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  • Sam edges closer to Jeopardy! championship

    Mike Creger|May 28, 2021

    Sam Kavanaugh was watching himself on Jeopardy! Monday night and it felt foreign to him. While that can be expected for a show that was taped two months ago, it's Kavanaugh's whirlwind success in the game show's "Tournament of Champions" that has him grasping for details of his experience. He won Monday, placing him among the overall top three contestants in the final round airing Thursday and today to determine a champion. "It's bizarre," the 2009 Carlton High School graduate said Tuesday... Full story

  • County to spray bike trail, ditches

    Pine Knot News|May 28, 2021

    The Carlton County Transportation Department will be spraying herbicides on vegetation growing through the pavement of the St. Louis River bike/pedestrian trail from Minnesota Highway 210 east of the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton north to the Park and Ride lot in Scanlon. They will also be spraying the ditches on county roads 27, 116, 117, 118, 119, 151, 152 and 696. In some areas the vegetation has caused severe pavement damage, making it difficult for people to use the trail. Vegetation management with selective herbicides controls...

  • Graduations are back on track

    May 28, 2021

    It was a decision no grandparent should have to make. Phyllis Rousseau thought she was going to have to choose between attending the Carlton and Wrenshall graduation ceremonies — originally scheduled at the same time Friday — and how’s a grandmother supposed to choose between two grandsons who are both valedictorians of their classes? That’s right. Grandson Zeke Rousseau-Sheff is valedictorian for the Class of 2021 in Wrenshall, while grandson Spencer Rousseau is valedictorian for the Class o... Full story

  • Memorial Day celebrations are full-on this year

    Pine Knot News|May 28, 2021

    While military organizations visited local cemeteries last Memorial Day despite the pandemic, members are pleased that this year's events will look a little more normal - including the larger ceremonies at Cloquet's Veterans Park and Carlton's Hillside Cemetery on Monday. "It's been a pretty hard year for veterans," said Gary Dahl, senior vice commander of both the Cloquet VFW and DAV organizations. "We're just trying to make sure we catch up with people that have died over the past year. It's i... Full story

  • Bergquist's Gift owners retire, shop will continue

    Jana Peterson|May 28, 2021

    Travelers and others driving into Cloquet from Interstate 35 are greeted by billboards and trees, and very quickly a huge statue of a bright rust-red-colored Swedish Dala horse in front of longtime local business Bergquist Imports. In February, Barry and Vivian Bergquist sold the 73-year-old business to Scott Camps, who said he intends to continue with business as usual. Barry and Vivian, on the other hand, intend to relax and travel more. They left for Florida the day after they signed over... Full story

  • Child dies in ATV accident

    Pine Knot News staff|May 28, 2021

    A 7-year-old boy died in an ATV crash Friday, May 21 in southern Carlton County. According to a Carlton County press release, Drew Nordstrom was a backseat passenger in a side-by-side ATV that rolled over and on top of him. Sheriff’s office deputies, members of the Moose Lake Fire Department and Essentia EMS responded to the crash on private property off County Road 13 in Moose Lake Township at 6:21 p.m. Friday. The ATV was traveling down a slight hill when the juvenile female driver lost control and it rolled. A juvenile female front seat p...

  • Cloquet Community Garden plots available now

    May 28, 2021

    The Cloquet Community Garden has plots available for Summer 2021! Plots are $20 each and scholarships are available if needed. Call 218-879-8404 or email [email protected] for more information. The garden is located at Zion Lutheran Church at 1000 Washington Ave. Water and tools are provided at the garden free of charge.... Full story

  • Highway 61 bingo game is on

    May 28, 2021

    The Old Highway 61 Coalition invites the public to travel Old Highway 61 and play a little “Park Bingo” event to be eligible to win prizes. You can participate in the bingo activity anytime through Labor Day. Visit a park, take a photo at the location and post it to your personal social media using the hashtag #oldhwy61parks. After you’ve visited five parks in a row on the card for a successful BINGO, email a photo of the card to [email protected]. Get a card and prize details at oldhighway61.com... Full story

  • Board: Mask mandate will end in June

    Mike Creger|May 28, 2021

    The Cloquet school board is whittling away at changing a new normal into just plain normal after an entire school year under the Covid-19 pandemic protocols. On Monday, board members agreed that masking mandates in district buildings would be lifted by the end of June, mirroring a loosening of protective measures sparked by state and national guidance as the threat of Covid-19 has ebbed. Superintendent Michael Cary said current recommendations call for masks to be worn in school buildings only during the school day. He said it would make sense...

  • Esko schools: Summer catch-up plans approved

    Jana Peterson|May 28, 2021

    Jana Peterson [email protected] To make up for learning lost during the pandemic, Esko schools have a plan to help students who are struggling catch up and stay on top of their learning without giving up their summer vacation. Esko School Board members unanimously approved two plans — one for secondary, one for elementary — for summer learning to help “bridge” the gap caused in part by distance learning over the past school year. At the elementary level, principal Brian Harker said teachers...

  • Barnum schools: Districts discuss shared bus routes

    Lois E. Johnson|May 28, 2021

    Barnum school officials are meeting with officials from the Moose Lake and Willow River districts to discuss schedules and busing changes for the next school year. “We are discussing the parts of the school bus routes that we can share,” Barnum superintendent Mike McNulty said. “Some of our routes are the other school districts. Some students from each of the school districts go to school in one of the other districts, so we are talking about how to keep bus routes from overlapping.” McNulty said the districts have also discussed startin...

  • Business leaders weigh in on PLA debate

    Jana Peterson|May 28, 2021

    When the City of Cloquet passed a proposed Project Labor Agreement into city code in May of 2017, the council chambers were standing room only, and packed with union members who spoke in favor of the PLA. Three years later, when councilors voted to overturn the PLA at their May 4 meeting, this time virtual, it was packed again. The city council will reopen its vote eliminating the PLA at its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, June 1, after Ward 2 Councilor Sheila Lamb motioned at the May 18 meeting to... Full story

  • Thomson Township discusses two-lane Highway 61

    Rebekah King|May 28, 2021

    With County State Aid Highway 61 in rough shape between Scanlon and Esko, Carlton County officials would like to make some dramatic changes. A proposed project would transform the highway from a divided four-lane into a two-lane road with a center turn lane and a recreational multiuse trail along one side of the highway. County engineer JinYeene Neumann told the Thomson Township board of supervisors the current pavement on 61 is in desperate need of repair and the structure under the road is failing. When the county began discussion about...

  • 11,600 trees find homes in county

    Pine Knot News|May 28, 2021

    And just like that, 11,600 tree seedlings were scattered across Carlton County. The giant tree giveaway late last week was organized to honor the Pine Knot's status as the most outstanding weekly newspaper in the state and Sappi's many awards for being one of the most sustainable pulp and paper mills in the world. It was also a way of giving back to the world, as both companies need trees to keep their businesses going. With the help of Sappi, which paid for the seedlings, and Upper Lakes... Full story

  • Esko bombs Barnum in hit parade

    Kerry Rodd|May 28, 2021

    Once the Esko offense got going Friday, they made things look easy. The Eskomos rode shutout pitching from Amber Carlblom and a strong offensive output to a 13-0 win over the Bombers. The Eskomos started things off with a bang in the second inning when Lily Hanson drilled her first career home run to make it 1-0. Hanson's homer was followed by a walk from Kaitlyn Adkins and back-to-back singles from Jayden Karppinen and Maya Emanuel to make it 2-0 Esko. In the third inning, Esko added two more... Full story

  • Esko discus thrower breaks his own record

    Kerry Rodd|May 28, 2021

    Esko's Gage Stankiewicz is entering rarified air in Minnesota High School discus throwing ranks. Earlier this season, he set an Esko school record. Last week, he shattered his own school record by throwing a state best 178' 4" at the Packy Paquette invitational held in Superior. "Gage has grown into one of the best overall throwers in the state of Minnesota because of his relentless work at the technical side of the throws," said Esko weight coach Matt Peterson. "He is a gifted athlete who has... Full story

  • Panthers blank Wrens

    Kerry Rodd|May 28, 2021

    The South Ridge girls softball team picked up another important section win Tuesday night when they downed the Wrenshall Wrens 13-0. "Their pitcher (Kent) throws hard and she is just a good pitcher," said Panthers head coach Brad Olesiak. "We got some important hits at the right time, and we are getting better." The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning and then added single tallies in the second, third and fourth innings, a pair in the fifth and then exploded for five runs in the sixth... Full story

  • Carlton grad wins it all

    May 28, 2021

    Carlton native Sam Kavanaugh bested Jennifer Quail and Veronica Vichit-Vadakan on Friday to become the winner of the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. Kavanaugh won the $250,000 grand prize; Jennifer Quail, a wine tasting consultant from Dowagiac, Mich., claimed $100,000 for her second-place finish, while Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a reference and instruction librarian from Portland, Ore., placed third to earn $50,000. The 10-day tournament was hosted by JEOPARDY! All-Star Buzzy Cohen. The Pine... Full story

  • Harry's Gang: Long weekend makes Memorial Day better

    Pete Radosevich|May 28, 2021

    Memorial Day is Monday, and many people take advantage of the long weekend to get to the cabin; maybe travel or barbecue, and enjoy other activities to mark the “official” start of the summer season. I keep hearing complaints that the true meaning of Memorial Day has become lost, as too many people simply see the day as an extra day off from work to relax and play. I have to disagree — I think the extra day off makes it much easier to remember those who have come before us, and the fact that... Full story

  • Obituary: Floyd Eugene Novack

    May 28, 2021

    Floyd Eugene Novack, 88, of Cloquet passed away April 21, 2021 during an extended stay with his son in Hudson, Wisconsin. Floyd was born in Saint Paul to August "Auggie" and Estella Novack. He grew up with his brother, Harvey, and his sisters, Lorraine and Marilyn. As a child, he was a bit mischievous; and when a teenager, was told of life's "long hard road" by his father, given a $10 bill, and set down that road. He eventually landed in Milltown, Wisconsin at the dairy farm of Raynold and... Full story

  • Obituary: Isabell Marie Hedine

    May 28, 2021

    Isabell Marie Hedine, 91, passed away May 26, 2021, at the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth. She was born April 19, 1930, to John and Helen (Houseman) Dolzer in Cloquet. Isabell married Russell Eugene Hedine in May of 1950. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell; a sister, Bernice; brothers, Henry and Bob Dolzer; niece Debra Ellis; and nephew Randy Obeidzinski. She is survived by her children, Linda (Bob) Hansen of Lenoir City, Tennessee, and Robert (Cheryl) Hedine of... Full story

  • Obituary: John Edward Maki

    May 28, 2021

    John Edward Maki was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 29, 1933 in Esko, where he lived his whole life. He passed away on May 25, 2021 at age 87. John graduated from Esko High School in 1952 and went to work for Western Electric-/TT, retiring in the late 80s. He was retired for longer than he worked, which he thought impressive. John enjoyed his small family and his large circle of friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and dog sitting for his friends and family. He enjoyed playing... Full story

  • Obituary: Kyle Burggraff

    May 28, 2021

    On Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Kyle lost his battle with the struggles of this life and passed away at his home. Kyle was born on June 5, 1991 in Duluth, the son of Kelly Burggraff and Craig Hopp. From the day of his birth, Kyle brought great joy and love to the lives of all who loved him. Kyle had a genuine kindness, a loving heart, a sense of humor that had everyone around him smiling, and he touched the lives of many. We are left with many special memories of time spent with Kyle. Growing up,... Full story

  • Obituary: Robert Michael Nelson

    May 28, 2021

    On Sunday, Nov. 28, 2020 Robert Michael Nelson passed away at the age of 53 in St. Charles, Missouri. The world lost a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Robert “Rob” was born March 15, 1967 in Duluth to Michael Edwin and Barbara Ann Nelson. The eldest of three, Rob grew up in his father’s footsteps, developing an affinity for the lake, hunting, and golf. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth (a great school on a great lake, as he would always remind you) and began... Full story

  • Death notices

    May 28, 2021

    Terrance Michael Koski, 71, died Dec. 3, 2020 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday, June 7 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Nelson Funeral Care, 218-879-3225 Kay Lenore Burgraff, 69, of Duluth, formerly of Holyoke, passed away Feb. 28, 2021 in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Celebration of Life: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 29 in the Silver Brook Town Hall in Wrenshall. A private family burial will be in Holyoke Cemetery. Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet.... Full story

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