Articles from the June 26, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Facelift for a queen

Workers from Streeter Masonry replace bricks on the front exterior of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet this week. The work is part of an expected $510,000 in repairs to brickwork in the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Part of ex-police officer's suit nixed

Although a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Cloquet police officer against Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola and Carlton County earlier this month, the lawsuit is not entirely de... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

Police conduct on mind of many

The minute that former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande saw the video of George Floyd dying under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, he knew it would blow up in a big way, with... Full story


This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week....

 By Dan Reed    News    June 26, 2020

County jail consultant will cost $75 an hour

The cost of hiring a consultant to help with ongoing jail issues and future plans was on the minds of Carlton County Board of Commissioners members Monday. The cost of hiring retired Tony Mancuso as a general consultant for maximizing space use in cu...

 By Dan Reed    News    June 26, 2020

Cloquet's 14th Street changes taking shape

Planning for an upgraded 14th Street corridor includes a new roundabout along with a wide multi-use pathway along the east side of the road from Washington Avenue to Cloquet Avenue. About 20 people... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 26, 2020

School ready for a multiple fall scenarios

State officials told schools last week to prepare for three different scenarios in the fall, but they won't hear which one to implement until late July. And even that scenario could change, depending... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 26, 2020

Fireworks that 'fly or go boom' not legal

Folks setting off noisy late-night fireworks in the city of Cloquet are likely breaking two laws: Minnesota state statute 624.20 and the city’s noise ordinance. “The short version is anything that gets launched into the air and/or goes ‘boom...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 26, 2020

Company aware of power blips in area

Minnesota Power was investigating a series of momentary power outages in Cloquet and Duluth this month. On Monday, spokeswoman Kelley Eldien said the power company has received numerous calls about the “momentaries” that last for just seconds...

 By Pine Knot News    News    June 26, 2020

Mercy and Essentia hospitals strike a deal

Leaders from Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and Essentia Health announced that plans for a formal partnership between the two organizations are expected to become effective in early August. As approved by Mercy’s board of directors — which issued...

 By Peter Cox    COVID-19    June 26, 2020

State eases rules on senior facility visits

Peter Cox / MPR News For the first time in months, many Minnesotans in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are being allowed to see visitors face-to-face — at least, with masks on. The... Full story


Our View: Light a fuse on common sense

We love fireworks. They’re loud, illuminatingly spectacular and even inspiring to many, especially on the Fourth of July. Who among us hasn’t gone “ooh” or “aah” over a fireworks display? This time of year brings out a significant number...


Harry's Gang: There's always room for policing improvements

A few years ago, Cloquet commissioned a police study, which recommended significant changes to the department. A new chief was hired to implement the changes, among other things. Long story short,...

 By Lexis Gerard    People    June 26, 2020

Pine Knot News intern has a lot going on

Hello. I would like to formally introduce myself as the new summer intern at the Pine Knot News. My name is Lexis Gerard, and I am going into my senior year at Cloquet High School. Ever since I was...


State lawmakers need to pass something

Last week, Minnesota legislators ended a nine-day special session with an exchange of offers and pleadings — but no resolutions. No deals were reached on legislation both parties said was necessary, including on reforming police accountability in...


Letters to the editor: Masks make sense

After far too many excursions to local stores where I observe the low level of mask wearing and social distancing, I’m convinced that voluntary measures aren’t working, and that we’ll be facing a significant shutdown of our society and economy...


Letters to the editor: Keep bad news out

I was appalled to see a regular Pine Knot News columnist write in an article about a tragedy that was done by bad policemen. In my 50 years living here, anytime I called law enforcement, the help was swift and professional. These men and women put...


Obituaries: Franklin Theodore Chalberg

Franklin Theodore Chalberg, 82, of Cloquet passed away on June 20, 2020 at Augustana Mercy Care in Moose Lake. He was born to Lawrence and Violet Chalberg on Aug. 18, 1937. Frank graduated from Alborn... Full story


Obituaries: Rodger Harmon Olson

Rodger Harmon Olson Sr., 76, passed away June 17, 2020, at home in Menahga, Minnesota. Rodger was born on April 21, 1944, in Scanlon. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Faith (Pajuoja)... Full story


Obituaries: Kathleen Owen

Kathleen "Kathy Murray" Owen, 69, of Apple Valley passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020. She was born in Duluth and raised in Wrenshall. Kathy was a 1974 graduate of St. Scholastica in Duluth and was... Full story


Obituaries: Fr. Roland Joseph Antus

The Reverend Father Roland Joseph Antus, 85, of Cloquet went to be with our Savior Jesus Christ on June 21, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Cloquet, the... 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 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Military honors will be... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    June 26, 2020

Rhubarb delight

Natalie Swanson shares a recipe from "The New Midwestern Table," a 2013 book of recipes from Amy Thielen. Rhubarb-Lime Icebox Pie Sweet Shortbread Crust Nonstick spray or canola oil 1½ cups fin...


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