Articles from the June 19, 2020 edition

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Mask appeal leads to mass production

When Gail Van Guilder made her first face mask, she was thinking of the potential danger the coronavirus posed to her family and herself. Now, more than a thousand masks later, her effort to supply... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 19, 2020

Frozen Forester bike and run race is on

Not every sports event has been canceled. At 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18, the Frozen Forester Pine Valley Bike and Run is still on at Pine Valley Recreation Area in Cloquet. The event is a fundraiser to... Full story


Our View: Watch that trash; keep parks clean

We couldn’t help but notice that the garbage can at the local skatepark is often overflowing and litter is scattered around the area. At first we feared that the kids using the skatepark were not taking care of the space they (and their skateboard...

 By Jana Peterson    People    June 19, 2020

Last Fire Call: Fire chief retiring after 36-year career

As a child, Kevin Schroeder used to tag along with his dad as he headed to the Scanlon fire hall to work as a volunteer firefighter. Schroeder became a firefighter himself, first as a volunteer in... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week....

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 19, 2020

Milky Way over the walkway

Local photographer and retired doctor Dan Malkovich shared this enhanced photo of the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park with the Milky Way shining overhead, explaining that he had read about the...


County fair joins pandemic wreckage

There will be no horse races, no midway rides, no cows or goats or pigs or chickens in the barns at the Carlton County Fairgrounds come August, as the county fair is yet another victim of the coronavi...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 19, 2020

Cloquet library opens with limited use, new rules

The Cloquet Public Library opened to the public this week. It will remain open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with limited services. Users will be able to browse the collections and check out materials, use library computers by...


Black Bear Casino climbs out of hibernation

Nearly three months after shutting down, Black Bear Casino reopened to the public Monday. It was a wonderful feeling, said general manager Dan LaPrairie. "The vast majority of our Players Club... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 19, 2020

Support pours in after Book Barn bombing

When vandals blew up a firework in the Jadeke family's free Book Barn earlier this month, Sarah Jadeke took to Facebook to express her disappointment. The explosion ruined all of the children's books...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 19, 2020

Clinics open to business as usual

Community Memorial Hospital and CMH Raiter Family Clinic are open and back to operating at nearly 100 percent, while following all necessary guidelines to ensure the safety of patients and staff, officials said this week. Patients are strongly...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 19, 2020

I-35 closures in Scanlon coming

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will have closures on Interstate 35 southbound at Minnesota State Highway 45 near Scanlon for drain cleaning, guard rail repair and bridge deck work on Monday and Tuesday, June 22-23. The I-35 southbound...


USDA program can help farmers

The United States Department of Agriculture has payment details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that will help agricultural producers recoup partial losses due to the economic repercussions of COVID-19. Commodities covered include... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    June 19, 2020

School budgets offer tale of two districts

The two districts attempting to pull off a consolidation in the next year showed strikingly different anticipated budgets for the next year. The Carlton and Wrenshall school boards met in regular monthly sessions Monday night via online platforms....

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 19, 2020

Hockey arenas get some summer love

The dehumidification system in the city’s Northwoods hockey arena — considered too small for the facility for years — is finally being replaced. Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved a...


Harry's Gang: 'Defund police' mantra isn't as radical as it sounds

I have to admit, I really rolled my eyes when people started chanting “defund the police” following the events surrounding George Floyd’s death at the hands of law enforcement. It just sounds...


Letters: Congratulations, seniors

I want to offer my sincere congratulations to our community’s high school seniors graduating this year. Unquestionably, COVID-19 has reshaped every aspect of our society, and education has been among those impacted the greatest. I recognize that...


Obituaries: Clayton August Kittel

Clayton A. Kittel followed his guardian angel home June 11, 2020, at the age of 97. He was born May 13, 1923, in Nickerson, the son of Bernard and Martha (Thieling) Kittel. Clayton served his country... Full story


Obituaries: David Bruce Westberg

David Bruce Westberg, 70, passed away at home from natural causes on June 13, 2020. He was born on Feb. 2, 1950, in Duluth to Otto and Ardele Westberg. Dave was a 1968 graduate of Falls High School... Full story


Obituaries: Andrew A. Korkala

Andrew A. Korkala, 90, of Cloquet passed away March 18, 2020 at Augustana Care in Moose Lake. He was born Oct. 4, 1929 in Revonlahti, Finland to Eino and Selma Korkala. Andrew served as a sergeant in... Full story


Obituaries: Phyllis Eileen Pajari

Phyllis Eileen Pajari, 79, of Cloquet passed away April 7, 2020, in her home. She was born on May 18, 1940 in Duluth. Phyllis graduated from Cloquet High School in 1958. She was employed at Conwed... Full story


Obituaries: Roland Ferdinand Kunze

Roland Ferdinand Kunze, 96, of Cloquet died June 8, 2020, while under hospice care. He was born July 25, 1923 in Cloquet to Carl and Rose (Roy) Kunze. Roland attended school at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Cloquet High School, graduating in... Full story


Death Notices

Walfred “Bud” Esala, 93 and Jennie Esala, 94 of Cloquet passed away April 29, 2019, and October 28, 2019 respectively. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Military honors will be... Full story


Going out: What's open?

BARNUM The Chickadee Coffeehouse & Deli 3691 Alan Syverson Drive, Barnum 218-389-4444 Curbside pickup, takeout, delivery for Barnum residents Indoor & outdoor dining, first-come, first-serve Lazy Bear Grill 3696 Main Street, Barnum 218-389-6991... Full story


Happy father's day

Artists were back this month and sent us their renderings of their fathers after we asked for them last week. If you still want to send in your artwork, take a picture and email it to...


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