Articles from the May 19, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    May 19, 2023

At 125, Sappi flexes resilience

The 125th anniversary of the Sappi mill in Cloquet will bring a company picnic in August, and another surprise following a quarter-century drought. "For the first time in 25 years we're actually... Full story

 By Taylor Warnes    News    May 19, 2023

74 grads walk in college ceremony

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11, with 74 of this year's 131 graduates walking the stage. Dr. Arne Vainio... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 19, 2023

Board removes HRA director

The Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority’s board of commissioners fired the agency’s executive director on Friday, May 12. Residents in facilities run by the HRA received word that Debra Shaff was “no longer employed” after a...

 By Ted Lammi    News    May 19, 2023

Carlton commits to innovative curriculum

Carlton school board members voted unanimously Monday on a path forward that appears to be unique in Carlton County. At its regular board meeting, superintendent-elect Donita Stepan summarized the new finalized strategic plan. She envisions making...


National Poppy Day next Thursday

The Cloquet American Legion Auxiliary Post 262 will observe this year’s National Poppy Day on Thursday, May 25. Each year, disabled veterans assemble and distribute memorial poppies to honor our nation’s fallen heroes and to benefit living... Full story


Memorial Day services scheduled

Here is a complete schedule of stops on Memorial Day, May 29, for both the Cloquet and Carlton veterans groups. Cloquet Combined Honor Guard 8:15 a.m. Highway 210, Sawyer 8:30 a.m. Saints Mary and Joseph, Sawyer 8:45 a.m. Holy Family Mission 9:15... Full story


10,000 trees headed this way soon

Pine Knot News advertising director Ivan Hohnstadt had a tree-mendous idea three years ago. “Let’s give away 10,000 tree seedlings to celebrate the Pine Knot News being named the most outstanding... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

City of Cloquet: Free pickup of brush begins after Memorial Day

As residents continue to clean up trees damaged by heavy winter snow, Cloquet city councilors voted Tuesday to help its citizens dispose of that debris. Starting May 30, local contractor 3D...


It's 'No Mow May' in Carlton County

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners has declared “No Mow May” in the county, to protect bees and other pollinators. In May, many bees are coming out of hibernation and need flowers to feed themselves and their babies. The main purpose of... Full story


Jeanie Holbeck is DAISY award winner

During National Nurses Week, Community Memorial Hospital announced its very first DAISY Award honoree. The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by Bonnie and Mark Barnes in memory of their late son,... Full story


Burgers & Bikes fundraiser at Rendezvous on Monday

The eighth annual Burgers & Bikes & Beer fundraiser hosted by the Sweet Spokes Cycling Team for the American Diabetes Association takes place 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 22 at Rendezvous Sports Bar & Grill in Scanlon. It’s free to attend and open to... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

Investigators examine Bergquist Imports fire scene

The Cloquet Area Fire District brought its ladder truck to the Bergquist Imports complex again Monday, but there was no fire. This time investigators were taking aerial photos of the roof of the...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 19, 2023

Wrenshall school board achieves end of cuts

While the Wrenshall school board has yet to seal a contract with its proposed superintendent for next school year, Jeff Pesta was nonetheless in the audience at Monday’s board meeting. “We are in negotiations right now,” board chair Nicole...


Agencies can apply for emergency food and shelter grants

Carlton County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security under the Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program. Carlton County has been chosen to receive $5,987 from the State Set-Aside and $6,441.00... Full story


Lake Country Power director election results

Lake Country Power director election results were announced at the annual membership meeting in Cromwell on April 20. Districts 4 and 8 held a special election to fill a two-year vacancy. The other three districts will fill three-year terms.... Full story


Beekeeping field days offered

University of Minnesota Extension Educators will offer four honey beekeeping field days across the state in May and June. They will be at the Hampton Homestead at 3487 Sandy Lake Road in Barnum 9-11 a.m. June 16. They will also be in Duluth, at... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

Cloquet man accused of criminal sexual conduct

A Cloquet man was charged last week with seven counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting a juvenile. Bradley Loren Owens, 40, was charged and appeared for a remote hearing in Sixth District Carlton County Court on May 11. He faces...



From Shane Jopke's perspective, Little Esko Lutheran Preschool is a hidden gem among the myriad of preschool choices that local parents face today. Jopke has two children currently enrolled at the... Full story

 By Jesse Buhs    Opinion    May 19, 2023

Guest View: What it takes to answer the call

Who is the person that shows up when you call an ambulance? Five of the most important qualities of a paramedic, emergency medical technician (EMT) or emergency medical responder (EMR) are: • The... Full story


Harry's Gang: An ode to AM radio

Gilligan and his pals relied on it to keep (relatively) sane. Fortunes have been made, legacies created, ordinary people turned into superstars. It’s been central to many movies and at least two bel... Full story


Here to Learn: Heed these red flags of scams

I was cleaning up the dishes from dinner when the phone rang. The voice on the other end was cheerful and vaguely familiar. “Hi, Grandma.” “Who is this?” I asked. “It’s your grandson,” he replied. “Well, which one? I have many.... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Sports    May 19, 2023

Wilderness move into Final Four

The Minnesota Wilderness are two big steps away from their first North American Hockey League championship since the 2015-16 season. But they may need to summit those steps without their best player.... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Sports    May 19, 2023

Local college athletes shine in track meets

Freshman soars at college meet Cloquet native and 2022 graduate Olivia Jameson finished a standout conference meet earlier this month at De Pere, Wisconsin May 5-6. A freshman architecture major from... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 19, 2023

Baseball: Lumberjacks celebrate a fresh field

Senior Night at Ed Mettner Field in Cloquet on Thursday, May 11 was special in more ways than one. The Lumberjacks honored 13 seniors between the varsity and junior varsity games, and fans got a... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 19, 2023

Baseball: Undefeated Esko rolls over Rebels

A big first two innings helped propel the Esko baseball team to another impressive win on Monday night as the Eskomos downed Moose Lake/Willow River, 14-2, in Esko. The win was the 14th of the season... Full story


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