Articles from the August 27, 2021 edition

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Board: Cloquet students will be masked

After deliberating at three meetings over the past two weeks, Cloquet school board members voted Monday to require universal masking indoors for grades K-12 once school starts on Sept. 8. The mandate... Full story


Horse courses at county fair

Horses were a big part of the action last weekend at the Carlton County Fair in Barnum....


The past comes to life at Lakehead Harvest Show

The Lakehead Harvest Show returns Friday for its 60th annual show with daily activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29 at 70 E. St. Louis River Road near Esko. Old steam engines will roar and splutter, moving tractors or... Full story


Creative night out features painting

Come to Cloquet’s West End from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 to hang out with artists and learn more about activities going on in the most historic part of town. There will be a plein air “paint out” near the Cloquet Chamber, an ivory garden debut... Full story


Go for a stroll and read in forest on Saturday

The Cloquet Forestry Center at 175 University Road, Cloquet, is the site for the latest “story strolls” sponsored by the Cloquet Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 28. Enjoy two story strolls: “The Forever Sky” by Thomas Peacock and “Fry Bread: A... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    August 27, 2021

Local crews help fight forest fire

The Esko Fire Department has had a busy week fighting the Greenwood Fire, alongside various departments from across northern Minnesota. After a request for equipment on Aug.16 from the state, the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Wind causes fire expansion

Cloud cover, lower temperatures, and increased relative humidity helped to moderate fire activity and growth of the Greenwood Fire midweek after a hectic Monday that saw the fire make wind-aided runs...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Come to Cloquet for Labor Day

The Cloquet Labor Day festivities return Monday, Sept. 6. A parade — a regional highlight celebrating workers since 1917 — starts at 11 a.m. and runs down Cloquet Avenue from 18th to Eighth Street. There will be food trucks in the city parking lot...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Master Gardeners needed in county

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners in Carlton County is seeking new members for the 2022 gardening season. As volunteers, master gardeners learn from scientific research and one another to serve the community as resources for...

 By Madison Hunter    News    August 27, 2021

Attorney: Drop teen's murder charge

The attorney for a Cloquet man who fatally shot his friend will ask the court to dismiss a third-degree murder charge. William Gatton, defense attorney for 18-year-old Joseph James Fohrenkam, said he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charge...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Man pleads guilty to sex with minor

A former fast food restaurant manager pleaded guilty to felony third-degree sexual assault of a girl who was 15 years old at the time. Garrett Carlson, 24, was sentenced to three years of supervised probation Aug. 23 in Sixth District Carlton County... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Commission recommends three for judgeship

With Judge Robert Macaulay retiring on Aug. 31, the wheels are in motion to find a replacement for the longtime Carlton County Sixth District judge. The Commission on Judicial Selection recommended three candidates to Gov. Tim Walz for consideration...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

14th Street work continues in Cloquet

The intersection of Carlton Avenue and 14th Street was reopened for traffic on Carlton Avenue this week, but officials still recommend people choose another route, as the intersection is unfinished. Carlton County assistant engineer Rick Norrgard...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Camper catches fire at campground

A pop-up camper parked at the Knife Island Campground burned and was destroyed Tuesday, but no one was injured. According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported at 8:16 p.m. Aug. 24, by someone driving by on Interstate 35. T...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Protesters slow traffic on interstate

Traffic slowed to a crawl on Interstate 35 Monday morning as law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call reporting numerous individuals stopping and walking toward an active Enbridge Line 3 construction site in the median between the north-...


Horse Sensitivity

Residents of Sunnyside Health Care Center enjoyed a sunny afternoon outside earlier this month when cardiac rehab director Azur Coleman brought her daughters Araya and Keaira, and their horses, to...


No roundabout at highways 210 and 61

The idea of a roundabout is no longer under consideration for the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Carlton County Road 61, county engineer JinYeene Neumann said Monday at the board of...

 By Mike Creger    News    August 27, 2021

Petition: Board needs appointment redo

A petition is now circulating in the Wrenshall school district to block an appointment to the school board made Aug. 16. The hasty vote-in of Bill Dian to replace new school principal Michelle Blanchard — made with no discussion among board m...

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Gordy to be celebrated at ice cream social

Members of both the Gordy Lundquist family and the Gordy's Hi-Hat family are inviting the community to celebrate his memory at an ice cream social set for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 in the parking lot... Full story

 By Deena Winter    News    August 27, 2021

Police, fire disability claims triple statewide

The number of police officers and firefighters applying for disability benefits from the state retirement fund tripled in the past fiscal year, with 79 percent claiming they can't do their jobs due...  Website

 By Pine Knot News    News    August 27, 2021

Across Carlton County, disability claims hit hard

It’s not only metro area police departments that are seeing a rise in public safety employees claiming disability since the state changed its rules about job-induced post traumatic stress disorder. As reported in the July 30 issue of the Pine K... Full story


Our View: Selection of judges needs tweaking

We need to re-evaluate how we select judges in Minnesota. Judge Robert Macaulay, who has served Carlton County since 1995, is retiring next week. A statewide panel called the Commission on Judicial Selection accepts applications from lawyers who...


Harry's Gang: Mask debates defy logic

I find it hard to understand how wearing a mask in public has become a political issue. But it has. To me, it's an example of how easily politicians and talking heads can manipulate people's... Full story


On The Mark: Reports provide snapshot of local economy

Northeastern Minnesota failed to match the state’s population growth rate (6.3 percent) from 2010 to 2019. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), using estimates from the U...

 By Steve Korby    People    August 27, 2021

Korby: Cloquet native has lot to look back on

Bob Bromme recently stopped in Cloquet to catch up with friends and to pay a reverent visit to the site where his wife is buried, and where he will be, too. He's 88 now, born in 1933, and lives in... Full story


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