Articles from the May 8, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

Mobile testing comes to Cloquet

Mobile testing for COVID-19 has arrived in Cloquet in true Northland style: a fish house. "Technically it's a fish house with no holes," said phlebotomist Alicia Rock with a chuckle Tuesday morning. A... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

As theater goes dark, popcorn still pops

The first famous movie quote, "There's no place like home," went up on the Premiere Theatres sign after Gov. Tim Walz issued his stay-at-home order and shut down movie theaters, restaurants and other...

 By Pine Knot News    Calendar    May 8, 2020

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 8 1910 Governor Adolf O. Eberhart declares Minnesota's first Mother's Day holiday. 1924 Ships idled in ice in Duluth's harbor begin to...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

Cloquet grads opt for a drive-in ceremony

It will be a Cloquet High School graduation unlike any that have come before, that's for certain. Restricted by orders prohibiting large gatherings and aiming to promote social distancing during the C... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

COVID case numbers still climbing

Increrased testing across the state is sending the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases higher while it gives health officials a better idea of where the spread is occuring. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that the total... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

USG shuts down with more cases

After reporting that the Cloquet USG plant had one person test positive for COVID-19 on April 24, the company announced Wednesday that it had two additional confirmed cases of the disease. The company found out this week and suspended operations at... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 8, 2020

Two injured in two-car accident

Two people were taken to the Cloquet hospital Saturday after a teenage driver ran a stop sign on County Road 4 in Silver Brook Township. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a 43-year-old male driver and his 42-year-old passenger in a...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 8, 2020

Highway 23 bridge projects begun

Two bridge projects on Highway 23 in Carlton County south of Wrenshall began this week and are expected to run until October. The road will not be closed, but single-lane bypasses will be used. The bridge over Deer Creek, south of Pleasant Valley,...

 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 8, 2020

Social distancing disregard closes basketball court ... again

Cloquet city councilors tried to find a balance between keeping people safe on the one hand, and allowing them to have fun outside at city parks on the other during Tuesday’s online council... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 8, 2020

Boards fine-tune school site plans

A joint committee made up of school board members from Carlton and Wrenshall districts is chipping away at site plans for a consolidated district. The boards have to submit a plan to the Minnesota Department of Education next week on what it will be...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 8, 2020

County board member will run to keep seat

Two-term Carlton County board commissioner Gary Peterson announced this week that he will seek re-election this fall. He made the announcement at the board’s committee of the whole meeting on Monday. Filing opens on May 19 with the Carlton County...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 8, 2020

Story train chugs along

Cloquet librarian Keiko Satomi said she was reading about the food train at B&B Market in Cloquet, along with stories about community members reading to kids online, when it occurred to her: Why not...

 By Pine Knot News    People    May 8, 2020

Praise high on the roof

They were singing and preaching from the rooftop Sunday at Journey Christian Church in Cloquet. It was the second drive-in church service where associate Pastor Fred Goldschmidt preached and the...


On Faith: Promise can hold us together

The Danish physicist Nils Bohr famously observed that “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” Never has that statement been truer than today. The COVID-19 pandemic has created deep uncertainties and anxieties, not... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 8, 2020

Our View: Election season coming right at us

We’re expecting a different campaign season this year, with social distancing both a barrier to traditional campaigning and an issue in itself: How much social distancing and other restrictions does the government have over its citizens? So we were...

 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    May 8, 2020

Harry's Gang: I prefer a warm, dry camp

Now we can't camp overnight in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I say it's no big deal, for now. It's a ban lasting only until May 18. But who camps in early May except the diehards? It's...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 8, 2020

Letters to the editor: Support Enbridge line; support our economy

As a longtime taxpayer and consumer of energy products, I am writing to express my support of Enbridge’s Line 3 project and the economic benefits it would bring to our community and the state of Minnesota, particularly on the heels of the COVID-19...

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 8, 2020

On The Mark: Food shelf volunteers fill new gaps

As increasing numbers of our neighbors are laid off or staying home with children, they find it harder to make ends meet. Nonprofits such as the Tri-Community Food Shelf are helping mightily to...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 8, 2020

Take advantage of many local farm food options

Our new normal during the coronavirus pandemic has made many appreciate the ease of access to basic needs here in our local communities. All of the local grocery stores have been relatively...

 By Chris Gass    Opinion    May 8, 2020

The Green Guy: I'm leaving, but SWCD works goes on

Goodbye. Maybe it’s just me, but “goodbye” seems reserved for formal occasions with suits and ties or when the end just can’t come soon enough. I much prefer the intentionally vague “until...


Rickety Desk: Shows must go on

When I was kid, one of the fun things that might happen when the family was stuck in the house on a snowy day was a "theatrical production." These were usually a one-act play dreamed up by the kids...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 8, 2020

With pandemic, what's old is new again ... sort of

Saturday night sauna visits with Great-Uncle Krigsholm and the Reed and Koivisto grandparents included tales of past epidemics that killed family members or neighbors. Average life expectancy in 1918 wasn’t much past age 50. People who died in...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 8, 2020

Boy Scouts stay busy virtually

The Scouts from Cloquet’s Troop 171 have been busy with distant learning activities during the ongoing health emergency. Scoutmaster Kevin McGrath says they have been holding weekly virtual troop meetings on Friday nights, which have kept Scouts...


Obituaries: Barbara Little

Barbara Ann Cloud Little was born in Washington, D.C. in 1934, the second of four children born to Etienne L. and Dorothy Ball Cloud. She entered into the next realm on May 4, 2020, after living with... Full story


Obituaries: Lauretta "Lori" Lee McCollum

Lauretta "Lori" Lee McCollum, 67, of Esko passed away April 30, 2020, at home. She was born Aug. 25, 1952, in Minneapolis to Lyle and Jenny Mae Putnam. Lori worked as a cook at the Black Bear Casino... Full story


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