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Articles from the May 5, 2023 edition


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  • Spring powwow returns to Cloquet schools

    Jana Peterson|May 5, 2023

    The Cloquet Middle School gymnasium was transformed into a powwow grounds Saturday for the seventh annual Ziigwan (Spring) Powwow. "It's a way we can honor our students, our program and our school," said Cloquet American Indian Education program director Teresa Angell. "And we invite the whole community." Angell counted 300 people at the feast, plus others who came and went during the daylong event. It was a happy occasion, the first school powwow after a three-year hiatus because of Covid-19.... Full story

  • Meet our Spring Fever issue

    May 5, 2023

    It’s over. The Pine Knot News has officially declared that winter is over. It’s time to move on. Should we be wrong, we will not print a correction. We’ll take our chances in court with Old Man Winter. If we had the space, we’d spend a lot of newsprint disparaging winter and further increasing our chances of more court dates for libelous commentary. Ah, spring. This is the stuff. This issue celebrates warmer weather this week with a special section tucked inside the print edition of this we... Full story

  • Native plantings take over area yards

    Mike Creger|May 5, 2023

    If you'd like to join a movement, helping the region become a pollinator-friendly one would be a good choice. That's because right here in Carlton County, you can find some of the best resources in turning home yards into an oasis for bees and other pollinators that affect the food chain, and the whole health of the outdoors exponentially. "It's growing," said Alyssa Bloss, a conservation specialist for the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District. She's been in the field for 14 years and... Full story

  • Warm weather brings plenty of outdoor opportunities

    Pine Knot News staff|May 5, 2023

    Whether you're looking for a way to while away an afternoon or plan an entire week's worth of activities - staycation style - there's plenty to do in Carlton County. Spring and summer are the perfect time to explore everything the area has to offer, from hiking in Jay Cooke State Park and whitewater rafting down the St. Louis River, to museums and other local attractions. Established in 1857 and home to more than 35,000 citizens, Carlton County encompasses Cloquet, Esko, Carlton, Moose Lake,... Full story

  • Things are growing at The Green House

    Jana Peterson|May 5, 2023

    Tired of waiting for summer blooms? Step into The Green House in Carlton, and prepare for a visual feast that starts with the 5,000 hanging plants and spreads out in waist-high rows in nearly every direction. Eye-popping flowers in every color imaginable are offset by the greens of herbs, houseplants, ivy and other growing things. "We get a lot of people popping in just to get a breath of spring," said Heather Bergherr. "Everyone is coming in, looking around, getting excited. They can't wait... Full story

  • Bird watching: For the birds, just look up

    May 5, 2023

    For those who have been admiring Will Stenberg’s bird photos in the Pine Knot News lately but yearn to see some of the same birds in the wild, just grab your binoculars and look out your back window or go for a drive. Keeping your eyes open for all beauty in nature is a good idea. “A person has to spend a lot of time in nature and if we aren’t seeing birds, we are also looking for wildflowers,” said Stenberg, who also captures plenty of wildlife in his camera lens, from baby foxes to black b... Full story

  • Master Gardener: Transplant finds roots

    May 5, 2023

    Greetings. My name is Sue Tracy, and I am a science teacher and a Master Gardener. I have a master’s degree in science education from Montana State University. I teach part-time at both Wrenshall Schools and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Becoming a Master Gardener was a great decision for me and at a time when I needed help the title provided. When my family moved to Michigan, I accepted a teaching position at an agricultural high school that had a landscape/horticulture class. T... Full story

  • Master Gardener: Growing into the job

    May 5, 2023

    Visions of butterflies floating amongst a field full of wildflowers, the sound of honey bees buzzing around an apple orchard, watching the dew on those red apples glisten in the sun, and feeling the dirt in which the veggies are growing are all reasons why I felt the need to join the Master Gardener program. Living on a small hobby farm, gardening has been a large part of our daily life and a growing passion for understanding how each plant works and how that plant ties into the world around us.... Full story

  • City of Cloquet: Spring cleaning for the great outdoors

    Jana Peterson|May 5, 2023

    The snow may have finally melted, exposing the effects of December’s devastating storms. The heavy snow left some young trees bowing like monks while older trees fell or dropped limbs that were overwhelmed by the weight of the wet snow. The freeze that followed froze many in the same position much of the winter. Strong winds this spring are finishing the damage in some cases; people armed with saws and clippers are doing the rest. In an effort to help citizens who are now cleaning up the m... Full story

  • A poem: Planting Time

    May 5, 2023

    Planting time By Patrick Stevens I see flowers in spring: white, yellow, violet, pink all lined up in rows and plots popping here and there potted or not, placed by neighbors’ hands and mine, tended and growing, as if our children were lined up for inspection, bright and cheery, bow ties and curtsies, bursting with life. This sunny May season’s spring days each always a new surprise or a memory as flowers rise to greet another year on summer’s way. I have scrubbed and scoured an acre of soil off my creased hands from pulling weeds, from turn... Full story

  • Sjodin Strong benefit

    May 5, 2023

    A benefit for the Janae Sjodin family will take place 2-6 p.m. Saturday at the Four Seasons Sports Complex and Event Center in Carlton. Janae, a senior at Wrenshall High School, was severely injured in a car crash in late March and remained in a Duluth hospital this week, unconscious due to a head injury and healing from surgeries for multiple broken bones. Organizers of the event plan a barbeque pork dinner, bake sale and silent auction. All proceeds will go to the family and cash or checks... Full story

  • Worker assaulted at Sex Offender Program

    Pine Knot News|May 5, 2023

    A 29-year-old man committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake was arrested on assault charges Monday after causing a 53-year-old staff member to be airlifted from the facility. The condition of the victim was not known late Monday, said a Carlton County Sheriff’s Office news release. Carlton County 911 dispatch received a call from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program at Moose Lake at 1:23 p.m. Monday, reporting a client assault on a staff member. Sheriff’s Office deputies and Essentia Health ambulance services responded, alo... Full story

  • July Fourth committee seeks volunteers

    May 5, 2023

    The Cloquet Fourth of July committee is looking for community-minded volunteers to help organize and/or work the community’s largest annual event. Many hands make light work, and this event could certainly use a few more hands, whether it's stuffing envelopes or making calls for donations, helping with setup on July 3, or with events on the Fourth from wiffleball to face painting to the parade. Call or text 218-213-1231 or email [email protected].... Full story

  • hometown Homegrown musicians

    May 5, 2023

    Each year, Carlton County is well represented at the annual Homegrown Musical Festival in Duluth. It's the 25th edition of the weeklong festival that celebrates local music and other arts at venues across the Twin Ports. It opened Sunday and included Darren Shabaiash, right, with the stage name of Darren Sipity, who is a rapper from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He was part of the opening ceremony set at Hoops Brewery in Canal Park. The #theindianheadband is a family group... Full story

  • Fast-paced comedy opens this weekend at Cloquet High School

    Jana Peterson|May 5, 2023

    The Cloquet High School spring play, "Noises Off" is a play within a play, a comedy that gives the audience an inside look at a dysfunctional cast during three different performances, a final dress rehearsal, during a matinee performance and in the tour's final stop, from more than one angle. The New York Times called the play "spectacularly funny" and a "festival of delirium." Sardines feature prominently in this farce written by Michael Frayn, where lines are forgotten, love triangles unravel... Full story

  • Other plays this weekend

    May 5, 2023

    ‘Airness’ in Wrenshall Wrenshall’s three-act play will be putting on their performance of “Airness” this weekend. Don’t miss out on some awesome air guitar performances, incredible acting and heart from the cast, and some rockin’ songs. Performances start at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 4-5, and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Wrenshall gymnasium. Tickets are free. ‘The Sound of Music’ If you missed the first two shows this week, New Wine will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” four more times — May 7, 18, 20 and 21 — ov... Full story

  • County Seat takes home regional awards

    Pine Knot News|May 5, 2023

    The County Seat Theater Company recently took their Minnesota “Best of Festival” one-act production of “Tracks” on the road to Salina, Kansas for the American Association of Community Theatre Region V Festival. The April 20-23 event featured six shows from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Kansas. "What an absolute honor it was to be able to have our show performed at this level. Especially amongst so many wonderful productions," said co-director Joel Soukkala. "To hear the positive feedbac... Full story

  • Chamber honors local businesses

    Pine Knot News|May 5, 2023

    The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce honored two of its members as businesses of the year at its 70th annual meeting and banquet last week, and paid special attention to two local industries that are reaching major milestones this year. The Cloquet Sappi mill is celebrating 125 years of manufacturing at its site along the St. Louis River in Cloquet, while USG Interiors will mark 100 years of manufacturing in the historic West End of Cloquet. While both businesses have changed owners and... Full story

  • Thomson Board moves ahead with road paving project

    Rebekah King|May 5, 2023

    The Thomson Township board of supervisors is moving forward with the East Riverside Road paving project that residents have been pushing for since 2019. The board approved a bid for the paving project at their meeting on April 27, 2023, for $403,864. The township received five bids and ultimately selected the lowest bidder to complete the project. This comes after 27 township residents signed a petition urging the board to repave East Riverside Road in March 2021. Due to new building construction on the road, the board approved the request for... Full story

  • Driver killed when tanker overturns outside Cloquet

    Pine Knot News|May 5, 2023

    A 31-year-old Grand Rapids, Minnesota man was killed Saturday, April 29, when his tractor-trailer overturned, catching fire and causing an explosion north of Cloquet, at the convergence of northbound Minnesota Highway 33 and U.S. Highway 53. Xavier Ryan Henson was hauling a tanker northbound on Highway 33 and was unable to negotiate the curve at the junction with Highway 53, a Minnesota State Patrol news release said. The semi left the roadway, overturning and catching fire. Smoke in the aftermath of the explosion and subsequent fire could be s... Full story

  • Obituary: Timothy A. "Tim" Haryu

    May 5, 2023

    Timothy A. “Tim” Haryu, 52, of Cloquet passed away April 27, 2023, at Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 2, 1970, in Minneapolis, and graduated from Proctor High School in 1989. Tim also attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. He was united in marriage to Roxanne Beaulieu on May 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. Tim enjoyed camping, hunting and spending time with his family and friends at their seasonal cam... Full story

  • Obituary: Shirley Marie Mead

    May 5, 2023

    Shirley Marie Mead, 85, of Wrenshall passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 26, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born July 15, 1937, in Crosby, the daughter of Gladys (Wolford) and Melvin Bayliss. Shirley worked at the Junction Oasis truck stop for 30-plus years. She loved spending time with her family, playing cribbage, baking and camping. Most of all, she loved Duane, her husband of 66 years. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Fern and Ad... Full story

  • Obituary: Donna M. Mundell

    May 5, 2023

    Donna M. Mundell, 85, of Carlton passed away April 26, 2023, in Maplewood. She was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Tracy, the daughter of William and Pearl (Keith) Hackett. Donna was united in marriage to Gerald Davis Mundell on July 24, 1959. She worked for many years as a baker at the Truck Stop in Carlton, and as a cook at Community Memorial Hospital from 1992 until retiring in 2003. Donna was also an Avon Lady for 30 years. Donna enjoyed quilting, ceramics and crafts, baking for family and friends,... Full story

  • Obituary: Gary Michael Ojanen Sr.

    May 5, 2023

    Gary “The Handyman” Ojanen was born May 12, 1958, to Alvin and Violet Ojanen in Duluth. Gary passed away Friday, April 28, 2023, at the age of 64. Gary graduated from Proctor High School in 1977. He loved the outdoors, and hunting was his passion, especially up at “The Farm,” where he shot numerous deer over the course of his life. He started working for UPS and at numerous jobs before landing a job at Potlatch, where he worked for more than 20 years. After that, he found his true calling... Full story

  • Death notices: Francisco, Maslowski

    May 5, 2023

    Wayne “Peewee” Francisco, 79, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: Noon until the 1 p.m. Celebration of Life on Friday, May 12 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Burial will be in St. Matthews Lutheran Cemetery in Esko. Nancy Ann Maslowski, 79, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, May 13 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. A time of fello... Full story

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