East Tuesday afternoon 7-0 at Cloquet High School. The Greyhounds, a dominant local power on the tennis circuit, proved their worth as they swept the Lumberjacks, handing them their second loss of the season. The Lumberjacks fell to Cambridge-Isanti in their first meet of the season before defeating Superior 6-1 at home. "It's been a tough early season," said head coach Derek Johnson, explaining that it's tough t...

  • Cloquet softball off to a strong start among weather woes

    Pine Knot News staff|Apr 26, 2019

    The Cloquet girls softball team had to rely on their next-door neighbors, the Eskomos, to finally get a game outside. After recent snow and rain made their home field unusable, the Lumberjacks and Eskomos moved the Cloquet home game to Esko after a heroic effort by the Esko coaching staff and others to make their field playable last Thursday. The Lumberjacks took the opening game with a win, 10-5, and then followed up with a 9-2 home win on Tuesday over Duluth East. Against Esko, the 'Jacks...

  • Lumberjacks dominate conference meet

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knovt Sports|Apr 26, 2019

    It seems Mother Nature is the most formidable foe for Northland track and field, as the weather is the only thing slowing down the Lumberjacks this spring. With 140 kids on the varsity roster and another 80 on the middle school roster, the Cloquet program just keeps growing in number and talent, according to head coach Tim Prosen, who said he's been very pleased with their progress, despite having only one outdoor meet going into the last week of April. "We have lots of new young kids this...

  • Crane throws one-hitter in win for Carlton

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 26, 2019

    Carlton pitcher Kaden Crane threw a one-hitter Tuesday afternoon as the Bulldogs defeated Polar League rival McGregor 11-1 at Chub Lake Park in Carlton. Crane allowed only one hit while striking out 11 batters, and allowing only one run — an unearned run by McGregor — in the victory. The 11-1 win was the first victory of the season as the Bulldogs now improve to 1-3 on the season. The Bulldogs lost their first three games of the season to Northwoods, South Ridge and, last Thursday, to Moose Lake...

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