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  • Cloquet Fourth is ready for blastoff

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2019

    Parade ... check. Family fun ... check. Fabulous food ... check. Fireworks ... check. "We are ready," Alyson Leno said earlier this week. She's Cloquet's July Fourth coordinator. "We are ready for a rocking, family-friendly, amazingly fun, old-fashioned, small-town Fourth of July." Well, almost. There's still the small matter of volunteers to help with setup the evening before, plus a few to help out on the Fourth. Leno said she is optimistic that people will come through, just like major...

  • New apartment building raises hopes and issues

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2019

    Rising high in the air like the trees they are named for, the White Pine Apartment building in Cloquet is nearing completion. Created in response to a 2014 housing study that showed a serious shortage of housing, particularly for lower income levels, the 35-unit building will be entirely affordable housing. Debra Shaff, executive director of the Cloquet/Carlton Housing and Redevelopment Authority, explained that the apartments will provide workforce housing. "They're for people with some sort...

  • Rotary awards scholarships

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    On June 4, at the noon meeting of the Cloquet Rotary Club, scholarships were awarded to six area high school seniors. Five $1000 scholarships were awarded to Scott Rousseau of Carlton; Annika Wold of Esko; and Kelly Lorenz, Claire Taubman, and Logan Gallup of Cloquet. A $1500 Henry Walter Scholarship was awarded to Abby Johnson of Cloquet. To be eligible, scholarship recipients must attend four Rotary meetings, give a brief presentation to the club, participate in Rotary service projects, and...

  • Knot intern to work ad side

    Caleb Swanson|Jun 28, 2019

    Hello, readers, my name is Caleb Swanson and I am an intern at the Pine Knot News this summer. My parents are Chris and Natalie Swanson. My job is to work with my friend Jordan, the other intern here, but focussing on the marketing and social media for our local newspaper. Typically, I will be going around taking pictures and video of different activities and opportunities to get outside in Carlton County this summer. I am also going to help develop a marketing campaign for the Pine Knot and...

  • Wrenshall, Carlton boards to meet

    Mike Creger|Jun 28, 2019

    The full boards from the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts will meet July 9 to discuss the possibilities of consolidation. The public meeting begins at 7 p.m. at South Terrace Elementary School in Carlton. There will be no public comment opportunities as the board leaders and superintendents worked out an agenda that will grant all 12 board members a chance to talk about their vision of a combined district. Carlton chairwoman Larae Lehto announced the meeting details at her board’s regular June meeting on Monday. The schools will create g...

  • Dressage clinic lures area riders

    Amber Nichols|Jun 28, 2019

    Horseback riders refined their dressage and hunter/jumper skills at the Northwoods Dressage Association clinic at River Ranch Farm in Esko last week. Dressage is an Olympic sport in which riders train both the horses and themselves to perform increasingly complex movements. These movements form a predetermined pattern which is performed from memory at competitions. For hunters and jumpers competition, horses are trained to jump over fences, ranging from ground poles to up to 5 feet and 3 inches...

  • Another store broken into

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    On Thursday, June 20 at approximately 5:45 a.m., the clerk at TJ’s Country Corner store in downtown Mahtowa arrived at work to discover that the building had been burglarized sometime since closing the night before. Carlton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. Some product was taken, along with some cash in a donation jar at the front desk and Mahtowa Fire Department raffle ticket stubs and cash that people donated toward the raffle. It was the second burglary of a Carlton County hometown convenience store in less than a month, as a bur...

  • Cloquet city meeting cut

    Jun 28, 2019

    The Cloquet City Council meeting for July 2 was canceled, so the next meeting — to be held at the new City Hall location at 101 14th Street — is scheduled for July 16. Although the agenda for that meeting isn’t set yet, city administrator Aaron Reeves said the council will interview candidates who have applied to fill the Ward 3 seat vacated by Dakota Koski before that meeting. They plan to appoint one of those candidates to fill the seat for the remainder of the year during the July 16 meeting. Ward 3 residents are encouraged to apply for t...

  • County drills down in new jail discussion

    Dan Reed|Jun 28, 2019

    The question is not if there will be a new county jail, but what that new building would include, and how Carlton County would make the annual loan payments on such a massive mortgage. Voters are being asked to weigh in on the "how to pay" question in November, when the county will ask for approval of a new half-percent sales tax versus simply raising property taxes to make the annual bond payments. In the meantime, the Carlton County board of commissioners and the county jail executive...

  • Cloquet signs off on red school budget

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2019

    Earlier this month, the Cloquet school board approved the budget for the next fiscal year — which officially starts on Monday — showing an anticipated deficit of nearly $331,000 in a $31 million budget, or approximately 1 percent. Cloquet finance director Candace Nelis said the projected deficit is lower than the $600,000 to $700,000 predicted earlier this spring, after the district made some staffing cuts and the state legislature approved a 2-percent increase to the General Education for...

  • Nemadji set for a water plan

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    Carlton County, Pine County, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District and the Pine County Soil & Water Conservation District have announced plans to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Nemadji Watershed. The planning process known as One Watershed, One Plan — or 1W1P — aligns local water planning based on major watershed boundaries. The goal is to develop local strategies that are prioritized, targeted and measurable. As part of the planning effort, a watershed tour and open house will be held Friday, July 12 from...

  • Our View: Cheers and jeers

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    Cheers: To the Cloquet Fourth of July committee and coordinator Alyson Leno, for putting such tremendous effort into planning and executing the Cloquet Fourth of July celebrations. Enjoyed by thousands, many won’t even realize the work that goes into executing such a major event. It’s not too late to volunteer: Call Alyson at 218-879-1551 if you have a couple hours to help out next week. Cheers: To the first Cloquet Senior Citizens Day June 14 and the senior resource fair and celebration at the Armory the same day. Led by Pine Knot News gue...

  • Harry's Gang: Who should be able to vote?

    Pete Radosevich|Jun 28, 2019

    For years, the only people eligible to vote were male property owners. Yet humanity flourished. In America, women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. Blacks were given the right in 1870 but many actually couldn’t easily exercise those rights until 1965. People under 21 got the right to vote in 1970, but they still have to be at least 18. A democracy can flourish even when, sometimes, voting rights are restricted. Now, I am not advocating for voting restrictions. I generally oppose voter ID laws,...

  • Letters: Public access channel is vital TV

    Patty Murto|Jun 28, 2019

    I’m convinced that the city administration is absolutely purposely limiting Harry’s Gang’s observations of the happenings of the city of Cloquet on public accesss television. They turned us off while investigating and firing police officers, the missing chief of police, administrative actions against the producer of the Gang and all other local programming, as well as God only knows what else is happening, because we are no longer in the loop. We know that there is an opening on the city council that needs to be filled. Only Harry’s Gang in...

  • On the mark: Whet your cinematic sensibilities this weekend

    Ann Markusen|Jun 28, 2019

    I like films that stretch me. Bring me to new places and cultures, present surprising solutions to daunting problems. Films that make me think, films that avoid violence, films that explore love and meaningful work. This year's Free Range Film Festival offers up 19 films that range from a few minutes in length to more than an hour. They cover most genres: animation, documentary, fiction, experimental. My favorite is a film about sausage. Brilliantly conceived, acted and filmed, it follows a...

  • The County Beat: Raiding sales tax funds isn't sustainable

    Dan Reed|Jun 28, 2019

    More than four years ago, then county highway engineer Mike Tardy sold a half-percent sales tax levy to upgrade county roads (those identified by a number above 100). He said that extra revenue was needed for major repairs, sometimes a complete overhaul, of these roadways that had little chance of being fixed otherwise. Since the sales tax passed, the record of county road work has been amazing and has widespread support. I have heard the comment often: “We can see the results of the tax we are paying.” These projects come from a dedicated lis...

  • Letters: Public beach info is available online

    Ruth Reeves|Jun 28, 2019

    Regarding Pete Radosevich’s “Harry’s Gang” column last week, we think your readers should know that Cloquet Community Education has a Facebook page for The Beach at Pinehurst Park. If we need to close due to weather or for other purposes, the first task is to post on Facebook. We encourage anyone who uses the beach to follow this page so they get the notice. We have many followers who rely on this communication, and we make every effort to promote the Facebook page so patrons can keep current...

  • Golfing Around

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    A grand total of 27 teams with close to 130 people participated in the 21st annual Cloquet Chamber golf outing June 10. A variety of local businesses sponsored holes, including the Pine Knot News, which offered players a chance to play a different kind of golf: Skee Golf. Cameron Nelson, at right, was the only player to putt a golf ball into the most difficult hole in the top corner and earned $50 in Knot Notes for his prowess. Cloquet Area Young Life held its first golf fundraising outing...

  • Death Notices

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    James Arnold Iverson, 64, of Wright, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Gathering of family and friends: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 29 at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Lunch will be served. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard at 12 p.m. Inurnment will be in the Wright Public Cemetery. Marlene N. Anderson, 88, of Carlton, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service June 30 at t...

  • Senior dining menu

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu for June 28-July 5: Friday, June 28: Lasagna, fresh fruit Monday, July 1: Special of the Day, vegetables, fruit, dessert Tuesday, July 2: Campfire Dinner Party with S’more bar Wednesday, July 3: Chicken pasta salad, fruit Thursday, July 4: Closed Friday, July 5: Baked apple pancake, juice, fruit Frozen meals are available for weekends. Meals are served at the Cloquet Senior Center, open Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m. Registered customers are offered the meal service for a $4 contribution; customers under age 60 a...

  • Parade grand marshals are dedicated to vets

    Jana Peterson|Jun 28, 2019

    When Lil LaVoy and Carl Schenk were asked to be the grand marshals in this year's veterans' celebration parade on July Fourth, LaVoy said her first reaction was "why?" "What did we do?" she said. The real question is, "What don't they do?" The pair - who met online and then in a Duluth restaurant several years back - are constantly on the go. If they're not organizing the music and dances at the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet - the first and third Wednesdays and most weekends - they're...

  • Bulletin Board

    Pine Knot News|Jun 28, 2019

    Steak fry 4-6:45 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Cromwell Park Pavilion. (Hamburger plate also available.) There is also a silent auction 4-6:45 p.m., followed by the variety show 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Cromwell Area Community Club CHS Class of 1989 30th reunion 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Cloquet Country Club. [email protected] Pet loss and terminal illness grief support group meets 5:30-7 p.m. the first Monday of the month. Next meeting: July 1. Suite 1000 in the Alworth Bldg, 306 W. Superior St., Duluth. No registration required. 218-481-7660...

  • Wright-Cromwell News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jun 28, 2019

    Give a “welcome home” to fire chief Lucas Goodin, who is back after teaching the last two weeks in Iowa and Michigan. He says it’s an absolute privilege getting to speak all over the country, providing valuable medical education to our rural providers. But it will be nice spending the next week with family before wrapping up a month in North Dakota. We thank Lucas for all the community services he has provided the past years in our area too! We are so fortunate to have so many first respo...

  • From the Wren's nest: It's a busy weekend in Wrenshall

    Anne Dugan|Jun 28, 2019

    This is the third year that Doreen and Duane Laveau have hosted folks on their farm for a celebration of Carlton County’s dairy industry. Breakfast on the Farm will run 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 508 Cemetery Road in Wrenshall. There is free parking at the farm. The $4 breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and milk. The event is open to kids and adults and will include milking demonstrations and hayrides. Special guests in the pole barn include Rebekah Paskewitz ...

  • Finn News: It's the relaxing, slow time of year for the Finns

    Kim Samuelson|Jun 28, 2019

    Are you enjoying your summer so far? If not, you'd better get out and have some fun during the next couple of months! There aren't too many Finnish events happening during July as most Finns, both in Finland and in the U.S., tend to head to the lake with their families and friends. In fact, Finland's Finns are too busy relaxing at the lake to even celebrate holidays! After Juhannus (Midsummer) in mid-June, there are no public holidays in Finland until All Saint's Day at the end of November. Following are a couple of Finnish-American events...

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