Articles from the May 21, 2021 edition

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 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 21, 2021

Single Track Action

There's a new club in town that's rolling right along. "We're a local mountain bike club and our goal is advocacy for singletrack and multi-use trails in Cloquet and the surrounding area," said... Full story


Art is back on Avenue C

Early this morning, a ruby- throated hummingbird scouted our bird feeders, then departed for sweeter options. I poured sugar into a quart jar, added water and shook, retrieved and filled the feeders... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 21, 2021

Funeral shooter sentenced to 9 years

A man who shot his sister's boyfriend at a funeral on the Fond du Lac reservation in 2019 was sentenced to 110 months in prison Monday. Shelby Gene Boswell, 29, was convicted in federal court with...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

Wrenshall picks principal

The Wrenshall school board opted for a very familiar face when it comes to hiring a principal for the next school year. Board president Michelle Blanchard was chosen last week after the board interviewed three candidates. The position is being...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

County begins assessments

The Carlton County Assessor’s office has begun its statutorily mandated 5-year reappraisal of properties in the city of Cloquet. Staff will be out and about in Cloquet through the end of 2021. County staff will have proper ID, a county vehicle, a t...


Police respond to several shots fired Monday

Shortly after midnight early Monday morning, May 17, Cloquet Police Department officers responded to 227 Scotty Drive in Cloquet for a report of several shots fired at the residence. Officers...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

Area law enforcement will focus on seat belt compliance

Minnesota motorists are known for their high seat-belt compliance rate, but a disturbing development is taking place on Minnesota roads. Between Jan. 1 and April 22, preliminary reports show 31 unbelted motorists died this year, the highest number...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

Local Jeopardy! contestant is on

Don’t forget to watch Carlton grad Sam Kavanaugh compete in the Jeopardy 2021 Tournament of Champions Friday, May 21, and next week if he wins his way to the next round. On Friday, Kavanaugh faces off against Michigan writer Andy Wood and Oregon l...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

Parking meeting is on Monday

The Carlton County board of commissioners will hold a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 24 at the Carlton County Transportation Building at 1630 County Road 61 regarding a proposed parking ordinance. The ordinance will regulate parking and...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 21, 2021

Diver to advise U of M president

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced earlier this month that Karen Diver will be the institution’s inaugural Senior Advisor to the President for Native American Affairs. Diver will assume this newly created position — an uncommon ro...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 21, 2021

New jail sites get more scrutiny

Planning for a new county jail, although slow and methodical, is getting closer to a decision on site and building design. The Carlton County jail steering committee and the property management department headed by county coordinator Dennis Genereau...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 21, 2021

Council drops masks; reopens labor vote

Cloquet City councilors voted Tuesday to repeal the city’s ordinance requiring face coverings, and reconsider their vote on the repeal of the Cloquet project labor agreement passed two weeks ago. T... Full story

 By MPR News    News    May 21, 2021

Legislature to rely on special session, again

Minnesota lawmakers walked out of the state Capitol in broad daylight after the 2021 session came to an end. In most years, that alone would be a banner accomplishment. This year, it produced howls...

 By Leola Rodd    Happenings    May 21, 2021

Carlton Happenings

The Green House will soon be placing the beautiful hanging plants to brighten the main street of Carlton. I have mine ready to go, and with a little help they will be planted soon. I want to wish a...


Obituaries: Victor Moretto

Victor Moretto, 86, died at home May 16, 2021, from bone cancer. He was born May 13, 1935, at home, the youngest of 10 children, in Dewey, Wisconsin. He worked at U.S. Steel in Duluth for many years... Full story


Obituaries: Lori Marie Alaspa

Lori Marie Alaspa, 59, of Cloquet passed away May 17 in her home due to health complications. She was born Nov. 15, 1961 in Cloquet, the daughter of Arthur and Helen (Nelson) Petersen. Lori attended s... Full story


Obituaries: Edward "Ed" Donald Thornton

Edward "Ed" Donald Thornton, 95, passed away peacefully at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor on May 17, 2021. Ed was born in St. Paul, the second eldest of seven children to Ada and Edward L.... Full story


Obituaries: Laurel (Cahill) Peltier

Laurel (Cahill) Peltier, 74, of Farmington passed away March 10, 2021, from respiratory failure. She is lovingly remembered by her children, Jessica and Eli Peltier, and her grandchildren, Breanna... Full story


Obituaries: Bimbo Nordrum

Bimbo Nordrum, 51, left this world on an Indian Motorcycle in Sherman County, Oregon, May 5, 2021. Born April 6, 1970, to James and Judy Nordrum, he grew up in International Falls with his sister, Jo,... Full story


Obituaries: Bonnie J. Carter

Bonnie J. Carter, 75, of Cloquet passed away May 13, 2021, at Sunnyside Health Care Center. She was born May 11, 1946, in Cloquet, the daughter of Douglas and Lorraine (Proulx) Carter. Bonnie graduate... Full story


Death Notices

Melanie Joy Synkiew, 57, of Cloquet died Feb. 13. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at Round Lake Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements by Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet.\ Kay Lenore Burgraff, 69, of Duluth and formerly of Holyoke,... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 21, 2021

Our View: Enjoy parks season and keep them pretty

Cloquet’s parks are the envy of many, with plenty of recreation areas for outdoor activities as varied as team sports, hiking, playing on playgrounds, skating, skiing and camping. Many of our prize attractions are located along the Highway 33 c...


Harry's gang: No masks is nice, but don't put them out of sight just yet

It was exciting to see so many people breathe a sigh of relief when Gov. Walz lifted the state's mask mandate last week. Not only was it easier to breathe that sigh of relief, we could actually see... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    May 21, 2021

On The Mark: Cromwell-Wright held fast to in-person learning

Reflecting earlier this month, Cromwell-Wright principal and superintendent Nathan Libbon recounted how he and his teachers, staff, parents and school board members managed to host most of their K-12...

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    May 21, 2021

Pandemic pause, reset

The past 14 months have been a rollercoaster ride for 2011 Cloquet graduate and full-time musician Tony Petersen, from a rock 'n' roll tour of Europe to riding out the pandemic in Minneapolis. When... Full story


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