Articles from the July 22, 2022 edition

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 By Jana Peterson    News    July 22, 2022

Neighbors tell city, police: 'enough is enough'

At first glance, Cloquet's Kelly Avenue looks like any other street in the city: mostly tidy homes with flowers blooming outside, tall trees, cars parked in driveways and on the street, the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 22, 2022

Councilor Swanson to resign

Cloquet city councilor Chris Swanson announced Tuesday that he will step down as the Ward 3 representative effective Aug. 17. Swanson and his family are moving to a home a few blocks outside of Ward...


Forging friendships

Who knew that blacksmithing and friendships could go hand in hand? A curious crowd of nearly 40 people turned out for Sunday's first Forging Friendships event at Spafford Park on Dunlap Island in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 22, 2022

Tennis, co-op efforts take center court at meeting

Cracks filled with knee-high weeds zigzag across the tennis courts at Carlton's South Terrace Elementary School. Although there are nets, the courts are in such a state of disrepair it would be...

 By Dan Kraker    News    July 22, 2022

Tribes sue EPA over new water quality standards

Two northern Minnesota Native American tribes have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to reverse recent changes the state made to its water quality standards. The tribes argue the changes are likely to damage wild rice and...  Website

 By Frances Slater    News    July 22, 2022

Airb-n-BAWK! offers unique experience

Earlier this summer, Julie Holmgren traveled from Paynesville, Minnesota to Wrenshall where she had booked Farm LoLa's new "AirB-n- BAWK!" She brought with her a copy of "Locally Laid: How We Built a... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    July 22, 2022

County closes in on justice center costs

After eight years of research and planning, Carlton County officials should know the maximum cost of a new justice center following a special meeting set for Thursday, July 21, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press. County coordinator...


Brickyard Days is a go

Contrary to rumor, Brickyard Days is a go. Now under the direction of the daughter-and-mother team of Jolene Johnson and Phyllis Rousseau, the annual Wrenshall celebration is set for Aug. 5-6 and will include a parade, a movie in the park and much... Full story


Get your perfect summer read free

Join your fellow Minnesotans by reading William Kent Krueger’s “Iron Lake” as part of One Book One Minnesota in July and August. Get your free copy of Iron Lake by going to and choosing either the eBook or electronic audiobook. “Iron... Full story


Searching for Esko grads

In preparation for the Esko All School Reunion set for August, organizers are seeking people who graduated between 1940 and 1966, who may not be regular users of social media. While the reunion is being held in conjunction with Esko Fun Days Aug....


Local author nominated for book award

Esko area author Elaine Osborne’s book, “If I Felt Alone,” was recently nominated for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in the nonfiction category. Osborne’s book tells the story of the massive sewage spills near her home and the effects on her...


Dial 988 for mental health support

Minnesotans facing a mental health crisis can now dial or text 988 to connect to Lifeline support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new 988 code will serve as a universal entry point, so people can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help... Full story


DFL state senate candidates sound off

The names of two Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates - John Peura of Moose Lake and Michelle Boyechko of Tamarack - will be on the ballot for Minnesota Senate District 11 in the Aug. 9 primary... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 22, 2022

'She was the glue that held us together'

Local veterans organizations lost one of their most valued and beloved volunteers last week. Lillie "Lil" Mae LaVoy, 81, of Cloquet passed away Monday, July 11, after a hard-fought, fourth battle... Full story


Celebrity Hiker

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar talks with Jay Cooke State Park manager Lisa Angelos at the River Inn Interpretive Center at the park Friday, July 15, before hiking another portion of the Superior Hiking...


Francy that: We can't take water for granted

Cool, clear, water. Nothing compares with that most basic of human needs, the substance that comprises 55-60 percent of our bodies, the liquid that flows freely from our taps, flushes our toilets and...


Letter: Life begins and ends with a heartbeat

As a pro-life supporter, I have been in many discussions and debates on the issue of abortion. There have been many points as to the rights of the mother and of the unborn baby, with some focus around the timing of an abortion during the pregnancy.... Full story


Letter: Blaming current issues on Biden is silly

Recently I received in my mailbox a stamped envelope with no post office markings and no signature or return address, and inside a letter written to me. Obviously, the unknown [writer] knows my political opines or has read them in several printings.... Full story


Letter: Sheriff comes to the rescue

During Wrong Days in Wright, my wife, Susan Nichols, was having trouble locking the door to the Senior Center. Sheriff Kelly Lake happened to be driving by, and Susan flagged her down. After a few minutes, she got the door locked. I‘m glad we d... Full story


A different kind of rock show

As temperatures heated up in Moose Lake this weekend, so did the number of people there for the Agate Days celebration, especially on Saturday afternoon. A half-hour before the 3 p.m. agate stampede,...


On the Mark: Wrong Days has it all: music, sport and politics

It's impossible to take in every pleasure and message at a community festival. Wrong Days in Wright last weekend was as joyful as ever. Arriving early, I watched some energetic softball as I walked... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 22, 2022

Legion teams dive into playoffs

The Cloquet Legion baseball team started playoffs this week after finishing the regular season with a 3-13 regular season record. "It is an unusual summer because we don't have any seniors playing on... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 22, 2022

VFW, Jr Legion teams aim to peak in playoffs

Sporting a lineup that consists of 12 players who are only 15 years old and four who are U14-eligible, the Cloquet VFW is making its mark this summer as a team on the rise. "We are 5-11 on the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 22, 2022

New baseball tourney starts Friday in Cloquet

Love summer baseball? The first annual Cloquet Northland Baseball Classic will take place this weekend at three locations in the Cloquet area. According to tournament director Nate Knutson, the new... Full story

 By Leola Rodd    Happenings    July 22, 2022

Carlton Happenings

With the annual Carlton Daze celebration just around the corner, I am dedicating this column to all the ways we celebrate our city. Over the years, how many unique community celebrations has Carlton h...


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