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 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 12, 2019

Pine Knot Outdoors: Waxworm trip leads to a tall tale

The week started with a real emergency around the Baker household. Phoenix, our resident gecko, was out of food. Normally, we would run to Duluth and pick him up some crickets or tasty mealworms. It...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    July 12, 2019

Cards shown at school merger meeting

There was history. There was agreement. There were dull-as-unbuttered-toast moments. And, like a main event, the moment everyone had been waiting for - direct opinions from each school board member...

 

Despite rain, crowd flocks to Cloquet Fourth

It rained in the morning. It rained in the afternoon. But everything still went mostly as planned in Cloquet for its annual Fourth of July celebration, from the parade and free rainbows to...

 

Agate festival turns 50 this year

Most of the time, rock- hounds have to hit up gravel pits, freshly plowed fields or pebble-strewn beaches to find prime examples of the state gemstone, the Lake Superior agate. This weekend, all they...

 

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events that took place July 12-18. July 12 1829 Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor ends his command at Fort Snelling, which had begun May 24, 1828. He would later lead the U.S. Army in the war against Mexico, and “Old Rough and Re...

 
 By Jordan Allen    News    July 12, 2019

Sleeping mat project helps homeless, reuses plastic

Pollution and homelessness, two significant issues facing the country and our county, have sparked creative and innovative solutions. One group in Carlton seeks to address both issues with its...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    July 12, 2019

Premium fuel on tap pleases farmers, heavy equipment users

Farmers drove their tractors and brought gas cans to the Wrenshall General Store Friday - excited about the opportunity to fill up with the new premium diesel on tap. Store owner Jeff Bloom said he's...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 12, 2019

Motorcyclist injured at home

The Life Link III helicopter responded to a motorcycle crash Sunday, July 7, in Twin Lakes Township. Stone River Boulanger was injured when his motorcycle apparently spun out at the end of his...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    July 12, 2019

Cloquet adds coaches to boost safety, supervision

This spring, Cloquet school board members asked activities director Paul Riess to prepare a report showing the different sports teams, their participation numbers and the number of coaches for each...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    July 12, 2019

Jeopardy party

Sam Kavanaugh, a 2009 Carlton High School graduate, showed the country how a teacher handles the Jeopardy quiz show in a taping shown Wednesday, winning $38,000 and knocking off the three-day winner... Full story

 
 By Dan Reed    News    July 12, 2019

Opinions fly on how to pay for county garage

About a dozen residents attended the hearing on funding a new Carlton County transportation garage in Barnum on Tuesday during the regular meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners. Most people attending voiced concern that using a half-pe...

 

City band plays Monday

The Cloquet Community Band will perform favorite concert band music starting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 at the amphitheater at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This will be the first concert... Full story

 

Free garden tour Tuesday in county

The Carlton County Master Gardeners is offering a self-guided tour of gardens in the Barnum and Mahtowa area 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Highlights of the tour will be yards with perennials, vegetables and a pumpkin patch, a lake home with a woodland...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 12, 2019

Senior dining menu

Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu for July 12-19: Friday, July 12: Hamloaf, strawberry shortcake Monday, July 15: Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti, fresh fruit Tuesday, July 16: Chef salad, yogurt Wednesday, July 17: Liver and onions or alternative,... Full story

 

Our View: Elected leaders need to be clear on votes

Votes — or rather the lack of any vote at all — by Carlton County commissioner Tom Proulx on several resolutions during the June 24 county board meeting had us scratching our heads here at the Pine Knot News. After all, what does it mean when an...

 

Harry's Gang: History is a trip at the library

The Cloquet library is a godsend to parents in the summer. No sooner did we walk in last week than several kids greeted Tommy and Patrick, apparently friends of theirs from school. Soon, the girls...

 
 By Jodie White    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Letter: Reading tutors are vital

While students in our area are enjoying summer break, I’m thinking ahead to the start of the new school year. I’d love every student to have one-on-one support, but school districts simply don’t have the resources. Fortunately, Cloquet, Barnum...

 

Guest commentary: It's a run and so much more

An avid runner, I have participated in a lot of 5K runs over the years. The Cloquet Sawdust 5K may be one of the hardest ones I have ever done, but it’s also one of the best. With its killer hills...

 
 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Notes from the small pond: Pondering the genesis of evil can leave one 'awake'

Awake. Verb, intransitive verb. (A person can “awake,” as in Wake Up [verb], or a person can be awake, as in: “I’m awake [intransitive], so turn off the alarm.” These states are mutually...

 

Obituaries: Autumn (Adele) Aubút

Autumn (Adele) Aubút Autumn Aubút, 64, of Carlton, passed away suddenly from a brain tumor Saturday, June 29, 2019, with family by her side. Autumn was born Adele Aubút on Nov. 20, 1954, to Thomas... Full story

 
 By Scott Bakken    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Letter: Why not raise the voting age?

A recent Harry’s Gang column in the Cloquet Pine Knot News addressed the topic of who should be allowed to vote. Most of the article focused on criminal activity as it pertains to voting rights being restricted. What I found interesting was the...

 

Obituaries: Steven Ray Martin

Steven Ray Martin Steven Ray Martin, 63, died peacefully,surrounded by his family, on Oct. 14, 2018 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mich. Steve was born on Nov. 23, 1954, in Cook County,... Full story

 

Funeral notices

Roger F. Thompson died May 4, 2019, at his “home on the Rocks” in Apache Junction, Ariz. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, July 20 at Barnum United Community Church. In accordance with Roger’s wishes, a... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    July 12, 2019

Color Run race includes tribute to Cloquet man killed in crash

Five years ago, family and friends of Cole Drechsler came together at the Cloquet Rotary’s Color Run to walk for Cole, a bright and vibrant young man who had passed away three days before. The 2013...

 

On the mark: Summer hums along in Cromwell

On June 28 the Cromwell Area Community Club hosted its fourth annual midsummer steak fry, silent auction and variety show. It was a lovely evening. Some people remained well past the events, enjoying...

 

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