Articles from the September 2, 2022 edition

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Politics to star on Labor Day

With only a few days left until Labor Day, Central Labor Body president Chad Tuura is bouncing between excitement over what he’s predicting will be a large parade and worry, because this important l... Full story


Blacksmith finds inspiration at the fair

Warren Hietala came full circle last month while working in the blacksmith's shop at the Carlton County fair. It was there that the Cloquet High School junior once escaped as a youngster while his... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 2, 2022

Bike race worries ski club

The city of Cloquet will host a mountain bike race featuring as many as 600 youth participants later this month. But such a large race coming so close to the ski season at Pine Valley has the local...


Spooky flower

Pine Knot editor Jana Peterson spied these pinkish-white Indian Pipe flowers along a trail at the Cloquet Forestry Center last week. Also sometimes called a "ghost flower" or "corpse flower," the...



• The spelling of Cheryl Ankrum’s name was incorrect in the Aug. 26 story, “Wrenshall disciplines someone, but who?” on Page 7. • The caption for the Anderson family was out of order in last week’s century farm story on Page 21, “Cromwell f... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    September 2, 2022

City's price for Hotel Solem: $8,000

A panel of court-appointed condemnation officials agreed with an $8,000 appraisal for Hotel Solem on Thursday, Aug. 25. The approval opened the door for the city of Cloquet to proceed with plans to...


Cloquet theater offers $3 movies Saturday

Moviegoers get a treat Saturday, Sept. 3, when Premiere Theaters in Cloquet will offer tickets to all movies, all day for $3. Premiere confirmed this week that it had joined the National Cinema Day movement adopted on a trial basis by the National... Full story


Forestry Center open house

“Expert” Riley Olesiak explains a Cloquet Forestry Center event punch card to Luke O’Neill. The cards were utilized to teach visitors some of the educational tools at the research and demon...


Fire district seeks township board member

The Cloquet Area Fire District is seeking a board member from Thomson or Twin Lakes townships to fill the seat vacated by Jason Paulson when he resigned from the Thomson Township and CAFD boards earlier this month. CAFD chief Jesse Buhs said an... Full story


'Unfavorable' conditions mean no wild-ricing

The harvest of wild rice on Fond du Lac Reservation lakes will be prohibited this year. The Band made the announcement last week. “Growing conditions were highly unfavorable this year and the decision was made to rest the on-reservation wild rice l...


Pine Knot seeks artists' submissions

The Pine Knot Gallery is calling for September/October exhibit pieces featuring cityscapes and townscapes. All genres considered: photos, paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and more. Please send applications to Ann Markusen at Full story


Pine Knot closed Monday, Friday

Due to the Labor Day holiday Monday and walking in the parade, the Pine Knot News office at 122 Avenue C in West End Cloquet will be closed Monday. The paper will also be closed Friday, Sept. 9. Please call 218-878-9332 and leave a message for...


Old cars converge on Mahtowa

It’s that time of year again: the Rat Rod Rendezvous is happening again in Mahtowa. Sept. 3 is “Shine on Saturday,” a day for more traditional classic cars and bikes with paint jobs that gleam in the sunlight, while Sept. 4 is “Rusty Sunday....


More fun in Mahtowa

On Saturday, Sept. 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in downtown Mahtowa, the Mahtowa Covenant Church and T.J.’s Country Store is sponsoring a day of free community fun. Activities begin with the Stan Berglund Memorial Bike Ride at 10 a.m. from T...


Harvest Fest in Cromwell

While the scarecrow contest and medallion hunt kick off Monday in Cromwell, the rest of the Harvest Festival activities are set for the following weekend, Sept. 9-11. On Friday, there’s a steak fry from 4-7 p.m. for $15 a plate for steak, $5 a plate...


Beginning farmer financial boot camp

New and beginning farmers are invited to learn how to better understand a farm’s financial statements and utilize those to see financial success on the farm. Interested parties are asked to join on Sept. 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Carlton C... Full story


'Inclusion' group forming in Cloquet

Sometimes it helps to just talk about things and that’s what a Duluth-based nonprofit hopes will happen at its free Cloquet Area Inclusion Learning Cohort. Amber Lewis, Welcoming Community Program coordinator for Northspan Group Inc., said they want... Full story


Crash kills Cloquet man

A 26-year-old Cloquet man was killed Monday, Aug. 29, succumbing to injuries sustained when the motorcycle he was driving crashed with an SUV. Hunter Thorman, of Cloquet, was pronounced dead sometime following the crash in Cloquet. The crash occurred... Full story


City asks residents to weigh in on stormwater

Remember the 500-year flash floods that ripped across the Northland 10 years ago, and the drought that had farmers and others praying for rain last summer? Cloquet city officials are hoping to make a plan for future climate change and they need help...


Wrenshall board fires technology 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 been the subject of a personnel investigation which...

 By Gail Olson    People    September 2, 2022

This little chicken goes to market

Barbequed chicken served with coleslaw and potato salad ... roast chicken with baking powder biscuits and homemade gravy ... a whole chicken rubbed with a secret spice blend and smoked to perfection.... Full story


Farm honored after nearly 50 years raising buffalo

American buffalo have roamed Don and Marlene Solwold's farm near Esko for 48 years. Marlene died of Alzheimer's 10 years ago, but Don, 89, still has a small buffalo herd and enjoys spending time with... Full story


Our View: Thumbs up, down

THUMBS UP to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for making the hard, but seemingly necessary decision to prohibit wild rice harvesting on reservation lakes this season. The Band described growing conditions as “highly unfavorable” in dec... Full story


On the Mark: Ode to small town cemeteries

This morning, we had a visitor. Aaron Aho, the son of the recently deceased Wright resident Marvin Aho, came by to speak with husband Rod Walli about the burial site and interment for Marvin’s f...


Letters: Fed up with waste of taxpayer money

I’m so fed up with all the changes in this area. First, the middle school wasn’t fit for students, but yet fixed up for apartments. Second, putting in turn lanes and sidewalks for Washington Avenue, cutting into our properties. Because of the sid...


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