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  • Obituary: Paul Fisher

    May 24, 2019

    Paul Fisher, 70, of Cloquet, passed away May 19, 2019, in Duluth with his family by his side. Paul was born on the family homestead in Carlton County Nov. 24, 1948. He graduated from Carlton High School in 1966. Paul married Karen Randall on Sept. 22, 1972. Paul worked as a crane operator at U.S. Steel until it closed, and then worked as a truck driver until he retired in 2012. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends. He also enjoyed hanging out in his garage and... Full story

  • Obituary: Donald E. Carlson

    May 24, 2019

    Don Carlson, 87, of Billings, Mont., passed away on May 16, 2019. Don was born Oct. 13, 1931, the eighth son of Albert and Sevia Carlson in Cloquet, Minn. He grew up on the farm in Mahtowa and graduated from Barnum High School in 1950. In July of 1956, he married Gail Nylander in Duluth. Don's working years were spent with Duluth-Superior Transit, Twin City Rapid Transit and Roley Feed Mill, and he retired after 24 years with Greyhound. In retirement, he and his wife drove and directed tours in... Full story

  • California has got its own vibe going on

    Parnell Thill, Notes from the Small Pond|May 24, 2019

    California … knows howda pardy. If you’ve never been, you should and if you have you should again and if you live there you should consider your unfathomable good fortune and shrug off that whole San Andreas Fault thing the same way we Minnesotans shrug off the heightened threat of seasonal depression, alcoholism, suicide and mosquitoes. Not to mention army worms … Or the fact that the Vikes just can’t figure it out. Ever. … Eventually, we’ll all end up in the sea. Or the dirt. Even the army wo...

  • Letter: Vaping threat is bigger than people know

    May 24, 2019

    By scheduling a Tuesday evening presentation on vaping at the Cloquet High School auditorium, families were offered extremely valuable information to help parents and caregivers in our community protect their children. Vaping is the current, much more dangerous and addictive, “follow-up” to smoking by children, and a habit that can do much to injure brain function. For me, it was shocking and terrifying to realize that addiction is present in our high school as well as in schools across the nation. We are not exempt here in Cloquet. Every par...

  • Letter: Vaping interferes with daily education

    May 24, 2019

    In regard to “The Vape Debate” article. “Fizzy lemonade, Arctic Air, Blue Razz Lemonade, Iced Pink Punch” are all things that seem completely innocent, until they are not. The issue of vaping is one I see as a student at Cloquet Senior High daily. Whether in the girls’ bathroom, a student hiding in the corner of the classroom, or while driving out of the student parking lot just minutes after the bell rings. One possible solution stated in the article was to raise the age limit from 18 to 21, which I agree seems like one of the better op...

  • Letter: Carlton, Wrenshall need fresh start

    May 24, 2019

    Isn’t it time to build a new school in between the cities of Carlton and Wrenshall with a new name, new mascot and fresh start for both districts? As each city wants a school, they can keep an elementary, but the middle school and high school students need a building better suited for today’s technology. Sue Rollefson Cloquet...

  • Letter: Congress needs to fix postal service

    May 24, 2019

    They say you know you’re old when you and your dog have the same favorite pastimes: taking frequent naps and watching for the mailman. As one of those old curmudgeons, I have to take exception to last week’s screed by Pete Radosevich on the U.S. Postal Service. It is true that there is a lot of advertising in the mail: I get several catalogs every week which go directly from my mailbox to the recycle bin, but I assume they must be making money from someone, or they wouldn’t be sending them. But so what? Do you want to stifle business? The t...

  • Queen of Peace church is at a mission crossroads

    Pete Radosevich, Harrys Gang|May 24, 2019

    Queen of Peace school has been around town a long time. Since before the big fire. Since 1911, to be precise. The new principal, David Douglas, is just finishing up his first year at the school. He’s breathed some new life and energy into the school, which has an enthusiastic staff and student body, but is always under the scrutiny of the parish due to its immense costs. Running a private school isn’t cheap, and our strong public schools make the decision difficult for those choosing bet...

  • Downtown Cloquet befriends walkers

    May 24, 2019

    Downtown Cloquet has seen some significant improvements to its roads, sidewalks and traffic signals over the past couple of years. The roads have been repaved, sidewalks were updated, and bike lanes were installed. Major efforts have been made to increase the “walkability” of downtown, to encourage people to walk around downtown safely and efficiently. The new traffic signals along Cloquet Avenue are modernized with audio tone push buttons and an electronic voice that tells you when to walk and when to stay put. The “walk” signals have been ti...

  • Debate continues over parking lot

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|May 24, 2019

    Cloquet city council members had many questions at their Tuesday meeting, tabling two of five votes on the agenda because councilors wanted more time for research and more questions answered before voting. Tabled for now were requests for zoning changes for a proposed parking lot from Sammy's Pizza owner Mike Acheson, and for nearly $100,000 for three different police vehicle purchases. The most contentious issue was the parking lot request, as neighbors of Sammy's Pizza turned out to voice stro...

  • City hall, police move delayed

    May 24, 2019

    Cloquet city administrator Aaron Reeves told Cloquet city councilors Tuesday that the move from the current city hall and police department is now anticipated to take place June 14, rather than next week, due to construction delays. “We were supposed to be up and running at the end of next week,” Reeves told the councilors during Tuesday’s work session. “The only thing that didn’t show up are the doors. Literally the whole moving-in process was delayed as a result.” Once city employees have moved the one block from the current city hall locati...

  • Pets must be leashed in city

    May 24, 2019

    The Cloquet police department and city administrator Aaron Reeves recently clarified that owners must leash pets, although actual stray animals are not a violation. Section 8.2.06 of the city code notes that: “No owner or keeper of any dog shall negligently or intentionally permit the animal to run at large, as that term is defined in Subd. 10 of Section 8.1.01, within the City of Cloquet.” The police department reminded citizens to keep their pets on a leash and get them microchipped in case they do get loose....

  • CAT7 may be back next week

    May 24, 2019

    Residents who are missing the local CAT-7 cable access station should not give up hope. The station was shut down so the studio and all its equipment could be moved from its long-time home at Cloquet High School into the new city hall building. City administrator Aaron Reeves said he hopes the station will be back on the air next week, with even better equipment and the capability to livestream all meetings held in the new council chambers....

  • Body found in St. Louis County

    May 24, 2019

    A man’s body was found Wednesday in Canosia Township. According to a press release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, positive identification will be determined by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office. Due to the circumstances, the sheriff’s office believes the remains are likely those of Julian Daniel Decoux, a group home resident missing since May 5. The body was discovered in a location approximately two miles west of the group home. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, volunteers and group home staff had searched the area exte...

  • Mental health program on tap

    May 24, 2019

    The Dragon Ladies of the DFL will host Shannon Sweeney Jorgenson’s presentation, “Make it OK: Stigma and Mental Health in our Rural Communities” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Eskomo Pizza Pies in downtown Esko. This is the group’s first public event designed to help educate and seek solutions to the important issues facing our rural communities. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Shannon Sweeney is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and serves on the steering committee for MakeItOK.org, a campa...

  • Artist honored for chair works

    May 24, 2019

    The Artists of Minnesota held their annual conference May 17-19 at the Pier B Resort Hotel in Duluth. The purpose of AOM is to promote the creation of fine art and provide an opportunity for artists to exhibit their artwork while connecting with artists across Minnesota. Kris Nelson received a merit award for her piece “Cairn and Cattails,” which is on display through June — along with 23 other painted chairs — at the Pine Knot News, 122 Ave. C in Cloquet. Find out more about about AOM at artistsofminnesota.org....

  • Hospital preps for fundraiser

    May 24, 2019

    Make plans for some good old-fashioned fun at Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s “Vintage Style” wine and beer tasting fundraiser at the NorthEastern Saloon in Cloquet, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. Enjoy Cloquet history highlights, take self-guided tours of the historic hotel, enjoy a wide sampling of wine, beer and retro-style appetizers, take a chance on basket and meat raffles, and get in on the live-auction action. For tickets, contact [email protected] or call 218-878-7652. Cost is $25 per person, or $30 after...

  • County bike ride is June 9

    May 24, 2019

    The Carlton County Community Bike Ride is coming up on Sunday, June 9. This free, family-friendly event encourages everyone to roll out to the Willard Munger Trail. There are pit stops in Carlton, Mahtowa, Barnum, and Moose Lake with food, music, and activities for kids. Start anywhere on the trail and ride as far as you want! The event runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions, or want to get involved? Call Jenna at 218-384-4281, ext. 243....

  • Hands-free phone required

    May 24, 2019

    Minnesota will join 17 states and the District of Columbia in requiring drivers to have their cellphones in hands-free mode while driving vehicles. The law goes into effect Aug. 1. Under the new law, drivers can use their device in hands-free or voice-activated mode only....