Articles from the July 7, 2023 edition

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 By Pine Knot News    News    July 7, 2023

Fourth crowd is red, white and huge

It was the Cloquet Fourth of July redemption tour, after being diminished by the pandemic, then kicked in the knees by Mother Nature last year. No more, said the people, in spite of a little... Full story

 

Obituary: Gene Clarence Paulson

Gene Clarence Paulson, 92, of Cloquet, was guided into eternal life on June 29, 2023, surrounded by his family at Solvay Hospice House. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    July 7, 2023

Planned cemetery buried in bureaucracy

Born in western Cloquet, Vern Simula wants to return to his home county when it's his time to go. He's already made a burial shroud and developed an advanced funeral directive on how he wants to be... Full story

 

History Mystery

The Carlton County Historical Society shared this fascinating picture of the Fourth of July parade in Cloquet in 1905, which includes the old Pine Knot newspaper office. With the St. Louis River...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 7, 2023

Mahtowa farm gets county, state kudos

Joe and Amanda Lambert grew up on farms less than a mile apart in rural Mahtowa. In 2010, the couple bought part of Amanda's family farm as a place to live. In 2015, they bought Joe's grandparents' fa...

 

Some close insect inspection

Will Stenberg continues to dazzle with his outdoors photographs, this time with a focus on insects. In June, he found monarch eggs on leaves in his own yard. "They are very tiny," he said. In July,... Full story

 

Gardening event

Join the Carlton County Master Gardeners for the gardening event of the summer. This year will showcase six gardens in the Esko area from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Highlights of the tour will be water features, a community garden with pollinator...

 

Nominate an 'Outstanding Senior'

Nominations are open for the 2023 Outstanding Senior Citizen awards, which are given annually to both a man and a woman age 70 or older. Nomination forms are available online at www.co.carlton.mn.us and ask for details of what the person has done...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    July 7, 2023

Wrenshall budget approved with small surplus

The Wrenshall School Board approved a $4.95 million budget for the 2023-24 school year during a special meeting June 26. Coupled with expected revenues of $5 million, the budget comes with a surplus of $48,272, and follows $312,000 in cuts earlier...

 

Hwy 210 construction starts

Construction work on Highway 210 east of Cromwell at Island Lake began July 5. This work will require a full closure of Highway 210. The passenger vehicle detour route will take Carlton County Road 120 to Carlton County Road 123 to Highway 73. A...

 

MN burning restrictions lifted

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lifted burning restrictions in Carlton, Cook, Lake, and St. Louis counties, effective July 3. Recent rain has reduced, although not eliminated, wildfire risk in northeast Minnesota. This action lifts...

 

Kids cheer camp returns

The CHS Pep Squad team is bringing back JR Cheer Camp. Run through Community Ed, the camp is open to students who have completed kindergarten to Grade 4 in May 2023 and costs $40. The CHS Pep Squad team and coaches will teach the Cloquet School Song...

 

What's black and white and read and floats?

Jen Pelofske and Jay Marvel built a boat plied with Pine Knot News newspapers for the annual "Build Your Own Boat Race" at the Pequaywan Inn north of Duluth. Jen reported it was seaworthy as couples... Full story

 

Parts of county to get faster internet

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is awarding grants totaling $66.9 million to 30 projects in the eighth year of the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program and pilot round of the Low-Density Broadband...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 7, 2023

Rugged Spruce: the place for golf and music

Jim and Colleen Myhre purchased what was then 29 Pines golf course just before Labor Day 2020, renamed it Rugged Spruce and - though Jim had just retired - life got very busy. The purchase wouldn't... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    July 7, 2023

State grant brings free movies in the park

A state grant is bringing free movies in the park to the city of Cloquet, starting Friday, with "Inside Out," a Pixar film about Riley, a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl whose world i... Full story

 

Movies in the Park Schedule

Movies in the Park: Friday, July 7 9:05 p.m. “Inside Out” After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions — characters Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness — conflict on how best to navigate a new cit... Full story

 

Hot Summer Nights concert series starts Thursday

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announced its lineup for the 2023 Hot Summer Nights Concert Series. The series includes four weeks of free performances in the college amphitheater starting...

 
 By Laura Campbell    Opinion    July 7, 2023

'Keep going' mantra helped newcomer

It was just before 10 p.m. and the seeping dark was thickly enveloping the road. Even the density of the surrounding forest had been swallowed by the dark shadows of the night. The high beams from... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Supremely suspicious rulings

I’m disappointed in the recent Supreme Court rulings, but not for the reasons you probably think I am. Sure, I would like to have seen President Biden carry out his plan to reduce student loan d... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: Headline sparks Shakespeare

I want to congratulate the person at the Pine Knot News for the literate, creative headline on the story about the ice plant at the Cloquet arena: “Arena ice suffers mortal coil problem.” The term “mortal coil” rang a bell, but I had to Google... Full story

 

Letter to the editor" Blame gets us nowhere

I am saddened to read that former state representative Mike Sundin has resorted to use the lowball tactic of the blame game to misrepresent the issues regarding the funding for the Carlton County Justice Center. As with many issues there is more to... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 7, 2023

Weather is just fine for big Sawdust field

A year ago lightning, thunderstorms and horrific weather wreaked havoc on the Sawdust 5K in Cloquet, causing first-year race directors Julie and Sam Jacobson all kinds of problems. This time around,... Full story

 

Teams run out of time as rain hits

Up through the semifinals of the Fourth of July 3-on-3 basketball tournament, things had gone about as smoothly as possible. "Everything from the registering of teams, getting sponsors, setting up... Full story

 

Regional Volleyball team shocks AAU world

The Northern Revival 17s volleyball team, with many members from Carlton County, accomplished something that no club or volleyball team north of the Twin Cities area has done. They took third place... Full story

 

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