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Articles from the July 26, 2019 edition


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  • Kings of the Court: Carlton's improbable run 60 years ago

    Mike Creger|Jul 26, 2019

    When the Carlton basketball team came home from Hibbing in March of 1959, players decided to get a bite to eat at a diner in Cloquet. They were in a celebratory mood, after all. Against all odds, the Bulldogs had gone to the regionals and won it, earning them a spot in what then was the most-coveted high school sports achievement in Minnesota - a spot in the state basketball tournament. But the road to that triumph included tiny Carlton knocking Cloquet out of the districts a week earlier. The... Full story

  • Humane society, sheriff's office investigate horse neglect case

    Jul 26, 2019

    A Wrenshall-area farm with 60 or more horses that appeared to be underfed and lacking care is under investigation by the Carlton County sheriff's department and the Animal Humane Society, a non-profit organization that investigates claims of animal abuse and neglect. No charges have been filed in the case, and Animal Humane Society investigator Amanda Oquist said the farmer who owns the horses has been cooperating with her since she first visited the farm May 21. Neighbors say they've been... Full story

  • Ready, set, fun! Carlton Daze is here again

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 26, 2019

    What isn’t happening during this weekend’s Carlton Daze? There’s running, garage sales, softball, volleyball, crafts, pie baking, kids’ games, music, whitewater kayaking, a parade, a car show, more running, food and drink, horseshoe and bean bag tournaments, more music and more food. “We’ve always tried to make it really family-oriented,” said Leola Rodd. “We’ve got the 5K, car show, all kinds of things. The parade is the big finale. It’s a pretty big parade and lots of fun. That’s really a big... Full story

  • New counseling and legal offices opening downtown

    Jana Peterson|Jul 26, 2019

    A peek inside the windows of the former Goodwill building on Cloquet Avenue shows big changes ahead. Empty for months since the charity shop closed its Cloquet location in December, office and conference room walls are going up where gently used clothes and household items once called to those searching for a deal. Local attorney Terri Port Wright is hoping to generate a different kind of goodwill here; she's looking to create a facility that will help families and individuals struggling in the...

  • Sappi appoints new CEO of North American operations

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 26, 2019

    Sappi Limited, a global leader in dissolving wood pulp as well as graphic, packaging and speciality papers, announced that Michael Haws has been appointed as president and CEO of Sappi North America effective Oct. 1, 2019. Haws succeeds Mark Gardner, a 38-year veteran of Sappi in North America, who will retire at the end of September. Haws is currently vice president of manufacturing at Sappi North America. Haws joined Sappi in 2012 as managing director of the Somerset Mill before being promoted to vice president of manufacturing in Oct. 2015...

  • As summer heats up, so does The Beach

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 26, 2019

    As temperatures have climbed this summer, so have attendance numbers at The Beach. Community Ed director Ruth Reeves said 642 has been their highest attendance-day so far this season at the city swimming pond in Pinehurst Park. She explained that June was cool and wet, so numbers were down a little that month with 3,299 user-visits. They are right on track for July, Reeves said, adding that they were at 5,890 user-visits (not counting babies) as of July 23. "If it's hot and sunny, then were... Full story

  • County board to pay for Barnum garage funding through wheelage and sales taxes

    Dan Reed|Jul 26, 2019

    The Carlton County board of commissioners voted 3-2 to upgrade the overcrowded Barnum transportation garage and attach a large addition to create a 50,000-plus square-foot facility. The need for a new facility wasn’t debated — it was how to pay for the $10 million bonding package for the construction that commissioners didn’t agree on. In the end, they compromised and voted to use two funding sources to pay the estimated $600,000 yearly payments on $10 million bond for the upgrade and addition. Three sources were considered: a property tax i...

  • County wants to appoint auditor/treasurer

    Dan Reed|Jul 26, 2019

    With little fanfare, the commissioners approved unanimously to move to appoint a new auditor/treasurer. Recent legislation gives the county board the power to fill the position by appointment; the office of auditor/treasurer has been an elected position since the formation of Carlton County. The retirement of longtime auditor/treasurer Paul Gassert has given the board the opportunity to consider this move to appoint the position. The county must follow a specific procedure to make the change from an elected to an appointed position. A hearing...

  • High on biking: For Alexandera Houchin, the trail continues to rise

    Timothy Soden-Groves|Jul 26, 2019

    Somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies is an unnamed gravel road that twists and turns on its way up past little-known Grayback Mountain. Indiana Pass crests at 11,910 feet right on this road, and the occasional travelers in their SUVs or pickup trucks often find it difficult to breathe. But the challenge of breathing at that altitude was made even more difficult for Cloquet-area resident and Fond du Lac Band member Alexandera Houchin. She was on Indiana Pass in late June this year "just riding... Full story

  • Wright-Cromwell News: A Wrong Days in Wright recap

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jul 26, 2019

    The 54th annual Wrong Days in Wright is now just a memory and, WOW, was it a success! I guess with all the activities to choose from, it will continue to grow. It was great to see so many folks come back to our community from all over the country, and the fireworks were just great too. Plan on coming to the 55th annual Wrong Days events July 17-19, 2020. We congratulate this year's Wrong Days in Wright queen, Sophia Nelson, daughter of Danielle Richards and granddaughter of Cindye Richards and...

  • OUR VIEW: Should Lourey try to run again?

    Jul 26, 2019

    We were thrilled when Tony Lourey was appointed to head the Department of Human Services under the Walz administration. One of the biggest jobs in state government, we were hopeful that Lourey’s legislative experience and his thoughtful application of progressive politics would serve the state well. Tony Lourey had been our state Senator since 2006 and served our district ably. We came to appreciate his dedication to his constituents as he developed a skill in health care issues that eventually propelled him into this current administration. A... Full story

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events that took place July 26-Aug. 1. July 27 1972 Kidnappers abduct Virginia Piper, wife of investment banker Harry C. Piper, Jr., from her home. The Minneapolis woman is released near Duluth after a ransom of one million dollars is paid, at the time the highest such payment ever made. July 29 1927 Beardsley sets a state record for high temperature: 114 degrees. Moorhead would equal it on July 6, 1936. July 30 1805 Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike receives orders to seek the headwaters of the Mississippi River and to find a...

  • Flag, lights stolen at graves

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    An undetermined number of solar lights and the American flag were stolen from Solway cemetery in Solway Township sometime over the weekend of July 19-21. The flag was hanging from the flagpole at the time. If anyone has any information, please contact Autumn at Solway Town Hall at 218-729-5134....

  • Wrenshall man charged with felony sex assault by a psychotherapist

    Pine Knot News staff|Jul 26, 2019

    A Wrenshall resident who worked as a social worker for St. Louis County has been accused of rape and sexual abuse of a woman who was his client. Licensed social worker Michael Bryant, 46, was charged July 15 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct by a psychotherapist both during and outside of session; both charges are felonies. According to the criminal complaint, in February Duluth police received a report of ongoing sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult by her social worker, Bryant, who was supposed to provide ongoing counseling services as...

  • Small digs, big plans

    Ann Markusen|Jul 26, 2019

    Another CSA hits county Tilling up hayfields, enriching soil, building a greenhouse and capturing rainwater off its roof, erecting a tiny house to live in, planting, weeding, harvesting and selling dozens of varieties of vegetables, and engaging community members in farm work. That's how Heather-Marie Bloom, and now her partner, University of Minnesota Duluth journalism professor John Hatcher, farm on the west side of Prairie Lake. Bloom's parents cultivated flowers and some vegetables in their...

  • Cloquet airport gets more runway money

    Jana Peterson|Jul 26, 2019

    The Cloquet Carlton County Airport received a $1.282 million Airport Improvement Program grant from the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month, and the Carlton County board of commissioners signed off on the grant this week. Airport manager Quinten Anderson said once it's done, the airport will have two "like new" runways. The FAA grant will pay for rehabilitating runway 7/25 at the facility at 125 Wheaton Road on the west side of Cloquet, following the completion of runway 18/36...

  • Notes from a small pond: Blood

    Parnell Thill|Jul 26, 2019

    These are the nights. Hot like Vietnam, and muggy, the heat heavy and wet like a blanket drenched in lilac mead. The smell of butterflies. The box fan screaming I’m Trying! plowing hot air, me next to you, salty as the ocean, spooned. Saltwater sweat rolling downward, behind the knees, down the neck, and in the hairline, dripping onto the mattress, like crying. Saltlick for mosquitoes and, every now and then, a cottony moth that ends up in the corner of the ceiling, shadow like the ghost of a d...

  • Harry's Gang: We have elections for a reason

    Pete Radosevich|Jul 26, 2019

    I’m always tempted to apply for elected positions in government when there is a vacant seat. Running for election is too much work. It would be an honor to serve … but too much of a chore to run a campaign. I suspect that others agree with me. There is often no primary election for city council seats, but when there’s an opening, like when Dakota Koski had to vacate his seat recently, there are usually a few people applying. Four citizens of Ward 3 applied. I watched the interviews on the city’s...

  • Letters: Fahlstrom was prolific writer

    Jul 26, 2019

    I noticed the “Harry’s Gang” column on history in the July 12 issue and Pete’s mention of the late Paul Fahlstrom. Colonel Fahlstrom (USMC, Ret.) was born and raised in Cloquet and I am pleased that you mention his book, “A Short History of Old Cloquet.” You might want to inform the library that they can get a replacement copy easily from the Carlton County Historical Society or from Bergquist Imports. The Carlton County Historical Society has a number of Paul Fahlstrom’s books for sale, and a visit there is well worth it. Col. Fahlstrom was...

  • Education wonders found in the outdoors

    Jordan Allen|Jul 26, 2019

    Rain couldn't stop 24 nature enthusiasts from enjoying the numerous activities offered during the second session of Forestry Adventure Days last week. For the past six years, the Cloquet Forestry Center has used the Adventure Days to bridge the gap between modern kids and the natural world. "We want to get more youth into nature," first-year helper Dylan Kelly said. He and the rest of the staff hope that the camp will help spark an interest in nature that the young boys and girls may not otherwi...

  • Summer theater fun

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    The County Seat Theater Company just wrapped up its fourth and final week of the Children’s Musical Theater production of “Summer Camp,” with 176 children participating. CST has been providing youth acting opportunities for nearly 32 years. This week 17 teenagers were working on their production of “Competition Piece” to be presented this Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door....

  • Alworth fund adds board member

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    Patty Phillips was recently elected to the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Foundation board. Phillips graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl and went on to earn an associate of arts degree with high distinction from Hibbing Community College, followed by both a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has spent her life educating children and youth. Phillips has a track record of collaboration and success attaining academic, cultural and fin...

  • Education notes

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    Kassidy Steen of Cloquet was named to the 2019 spring semester dean’s list at St. Cloud University. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Steen is enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering, pursuing an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences. Hannah Mitchell of Cloquet was named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the 2019 spring semester. The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point avera...

  • Death notices

    Pine Knot News|Jul 26, 2019

    Ruth A. Spears, “Anangookwe - Star Woman,” 58, of Cloquet, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family. A Wake was held Tuesday, July 23, continuing until the traditional service Wednesday, July 24 at the Sawyer Community Center on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Burial was held in St. Mary and Joseph’s Cemetery. Nelson Funeral Care, 218-879-3225.... Full story

  • Senior dining menu

    Jul 26, 2019

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition Menu for July 26-Aug. 2: Friday, July 26: Baked fish, cake Monday, July 29: Bacon cheeseburger pasta hotdish, fresh fruit Tuesday, July 30: Ham dinner or alternative, rhubarb streusel pie Wednesday, July 31: Parmesan-crusted chicken, fresh fruit Thursday, Aug. 1: Chicken and cheese enchilada, cookie Friday, July Aug. 2: Special of the day, vegetables or fruit, dessert Call 24 hours in advance to order the alternative entree. Frozen meals are available for weekends. Meals are served at the Cloquet Senior Center, open... Full story

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