Articles from the June 30, 2023 edition

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Here comes the Fourth of July

After last year’s miserable weather, Fourth of July organizers in Cloquet have been busy refreshing the weather app on their phones. On Tuesday night — a week before the big day — the iPhone weath... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    June 30, 2023

Animal neglect complaints resurface

A Wrenshall-area farm with roughly 50 horses and cows is under investigation again, following renewed reports of animals being underfed and lacking care. The spotlight on the farm returned Monday at... Full story


Obituary: Burton O. Peterson

Burton O. Peterson, 93, passed away June 25, 2023, at Evergreen Senior Living in Cloquet with his loving family by his side. He was born June 15, 1930, in Mahtowa. Burton graduated from Barnum High... Full story


Obituary: Lee James Anderson

Lee James Anderson, 36, of Cloquet passed into his Father's arms on May 29, 2023. God sent this "special needs" child into this world to spread joy, laughter and sunshine to all who knew him. Lee atte... Full story


Obituary: Irene M. Peterson

Irene M. Peterson, 87, of Barnum died peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Oct. 28, 1935, in Mahtowa to Herbert and Jennie Olson. Irene grew... Full story


History Mystery

We had to look twice at this 1898 ad from the old Pine Knot newspaper. Cream? Didn't they mean "scream"? We saw this phrase in several other newspapers from the era so we assume it was a thing back...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    June 30, 2023

Poking around at Pine Valley

Add "college classroom" to the list of activities at Cloquet's Pine Valley Recreation Area, known for its ski jumping, Nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, hockey...

 By Mike Creger    News    June 30, 2023

Letter explains dismissal of HRA director

The former executive director of the Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority was fired on May 12 for a long list of reasons outlined in a letter its board gave her that day. In the letter, board members declared that the “serious nature” of...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 30, 2023

Patrolling drivers is a full-time job

Cloquet police are cracking down on risky driving, with the goal of helping everyone on the road get home safely. That means stopping people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, al... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 30, 2023

School lacrosse fate remains in limbo

The debate over making lacrosse a sanctioned high school sport advanced slightly at Monday’s meeting, as administration and the local Northern Siege Youth Lacrosse Association inch toward an acceptable agreement. But it won’t be an easy sell, at lea...

 By Jana Peterson    News    June 30, 2023

Carlton man faces federal pornography charges

A Carlton man charged with possessing and creating pornographic work of children is now facing federal charges which carry a much higher mandatory minimum sentence, according to Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola. Stephan Jeremiah Hansen, 29, made...


Our View: The Declaration was just a starting point

The Declaration of Independence in 1776 was a start, but 10 years into the American experiment, things were fractious in the former British colonies. A move was on to develop a constitution that... Full story


Francy that: Theater is a shining gem in the area

We had seen the flyers around town and the articles in the Pine Knot in the six years after we moved to Carlton County. We never managed to attend a performance of the County Seat Theater until our... Full story


Letter to the editor: Library leans one way

In the June 23 issue, the Pine Knot published an article asserting that the Cloquet library “supports intellectual freedom.” Nevertheless, my family has felt pressured to accept certain agendas every time we visit the library. In that article, the...


Letter to the editor: Dotseth dropped ball

Unsurprisingly, Republican leadership has weighed in to make excuses for Rep. Jeff Dotseth’s legislative failures regarding funding for the female offenders program included in the Carlton County Justice Center (Pine Knot, June 9, 2023). Rep. U... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 30, 2023

Cloquet pulls off another huge tournament

The third annual Cloquet Wood City Classic girls softball tournament was on a rainy weekend last week at Braun Park in Cloquet. There were 34 teams participating in three age divisions and, as usual,... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 30, 2023

Recent grad is country club champ

One hundred years after the founding of the Cloquet Country Club, Karson Patten won the coveted title of club champion. The 2023 Cloquet High School graduate led the Lumberjacks to the Minnesota...

 By Dave Harwig    Sports    June 30, 2023

Spring all-stars

Competition turned to camaraderie June 20 at Wade Stadium in Duluth as the Polar League held its softball and baseball all-star games with players selected from league teams. In softball, Team Blue...


Honor roll: Cloquet

Cloquet High School Second semester A Honor Roll Grade 9 Olivia Aldridge Ellis Allen Joseph Bender Ethan Berg Audrey Berube Alexandra Bouchie Isabella Bridge Nattie Butler Dru Danielson Callie Davis Alivia Fleck Ava Gist Bodyn Gunderson Allison...


college notes

Alexis Stich of Cloquet was named to the spring dean’s list at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota. • • Josh Belden of Cloquet was named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout spring dean’s list. • • Chelsey Smith, a conservatio...


Patriotism, Pizza and Pop

School patrol students from Esko and Cloquet's Washington and Churchill elementary schools enjoyed pizza, pop and patriotism this spring at the annual party hosted by the Cloquet VFW and its...


Photo: Memorial day reminders

Cloquet students were prepped on Memorial Day this year, courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary. Churchill third-grade student Makayla Saarland, left, and fourth-grade student Autumn Prachar...


Honor rolls: Cromwell-Wright School, Barnum High School, Wrenshall School

Cromwell-Wright School Second semester Honor Roll Grade 12 Avery Aho Ellie Anderson Noah Foster Romain Jacques Isaac King Steven Ridlon Liam Schoenberg Grade 11 Elliott Anderson Avery Birman Tanner Collman Marissa Dahl Brandon Dickey Gracie Foley Aur...


Kettle River news

If you would like to be a food or merchandise vendor at Ma & Pa Kettle Days on Saturday, Aug. 12, send your name, address, phone number and type of product you have to me at P.O. Box 175, Kettle River MN 55757. Thank you to all the volunteers who...


Kohlrabi: the unsung hero of the early summer garden

In the weeks before midsummer, salad greens, rhubarb, radishes and spring turnips brighten farmers market stalls at the Carlton County Farmers Market. When the longest days of the year arrive, so... Full story


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