Articles from the April 29, 2022 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 29, 2022

Cloquet production is a magical turn

The latest Cloquet High School spring play is literally magical ... and will look familiar if you're a Harry Potter fan. But don't expect that name to come up. Sure, there is a person referred to as... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 29, 2022

For Carlton, the show goes on

When Carlton school board members decided in January to cut funding for a spring play director, Amanda Radtke decided she would volunteer to direct, even though she had no experience and "very little... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    April 29, 2022

Ash borer has hit county

In pure Minnesotan parlance, it could be worse. This month, a tree infested with emerald ash borer larvae was spotted in Cloquet, marking the first confirmed sighting of the tree-killing pest in the... Full story


Obituary: Dorlene Kenney

Dorlene Kenney, 80, passed away the morning of April 18, 2022, at Barnes Care Assisted Living in Esko after a lengthy illness with Alzheimer's. She was surrounded by her family. Dorlene was born... Full story


State champs

The latest team to win a state championship at Cloquet High School is the economics team. Cloquet made it to the championship quiz bowl - held virtually - and beat Cambridge Wednesday afternoon. The...


Obituary: Michael Philip Osterman

Michael “Mike” P. Osterman, 76, of Esko passed away April 22, 2022, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born July 5, 1945, the son of Byron and Arlene (Knaack) Osterman. Mike graduated from... Full story


They're sharing Lilly's hearing journey

Storytime at Cloquet's Public Library has been an integral part of Katie Beck's schedule ever since Stella, her 5-year-old daughter, was born. So, when children's librarian Keiko Satomi suggested...


Obituary: Lincoln Peter Hansen

Lincoln Peter Hansen, 94, of Cromwell passed away Friday, April 15, 2022 at Villa Vista in Cromwell. He was born on March 15, 1928 in Cloquet to Hans Peter and Ruth Hansen. He grew up in Cromwell and... Full story


Death notices

Delores Hilda (Selen) Wolner, 96, of Cloquet went to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2021, from natural causes, living her later years at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Saturday, April 30 at... Full story


Obituary: JoAnn G. (Johnson) Oswell

JoAnn G. (Johnson) Oswell, 73, of Carlton died peacefully Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 28, 1948 in Cloquet to Carl Elon Johnson and Fern B. (Mullen) Johnson.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 29, 2022

It's the great tree giveaway, 2.0

Last year Pine Knot News staff celebrated being recognized as the most outstanding weekly newspaper in the Land of 10,000 Lakes by giving away 10,000 tree seedlings. In January, the Minnesota... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 29, 2022

Cloquet regains Tree City status

City administrator Tim Peterson announced Cloquet has earned Tree City status once again, recognition that the city makes the planting and care of trees a priority. It had been more than a decade...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 29, 2022

Band chairman exonerated by FDL tribal council

The censure hearings against Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa chairman Kevin Dupuis ended Monday with a meeting of the Reservation Business Committee. In a meeting open to band members in person and online, the RBC voted 3-2 that the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 29, 2022

Court prepares for May murder trial

Attorneys and Sixth District judge Jill Eichenwald hammered out the rules of engagement for the murder trial of Sheldon Thompson, on the Carlton County Court calendar from mid-May through June 3. More than two years have passed since Thompson was...

 By Rebekah King    News    April 29, 2022

Roadwork and sewer rates are on the rise

The spring season has Thomson Township board members and township engineer Joe Jurewicz busy planning improvement projects. The Riverside Road project, which has been discussed by the town board and community members since early 2021, was approved...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 29, 2022

Commissioners hold boundaries

Following a hearing and a presentation of a redistricting proposal by a high school student, the Carlton County board of commissioners voted 4-1 to make no changes to the boundaries of the five commissioner districts. Commissioner Mark Thell voted...


'No mow May' is promoted

Carlton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Peterson addressed the nationwide effort to encourage a stable pollinator population for gardens and crops in a meeting this week. He said his wife is a beekeeper and the stress on the pollinator... Full story


Do some spring cleaning outside Saturday

The City of Cloquet and the Boldt Company are organizing the second annual Cloquet Earth Day cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30. Arrive between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for pre-registration at the Dunlap Island Park warming house. After the... Full story


Drone class at FDLTCC

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will offer a new drone flying class this summer. The hands-on experience of flying a drone and training for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification exam takes place in an eight-week course starting June 1. It will...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 29, 2022

District to move, merge its childcare

It's a task that's loomed large since Erin Bates took over as Cloquet Community Education director almost 18 months ago: find a new home for Li'l Lumberjacks Learning Center. Mission accomplished. In... Full story


Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up Bravo to Nathan Barta. He’s the Esko High School senior who took the time to come up with a plan for more equal county commissioner districts and then presented it to commissioners earlier this month. Wow. How many teenagers even bother t... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    April 29, 2022

Knot Pining: Insect visitor conjures infestations of the past

I probably did not adequately express to Jana the trauma I felt when we discovered a boxelder bug in the front window of the Pine Knot News office this week. I had just spent most of the morning talking to people about ash borers, and their official... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 29, 2022

Wilderness in 0-2 playoff hole

If the Minnesota Wilderness are going to move on in their league playoffs, they will need to string together three straight wins pronto. In Alaska last Friday and Saturday, the Wilderness dropped the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 29, 2022

Olin stepping down; Esse named to hall

It's been quite a week for Courtney Olin and her father, Dave Esse. After seven years as head coach for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team, Olin went public with a decision to leave the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 29, 2022

Baseball previews: Players fighting weather early on

Mother Nature has not been kind to local high school baseball teams this spring. Cold, snowy and rainy weather has caused more than normal cancellations and postponements in the northern half of the... Full story


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