Articles from the August 26, 2022 edition

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For first time in ages, contested race for sheriff

For the first time in 16 years this November, Carlton County residents will face a choice when voting for sheriff. First appointed Carlton County sheriff in 2005, Kelly Lake has experienced only one... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 26, 2022

Wrenshall board fires tech director

Following a closed meeting Wednesday that lasted three hours, the Wrenshall school board fired the school’s information technology director, Jaime Hopp, the Pine Knot News learned Thursday. Hopp had b... Full story


Carlton County Fair marks another amazing year

Fairgoers who stood in lines 30 deep for food, rides and attractions might have wondered Saturday if attendance had reached an all-time peak in Barnum. Alas, the Carlton County Fair concluded its... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 26, 2022

Fired cop loses federal lawsuit

A federal judge last week dismissed the remaining claims in a $4 million civil lawsuit filed by a former Cloquet detective, but left open the door for continued action in state court. Scott Holman, a detective and K-9 officer who had worked for the...


Get steamed up about Lakehead Harvest show this weekend

The Lakehead Harvest Show returns Friday for its 61st annual show with daily activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28 at 70 E. St. Louis River Road near Esko. Bring the whole... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 26, 2022

Meet Delta, the new fire district K-9

Hawaii's loss was Cloquet's gain this summer, when a dog being trained as a backup accelerant detection K-9 for the island state became available in June. Cloquet Area Fire District battalion chief... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 26, 2022

Fire district staff shuffle settles

After close to 10 months of musical chairs, the Cloquet Area Fire District staff and board members celebrated a slew of promotions and other moves that have the district almost on stable ground in... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    August 26, 2022

Thomson Township supervisor applications due Sept. 1

Thomson township supervisor, Jason Paulson, gave some final statements to the board and the community at the Thomson board meeting Thursday, Aug. 18. Paulson had announced his resignation from the board, and his position on the Cloquet Area Fire...


As cold, flu season nears, health professionals again stress Covid-19 vaccine best 'shot'

People ask physician Dan Palmquist why he’s so adamant about encouraging the Covid-19 vaccination. “I tell them, ‘You go to a tire salesman, you expect to be sold tires,’” said Dr. Palmquist... Full story


Fond du Lac Band celebrates return of sacred sites

Just over a century ago, a work crew dug up the remains of nearly 200 Ojibwe people from a burial ground at the end of Wisconsin Point, a long peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior across the water from Duluth. Among the exhumed was Chief Osaugi...  Website

 By Dan Reed    News    August 26, 2022

Justice center breaks ground

After workers spent the past few weeks clearing the site of the future justice center, Carlton County commissioners and other dignitaries gathered for a traditional groundbreaking ceremony Monday...

 By Brady Slater    News    August 26, 2022

Wrenshall board disciplines someone, but who?

There were more questions than answers Wednesday, Aug. 24, when the Wrenshall school board agreed to discipline an employee during a specially called meeting. The meeting was planned to review results of a personnel investigation which began earlier... Full story


Notes from the Small Pond: Skatepark redux

While adults never quite lose it, the intuitive, psycho-emotional trigger that gets pulled in kids around mid-to-late August is as keen as the intuitive trigger that gets pulled in geese two months... Full story


Faith: The Sabbath also sets boundary between work, life

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives... Full story

 By Greg Oakes    Sports    August 26, 2022

Previews: Area volleyball offers wide mix of talented programs

Another exciting high school volleyball season is about to begin as the calendar turns to September. Lots of optimism fills the gyms throughout Carlton County as fresh faces try to replace the graduat... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    August 26, 2022

New football coaches bring plenty of experience

A couple of coaching changes dot the high school football landscape this fall. Two longtime head coaches moved on last spring and new coaches now fill their shoes in hopes of continuing their... Full story


Cromwell farm earns prestigious century label

In 1918, Charles and Martha Wilhelmena Anderson bought an 80-acre farm southeast of Cromwell from a private owner, not knowing they were starting a legacy. More than 100 years later, their... Full story


Photo feature: It's all about cars (and buses) at the Carlton County Fair

The smell of exhaust and the roar of car engines engulfed the fairgrounds in Barnum last weekend. The annual Carlton County Fair brought the return of the Oval races, the Demolition Derby and the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    August 26, 2022

Heather's Cafe now hopes to open Aug. 29

Where there's smoke, there's fire ... except when it's electrical and firefighters turn the power off. That's what happened at Heather's Cafe in Cloquet Thursday, Aug. 18. Firefighters from the Cloque... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    August 26, 2022

County to close its only youth shelter this fall

The only local youth shelter will be closing its doors this fall. Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Cloquet, the Carlton Youth Shelter, run by Lutheran Social Services, will close by Oct. 1 and the county will utilize a different LSS shelter...


Lost Forester race is Saturday

The Lost Forester of Pine Valley will run again. Rather than racing through the woods with the aid of a compass and extra points for flannel, this year’s race is a 5.5K run on the ski trials under the majestic pines of Pine Valley in Cloquet. The r... Full story


14th Street work update

After three months of work on 14th Street in Cloquet, city officials provided an update on the project on the city’s website, at Work on the roundabout curb, pavement and truck apron is complete, with sidewalk, lighting, pavement m...


Escapee found in Carlton County

An inmate of the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Grand Lake Township near Twig walked off the grounds around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, according to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Zachary Daniel Mullen, 31, w...


County Extension offers free class on winterizing garden, landscape

Carlton County Extension will offer a free class on winterizing your garden and landscape with several presenters 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Esko Town Hall on 25 E. Harney Road. Extension educator Mercedes Moffett will give tips on...


Obituary: Caroline Sue (Wefelmeyer) Martin

Caroline Sue (Wefelmeyer) Martin left us Friday, July 8, 2022, in Covington, Louisiana. Daughter of Frederick Rahm Wefelmeyer and Marylyn Jane (Kranz) Wefelmeyer, born Nov. 16, 1959, in Glencoe,... Full story


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