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Articles from the July 3, 2020 edition

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  • It's berry time in Carlton County

    Mike Creger|Jul 3, 2020

    The weather is heating up and so is berry season. Despite struggles with keeping plants watered during what has been a dry spring and early summer in Carlton County, strawberries are ripe at Spectrum Farm as well as honeyberries at Farm LoLa, both southeast of the Interstate 35 corridor from Cloquet. There is a convenient website to keep up with picking seasons at seven county berry farms, CarltonCountyFruit.org. Expect raspberries later in July and then blueberries. The site has links to each f... Full story

  • Cloquet library addition is nearly complete

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    As construction workers put finishing touches on the extension at the Cloquet Public Library, donations to help pay for furnishing the new meeting rooms, teen room and children's area continue to come in. On June 25, representatives from Northwoods Credit Union and its board dropped by for a peek of the new facility and the large meeting room that will bear its name. They brought a larger-than-life check for $40,000 with them, with the promise of another $40,000 to follow over the next four... Full story

  • Candy wonderland opens

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    Folks of all ages looking to satisfy their sweet tooth have a new destination in Carlton County: Sweetly Kismet Candy store. Just follow the trail of 45 five-foot-tall suckers to find the sweet new business, located a short drive up a dirt road behind and east of the Minnesota Highway 210 Kwik Trip store near Interstate 35. Tuesday afternoon brothers Keigan Lennartson, 12, and Brody McIvor, 7, were checking out the many different aisles of the candy store and their offerings of brightly colored... Full story

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. July 3 1863 Minnesota’s first railroad fatality: a train strikes a wagon driven by Captain Abraham Bennett and his son at the Como Road crossing in St. Paul. There had been talk of building a bridge at the site but, ironically, Bennett himself had opposed it. His son recovered. 1941 Charles Haralson dies in Excelsior at the age of 78. The first resident superintendent of the University of Minnesota’s Fruit Breeding Farm (now the Horticultural Research Center) at Excelsior, the Swe...

  • Local events calendar

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Arrowhead Library Bookmobile visits: • Monday, July 6: Brookston-Pines Board & Lodge 8:45-9:45 a.m., Kettle River-Main Street 1-2:15 p.m. • Tuesday, July 7: Cotton-Wilbert Cafe 10am-12pm The Aug. 14-15 Cloquet High School Class of 1965 reunion has been canceled. Questions, call or text 218-390-8893 Tuesday, July 7 Antique appraisals with Steve Wesely of Cresent Auctioneering 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the Fires of 1918 Museum, Moose Lake. 218-485-4159 Saturday, July 11 Nordlager Club sale 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, NorthEastern Hotel, 115...

  • Mountain biker recovering after impaling leg in accident

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    A bicycle accident at Pine Valley Park around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning left a 25-year-old Cloquet woman with her leg impaled on a branch stub of a decaying tree. While it sounds horrific, she is OK and left a hospital in good shape Monday. "Nothing was broken and there's no nerve damage," said Morgan Warbalow Wednesday. "I got pretty lucky." Warbalow said she was biking on a narrow part of the mountain bike trail with a client from the foster group home where she works when the accident... Full story

  • Officer's conduct revealed in lawsuit

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    A civil lawsuit filed by former Cloquet police detective Scott Holman is working its way through the courts, but the case is also shedding light on the inner workings of the police department he served for 22 years. The Complaint was filed by Holman and attorney Mike Padden earlier this year in U.S. District Court following Holman's dismissal from the Cloquet police department in 2019. Holman's Complaint claims that the detective's termination was the result of a Brady policy created by the...

  • 5 injured when car is pushed into traffic

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Following a hit-and-run accident on Midway Road Friday, June 26, a Two Harbors man was charged in Sixth District St. Louis County Court Tuesday. Rodney Scandin Jr., 35, faces a total of five felony counts of criminal vehicular operation — two for great bodily harm and two for substantial bodily harm — in which the driver who causes the collision leaves the scene. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, a car occupied by four family members was stopped on Midway road facing north, waiting to turn west onto Stark Road on Friday after...

  • Driver hits bicyclist on Big Lake Road

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Cloquet police officers responded to a call reporting a teenage bicyclist struck by a car just after 1:20 p.m. Tuesday on Big Lake Road in Cloquet. Early reports on Tuesday suggested three bicyclists were northbound on Trettel Lane, crossing Big Lake Road to Reservation Road when a vehicle driving westbound on Big Lake Road struck one of the bicyclists. The victim, a 13-year-old Cloquet girl, was treated by members of the Cloquet Area Fire District and transported to Essentia Hospital in Duluth. Her condition was not known. The driver of the...

  • Dog leaps fence; attacks toddler

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    A dog jumped a fence and bit a toddler on Chestnut Street in West End Cloquet on Wednesday, June 24. According to the Cloquet police report on the incident, the dog jumped a 6-foot-high fence at approximately 11:38 that morning and went after a 2-year-old boy, clamping down on his shoulder. Initially police did not think the bite broke the skin, but the family reported that they took the child to the emergency room and found the dog had caused punctures. The dog owner was notified they would be receiving a dangerous-dog notice, according to...

  • DNR is spraying herbicide in area

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications totaling 85 acres at three sites began June 29 and will continue through approximately Sept. 15. Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter-mile of the treatment sites received notification. Herbicides will not be applied within 100 feet of any waterbody, following DNR herbicide application guidelines. The DNR plants trees on state lands to reforest...

  • Fire chief search restarted

    Jana Peterson|Jul 3, 2020

    After months of searching for a new fire chief, members of the Cloquet Area Fire District board decided to start over. They will reconsider the job requirements and administrative structure of the organization before interviewing any more candidates. The board made its decision at a special meeting Monday, June 29, after negotiations with candidate George Esbensen failed and Esbensen withdrew from consideration, and the succession committee put a different name forward, that of current CAFD...

  • Governor announces release of local pandemic aid

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Local governments around Minnesota will be splitting $841 million in federal aid to help pay for costs incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money, part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, will be split up by Minnesota’s counties and cities based on population. Counties will get about $120 per resident, while cities will get $75 per resident and small towns $25 per resident. A separate $12 million will be allocated toward food shelves and food banks. Rep. Mike Sundin, who represents Carlton County i...

  • Picketers protest Burger King contractor

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters picket the soon-to-be Burger King restaurant in Cloquet Monday. Union member Adam Johnson said they were picketing the contractor, Celtic, because it is an out-of-town contractor that doesn't pay the area standard wages and benefits. "We work with a lot of local kids that graduated from schools around here that would love to be working these jobs," Johnson said. "We have local contractors right here in town that could do this...

  • On Faith: Freedom derives from faith

    David Handsaker|Jul 3, 2020

    I once had the opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. The trail is a red line painted on the pavement and guides people from the central city park to many of the historic sites that are preserved in modern downtown Boston. Sites like the Old North church where they famously hung one or two lanterns to reveal the British invasion route. Paul Revere's house, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution are all stops along the route. In July we celebrate those who... Full story

  • Pope appoints new bishop to Duluth diocese

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Pope Francis has appointed Father Michel J. Mulloy, from the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota, to be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, it was announced June 19. Bishop-elect Mulloy was born May 20, 1953, in Mobridge, South Dakota, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls in 1979. He served parishes in both the Sioux Falls and Rapid City dioceses before being incardinated formally in the Rapid City diocese in 1986. He has spent most of his ministry serving in parishes...

  • 'Let facts be submitted to a candid world'

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    From John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions... Full story

  • Harry's Gang: There's much to be patriotic about

    Pete Radosevich|Jul 3, 2020

    I’m feeling patriotic. There’s an old quote, from George Bernard Shaw, that “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” A little biting, to be sure, but witty and accurate. Sure, I love my country, and it’s probably because I was born here, raised here and still live here. There’s nothing wrong with believing your country is the greatest in the world, just like there’s nothing wrong with being proud of your children or a fan of your l...

  • On The Mark: Violence against Black Americans has deep roots through history

    Ann Markusen|Jul 3, 2020

    Why are African Americans so often the victims of police killings? A history of enslavement, violence-enforced exploitation and often killing labor, followed by decades of industrial exploitation and residential segregation are succinct explanations, though not enough. It’s difficult to face and accept that our country was built on enslavement and brutal field work, enforced with beatings, lynchings, imprisonment, and death. And that our nation’s economic prowess emerged from the work that ens...

  • Obituaries: Denise Elizabeth Mullen

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Denise E. Mullen, 79, of Cloquet passed away April 13, 2020, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. She was born April 24, 1940, in Breckenridge, Wisconsin to Vilas and Angeline (Mrotek) Woodward. Denise graduated from Cloquet High School in 1958 and was married to Dale Mullen on April 4, 1959, in St. Casimir's Catholic Church. She worked at the Johnson Company, Medich Drug, and at Churchill Elementary School as a teacher's aide for 25 years. Denise was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, a... Full story

  • Obituaries: Harriet O. Grondahl

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Harriet O. Grondahl, 89, of Duluth passed away peacefully June 24, 2020 at Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. She was born July 25, 1930 in Duluth to Arvid and Elsie Anderson. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; a daughter, Darlene; and her parents. She is survived by her son, Ken (Alice) Grondahl of Mahtowa; granddaughters, DaeLynn Stoeckmann, Melissa (Roger) Bolos and Kendra (Pete) Robinson, all of Cloquet; and great-grandchildren, Kylee, Destiny, Jordan, Bryce, Bailey and... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Beverly May St. Germain (Erdmann), 55, of Cloquet, passed away peacefully in her home on June 24, 2020. A graveside service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Care.... Full story

  • Honor rolls

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Esko High School Fourth quarterhonor rolls HONOR ROLL Annabelle Adkins Kaitlyn Adkins Alexandra Aker Ashley Aker Rachel Amireault Claire Anderson Karin Anderson Keone Anderson Simone Anderson Siri Anderson Santiago Anich Joseph Antonutti Rachel Antonutti Ellahna Barnes Joel Barta Nathan Barta Alena Beare Mollie Belich Aspen Berg Cuinn Berger Wyatt Bergstedt Carli Bloom Sierra Boitz Joshua Bolgrean Nickolas Borden Alexander Bourgeault Hannah Boyat Cadence Brissett Addison Bucsko Emma Calverly Jazmyn Carlson Owen Carlson Emma Cekalla Jordan... Full story

  • Going back in time at a classic theater

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    While The Lake movie theater in Moose Lake is showing neo-classic movies and crowd favorites like "Jaws" and "Grease" to pull in moviegoers, Cloquet's Premier Theatres remains closed to the public while owner Rick Stowell waits for the movie industry to begin distributing new films again. Last week Stowell said he originally planned to reopen July 1, then July 10. Now it looks like the opening and new movies won't come to Cloquet until mid-August or later. In the meantime, moviegoers are...

  • With caution, summer fun can be had during pandemic

    Sara Porter|Jul 3, 2020

    Sara Porter MPR News Summer has arrived in Minnesota. At the same time, the state has been relaxing some of the regulations that were in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - meaning family picnics, patio drinks, pool parties and other summer staples are back on the table, so long as you follow the rules set out by health officials. Those rules are still extremely important. The Health Department recently reported a cluster of cases in the Mankato area traced to people gathering in... Full story

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