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  • Cloquet grad makes golf regional

    Steve Korby|May 3, 2024

    Cloquet grad Karson Patten just keeps adding to his growing golf resume. His collegiate team, Minnesota State Mankato, qualified for the NCAA regional championship in Edmond, Oklahoma next week. Patten, a freshman, finished third individually in the nine-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet held April 19-21. Patten is the defending Cloquet Country Club champion, a member of Cloquet's 2021 Minnesota State High School golf state championship team, and a 2023 Minnesota Mr. Golf... Full story

  • Carlton Happenings

    Leola Rodd|May 3, 2024

    This year’s Carlton Community Cleanup is May 17. Students from the high school will be out raking, picking up garbage and piling up branches across the city and Hillside Cemetery. If you need to have your yard cleaned, contact Leola Rodd at 218-310-6065. You must live within the city limits to receive this service. This past fall, Inter-Faith Care Center volunteer and friend Cecelia Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year by the Minnesota Statewide Activity Professionals. There are 600 a...

  • Business Spotlight: The Green House

    May 3, 2024

    I am not sure I know how to write about The Green House without it turning into something sentimental. I used to daydream about owning a greenhouse. It was my "someday dream" for a time when our kids were raised, when we had more freedom and our financial responsibilities were less burdening. I worked at a small greenhouse in high school and was a florist for a few years in my 20s. After that, I had earned an established position traveling and working with automotive service departments. My... Full story

  • Obituary: Dr. Clyde Ekbom

    May 3, 2024

    Dr. Clyde William Ekbom, 76, of Cloquet passed peacefully into eternal life on April 22, 2024. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family. Clyde was born June 25, 1947, to Glenn and Leona (Thorp) Ekbom in Mora, Minnesota. He spent his early years in Isle. The Ekbom family moved to Aitkin in 1953, where Clyde lived until graduating from high school in 1965. His parents owned the iconic Sugar Bowl restaurant, where Clyde spent much of his youth. He was a talented athlete, participating in... Full story

  • Obituary: Albert Behrens

    May 3, 2024

    Albert J. Behrens, 94, master woodworker, woodworking teacher, world traveler, dog breeder, fisherman, hunter, charmer, loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2024, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, surrounded by love. He was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Pomeroy, Iowa. Al served in the Navy Seabees in the Aleutian Islands and Guam. He taught in St. Cloud. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Hermina (Eckinger) Behrens, and... Full story

  • Obituary: Nicole Pfisthner

    May 3, 2024

    Nicole Marie Pfisthner passed away unexpectedly at the age of 51 on April 22, 2024, at her home in Carlton. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and will be deeply missed. She was born June 17, 1972, to Jerry and Annarose (Bookin) Dion in Cloquet. She was raised in Cloquet along with her two siblings and was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. During her childhood she enjoyed being a part of danceline groups. Nicole graduated from Cloquet High School in 1990... Full story

  • Obituary: Elmer Thomas

    May 3, 2024

    Elmer Elsworth Thomas, 74, of Cloquet passed away April 27, 2024, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1949, the son of Joseph and Faye Thomas. Elmer graduated from Cromwell High School in 1970 and served in the U.S. Marines. He was married to Kathy J. Rostveit on Oct. 7, 1971, in Cromwell. Elmer worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Cloquet. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing and playing cribbage. He loved feeding wildlife in his backyard. He will be remembered for... Full story

  • Obituary: Zegment Novacinski

    May 3, 2024

    Zegment Novacinski, 91, of Cloquet passed away from respiratory complications Wednesday, April 24, 2024. He was born June 5, 1932, to Alex and Pelogia Novacinski. Zegment served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he worked for Potlatch as a machine operator for 48 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and Potlatch Quarter Century. Zegment married JoAnn Gunski, and they enjoyed 67 years together. Zeg loved to fish, hunt,... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 3, 2024

    Congratulations to Tom Gervais on being recognized for excellence in leadership at the Cromwell-Wright Fire District’s annual get-together April 26. Tom’s leadership style is a steadfast commitment to serving others with integrity, and he is an inspiration and example of true leadership excellence. It was so great to see the wonderful photographs and paintings at the Pine Knot office in Cloquet last Friday evening. The exhibit will be up for several weeks, so stop in to take a gander at the...

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|May 3, 2024

    The Kettle River city barbecue is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Kettle River ballpark. This is a potluck event, so bring a dish to share and have a chance to visit with friends. The Suomalainen Kirkko committee will hold a meeting 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5 at its building to plan for events for the summer. The next Kettle River City Council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. The next Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Kettle River Senior center. The next Finnish Luncheon starts at noon Tuesday, May 21. Everyone...

  • PHOTO: Beauty sprung

    May 3, 2024

    Frequent photo contributor Will Stenberg, whose work is also part of the current Knot Gallery showing at the Pine Knot office, captured emerging crocus blooms in his yard north of Esko late last month.... Full story

  • Fighting Pack

    Dave Harwig|May 3, 2024

    Raegan Grayson carries the ball during the Hermantown-Proctor-CEC Stealth lacrosse match with the Duluth Wolfpack Thursday, April 25 in Hermantown. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton players are part of the program co-op with Hermantown and Proctor. The Wolfpack won 18-9....

  • Death Notices

    May 3, 2024

    Arayah Marie LaFave, 20, passed away April 24, 2024. Services were held May 1 at the Cloquet Community Center. Burial was at the New Holy Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet. Adolph E. Romanek, 98, of Floodwood, passed away April 30, 2024, at his home under hospice care. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Floodwood. Visitation will continue Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Military honors will follow.... Full story