Articles from the May 28, 2021 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    May 28, 2021

Sam edges closer to Jeopardy! championship

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... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 28, 2021

County to spray bike trail, ditches

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...


Graduations are back on track

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... Full story


Memorial Day celebrations are full-on this year

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 ceremoni... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    May 28, 2021

Bergquist's Gift owners retire, shop will continue

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... Full story


Child dies in ATV accident

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...


Cloquet Community Garden plots available now

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... Full story


Highway 61 bingo game is on

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... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 28, 2021

Board: Mask mandate will end in June

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 Jana Peterson    News    May 28, 2021

Esko schools: Summer catch-up plans approved

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 gi...

 By Lois E. Johnson    News    May 28, 2021

Barnum schools: Districts discuss shared bus routes

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...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 28, 2021

Business leaders weigh in on PLA debate

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... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    May 28, 2021

Thomson Township discusses two-lane Highway 61

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...


11,600 trees find homes in county

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... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Esko bombs Barnum in hit parade

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... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Esko discus thrower breaks his own record

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... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    May 28, 2021

Panthers blank Wrens

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,"... Full story


Carlton grad wins it all

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;... Full story


Harry's Gang: Long weekend makes Memorial Day better

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... Full story


Obituary: Floyd Eugene Novack

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... Full story


Obituary: Isabell Marie Hedine

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... Full story


Obituary: John Edward Maki

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... Full story


Obituary: Kyle Burggraff

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... Full story


Obituary: Robert Michael Nelson

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... Full story


Death notices

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,... Full story


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