Articles from the July 24, 2020 edition

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 By Mike Creger    News    July 24, 2020

Schools strain for clarity on opening

As a pandemic summer heats up meteorologically, so has the national rhetoric around how school districts will start classes in August and September. Normally sleepy and short meetings of school...

 

Mask order passes in Cloquet

Hours after the Cloquet City Council voted to require face coverings by Aug. 1 in all public indoor spaces in the city of Cloquet, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that a statewide mandate would begi... Full story

 

Wrong days never felt so right

In what normally would be a summer filled with parades and town celebrations, Wright, on the western edge of Carlton County, stands alone. It was filled with normal sounds of summer fun - such as a...

 

Fire alarm empties apartment building

Residents of the Carlton Lofts apartments in Cloquet were forced to exit the building Sunday night when a fire alarm went off just before midnight. Fortunately, it was not a big fire and the alarms...

 

Cloquet care worker diagnosed with Covid

An employee of Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet tested positive for Covid-19 last month, and the Cloquet nursing home is now on the Minnesota Department of Health’s list of congregate care facilities “with Covid-19 outbreaks.” Community... Full story

 

Masks rundown

Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday finally issued a rule Wednesday requiring people to wear masks or face coverings in public indoor spaces in Minnesota. More than half of U.S. states have issued similar mandate... Full story

 

Why a mask?

Studies have shown that masks limit the spread of the coronavirus by blocking respiratory droplets that can travel through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or even just speaks. There’s also strong evidence to suggest that masks help protect oth... Full story

 

Exceptions to state mask mandate

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear masks, but are encouraged to wear them when in public. People who have health conditions, disabilities or behavioral needs that make it difficult to safely wear a mask are... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    July 24, 2020

Carlton will do impact study alone

The Carlton school board decided on Monday to go it alone on a $3,000 study that would determine what district residents would pay in taxes if a consolidation with Wrenshall should ever come to fruition. The financial impact study would pinpoint how...

 

Carlton celebrates this weekend

The fun continues this weekend in Carlton, where the annual Carlton Daze event was canceled due to the pandemic but some local businesses are continuing with several of the traditional... Full story

 

Cleaning up

Members of Croft's Crew - from left, Cale Prosen, AJ Maijala, Josh Sanders, Ben Croft and Bob Fox - adopted a stretch of Carlton Road and met earlier this summer to collect trash. Contributed...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 24, 2020

Man arrested after report of sex assault

Saying that a man she once had a relationship with told her “paybacks are a bitch,” a woman told a Cloquet police officer this past weekend that she was held against her will for 34 hours and repeatedly raped and assaulted by a Scanlon man....

 

Big new draw in Carlton

The City of Carlton has added playground equipment to the Northern Pacific Junction bike shelter area, much to the delight of monkey bar users Winston and Berkeley Leno, ages 6 and 7. Last year the...

 

Filing period opens for host of local seats

The filing period for school board, cities (except Cloquet) and township positions opens Tuesday, July 28, for residents looking to serve by leading at the most local levels. The filing period runs... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 24, 2020

Pine Knot office closed 2 Fridays

Due to staff vacation time, the Pine Knot office at 122 Avenue C in Cloquet will not be open the next two Fridays, July 31 and Aug. 7. We will be checking voicemail at 218-878-9332 and emails. Contact [email protected] or [email protected]... Full story

 

OUR VIEW: Schools should be opened - carefully

What can we expect when the schools open this fall with the pandemic ongoing? The Minnesota Department of Education has created three scenarios, with input from the Minnesota Department of Health. A decision will be made soon, and we don’t know if... Full story

 

Free COVID-19 Community Testing in Chisholm next week

The Minnesota Department of Health will be hosting two days of community testing for COVID-19 at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm next week. The testing will be open to everyone, including those without symptoms, and will be free. The...

 

Harry's Gang: Splash pad could be another Cloquet parks perk

Becky Gergen moved to Cloquet a couple years ago. She spends a lot of time with the 6-year-old boy in her life. She loves Cloquet’s parks, but since she has a pool of her own she doesn’t spend... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    July 24, 2020

On The Mark: Jazz, al fresco, is a delight

It was a balmy evening, perfect for sitting outside and listening to high-energy jazz. We'd brought our lawn chairs and positioned them near the front of the tent, to the left of the stage. We were...

 

Letters to the editor: A theme park for the disenfranchised

The disenchantment with and removal, these days, of monuments to past figures of note whose behaviors, in retrospect, are being found wanting has me in mind of a recent trip I took to eastern Europe. After the fall of the Soviet Union a massive... Full story

 

Letters to the editor: Lawlessness must be stopped

All of us have a voice for what we want our nation to be. It should represent the rule of law, the Constitution, that our republic was founded on. The Constitution has outlined with God’s blessing, a nation for all. Yes, it has come a long way for...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    July 24, 2020

Education notes

FDLTCC releases spring dean’s list Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet announced that 149 students attending the college during spring semester achieved high academic standing and earned dean’s list honors. Requirements for the... Full story

 

Obituaries: Lois Marie Gray, née Unke

Lois Marie Gray, née Unke It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Gray, our loving and devoted mother, and friend to all whose lives she touched. Lois Marie Gray, née Unke,... Full story

 

Obituaries: Lynn M. (Johnson) Rinks

Lynn M. (Johnson) Rinks Lynn Mary Rinks, loving wife of Tom Rinks for 57 years, mother, grandmother, teacher, dear friend, and nurturing communicator, was born at the Cloquet Hospital in 1941 and passed away in the winter of 2020. She grew up in the... Full story

 

Obituaries: Phyllis Jean Bakka

Phyllis Jean Bakka Phyllis Jean Bakka, 80, of Cloquet passed away July 17, 2020, in her home. She was born Dec. 13, 1939, to Frank and Josephine (Mudik) Kastanek in Staples. Phyllis was employed as... Full story

 

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