Articles from the July 17, 2020 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Apartment demand drives projects

In the six years since a housing study showed a need for lots of new housing in Cloquet and Scanlon, there's been what amounts to an apartment building boom. That was the goal, said Cloquet Community...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Former county attorney actions put to court

Former Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler is facing possible disciplinary action regarding unprofessional conduct during his tenure with the county. Susan Humiston, the director of the Office of... Full story


This week in local history

The Carlton County Historical Society recently posted a photo on Facebook of past Lumberjack Days wood medallion buttons in its collection. The annual event began in the late 1970s and eventually...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Black Bear casino goes smoke-free

Effective Wednesday, Black Bear Casino Resort is 100-percent smoke-free inside the building. Guests may still smoke outside. General manager Dan LaPrairie said the Reservation Business Council made... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    July 17, 2020

County board delays vote on mask use

Lengthy discussion, followed by two attempts to vote for a Carlton County mask policy, ended with no clear choice for a majority of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 14. “I believe the board should...

 By Pine Knot News    People    July 17, 2020

Light show accompanies welcome rain

Photographer Dan Saletel captured this photo of the July 15 storm, which dropped 3 inches of rain on Wrenshall, while sitting inside his garage. Saletel said he took the photo with a 30-second... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 17, 2020

Home explosion, fire injure two

Two people were seriously injured Tuesday, July 14 when a furnace apparently blew up and mostly destroyed a home in Silver Township. Carlton County Dispatch took a report of an explosion and... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 17, 2020

Sappi shifts work to Cloquet plant

Bad news for paper manufacturing workers in Maine will likely bring a bit of stability for Sappi’s operation in Cloquet. The company announced on July 9 that it is closing by the end of the year...

 By Mike Creger    News    July 17, 2020

Carlton plans for worst case, construction continues in Wrenshall

Superintendent John Engstrom pressed hard and Carlton school board members pushed back. In the end, they seemed to have come to some clearer idea of what the district's future might look like,...

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 17, 2020

Woman dead in Cromwell crash

A one-vehicle crash just after midnight Friday left one person dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries. Patricia Mylonas, 36, of Duluth, was driving a GMC Envoy west on Highway 201 near Markusen Road in Cromwell when the crash occurred....

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 17, 2020

Election judges needed in city

With 16 regular election judges bowing out of the primary election due to concerns about coronavirus, the city of Cloquet is hoping younger residents will step up for the primary on Aug. 11 and the general election on Nov. 3. Depending on their...

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    July 17, 2020

Wrenshall student recovers from COVID-19

After opening its gym to volleyball practice on July 6, officials at Wrenshall High School had to soon shut everything down as a friend and fellow student of the volleyball players tested positive for Covid-19. Superintendent Kim Belcastro made the... Full story

 By Lexis Gerard    People    July 17, 2020

Mentor group makes connections outside

A summer of closed pools, canceled activities and less face-to-face contact leaves many kids seeking a little normalcy. Luckily, for some students and mentors in Carlton County, REACH is still... Full story


Our View: Ease Election Day burden by absentee

Minnesota is holding primary elections for various offices on Tuesday, Aug. 11. In Carlton County there’s not a lot of action: voters will narrow the field for Cloquet City Council Ward 5 and County Commissioner District 5. In addition, there are...


Harry's Gang: Sadly, as nap time fades, so will trips with Becky bird

Eleanor has a birthday in 12 days. She’s been reminding me every morning that big, big things are going to happen when she turns 6, like she won’t need a booster seat in the car anymore (she will)...


Political climate divides by color. Choose purple

Minnesotans have had an affinity for the color purple ever since the NFL Minnesota Vikings chose purple and white as their franchise colors and Prince cried “Purple Rain.” Throughout the... Full story


Wright celebrates 'Wrong' this weekend

The folks in Wright are holding the 55th annual Wrong Days in Wright celebration this weekend, July 17-19. Friday events start with the rummage sale at St. John's Church from noon-6 p.m., with a...


Carlton Daze 'lite' set for next weekend

The fun continues next weekend in Carlton, where the official Carlton Daze celebration was canceled due to the pandemic but some local businesses are continuing with a few of the traditional weekend’s most popular events July 24-26. The...


Uninsured can get free Covid-19 tests

New health care option covers cost for many residents in need Many uninsured Minnesotans can get tested for Covid-19 at no cost to them during the federal public health emergency, thanks to a new health care option. The state will cover the cost of t... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Moose Lake prison

A lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Corrections of not fulfilling its obligations to protect prisoners in Moose Lake from the Covid-19 pandemic was dismissed Monday. Sixth District judge...


Break free of pandemic grip with some local fun outdoors

The summer of COVID-19. In northern Minnesota, pandemic responses have canceled most local festivals (but not Wrong Days in Wright, and only part of Carlton Daze) and many of the sports leagues that... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Sports    July 17, 2020

In final season, county native thrives at track

Three-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jason Line, formerly of Wright and now based in North Carolina, will retire from driving after the 2020 drag racing season. He reached a goal last weekend with his... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Sports    July 17, 2020

Bike and run race is still on

Cloquet’s first and perhaps only summer race event will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18, when the Frozen Forester Pine Valley Bike and Run begins. Think mountain bikes, not road bikes, and... Full story


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