Articles from the May 29, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Memorial Day tradition holds fast

You just can't cancel Memorial Day. After initially announcing there would be no ceremonies by the Combined Cloquet Honor Guard because of coronavirus concerns, events to honor the nation's fallen...

 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    May 29, 2020

Our View: Welcome to the world, graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on graduating from high school. Your achievement will not go unnoticed, even though you’ve missed the traditional ceremony and all that surrounds it. You’re still graduates and we’re still proud. Plus you...


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week....

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Thrift store shuts but food shelf remains

With the permanent closure of the Salvation Army store last week, Cloquet is now officially a thrift store desert. The Salvation Army Northern Division blamed "the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic" for... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 29, 2020

Budget is rosy for consolidated schools

School board members got a glimpse this month of what a budget for a Carlton and Wrenshall consolidated district might look like. Some rough data project a significant fund balance increase for school operations in a consolidation. With current...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 29, 2020

City of Cloquet reopens slowly

After closing public access to city facilities since March, the City of Cloquet is opening back up, one step at a time. City parks reopened last week, with cautionary signs posted to let residents know that playgrounds aren’t sanitized and park...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 29, 2020

Filing period for county offices closing soon

The filing period for county elected offices ends on June 2. Three county commissioner spots are up for election in November for Districts 1, 3 and 5. Three Carlton Soil & Water Conservation District seats are up in Districts 1, 4 and 5. Sixth...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Cloquet School Board: Students must do the work

Following a lengthy discussion during the work session Tuesday, Cloquet school board members voted 4-2 to give high school students an "incomplete" grade instead of an "F" if they failed a class during the fourth quarter, when the district switched...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Students say goodbye to retirees and teachers in reverse parade

Washington Elementary School held a "reverse parade" Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Retiring teachers sat in special personalized parade floats outside the building, while other school staff... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 29, 2020

Familiar face up for fire chief

Following interviews in April that resulted in a renewed and somewhat altered search for a new leader, Cloquet Area Fire District board members interviewed two new fire chief/CEO candidates on...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 29, 2020

County begins move into old city hall

After more than a year's wait, two Carlton County departments are being moved from the Courthouse to the former city hall building in Cloquet. At the regular meeting Tuesday, May 26, the Carlton...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 29, 2020

Police chief talk is on phone

The Cloquet City Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 via teleconference, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.021 in response to the COVID-19 emergency, to conduct Police Chief interviews. To submit a question or...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 29, 2020

City election filing closing June 2

There are three Cloquet city council positions up for election: Ward 4, Ward 5 and At-Large. Because Cloquet City Hall is currently closed to the public, affidavits of candidacy will be accepted by appointment and curbside, Monday through Friday...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 29, 2020

Library to offer computer access

The Cloquet Public Library will be offering limited computer access starting Monday, June 1. Patrons can reserve one 45-minute session per week. There are three computers with printing capability available 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and...


Farmers market to open June 6

The Carlton County Farmers Market will open Saturday, June 6 in Cloquet, running 9 a.m. to noon in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Hwy. 33 S. The Carlton market will open Tuesday, June 16, 4 p.m. to...


Obituaries: Pastor Lyle "Bud" Irving Twite

Pastor Lyle "Bud" Irving Twite, 92, of Cloquet passed away May 21, 2020, in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Veblen, South Dakota to Lewis and Ida Twite. He grew... Full story


Death notices

Kevin Craig Cartwright, 65, of Esko passed away peacefully May 24, 2020. A private family memorial service will be held. Donations to Essentia Hospice in Duluth preferred. Letters and cards of condolence may be sent to the family in care of Atkins... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    May 29, 2020

A Floral Wonderland

Local photographer Dan Malkovich likes to photograph woodland wildflowers and shared these two with the Pine Knot News this week. According to Malkovich, several varieties of trillium grow in...


Harry's Gang: If opposing sides dig in, no one can possibly win

Justin Krych of Esko once told me that political compromise is essential to good government. Everyone agrees we need to raise taxes: the Democrats want to raise them by 5 percent, but the Republicans...


Senior care facilities adapt to pandemic

Not being able to get a hug from family members is the hardest part of living in a senior care facility during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. "The residents with dementia... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    News    May 29, 2020

Schools take ceremonies to new level

One thing is certain: the Class of 2020 will have lots of stories to tell future generations about their final school days. Last Friday marked the beginning of the high school graduation season with... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

The Clothing Depot in Cromwell is back open on a limited basis. The hours and days are still the same — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — but they are allowing only eight people...

 By Ruth Reeves    News    May 29, 2020

Community Ed restarts

It has been a historic time these past couple of months. Many of our programs have been halted due to the COVID-19 spread. I know people who are infected with COVID-19, or who have died from it....

 By Ann Markusen    Outdoors    May 29, 2020

On The Mark: Birders delight in nearby refuge

May is a spectacular month for birding in our part of Minnesota. Not just in numbers, but variety, artistry and antics. In April, the early birds touch down for a visit on their way north: snow... Full story


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