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  • A fine night out

    Jana Peterson|Aug 9, 2019

    Wearing her Fond du Lac "K9 Kaylee" shirt, Ahlae Lu Leveille and her mom came to Tuesday's National Night Out event in the hopes of seeing a police dog. Ahlae Lu is a huge fan, and even thinks she might like to be a K-9 officer someday. Better than just a formal introduction, the 9-year-old even got a few kisses from Vader, the Cloquet police department's newest K-9 officer. The black British Labrador Retriever is not terribly intimidating, but rather exudes enthusiasm. "A black Lab, of all...

  • Pine Knot Outdoors: 'Crappie Keith' lives up to his name

    Bret Baker|Aug 9, 2019

    The fog rolled across the surface of the water as we slid Keith Nelson's Alumacraft into the coffee-colored waters of Big Sandy Lake. I relegated myself to the back deck of his boat. I was here to learn - catching fish would be a bonus. Today, I would be front and center of Nelson's master class on dissecting manmade structure in pursuit of slap crappies. "I've been fishing these docks for over 20 years," Nelson said with confidence as he punched down on his 175 Yahama outboard. As we pulled...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events that took place Aug. 9-15. August 9 1842 The Webster–Ashburton Treaty, which set the boundary between Canada and the United States, is signed by the United States and Great Britain. The boundary had been in dispute since the end of the American Revolution. Minnesota’s curious Northwest Angle is a result of this treaty. August 10 1910 Mailcarrier John Beargrease dies. Born in 1858, the son of an Ojibwe leader and a white woman, Beargrease grew up in Beaver Bay and delivered mail along the north shore of Lake Sup...

  • 2018 police budget blown by $200,000

    Jana Peterson|Aug 9, 2019

    Results of the recently completed 2018 city audit raised the alarm for at least one Cloquet city councilor last month, when city finance director Nancy Klassen stated that the police department came in $211,000 over its approved $2.79 million budget last year. Ward 4 councilor Kerry Kolodge compared the budget to actual spending for 2018, pointing out that general government spending was below budget by $115,000, while streets and highways were below by $70,000. Then he cited the $211,000...

  • Dogged heat may stay at bay in August

    Dave Anderson|Aug 9, 2019

    An old farmer I knew passed away, and my part of the inheritance was a big box of old almanacs dating back to 1925. There were plenty of Farmer’s and Old Farmer’s almanacs and several other lesser-known books. A 1925 Swamp-Root Almanac came from the Carlton Drug Company. A 1948 De Laval was from Barnum Hardware (phone 38). A 1948 Rexall magazine with the “Perry Mason” show’s Barbara Hale on the cover was issued by Kinney Drugs in Carlton. A 1969 National Association of Retail Druggists...

  • Births

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Charles Louis Robnik was born at 2:47 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, weighing in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Proud parents are Adam and Joanna Robnik of Barnum. Charlie joins brothers Christopher, 22, Jonathan, 21, and Steven, 2. His maternal grandparents are Steven and Donna Burns, and paternal grandparents are Dennis and Mary Ann Robnik, all of Esko....

  • Esko kicks off 'Fun Days'

    Jordan Allen|Aug 9, 2019

    The first Davis Helberg Community Impact Award was presented during the Esko Seniors Picnic Lunch Wednesday as part of the annual Esko Fun Days festivities. Davis Helberg spent much of his time improving his community through his work on the boards of the Esko Educational Foundation, the Esko Tree Board, the Esko Historical Society, the Carlton County Historical Society and the Esko Sports Alliance. Helberg also helped create the Esko Alliance Hall of Fame, and edited both "Esko's Corner: An...

  • Cloquet Legion marks 100 years

    Jana Peterson|Aug 9, 2019

    Cloquet's American Legion Post 262 celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and members of the Post and Auxiliary will mark the occasion with a picnic and 50-year awards Thursday, Aug. 15. The festivities start with a social hour at 3:30 p.m. at the NorthEastern Saloon and Hotel - the Legion's new home - followed by food and drinks outside at 4:30 and awards at 5:30 p.m. Legion member Rick Maki said the local Legion is an important organization for veterans and others in the community. "We don't...

  • Cloquet street dig nears the finish line

    Jana Peterson|Aug 9, 2019

    As the end of summer vacation comes into view, so does the end of the $3 million Washington Avenue reconstruction project - at least those parts of the project near Cloquet Middle School. Assistant county engineer Milt Hagen told the Pine Knot News that the project is going very well and is on schedule. "Our contract specified that the section of Washington Avenue between 14th Street and 22nd Street had to be completed by August 30," Hagen said, adding that the final portion of the project -...

  • Priest accused of past abuse

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    On Sunday, parishioners in Carlton and Sawyer heard that their pastor, Father David Tushar, is on administrative leave after the Diocese was notified of allegations of past sexual abuse involving a minor in 1978-79, when Tushar was serving as a Holy Cross Father in Niles, Illinois. In a letter from Bishop Paul Sirba read aloud to parishioners, Sirba listed all the places Tushar has served in the Diocese of Duluth since he arrived here in 1985, and noted that no allegations have been made against Tushar in Minnesota at this time. Tushar, 70, is...

  • Mahtowa is home for 'Farm Family of the Year'

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    The Gustafson family of Mahtowa has been named Carlton County's 2019 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota Extension office. The Gustafson farm began 115 years ago as a registered Guernsey dairy. In the early 1990s, the farm transitioned to Holstein dairy cows. Today, the fifth generation of the family is growing up on the farm. The Gustafsons raise corn silage, alfalfa, oats and barley. Five years ago they sold their dairy cows and converted the farm to a beef cow/calf and...

  • Speak your piece on auditor/treasurer

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    The Carlton County board of commissioners is asking for input on changing the county auditor/treasurer job from an elected position to an appointed position. A public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Carlton County transportation building, 1630 Highway 61 in Carlton. All interested individuals may appear and be heard there. Those unable to attend the public hearing can make comment by writing to: Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer, PO Box 130, Carlton MN 55718. Written comments must be received before the public hearing. The...

  • Man dies after ATV accident at cabin

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    One Minnesotan is dead following an ATV accident Sunday off South Finn Road in Lakeview Township. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Carlton County Dispatch received a report of an ATV accident. Elie Yang, age 36, from Brooklyn Center was riding up and down the driveway of the family cabin when he lost control and hit a tree. Yang was airlifted to Essentia in Duluth where he later died. Alcohol was not believed to be a contributing factor to the accident....

  • Sappi gets $100,000 state training grant

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Sen. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) announced Tuesday that Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet was selected to receive a $100,000 grant from Minnesota’s Dual Training Grant Program. The grant will help Sappi provide 25 employees with an opportunity to advance their careers through on-the-job training in advanced manufacturing. “It is exciting to see a great company like Sappi selected for such an important grant,” said Sen. Rarick. “I’m an electrician, so I can tell you firsthand how well the apprenticeship model works for job training. Dual-training progr...

  • Disabled veterans can apply for tax exclusion

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Carlton County assessor Kyle Holmes said due to a clarification in the tax law during the recent legislative session, there is a new special refund provision for disabled veterans who were eligible but did not receive the veteran-with-a-disability homestead market value exclusion for assessment year 2016 or 2017. An uncodified provision provided for a special property tax refund for a veteran who received a disability rating of 70 percent or more in 2016 or 2017. Such a veteran may now apply for a refund of taxes paid in 2017 or 2018 if the...

  • Post box office rules reviewed in Carlton

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Residents and businesses in downtown Carlton do not receive mail, but they do get free post office boxes. However, not all their mail is being addressed properly. The U.S. Postal Service is reminding residents and others to include the post office box numbers on the mailing address rather than the physical address of the home or business in downtown Carlton. If a letter is addressed to the physical address rather than the post office box, the mail is supposed to be returned to the sender....

  • Walking and watching

    Jana Peterson|Aug 9, 2019

    Cloquet’s Dan Lundberg and his grandson, Luke, 4, wrap up a walk that looped through Cloquet’s West End and down Cloquet and Industrial avenues. Lundberg walks roughly five miles a day through town and likes to count cars, the number of people on cell phones in those cars and number of near misses (where he is almost hit by an inattentive driver) each day. Earlier this year, he shared with the Pine Knot that out of 111 cars seen on his two walks, 57 were on their phones, and 23 of those wer...

  • Admit it: America has a gun problem

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns. Banning guns won’t work. Why not just ban mass shootings? It will be just about as effective. The rhetoric after each mass shooting is predictable. But as any law enforcement person will tell you, laws are tools the authorities use to fight crime. Changing laws to meet changing needs is the job of responsible leaders. And good leadership is defined as identifying a problem and doing something about it. Simply banning assault rifles won’t end gun violence. B...

  • The Political Account: Examining our gun culture

    Uriah Wilkinson|Aug 9, 2019

    I initially intended to write about the current state of our real estate market and the health of the economy within our region — this was not to be — as I, along with the rest of this country, have experienced sadness over this past weekend’s mass shootings that have rocked this nation. It is very natural to want to place blame, but is dysfunctional in finding a preventative solution. These mass shootings have gone on too long without any meaningful action to combat the very root of the probl...

  • Harry's Gang: America found at revered memorial

    Pete Radosevich|Aug 9, 2019

    The Washington Monument is a pretty impressive structure, located in the heart of the "swamp" of Washington, D.C. It's an obelisk, a four-sided tapered tower with a pyramid on top. It's just about the only time most of us will ever use the term "obelisk." At 555 feet tall, it was once the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1884, and is still the tallest building in D.C. It's oddly two-toned: construction stopped at about 150 feet up and resumed a few years later, but with...

  • Obituaries: Kenneth Roy Tamillo

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Kenneth Roy Tamillo, 87, of Cloquet, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 22, 2019, at the VA hospital in St. Cloud. Kenny was born Dec. 1, 1931, to Walter and Evelyn Tamillo in Cloquet, where he lived all his life. After two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he learned the trade of welding, he returned to Cloquet and got a job at the Wood Conversion Company. He worked as a millwright, and later became the foreman of the welding shop. He left that job after many years, and opened his...

  • GUEST VIEW: Don't make stuff up when it comes to PolyMet

    Timothy Soden-Groves|Aug 9, 2019

    In a representative democracy where discussion of issues should be fact-based, it’s always disappointing when publicly elected officials resort to mischaracterizations, half-truths, and good-old-fashioned propaganda to advance their position. Such was the case in the Aug. 2 letter to the editor, “Iron Range Legislators show support for PolyMet.” The seven Iron Range legislators began by stating, “The claims by metro legislators and anti-mining groups about PolyMet Mining are downright fabrica...

  • Obituaries: David Bernard Van Guilder

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    David Bernard Van Guilder, 73, of Holyoke passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Essentia St. Mary's in Duluth. He was born in Carlton to Harry and Colleen (Berge) Van Guilder on Nov. 25, 1945. Dave was a U.S. Navy veteran. He returned home and was employed with the The Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway until his retirement in 2004. Dave had a passion for dirt track racing stock cars. He raced from 1974 through 1981 and continued to follow and attend races for many years. Dave was known as th...

  • Obituaries: Helen M. Swanson

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Helen M. Swanson, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 6, at her home in Carlton. Born on Dec. 29, 1931, in Duluth to Walter Hammerbeck and Mabel (Dehli) Hammerbeck, Helen graduated from Denfeld High School in 1949. She was united in marriage to Leslie E. Swanson on April 28, 1950, in Duluth. Helen and Les raised their young family of five children in Hermantown until 1968 when the Swansons moved to Carlton, purchasing the former residence of Henry Oldenburg. The home became the life's work...

  • Death Notices

    Pine Knot News|Aug 9, 2019

    Hilda Gertrude Prusi, Cloquet, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton where she had resided since February 2018. A funeral service was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Munger. Burial will be in Northland Chapel Gardens in Negaunee, Michigan. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Larry J. Laveau, 67, of Cloquet, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 13, 2019. Services were held July 18 with military honors presented by the Cloquet...

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