Articles from the August 20, 2021 edition

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Carlton County fair kicks off today

After being canceled last year due to Covid-19, the Carlton County fair is back, running Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 19-22. There are many different activities and sights for locals to enjoy,... Full story


Obituary: Catherine Ann (Shinn) Liptak

Catherine Ann (Shinn) Liptak, 90, passed away Aug. 7, 2021 with family at her side at the Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. She was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Hart, Michigan to Eleanor (Osborn)... Full story


Faith hits grounds, stage at Wood City

The annual Christian music festival made its comeback after missing 2020 due to Covid and had a good day, according to organizers, although attendance was down somewhat. Like many things after the... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    August 20, 2021

Board replacement proves a surprise rush

It happened so quickly, Nicole Krisak didn’t even have a chance to react. While the official record will show that the Wrenshall school board voted unanimously to appoint a new person to its board Monday, Krisak could legitimately be considered a n... Full story


'Not guilty' is verdict in county sexual assault trial

Cloquet’s Timothy Scott Young Jr., 38, was found not guilty after a weeklong jury trial in Carlton County Sixth District Court Friday, Aug. 13. Young had been accused of two felony counts of sexual assault after an alleged incident in April 2020 i... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 20, 2021

Building that survived fires of 1918 is no more

The old building at 219 St. Louis Avenue burned with a fury once firefighters finished their final practice sessions Saturday morning, torching one of the few remaining structures on Cloquet's Dunlap... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 20, 2021

Big Lake Road speed limit could change

Carlton County will petition the Minnesota Department of Transportation for a speed limit of 45 mph on Big Lake Road from Pinewood Drive to just past Brevator Road and the tribal center. The tribal council for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior...


Gramma Polo turns 100

It's been 10 years since Charlotte Polo retired from working at Polo Liquors in Scanlon, stepping down after 65 years at the helm of the family business. Last week her family helped "Gramma Polo"... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 20, 2021

Arena lease debate includes call for fairness

The Cloquet City Council and Cloquet School Board are in the midst of a virtual faceoff over a new lease for use of the city-owned hockey arenas. Earlier this month, the school board voted...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 20, 2021

Chub Lake beach safe for swimmers

The signs are down and Chub Lake Beach is safe for swimming again, according to Carlton County officials, who retested the beach since sending out a notice in July. Carlton County zoning and environmental services administrator Heather Cunningham exp...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 20, 2021

Esko Fun Days honors Liupakka

Residents turned out in large numbers for many of this year’s Esko Fun Days events, according to Community Ed director Michele Carlson. “I think people were excited to get back together,” she said. “We had a great turnout — I think there were clos...

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 20, 2021

County's oldest residents found in the woods

Traveling back in time really is possible in Carlton County. All you have to do is take a hike. A walk through the woods below the fire tower at the Cloquet Forestry Center - 3,506 acres 3 miles east... Full story


Our View: Music festival shows off city park

It’s always fun to drive past Cloquet’s Veterans Park and see bustling activity — crowds of people, cars parked along the road, bright tents and kiddie games, food vendors, and musicians on a big stage in the corner. This time, it was the Kingd...


Harry's Gang: Trials are messy - and vital

Jana Peterson, editor of the Pine Knot News, asked me to cover the opening and closing of a salacious criminal trial in Carlton last week; you can see that story in today's paper. I assume Jana... Full story


From the editor: Come visit with us at the fair

Ah, who doesn't love a day at the county fair? All those adorable farm animals, bumping into old friends and distant family members, yummy fair food, carnival rides and games and all kinds of...


Pandemic past provides some lessons

I don’t know about you, but this week’s news about our county’s rise in cases really hit me hard. I have been “Covid careful” for at least 16 months. I have been cautiously optimistic that “Minnesota Nice” would make us all realize our personal role... Full story


Letter to the editor: Drive carefully, please

Almost 20 years ago, my daughter, her unborn son and my sister were killed in a car accident. Another daughter survived with life-changing injuries. People say “time heals,” but my reality is heartbreak that never goes away. So when on the news I h... Full story


Letter to the editor: Angel at the store

We want to acknowledge a very generous man, Dike (hope we have the name right). We were at Super One grocery shopping on Aug. 13 and were at the counter when he approached us, offering to pay for our groceries. When we asked why, he said that he and... Full story


Letter to the editor: Make mask policy

I am a lifelong resident of Cloquet. I am the grandma of Cloquet students and the mom of former students. I am also a retired Cloquet district preschool teacher. When I read that the school board was considering making wearing masks optional I was... Full story


Obituary: Steven and Barbara Kimber

Together in life, together in death. Steven and Barbara Kimber of Carlton died in an automobile accident in Scanlon on Aug. 10, 2021. Steve was born July 2, 1941, in Duluth, the son of Marion and... Full story


Obituary: Richard "Andy" Coathup

Richard "Andy" Coathup passed away at the age of 80. Very few people pass through life on their way to heaven like Andy. He was a very good son, born on March 28, 1941, to Alice and Clayton Coathup.... Full story


Obituary: John Arne Manisto

John Arne Manisto, 91, of Cloquet died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born on June 24, 1930 in Esko to Hilda E. and Arne F. Manisto. On Nov. 21, 1953, he... Full story


Obituary: Norman "Dodo" Green Jr.

Norman "Dodo" Green Jr., 86, of Scanlon passed away Aug. 15, 2021. Norman was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Scanlon. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ramona. He worked at Potlatch for 41 years... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 20, 2021

Fall sports ... good to go?

The more the Covid-19 pandemic lingers, the more questions pop up about how high schools sports seasons will be run this fall. Last week, activities directors across Minnesota hoped for guidance from... Full story

 By Emily Swanson    News    August 20, 2021

There will be an air of artistry down by the river

Creatives are sharing their talents to bring more people and businesses to the West End of Cloquet. Come out from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 27, and watch watercolor and oil painters capture the St.... Full story


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