Articles from the August 14, 2020 edition

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Primary provides pandemic preview of November polls

Jana Peterson [email protected] Tuesday's primary election offered a small taste of what the general election will likely offer voters in November. Far more people voted either by absentee or... Full story


County schools continue reopening scramble

There are outliers among Carlton County schools, those that won’t be coming back this fall with all of their students. So far, students in Esko, Carlton, Cromwell-Wright, Moose Lake and Barnum will likely go back to school en masse next month if the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 14, 2020

Charges: Woman assaulted mother with hammer

A Thomson Township woman was airlifted to a Duluth hospital last week following an alleged assault by her daughter. Amber Rae Stonemark, 35, is facing charges of first-degree assault, great bodily harm as well as second-degree assault with a...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 14, 2020

Midway through with Esko bridge

The bridge replacement project at the Midway River just north of Esko in Thomson Township on Carlton County Road 1 remains on schedule to be completed by early October, the county engineering...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 14, 2020

Woman pleads guilty in lethal overdose case

A Hermantown woman pleaded guilty to felony third-degree murder Monday, Aug. 10, admitting tearfully that she sold methamphetamine to a Moose Lake woman who died as a result of taking the drug in 2018. Dawn Marie Clemons, 41, appeared in person...

 By Dan Reed    News    August 14, 2020

Search is on for solid waste site

In a few short years, Carlton County will have to find a new place to take its solid waste as Superior’s Moccasin Mike landfill is expected to reach capacity sometime between 2026 and 2028. On Aug. 11 the Carlton County board of commissioners took t...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 14, 2020

Former teacher appears in court

Former Carlton teacher and girls basketball coach Robert Kent Pioro, 62, appeared via Zoom video for a hearing in Carlton County Sixth District Court on Tuesday. Pioro faces three felony charges of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree,...


Tribal election is Tuesday

Voters on the Fond du Lac Reservation will elect two vital leadership positions next Tuesday. Facing off for Reservation Business Committee chairperson are incumbent Kevin R. Dupuis Sr. and challenger Bryan (Bear) Bosto. The two candidates for RBC... Full story

 By Caleb Swanson    News    August 14, 2020

Cloquet Labor Day events canceled

For more than 100 years, Cloquet has celebrated the hardworking men and women of our area with parades and festivities. But Labor Day will be quieter this year. Organizer Mike Parrot said all of the... Full story


100-year-old hits food drive goal

A Minnesota man walked 100 miles to raise funds for Covid-19 food programs. Mickey Nelson crossed the finish line at his church in Clarks Grove in southern Minnesota on Aug. 5, just three blocks from...


RBC Chair candidate: Bryan Bosto (challenger)

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A I have 14 years of experience as a reservation division director/manager. In that capacity I ha... Full story


RBC Chair candidate: Kevin R. Dupuis Sr. (incumbent)

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A I started reading the tribal constitution and treaties in 1990, when I came home from the... Full story


RBC District I candidate: Wally Dupuis (incumbent)

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A My dedication to the Band shows in my years of service to FDL Law Enforcement and Tribal... Full story


RBC District I candidate: Jeroam DeFoe (challenger)

Q What in your personal background, characteristics and/or qualifications makes you good for this job? A Boozhoo, I am Jeroam DeFoe and I'm 23. I try my best to follow my teachings every day. I'm resp... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 14, 2020

Salvation Army offers help with school costs

The Salvation Army of Carlton County will again provide back-to-school help to Carlton County residents in need of assistance. Applications will be accepted 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19-26 by calling 651-746-3538. No late registrations will be accepted.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 14, 2020

Cloquet musical joins 2020 list

Coronavirus has claimed the fall musical at Cloquet High School, director Darrell Davey announced “with a heavy heart” on the CHS Theatre Facebook group page last week. Davey said the cancellation came per administration guidance and following sch...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 14, 2020

Vouchers defray spay/neuter costs

Carlton County and the City of Cloquet are offering pet spay/neuter vouchers for Carlton County residents. If your pet needs to be spayed or neutered, you are encouraged to apply for this program that provides financial assistance. These vouchers...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 14, 2020

Public views wanted on potential river cleanup

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has released studies of two contaminated sites - the Scanlon and Thomson reservoirs - in the St. Louis River Area of Concern that detail cleanup options for the...


From the Editor: Traveling during pandemic is a trip

As I headed off on a 2,000-mile road trip with my daughter two weeks ago, I was distinctly aware of the insanity of our venture. We were leaving the relative safety - in terms of coronavirus - of nort...


Harry's Gang: More information can only promote Cloquet offerings

Bill Effinger, the silky-voiced announcer at WKLK, has been heard on the morning show quite a bit lately as ringleader Kerry Rodd recovers from surgery. Last week, I made one of my well-received...


On The Mark: Gershwin comes alive with close listening

Music and film have long offered “outsiders” — immigrants, women, African Americans — opportunities to tell their stories, use their talents and earn a living. Often pigeonholed into stereot...


Letters to the editor: Legislature must save Willow River program

It was very sad and discouraging to hear the Challenge Incarceration Program in Willow River will be closing. On Aug. 6 I had a good conversation with the Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell. The Willow River CIP is a very efficient,...


Obituaries: Denise Elizabeth Mullen

Denise E. Mullen, 79, of Cloquet passed away April 13, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born April 24, 1940, in Breckenridge, Wisconsin to Vilas and Angeline (Mrotek) Woodward. D... Full story


Obituaries: Rose Marie Johannsen

Rose Marie (Meyers) Johannsen, 84, of Cloquet and formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away August 9, 2020, at Memorial Community Hospital in Cloquet with her daughter at her side. Rose was born June 25,... Full story


Obituaries: Donna M. Melin

Donna M. Melin, 87,of Carlton, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born May 31, 1933, in Carlton to Charles and Anna (Novak) Dahlberg. Donna worked as a... Full story


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