Articles from the June 11, 2021 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    June 11, 2021

Hiring bind forces lifejacket rule at The Beach

Attention, potential lifeguards: Preteens will soon be begging you to apply for a job at The Beach at Pinehurst Park this summer. That's because a staff shortage is requiring a major change in beach... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 11, 2021

Golf Guide: Rugged Spruce Golf Club

After purchasing the course in the latter part of 2020, this is the first full year of operations for Rugged Spruce Golf Club owners Jim and Colleen Myhre. They’ve already put in their share of s... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    June 11, 2021

Shooting Stars celebrates two decades of keeping step

Shooting Stars Dance students were alternately giddy, nervous or bored Saturday morning, as they waited for the spring recital to begin at Cloquet High School. There were tears from a couple of the... Full story


Scaled-down Fourth forming

Here’s the good news. After no July Fourth celebrations last year, Cloquet will hold a parade and fireworks this year, along with a 5K race first thing in the morning, a basketball tournament in t... Full story


Cloquet flushing hydrants, mains

The Cloquet public works department began flushing water mains last week and will continue through the entire months of June, July and August. Flushing will be done between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers in the immediate flushing...


Native Skywatchers offers online workshop

Get a different view of the night skies by joining a two-day livestream event early next week. Indigenous North American leaders at the forefront of Indigenous STEM and Indigenous Astronomy revitalization movements will share their work and... Full story


City Hall starts summer hours

Summer hours are on at Cloquet City Hall and run through Sept. 3. Monday through Thursday, the building is open to the public 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, hours are 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 11, 2021

Dismissal, venue change requested in murder case

The attorney for a Cloquet man facing both first- and second-degree murder charges will be asking the court to both dismiss the case and change the venue. In an online hearing held Wednesday, June 9, defense attorney Steve Bergeson, assistant state...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 11, 2021

County to study its own labor agreement

Hot on the heels of a months-long Cloquet debate, Carlton County is taking its turn to determine whether its own Project Labor Agreement (PLA) — dating back to 2013 — for county construction projects should be dropped or amended. The county’s PLA c... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    June 11, 2021

Esko: Community garden will welcome bees

Rebekah King [email protected] The Thomson Township community garden is joining the Northeastern Minnesota Bee Friendly Corridor project with the addition of a pollinator garden this summer. Kathy Rahkola and other community members have been...


Our View: PLAs need more debate, scrutiny

We found the debate and discussion over Project Labor Agreements within the City of Cloquet inadequate. First enacted in 2017, PLAs have been touted as a way to ensure quality union construction and also as an anti-competitive impediment to economic... Full story

 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    June 11, 2021

Notes from the Small Pond: Checking in on a great lake

Tell your friends who live in Eden Prairie and Anoka and Fargo and everywhere else but here — tell them, but not the annoying ones, that you live within minutes of one of the most accessible W... Full story


Letter: Help strengthen the working class

In the 19th century, when companies were owned by individuals, there were men who were proud to be able to provide their employees a living wage. Henry Ford, originally violently anti-union, found that by paying his employees good wages it enabled...


Meet the Intern: UMD student brings journalism experience to paper

I'm Madison Hunter, one of two interns working at the Pine Knot news this summer. I am going into my senior year at University of Minnesota Duluth, where I'm majoring in journalism and minoring in... Full story


Meet the intern: Add newspapering to this student's list

Hello, Pine Knot News readers. My name is Lydia Stone, and I'll be a senior in the fall, part of Cloquet's class of 2022. This summer, I'll be working as an intern, writing stories and columns,... Full story


Obituaries: Robert L. Fjerstad

Robert L. Fjerstad, 89, of Carlton passed away Feb. 27, 2021. He was born on June 21, 1931, in Fosston to Lloyd and Sadie (Carver) Fjerstad. Robert was united in marriage to Marie (Cumber) Fjerstad... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 11, 2021

From here to Haiti, group provides assistance

Imagine you have a child, whose life depends on getting a daily dose of medication that is available, but you can’t afford it. Just $1 a day could make a difference between life and a slow decline t... Full story


Graduation night: a photo story

Enjoy this pictorial story of a pivotal night for the Class of 2021 at Esko, South Ridge and Barnum high schools on Friday, June 4.... Full story

 By Francy Chammings    News    June 11, 2021

Lands: Muse and music on the farm

Some folks come to farming through family generations, finding themselves tilling the soil on acres cleared and planted by those whose DNA inhabits the cells in their bodies. Others arrive on the... Full story


Doula earns national honor

Fond du Lac Lake Superior Chippewa Band member and doula Tammy Dixon has been named the recipient of the prestigious Tribal Trailblazer award at the National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening,...


Wright-Cromwell News

Boy, we went from freezing temperatures one week to temps in the 90s now. I guess that’s why we live in this area, you never know what the weather will bring. Let’s hope we get some rain soon, as the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 11, 2021

Senior Day is celebration, awareness in one event

Jana Peterson [email protected] Sometimes, to draw attention to a darker issue, it helps to bring a little honey too. That’s what Cloquet’s Starr Marshall — who works with senior citizens almos... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 11, 2021

Steve Korby's Par 5 Local Golf quiz

Test your local golf knowledge with these question’s from the Pine Knot’s golf guru Steve Korby. And check out this week’s Extra, which features a guide to courses in Carlton County. 1). The new owner... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Softball playoffs: Cloquet bows out

Kerry Rodd [email protected] After opening the Section 7AAA girls softball playoffs with an impressive win over Grand Rapids last Wednesday, Cloquet fell on tough times Saturday. The Lumberjacks... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 11, 2021

Softball playoffs: Esko, ML/WR clipped

When the Section 7AA tournament continued Tuesday, Moose Lake/Willow River and Greenway were the two lone unbeaten squads. Esko, Eveleth-Gilbert, Proctor and Rush City were also remaining, but those f... Full story


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