Articles from the July 14, 2023 edition

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 By Brady Slater    News    July 14, 2023

Giant agate sparks intrigue

Paul Ward turned 90 this summer, and the story of how he landed the area's most well-known agate has changed. But only a little. Shortly after the 108-pound agate began being celebrated in Moose Lake...


Drums beat for veterans, community at powwow

Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at five times the national average, according to the United Service Organizations. Pride in that service was on display throughout the Fond du Lac Veterans...


History Mystery

People at the Cloquet school district building, the old Garfield School, are seeking some input on how this fountain became part of a classroom at the school. The room now serves as the meeting place...


Responders busy on Saturday

A spate of incidents late Saturday afternoon, July 8, kept emergency responders busy as they reacted to an ATV crash, vehicle crash and house fire all within a half hour of each other. The first call was just after 4 p.m. for an ATV crash in the Nema...


Interstate work set to begin

Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin constructing median crossovers on Interstate 35 near the Atkinson Bridge in Carlton County on July 17. I-35 will be reduced to one lane in each direction with temporary closures of the passing lane....


Moth spraying scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will treat one area in Carlton County and three areas in and around the city of Duluth beginning today, July 14, to slow the spread of spongy moth (aka gypsy moth). Officials will conduct aerial treatments...


Garden tour

​​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. This free event is self-guided and will continue rain or shine. Watch for sig...

 By Brady Slater    News    July 14, 2023

County pleases labor with latest move

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners breezed through its first meeting of July in 24 minutes Tuesday. But it managed to get work done, raising the threshold for project labor agreements while also announcing its intent to work more closely with...

 By Brady Slater    News    July 14, 2023

Wrenshall seeks to fill several open posts

Having come through the crucible of making cuts and adopting a budget for the new school year, the Wrenshall School Board began tackling a host of open positions at its meeting in Holyoke on Monday. Currently, due to retirements, resignations and...

 By Ted Lammi    News    July 14, 2023

Esko breaks ground on new fitness center

Work should begin on the Esko fitness center next week. The project is behind schedule by more than a fortnight, school board members heard Monday night. The permitting process was the first snag to overcome, according to John Erickson and Ian...



Billy Anderson of Cloquet is the latest winner in the Pine Knot News bumper sticker promotion. Anderson chose a $25 gift certificate from Pine Knot advertiser Outdoor Advantage as his reward for...

 By Steve Korby    News    July 14, 2023

Korby's Connections: Greenhouse is quiet success off Hwy. 210

If you blink your eyes, you might miss it. I know I did, many times. Traveling west on Minnesota Highway 210, it's just past the Sawyer Store, about three miles on the left. A few years ago, the wild...

 By Keiko Satomi    News    July 14, 2023

At the library: Space camp set for takeoff

Our Teen Services librarian, Justin Dinger, first hosted Space Camp in 2019. He saw a solicitation from NASA seeking sites to host summer classes for middle- and high school students. As a kid,...

 By Brady Slater    People    July 14, 2023

Church remodel aims to ease way to 'encounter Christ'

A new accessible entrance and buildout of a youth center are the focus of a significant expansion at a prominent church in Cloquet. Journey Christian Church associate pastor Fred Goldschmidt called...

 By Mike Creger    Opinion    July 14, 2023

Knot Pining: Speak for Smokey; because he can't

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has quite an opportunity for those looking for a deal when it comes to the Minnesota State Fair. In its email blast this week, it offers opportunities to... Full story


Harry's Gang: Esko grad keeps going places

In town for a family reunion, and to help her grandparents Jim and Ann Mosack of Esko move to assisted living, Roz Chromy tracked me down to give me an update on her life since she left in 2009, a... Full story


Letter to the editor: Stick to local issues

I read Pete Radosevich’s column (July 7) on the Supreme Court and rolled my eyes. I believe the success the Pine Knot News newspaper has experienced is based on your coverage of local news stories and events. As a subscriber from the inception of t... Full story


Letter to the editor: More explanation needed from Dotseth

I don’t know who did what as far as securing funding by Jeff Dotseth. What I do believe is although he voted against Democratic bills, he could have done a lot more. Maybe I expected too much, but I was disappointed that he didn’t explain in dep... Full story


Letter to the editor: Forestry Center transfer advancing

I recently received a copy of a letter from Brian Buhr, Dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences that provided an update on the Cloquet Forestry Center. A technical working group has been forme... Full story


Why recent forecasts on northern lights might be spotty

MPR News In recent days there's been a lot of chatter in the media, including on the Minnesota Public Radio News website, and among friends about prospects for seeing the northern lights in Minnesota...


It's berry pickin' time

It's strawberry picking time at Spectrum Farms (pictured) and Farm LoLa, which also has lots of honeyberries for the picking. Siberian honeyberries have the same faded blue color as blueberries but... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 14, 2023

Lucky 13 for winner at CCC Invitational

In 2023, the Cloquet Country Club will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary since formation. Inaugurated in 1932, the Cloquet Invitational tournament just completed its 92nd annual event with... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 14, 2023

Karson Kuhlman headed to New York

Former Cloquet hockey star Karson Kuhlman is on the move as he heads back to play on the East Coast in the National Hockey League, this time for the New York Islanders. Last season, Kuhlman started... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 14, 2023

Wilderness holds summer camp in Superior

There is some hockey to be had this summer, but fans of the Wilderness will need to travel to Superior to see potential junior hockey team players in action. Because of the mechanical issues at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet, the... Full story


Obituary: Robert Chadwick "Bob" Emerson

Robert Chadwick "Bob" Emerson, 88, of Carlton passed away July 4, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Bob was born on Aug. 9, 1934, to Oluf and Helen (Chadwick) Emerson in Oxboro, Minnesota,... Full story


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