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Articles from the April 30, 2021 edition

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'Cut!' keeps it lighthearted

After the fall musical was canceled because of the pandemic and the One Act play was entirely online - including rehearsals - director Darrell Davey was determined to make sure every student who... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    April 30, 2021

Gage and Grandpa go the distance

In the spring of 1975, Esko senior discus thrower Bill Hudspith was participating in the state track meet in St. Cloud. On his final throw of his senior year, Hudspith unleashed the best throw of his... Full story

 

Obituaries: Jan Evans

On the morning of April 23rd, heaven came to reclaim an angel, our friend and mother Jan Evans. She passed away from complications from a recent struggle with cancer. Janet Helen Smail was born Aug. 1... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    People    April 30, 2021

Korby: The fascinating life of Jay Shogren

Cloquet versus Hibbing. Boys basketball 1976 Region 7 finals. Showcased players in this game are future Gopher and NBA player Kevin McHale at 6-foot-10 for Hibbing and 6-foot-3 (and ½ inch)... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    April 30, 2021

Chicken Anyone?

Three-year-old Ellie Hatfield isn't quite sure what to make of the rooster she got to hold during Saturday's Chicken Swap in Carlton. Hatfield's dad, Caleb, said they have ducks at home and now Ellie...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Vandals spray anti-Semitic graffiti

Vandals spraypainted a Nazi swastika and a Star of David - a widely recognized symbol of Judaism - on the back of the toilet shelter at Cloquet's Veterans Park last week. The symbols and the letters...

 

Carlton's comeback kids

Music can have some surprising ways of bringing people together. And now - after several years apart - the Carlton choir is back by popular demand. They're set to livestream their spring choir...

 

Harold's Flippin' Fiasco fundraising on Saturday

Due to the pandemic, there will be no flapjacks this year for Harold's Flippin' Fiasco. Volunteers are, however, taking donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Saturday, May 1, from 8... Full story

 

Libraries to offer juggling kits

The Carlton Area, Cloquet and Moose Lake public libraries will be offering juggling kits May 1-31, while supplies last. The “Juggling: A Not-So-Brief Introduction” take-and-move art kit, designed... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 30, 2021

Rotary Club gives books to students

For several years the Rotary Club of Cloquet has sponsored two local projects revolving around literacy, an important mission of Rotary International. This month a total of 299 third-graders from Churchill, Washington, Winterquist, South Terrace,...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    April 30, 2021

Census data means Minnesota keeps Congressional seats

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first population data from Census 2020 Monday, showing that Minnesota’s population grew by 7.6 percent to 5,706,494, outpacing most Midwestern states and keeping pace with the national average.The state grew...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

No 'snow day' for first annual Cloquet cleanup

Despite cold (for April) temperatures and a layer of snow that covered the ground, close to 50 people turned out Saturday for an Earth Day cleanup organized by the Boldt Company along with the city...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    April 30, 2021

County digs into Old Hwy 61 site for new jail

It is now apparent that the construction of a new jail/justice center will be the most significant Carlton County project since the Carlton County courthouse was built in 1922. County coordinator...

 
 By Amy Addy    Happenings    April 30, 2021

Pet Advice: Lost dogs need special treatment

"If I yell for my dog, I know they will come to me." We hear people say this all the time, but unfortunately 90 percent of the time it does not work, and it actually makes the dog run farther away.... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Cloquet school district looks post-pandemic

As the school year winds down to a close, Cloquet school administrators and board members began signaling changes for the next school year Monday. In actions taken every spring, board members approved terminating 10 long-term substitute teacher assig...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

MSOP psychologist charged with criminal sexual misconduct

A psychologist at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake was arrested last week for allegedly engaging in sexual relationshp with two clients over the past four years at the treatment facility. Michelle Dawn Brownfield, 38, was...

 

Our View: Drive safely

It’s springtime; we’re emerging (hopefully) from a year of pandemic isolation; and many of us are returning to work, all of which is making our roads busier than we’ve seen in quite a while. And while we’re not sure things are even close to... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: Support PLAs, and support a living wage

As a longtime resident of Cloquet, I would like to encourage the city council to retain the project labor agreements. I wonder if the men who think union dues are such a burden know how many of the things they take for granted — overtime pay, the...

 

Letter to the editor: Former mayor supports labor agreements

My name is David Hallback, and I previously held the position of Mayor of Cloquet. It was an honor to represent the citizens of Cloquet. I was proud of many things that moved Cloquet forward during my tenure. However, I am troubled by the recent... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Minimum wage is a major conundrum

There’s a lot of talk about raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is one of the campaign promises of the Biden administration. I’m uncomfortable with such a high minimum wage,... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 30, 2021

On The Mark: 'April is the cruelest month'

T. S. Eliot begins his "The Burial of the Dead," the first section of his poem, "The Waste Land," with this: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and... Full story

 

Letters to the editor: Demonizing police is unfair

Last week’s paper contained quite an example of our elected officials — the attorney general, Minneapolis mayor and our governor — demonizing our lawmen and -women. I would hate to be one of those who put on the uniform, kiss their family... Full story

 

Letters to the editor: Letter correction

Last week I submitted an opinion piece to the Pine Knot about a bill in the MN Legislature:, Senate File 421/House File 239. I have since discovered that I made a mistake about one of my assertions. After reading the bill again I realized that our...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Science fair crowns its superstars

In just over two weeks, 600 finalists from around the world will gather for the Regeneron International Science and Engineer Fair to dazzle scientific experts with their projects and compete for... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

It's all about learning, says science fair mentor

The kids aren't the only ones who were recognized at the 84th annual Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair this spring. Cloquet science fair mentor and computer programming whiz William Bauer... Full story

 

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