Articles from the July 31, 2020 edition

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Esko faces nickname scrutiny

A petition duel continued this week on the website considering the use of the nickname "Eskomos" for the Esko school district. Both begun by students at Esko High School, one petition says... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 31, 2020

New homes on rise in city

There's been at least one unexpected side effect of coronavirus in the city of Cloquet and nationwide: new single-family housing projects are already significantly higher than last year's total....


Carlton buzzes with unofficial 'Daze'

There was a celebratory feel in Carlton last weekend as a Carlton Daze "light" version took place amid the Covid-19 pandemic that shut the annual event down officially. But some regular events went...


Minneapolis schools will go all virtual

Minneapolis Public Schools students will not go back to school in a traditional manner this fall, instead starting out the school year virtually. District officials announced their plan to resume full distance learning at a board meeting Tuesday. A...

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 31, 2020

Honoring a soldier finally coming home

Members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard stood on an overpass over Interstate 35 in Cloquet Friday, July 24 as the body of a Korean War veteran from Superior was being brought home after his remain...

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 31, 2020

Child on ATV struck by truck

A 4-year-old girl driving an ATV was injured Thursday, July 23 after being hit by a pickup on Stenman Road in Esko, just south of Interstate 35. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a 911 call at 1:39 p.m. Thursday...

 By Pine Knot News    News    July 31, 2020

Chamber has masks handout

The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce is expecting a shipment of 12,000 disposable masks from the state this week and expects to distribute them to northern Carlton County businesses to help customers comply with the recent order for Minnesotans to...

 By Caleb Swanson    News    July 31, 2020

Change wanted in Cloquet chicken rule

Emily Tracy and her family are trying to change the rules around chickens in Cloquet city limits. She has written a petition and it is circulating the internet and gaining traction in the community....

 By Dan Reed    News    July 31, 2020

New rules aim to reduce noise from Soo Line trail

Trail rider groups and local homeowners concerned about noise from disrespectful ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts who literally roar onto the access road of the Moose Lake Old Soo Line pit mostly...

 By Francy Chammings    News    July 31, 2020

Victims, witnesses have a friend in court system

Being a victim of or witness to a crime is something we all hope to avoid. But should that situation befall the residents of Carlton County, it is reassuring to know there is an individual working in... Full story


Our View: With so many out of doors, drive safely

Summertime means more people are out and about, and we are urging drivers to be extra careful around town, as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers are enjoying the summer weather too. In a time of Covid-19 pandemic, the number of people out in...


Harry's Gang: Esko can find the sisu to do right by its nickname

Suddenly, we’re talking about changing the nickname in Esko to avoid making an indirect negative reference to Eskimos, a historical name for the Inuit in Alaska, which some people seem to think is...

 By Rick Breuer    COVID-19    July 31, 2020

Guest View: Here's why hospital backs mandatory mask wearing

From a health care perspective, a mask ordinance is a good idea. Multiple studies have shown that wearing masks helps reduce transmission of Covid-19. There are many tools in our toolbelt to help us combat this virus. Examples of these tools are... Full story


Letters to the editor: Too many are at one spot on lake

I have often come upon deaf ears, maybe it’s because I was silenced as a child. Over time I have learned that silence is golden. My practice of meditation and prayer are now a daily ritual I look forward to. We are in a battle over a lovely little...


Obituaries: Dennis Roger Van Guilder

Dennis R. Van Guilder, 75, of Makinen passed away July 26, 2020, at home, with his family at his side. He was born Nov. 8, 1944, in Carlton, the son of Harry and Colleen (Berge) Van Guilder. Dennis... Full story


Obituaries: Renee Elerene Crotteau

Renee E. Crotteau, 71, of Cloquet, a resident at Pine Ridge Homes, died peacefully with family at her side July 28, 2020. The daughter of Harold and Justine (Schake) Crotteau, Renee was born Aug. 26, 1948, in Cloquet. Renee loved to dress up and to... Full story


Death Notices

Jeanne M. Waller, 79, of Carlton passed away March 14, 2020 at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 1 at River’s Edge Church (formerly J.M. Paine Memorial Presbyterian Church) in... Full story

 By Jennie K. Hanson    News    July 31, 2020

Wright/Cromwell news

My husband, Bob, came home last week after six weeks away. He reached his physical and occupational therapy goals and was ready to be discharged. He will now be doing therapy at home as the nurses...

 By Caleb Swanson    Sports    July 31, 2020

Play ball... finally

Near ballfields across Cloquet this weekend, cars lined streets and packed into parking lots for youth baseball. The ping of a bat or dugout chatter was welcome in a summer of pandemic that has... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    July 31, 2020

Baker shines again on big stage

Despite having his high school golf season wiped out due to the coronavirus, this summer has been nothing short of a whirlwind for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton golfer Sam Baker. The senior played in the... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 31, 2020

Tribute to one-time MLB starter takes form

Remember William Cadreau? He was featured in a Pine Knot story last fall. He's the baseball player who grew up, and is buried, on the Fond du Lac Reservation and pitched one game in Major League... Full story


$1.1 million to go toward big lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use a $1.1 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the work of Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, fund three significant local projects and...


Mille Lacs fish rules are relaxed

Effective Saturday, Aug. 1, anglers can fish for walleye on Mille Lacs Lake and use live bait. The walleye fishing closure and live bait restrictions during the month of July were the result of record ice fishing pressure this past winter that...

 By Bret Baker    Outdoors    July 31, 2020

Dig deep for fish during these heated dog days

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been on several lakes all across the upper half of Minnesota. One thing they have in common, they register the highest surface temperatures I’ve ever encountered....


Many weigh in on Esko nickname online

Here is a small sampling of the comments found on both petitions regarding the Esko nickname. Change it Cassi Paszak I grew up in Esko. I remember when our actual mascot was an Eskimo. It w... Full story


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