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Articles from the June 17, 2022 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    June 17, 2022

Judge: Life sentences for Thompson

Once the jury found him guilty, there was never any doubt that Sheldon Thompson would be sentenced to life in prison for brutally killing his pregnant girlfriend, Jackie Defoe, their unborn child,... Full story


Photo: Dandy Lying

Next week is International Pollinator Week. AJ Miller, owner of Drone Grown Photography, captured this photo of his 4-year-old daughter in the family’s backyard in Cloquet. “We participated in... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 17, 2022

Wrenshall: School Board leans toward inquiry

After more than 50 people showed up at its last meeting, the Wrenshall school board held its regular June meeting in the commons area of the school instead of the cramped library. A microphone was deployed so a similar-sized audience could hear what...


Weekly weeders

Good conversation and beautifying the perennial flower garden at a trailhead in Carlton go hand in hand. A small group of women gets together weekly to enjoy one another’s company and improve the... Full story


Photos: Barnum Spring Fever Days launch summer

The annual Barnum celebration included a car show, parade - with Virginia and Darryl Wickstrom as grand marshals - meals, sports tournaments and music. Enjoy these photos of the rodeo by Dave Harwig... Full story


The Beach at Pinehurst is open

The Beach at Pinehurst Park is ready for business, albeit only when the weather cooperates. Which means the swimming pond didn’t open as planned on Monday, June 13. That’s life in the Northland,... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 17, 2022

Race is on for new Sawdust 5K organizers

When Sam and Julie Jacobson decided to run the Sawdust 5K with their boys on July Fourth last year, they had no idea they'd literally be running the race this year as its new organizers. But they love... Full story


Searching for Esko grads

In preparation for the Esko All School Reunion set for August, organizers are seeking people who graduated between 1940 and 1966, who may not be regular users of social media. While the reunion is being held in conjunction with Esko Fun Days from... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    June 17, 2022

Friends raise $1 million for Teen Challenge

Rich Brummer said he "got hooked" on the Minnesota Fishing Challenge when he was a charter captain on Lake Superior and participated in the second year of the fishing tournament. The next year he... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    June 17, 2022

County probation aims to reduce 'super-utilizers'

As a member of the Arrowhead Regional Corrections agency, Carlton County pays 11 percent of that operating budget to handle 100 percent of Carlton County’s client probation needs. With the advent of the soon-to-be-built justice center, a Carlton...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 17, 2022

Covid, inflation pressures impact school budget

Not surprisingly, the Covid-19 pandemic impacted lives in a wide variety of ways. One aspect the pandemic has unexpectedly continued to affect is school finance, Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary told school board members Monday. While student...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 17, 2022

College police program will have new leader

The law enforcement program at Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College will see new leadership this fall, as former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande passes the baton to recently retired Duluth... Full story

 By Jake Kachinske    Sports    June 17, 2022

State softball: Rebels fall in title game, an instant classic

For a couple of heart-racing moments last Friday in North Mankato, Rebels fans thought the wait for a state title was finally over when freshman Sandi Ribich sent a towering fly ball into left center... Full story


Photos: Senior Day draws a crowd

What turned into a perfect summer day lent itself to a successful turnout for the annual Senior Day in Cloquet's Veterans Park Wednesday, June 15. It's where older people in the region could pick up... Full story


FDL surveys coming

The Fond du Lac (FDL) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa planning division has launched a Housing and Community Needs Assessment household survey. The survey has two components: a randomly selected group of households on the reservation will receive a... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    June 17, 2022

Esko schools plan renewed focus on sportsmanship

The Esko athletic department is developing a new sportsmanship initiative to help educate and encourage athletes, along with establishing guidelines and consequences for actions that don’t “represent who Esko is.” Activities director Chad...


Middle school mural mounted at last!

With assistance from Cloquet area artist Adam Swanson, Cloquet Middle School students created this colorful mural, as featured in the May 6 issue of the Pine Knot News. The finished outdoor mural is... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    June 17, 2022

Photos: Libraries boom with sounds of drums

Naomi Guilbert (pictured here in Cloquet) and Hiroshi Koshiyama, professional Japanese taiko drummers, perform an original song called "Covid drive-thru," which Koshiyama said was inspired by a... Full story


Free Range Film Fest returns to traditional slot

If the movies weren’t enough, next week’s Free Range Film Festival in Wrenshall will have a twist: live music. The Denfeld Honors Quartet will provide music at intermission Friday, June 24 and... Full story


Our view: A simple solution for Wrenshall woes

What is wrong in Wrenshall? That’s a question that has been vexing anyone following the actions of the district school board in recent years. As it was stated at Monday’s regular board meeting during the public comment period, Wrenshall once had...


Apply to a MN state college for free June 21-24

Apply for free to Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College and all 26 state colleges and seven state universities of Minnesota State during Minnesota State Week, June 21 to 24. Learn more about Minnesota State Week at https://fdltcc... Full story

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    June 17, 2022

Knot Pining: A decade ago, it rained and rained and rained

It began raining at midday on June 19, 2012. Five inches and about 10 hours later, I found myself driving in the heart of what has simply become known as the 2012 flood. I had been working two jobs. One was for the weekly newspaper in Two Harbors...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 17, 2022

South Ridge gets an edge and Section 7A title

With the Section 7A baseball championship on the line in the top of the seventh inning, South Ridge Panthers coach Aaron Weber made a visit to the pitching mound and starting pitcher Christian Pretask... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 17, 2022

Track: Esko's Perich is a state champion

The Class A state track meet last week featured some impressive performances from local small-town track teams. including one state title performance. Esko's Makoi Perich took first place in the boys... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 17, 2022

Cloquet girls have third state track champion

The Cloquet boys and girls track team headed south to the state track meet last week and came away with a number of top performances, including a state champion. "It was really fun to have such a grou...


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