Articles from the May 22, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    COVID-19    May 22, 2020

Retail reset: Businesses re-open cautiously

It wasn't exactly "business as usual" in Carlton County Monday. Still, shoppers could choose from a wider variety of businesses, after the latest stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Tim Walz expired Mon... Full story


UPDATED: Memorial Day changed by COVID-19, but ceremonies go on

Although many celebrate with a trip to the cabin, the actual purpose of Memorial Day on Monday is to honor and recognize the war dead. It is observed on the last Monday in May, when many people also... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week....

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

Alternatives abound for modified Memorial Day

The national VFW Auxiliary website offers a number of ways to commemorate Memorial Day while maintaining social distancing this year, including the following: Fly the American flag. • Make signs to hang on your door thanking the military. • Hang...

 By Mike Creger    News    May 22, 2020

County stung by stalemate at capitol

When the Minnesota Legislature ended earlier this week without passing major bonding and tax bills, those waiting for funding word in Carlton County had to feel the sting. The failure to meet the deadline, and the push into a likely special session i...


County COVID-19 cases climbing slowly

The Minnesota Department of Health put the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton at 70 as of Wednesday, May 20, up from 65 a week ago. As has been the case from the beginning, more than half of the positive cases are in the Moose Lake prison.... Full story


Tribe discontinues quick COVID-19 tests

The Fond du Lac human services department announced Tuesday that the Min No Aya Win Clinic was going to stop offering the Abbott ID NOW point-of-care tests for COVID-19, which provided results within 20 minutes, because of concerns about the... Full story


Two more workers positive at USG

After closing the USG plant in Cloquet for a deep cleaning following three employee-confirmed cases of COVID-19 there, USG spokesperson Kaitlyn Henderson said the company has two additional confirmed... Full story


See the CHS special graduation section in this week's paper!

Inside this week's Pine Knot News is a the first of two special Class of 2020 graduations sections, filled with eight pages of photos and best wishes for the Cloquet High School Class of 2020.... Full story

 By Lois E. Johnson    People    May 22, 2020

She has five decades of teaching tales

A stock water tank and a giant Coca-Cola bottle replica contained most of the one million pop can tabs Wright Elementary School students collected back in the late 1980s. The collection was to be recy...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

Ruby's Pantry opens Wednesday

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ruby’s Pantry will again be held outdoors as a drive-through program from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 615 12th Street in Cloquet. Volunteers will greet you at your car, collect...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

Cloquet library restarts pickups

The Cloquet Public Library is taking pickup orders again for library materials. The process is simple and involves three steps: 1. Reserve books, DVDs or other library materials. Call 218-879-1531, email [email protected] or place a hold through...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

City closes in on police chief pick

After more than a year in limbo, Cloquet is closing in on getting a permanent police chief. Three of five police chief candidates made it through to the finalist round following a brief discussion...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

Council member will run again

Current at-large city councilor Lara Wilkinson announced her intention today to run for re-election for the Cloquet city council. "I'm proud of the work the council has done since January of 2019," sa...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

Fire danger is high

The National Weather Service has issued more than one Red Flag Warning for Carlton County in recent days. The warning means the area is experiencing critical weather conditions that are ideal for wildfire, including strong winds and minimum humidity...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 22, 2020

City start water main flushes

The Cloquet water department will begin flushing water mains Tuesday, May 26 and continue through the months of June, July and August. Flushing will be done between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday....

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

Loans available for Cloquet businesses in pandemic pain

While many small and large businesses have tapped into government grant and loan programs offered in response to the shutdowns and economic downturns wrought by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 22, 2020

Our View: Pros and cons of online meetings could be better

Every crisis results in changes. Floods alter the flow of rivers. Volcanoes can move mountains. After 9/11, the invasive screening process at airports we accept as “normal” were implemented here. And while it’s still too early to tell how life...


Voting by mail makes sense

Boy, we can sure politicize every issue in the country, can't we? It seems that the political divide can be attached to any issue, even ones concerning science, medicine and sports. I used to joke...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 22, 2020

Letters to the editor

I wrote myriad social media rants and deleted most of them. Accusing people of being armchair epidemiologists or challenging their economics degree is unnecessary. People have opinions and today we share those on social media instead of in coffee...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 22, 2020

Duluth hosts event worthy of fallen officers across state

National Police week concluded on May 16. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the traditional ceremonies and events were canceled or modified. It's a time for us to recognize officers who gave the u...


Obituaries: Delynn Marie (Morrow) Loeb

Delynn Marie (Morrow) Loeb, 76, of Los Gatos, California, and formerly of Pengilly, Cloquet, and Owatonna, passed away May 18, 2020. Our merciful God was truly on her side as she passed suddenly,... Full story


Obituaries: Eleanor Carol Thomsen

Eleanor C. Thomsen, 94, of Cloquet passed away May 18, 2020, at Augustana Care in Moose Lake. She was born Nov. 28, 1925, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Walter and Florence (Troyer) Garske. Eleanor... Full story


Death Notices

Raymond William Kemi, 89, of Esko passed away on May 17, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. A private family service will be held. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family c/o Atkins... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 22, 2020

Family Tradition Restaurant and anonymous donor give back

It was "pay it forward" to the tune of $4,000. That's how much a donor (who asked to remain anonymous) gave Cloquet's Family Tradition Restaurant to use to provide meals for people in need and... Full story


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