Articles from the August 7, 2020 edition

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Falls sports turned inside out

In a world where nothing has seemed normal since March, the hits keep on coming. This week, the Minnesota State High School League announced that football and volleyball will be played in the spring... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    August 7, 2020

Surveys, stats and state will drive school openings

An August scramble like no other is on across Carlton County this August as schools prepare to reopen for the year. School boards, staff and administrators are meeting this week and next to make almos... Full story

 By Caleb Swanson    News    August 7, 2020

Students weigh in on school plans

Pine Knot News intern Caleb Swanson asked Carlton County students how they feel about plans to reopen schools this fall: "I don't want to go back because online was easier for me. But on the other... Full story


Primary vote is Tuesday

As is everything in this year of Covid-19, the election season is also changed. Far more people have voted absentee this year than ever before, and more mail-in ballots are being cast in Carlton... Full story


This week in local history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Aug. 7 1915 Towed by the Ottumwa Belle, the last log raft passes from Minnesota and into Iowa. It was the last of just two runs on the river for the season. The sawmills along the river soon...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 7, 2020

Council OKs police commander, says no to shipping containers

Slowly but surely, the Cloquet Police Department is getting back up to full strength. On Tuesday, the department got one more spot filled when the Cloquet City Council unanimously approved the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 7, 2020

Pertler agrees to disbarment

In an agreement filed July 29, former Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler waived his right to a hearing and agreed to disbarment for committing “professional misconduct warranting public discipline.” That could change, though. The final...


Wrenshall holds traditions despite restrictions

Wrenshall had its annual Community Night Out last week, keeping with a tradition despite the current Covid-19 pandemic. All summer, organizers have bucked the physical distance trend and hosted...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 7, 2020

Safer Hwy. 33 crossing will be discussed

The south State Highway 33 corridor will be seeing more changes in the future, specifically where Gillette Road and Frontage Road open onto the highway south of the Walmart traffic lights in Cloquet....

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 7, 2020

Barnum man injured in crash

A Barnum man sustained life threatening injuries in a crash Tuesday on Highway 2, in Solway Township. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Dominic Lisic, 23, of Barnum was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 westbound on Highway 2 and drove through a stop...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 7, 2020

Don't open seed packets

Carlton county land commissioner Greg Bernu is asking local residents who receive mystery seed packets in the mail to not open them. Instead, drop them off at Bernu’s office in the County Highway Building at 1630 County Road 61 in Carlton, and he...


State Covid-19 case counts keep rising

Minnesota’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to head the wrong way, with counts of people currently hospitalized and needing intensive care rising to levels not seen in six weeks. The Health Department Tuesday reported 328 people still hospitaliz... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 7, 2020

State prison program to be axed

The Minnesota Department of Corrections reports it will close its two smallest prisons - in Willow River and Togo - because of a budgetary crisis, the DOC announced Monday. The move comes after the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 7, 2020

Affordable dental center to open

Lake Superior Community Health Center is bringing its focus on affordable dentistry to a new location in Carlton. The facility, located at 210 Third Street in downtown Carlton, has been a dental practice for years, but under the direction of LSCHC,...


Food train still chugging

The B&B Market food train is still rolling, and closing in on nearly $110,000 total monetary donations since the train left the station in March. Pictured here is B&B owner John Lind (left) and...


Our View: Schools are all ears, let them hear you

Now that individual school districts are making the decisions on opening this fall, we encourage parents to communicate with school officials across the county to make sure their voices are heard. One easy way to do that is by filling out the school...


Harry's Gang: Dear readers, let's end this everyday mail service

I have an idea to keep the postal service operating for years to come. But I almost guarantee nobody will completely like it. That’s why I think the idea must be brilliant: if it works, and it equal...


Letters to the editor: 'Eskimo' is not a slur

Concerning the Eskomo controversy, I believe it is a total misconception that the term “Eskimo” is in any way a racial slur. Even the group you quote does not say that. My Alaskan cousin is married to a lovely Eskimo woman who identifies as...


Guest view: Shut one prison, keep other

On Monday I was shocked to learn that the state Commissioner of Corrections, Paul Schnell, whose decisions I generally agree with, had decided to relocate the two Challenge Incarceration Programs for... Full story


Letters to the editor: Support an Esko frame of mind

The recent discussion about the “Eskomos” nickname brings a related topic to mind: numerous past proposals to officially rename Thomson Township to Esko Township. The last time was a few years ago and by one of the town’s stalwarts — the...


Obituaries: Wendy Cricket Nelson Axhelm

Wendy Cricket Nelson Axhelm, 74, lost her battle with Stage 4 ovarian cancer and passed away July 26, 2020, with her family by her side. Wendy was a gal with much strength and determination with high... Full story


Obituaries: Ardeth "Ardy" Ann (Malluege) Pykkonen

Ardeth “Ardy” Ann (Malluege) Pykkonen, 83, of Esko passed away July 31, 2020, in her home after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Ardy was born March 16, 1937, in St. Paul to Ervin and Florence (Witzel) Malluege. Ardy attended first through... Full story


Obituaries: David Everett Goad

David Everett Goad, 63, of Barnum, formerly of Wrenshall, died July 30, 2020, in Duluth. He was born in Duluth on Sept. 22, 1956, to Harold Goad and Doris McCuskey. David married Marjorie Johnson on... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    August 7, 2020

When animal shelter left, social media stepped in

When it's your pet that's missing, having a place to go for advice and support can make all the difference. During the nearly two years since the county's only humane society folded, that support... Full story


Wright/Cromwell news

New, for those voting by mail: you no longer need a witness to sign your ballot. Ballots need to be returned to the courthouse by Aug.11, or at least postmarked by then to be counted. Also, remember...


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