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  • Pro dreams from Pine Valley

    Lexis Gerard|Jul 3, 2020

    Zebulon Wehr is going pro. The 2020 Cloquet High School graduate known for his prowess on mountain biking paths will try to qualify this month for a professional circuit. His first qualifying race, scheduled for July 12, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. His next race is still on, set for July 26, when he will try to place high enough and be eligible for pro races. "I would have to place in the top five, like a qualifier, to be considered a pro," Wehr said. "The judges look at the am... Full story

  • Cloquet's Sam Baker wins state junior PGA tournament

    Jack Slater|Jul 3, 2020

    Even without a high school golf season, Cloquet's Sam Baker has stayed sharp and this week won the 2020 Minnesota Junior PGA Boys Championship at The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. "It was a big relief to win that and to have an exemption into the [Minnesota] State Open, it was huge for me," Baker said. Baker shot a stunning 65 on Tuesday's final 18 holes, seven under par, to win by five strokes over second-place finisher Carson Herron. Baker was one-under for the tournament. The Cloquet... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Squirrel brings absurd touch to golf outing

    Steve Korby|Jul 3, 2020

    It was a beautiful June day at the Cloquet Country Club with very little breeze, and temps in the mid-70s. My son Ryan and I were just about to embark on the back nine course challenge, standing on the tee at No. 10. We had a twosome in front of us riding in carts at just about an identical pace as us walking. They seemed to be enjoying themselves and not traumatized in any manner from teeing off on 10. Ryan hit first and cranked a picturesque draw down the middle of the fairway about 275... Full story

  • Out in it: Thanks prop, it was a nice run

    Bret Baker|Jul 3, 2020

    A quick yank on the cotter pin, a spin of the wrench and she was loose. Ten years my Honda prop has been with me every second I've been on the water. Unceremoniously, I relinquished her to the bullpen, dropping her into the side compartment of the Lund. She clanked in disgust. If the old prop could talk, it would have a few tales to tell. It would relive all the miles spinning aimlessly behind the trailer covering endless stretches of northern Minnesota. It would recall the hundreds of lakes... Full story

  • New maps detail state forest features

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Eight new state forest maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources feature recreation highlights to help Minnesotans find their perfect adventure. The maps in print and mobile formats, are available for Bear Island, Big Fork, Burntside, Golden Anniversary, Remer, Koochiching, Smokey Bear, and White Earth state forests. State forest maps can lead the way to summer hiking, mountain biking, birding, berry picking, horseback and ATV riding, fishing, camping and more. “Whether you prefer a wilderness canoe paddle or an ATV ride, there’s... Full story

  • County Seat Theater throws lines outside

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    As social distancing restrictions continue to limit indoor performances, Cloquet's County Seat Theater headed to the great outdoors June 18 to try something new. Actors gathered on makeshift stages, while audience members socially distanced from one another on lawn chairs, inside vehicles and in pickup truck beds for the first "Seat of Your Pants Parking Lot Players Carol Burnett Radio Show." The show was about 50 minutes long and featured nine skits from "The Carol Burnett Show." Still, it... Full story

  • Watercolorist finds joy in plein air painting

    Ann Markusen|Jul 3, 2020

    For the next two months, the Pine Knot Gallery will exhibit Julia Jaakola's watercolors, with an opening and in-person (socially distanced) reception on Thursday, July 9. How did Julia become an artist? "I always had a lot of time on my hands," she said, explaining that her family moved a lot when she was growing up. "I drew pictures to pass the time. My teachers encouraged me, and I loved all the art supplies." After graduating from Cloquet High School, where she spent many hours in Dewey Johns... Full story

  • Carlton events

    Leola Rodd|Jul 3, 2020

    Happy Fourth of July to everyone. For me as a kid growing up in Cloquet, the Fourth of July was the highlight of the summer. People came from miles around for the big parade, the carnival rides at Pinehurst Park, family picnics and celebrations. In the evening my parents took all three of us to the fireworks at Pinehurst Park. And it was usually hot, sunny and humid, like the weather has been lately. It really was an exciting and fun day. Enjoy the Fourth of July celebrations as limted as they...

  • Wrenshall News: Pick, eat and savor

    Anne Dugan|Jul 3, 2020

    The Friday morning “Backyard Almanac” segment on Duluth’s public radio station KUMD last week included a recipe for one of my favorite fruits — the strawberry. Wild strawberries, while quite a bit smaller than their commercial cousin, are a fruit packed with sweetness. “Fragaria virginiana” is its scientific name, and they grow as a perennial in a variety of habitats — in dry open fields, woodland edges and along roadsides. The recipe was this: 1. Pick the strawberry. 2. Put the strawberry in...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jul 3, 2020

    The 55th annual Wrong Days in Wright is a go, and will be taking place the weekend of July 17-19 in Wright with a scaled-back list of events. There are posters up around the area, so you can check on the events you would like to participate in. Remember to attend at your own risk, and that masks and social distancing are encouraged. Buttons are available in area businesses, as there will be no door-to-door selling or king and queen candidates this year. They are still only $1 each, but there... Full story

  • Splish Splash

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Pine Knot News subscriber and avid wildlife photographer Mike Farmer shared this photo series of a yellow warbler enjoying a splash in their new water feature. According to blog.nature.org, studies suggest that bathing plays an important role in feather maintenance. Bathtime can also be a time of truce for birds, as evidenced by the chickadee waiting its turn in the background of one of the photos.... Full story

  • Helen Jensen was the spine of the library for decades

    Steve Korby|Jul 3, 2020

    The Cloquet Library has been blessed with tremendously dedicated staff and volunteers over the years. One of those was Helen Jensen, a 40-year employee of the library, whose name would be near the top of any hypothetical list of dedicated community contributors to this resource. Jensen was hired as the library's first children's librarian in 1936, and was appointed director in November 1944. She would serve as director for 32 years, until December 1976. Kathy Blais, a fellow library board...

  • Interactive book series available online

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    The Arrowhead Library System announced the TumbleBook Library is available for all readers living in the seven-county area of Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties. TumbleBook Library, geared toward children in grades K-6, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, eBooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games that can be accessed from home. The TumbleBook Library includes a wide selection of stories that come to life for kids through engaging animation, and the website...

  • Fire danger high this holiday weekend in northeastern Minnesota

    Department of Natural Resources|Jul 3, 2020

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cautions residents and visitors in northeastern Minnesota to be aware of elevated fire conditions this hot and dry holiday weekend. Recent heavy rains in other parts of the state unfortunately bypassed the abnormally dry Arrowhead Region, leaving fire danger high. An unintentional spark in these dry conditions could ignite a wildfire. "Expanding drought conditions have dried grasses, shrubs, and trees in the area, resulting in increased fire... Full story

  • COVID-19 testing sites in Carlton County

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 3, 2020

    -CMH Raiter Clinic has a mobile testing site in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, but a doctor’s order is necessary before testing. Call 218-879-1271 to talk to a doctor. They will also accept orders from doctors outside CMH. The CMH Nurse Hotline is also available 24/7 at 218-499-6799 for advice. -FDL Human Services has a mobile testing site by appointment only at Min No Aya Win Human Services Center. Testing will be limited to those who are experiencing symptoms and who have had a telehealth visit with their Fond du L... Full story

  • Obituary: Lloyd C. Schmitz

    Jul 3, 2020

    Lloyd C. Schmitz, 83, of Carlton passed away July 3, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born Nov. 23, 1936, in Twin Lakes Township, Carlton County, the son of Conrad and Erna (Breitkreutz) Schmitz. Lloyd graduated from Carlton High School and was united in marriage to Ellen E. Granholm on Sept. 20, 1958. He served in the Minnesota National Guard. Lloyd worked for the Conwed Corporation in Cloquet for 23 years and then as a mechanic for the Carlton County highway department for 16 y... Full story

  • Obituary: Audrey Monianne O. Rimolde

    Jul 3, 2020

    Audrey M. Rimolde, 83, of Wrenshall passed away March 21, 2020. She was born Feb. 15, 1937 in Duluth, the daughter of John and Mildred (Wilcox) Ostman. Audrey enjoyed going to rummage sales, working in her yard and taking pictures of her flowers. She and Ben enjoyed road trips, dancing, riding motorcycle and camping. They enjoyed camping so much that they bought and operated Park Lake Resort 1977 through 1990. In her later years, she enjoyed watching television and visiting with her family. She... Full story

  • Obituary: M. Margaret Schmidt

    Jul 3, 2020

    M. Margaret Schmidt, 94, of Mahtowa passed away July 6, 2020. She was born June 1, 1926 in Aitkin to Herman and Anna (Hofer) Voller. Margaret graduated from Aitkin High School in 1945. On July 4, 1946, Margaret married Robert Schmidt in Aitkin. They made their home in Cloquet until 1964, when they moved to Mahtowa where they farmed and logged together. In 1964, Margaret started working at the Moose Lake State Hospital, serving as a psychiatric technician until retiring in 1987. While in... Full story