Articles from the July 9, 2021 edition

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 By Pine Knot News    News    July 9, 2021

A booming, broiling Fourth

In a normal year, the oppressive heat over the Fourth of July weekend may have kept people home or at the lake. But 2021 isn't a normal year. We are free to go about our community business as the... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 9, 2021

Judge Macaulay to retire at end of August

Sixth District Judge Robert Macaulay will retire Aug. 31, the Pine Knot confirmed on Tuesday. Macaulay has served as a Carlton County judge since he was appointed in February 1995 by Gov. Arne Carlson, winning elections in 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014 and... Full story


Obituary: Debra Esther (Timonen) Smith

Debra Esther (Timonen) Smith, 55, of Proctor died peacefully July 6, 2021, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton after a brief battle with uterine cancer. Deb was born in Moose Lake, the daughter of... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 9, 2021

Gordy, Cloquet's Hi-Hat founder, dies at 93

A Northland legend has died. Gordy Lundquist, who founded Gordy's Hi-Hat restaurant with his wife, Marilyn, passed away Tuesday at the age of 93. He was home with Marilyn by his side. The two of them... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 9, 2021

Cloquet's talented finance director will retire

It’s official. Nancy Klassen, longtime finance director for the city of Cloquet, is retiring. And she will be missed by city administrators. “I already tried to tell her no. That didn’t work,” city administrator Tim Peterson joked with council member...

 By MinnPOST    News    July 9, 2021

State to cover local government share of Enbridge tax bill

Minnesota officials have settled a long-running tax case with Enbridge Energy, agreeing to pay the oil and gas company more than $45 million for overvaluing pipeline property after losing in state court. In conjunction with the deal, state lawmakers...  Website

 By MPR News    News    July 9, 2021

Long, strange trip: Legislature passes new budget

Minnesota has a new $52 billion, two-year state budget, but it didn’t come easy. The Legislature needed almost all the time between the end of the regular session on May 17 and the end of the fiscal year at midnight Wednesday to finish the budget. T...  Website


Suspect in shooting caught

A Cloquet man who was suspected of shooting a man in the leg was arrested last week. Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki, 26, was taken into custody July 1 on an unrelated charge and is being held at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston,...


Photo: that elusive orchid

Photographer Mark Cline found these lady slippers recently a couple of miles west of Minnesota Highway on the Superior Hiking Trail in Jay Cooke State Park. “I think that location is pretty well k... Full story

 By Lydia Stone    People    July 9, 2021

From Carlton County to world's forests

After 42 countries, one bear fight, and two attempted coups d'etat, Cloquet resident Roy Hagen has a resume to make any forester jealous. He has spent the majority of his forestry career in Africa... Full story


Fond du Lac Band hopes to start elk herd here

Elk could soon be roaming Carlton County again, as a result of a longtime effort by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Last week, the Band submitted a proposal to the Minnesota...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 9, 2021

Law enforcement students graduate despite obstacles

Despite Covid-19, despite protests that called for defunding the police, last week Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College graduated every single student who enrolled in the law enforcement training...

 By Ruth Reeves    Outdoors    July 9, 2021

A paddling perspective: enjoy nature quietly

I surely love a fun ride in a fast motorboat, but people-powered paddling is my favorite way to explore from the water. Some of my fondest memories on the water are from a canoe or kayak point of...


Coming soon: Hot Summer Nights concerts

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is bringing back its Hot Summer Nights Concert series with two weeks of free concerts later this summer. Local bands Whiskey Trail and Rock-A-Billy Revue will perform 7 to 9 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 5,... Full story


Solar co-op launches for northern residents to go solar

The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is partnering with the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability to launch the second Iron Range solar co-op. The group will help homeowners, farmers, and small businesses on the Range go solar.... Full story


Next County Covid clinic on Tuesday

Carlton County will hold its next vaccination clinic at the Carlton County Community Services Building in downtown Cloquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 13. Those age 18 or older can pre-register or just walk in for a free Johnson & Johnson... Full story


Our View: Newspaper strive to stay afloat in a new world

Last month, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar entered a statement into the Congressional Record lamenting the loss of yet another newspaper in Minnesota, this time the Journal in International Falls. Klobuchar holds a special place for the industry, as the... Full story


Letter: Reader issues challenge to Carlton, Wrenshall school boards

The Carlton and Wrenshall school boards refuse to make what I see as a responsible decision to combine. Another demonstration of political failure. I sit here and wonder, whose fault is it? Is it the voter, is it the school board, or is it the...


Harry's Gang: I'm still married, right?

My wife forgot our wedding anniversary last week. I am not sure I can forgive her. Shocked? So was I. Not a card; no flowers, candy, fancy dinner or beer. Nothing. Well, she didn’t completely forget;... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 9, 2021

3-on-3 tournament heats up on the Fourth

Cloquet's Pinehurst Park was a sea of sweaty ballplayers Monday afternoon, with a turnout of more than 20 teams for the annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament. With two halfcourt games happening... Full story


Make a plan: Summer festival fun

With July Fourth in the rearview mirror, summer festival season is heating up in Carlton County, and so are the crowds. Following are some community events around Carlton County this next month:... Full story


Obituaries: Brian K. Bakka

Brian K. Bakka, 51, of Cloquet passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born Nov. 10, 1969, the son of Roy and Phyllis (Kastanek) Bakka. Brian started working as a greeter for Walmart in Cloquet in... Full story


Obituaries: Charles R. Wick

Charles R. Wick, 85, passed away peacefully July 4, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born to Raymond and Elenore (Aiken) Wick on March 3, 1936. He married Sonja Swanson on Oct. 1, 1960. He was... Full story


Obituaries: Lowana Lee Johnson

Lowana Lee Johnson, 85, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with her loving family by her side. She was born Sept. 30, 1935 in Cloquet to Ralph and Lucille (Sundeen) Millen. She graduated... Full story


Death notices

Lawrence Rasen, 80, of Virginia passed away Friday, July 2, 2021 in Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Graveside Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17 at Old Calvary Cemetery in Cloquet. Atkins Northland Funeral Home Wilbur “Pete” Eme... Full story


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