Articles from the September 11, 2020 edition

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Not your typical back to school days

Katie Wilkinson was standing outside Churchill Elementary School before the doors even opened Wednesday, a pink gaiter pulled high over her nose, happily waiting for school to begin. "I'm so... Full story


'Justice for Jackie' heard at courthouse

It's been six months since a pregnant Jackie DeFoe and her 20-month-old son, Kevin, were found dead in their Cloquet home - DeFoe stabbed multiple times and the toddler dead from blunt force trauma.... Full story


This week in history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 11 1971 The first Minnesota Renaissance Festival opens at Lake Grace in Jonathan. One of the largest of its kind, the festival now operates from a permanent encampment near Shakopee. The...


Radio contest winner

Cloquet's Bryan Bassa selected the correct envelope out of a vault to be the winner of a WKLK/WMOZ radio contest last week. The contest started Aug. 3 and after qualifying listeners for four weeks,...


Charges possible after bar scrape

Following an Aug. 27 altercation at a local bar involving Cloquet city councilor Steve Langley, the man who says Langley shoved him without provocation — Cloquet’s Brian Vanderwerff — wants the councilor to be charged with assault. This is the...


One dead after ATV accident

A woman died Saturday from injuries suffered in a crash between a side-by-side ATV in which she was a passenger and a car. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in at 3:16 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, rep...


Sex offender moving to Cloquet

The Cloquet Police Department issued address information regarding a Level 3 sex offender who is transitioning into the Cloquet community. He is currently listed as homeless. Rory Francis Northrup,...


Bishop-elect resigns after abuse accusation

The South Dakota priest appointed to lead the Diocese of Duluth in June has resigned after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Pope Francis had appointed The Rev. Michel J. Mulloy, from the...

 By Dan Reed    News    September 11, 2020

Needs found for federal pandemic money

Federal funds sent to counties to address the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have started to be allocated through Carlton County officials. Board of commissioners members approved funding in four general categories at their meeting Tuesday, Sept....


Check status of subscription

Subscription renewal notices to the Pine Knot News will soon be arriving by mail. Your notice may be for an expiration date that has already passed due to our transition to a new circulation software program. Please contact the PKN office if you... Full story


Flu vaccine clinic offered

Carlton County will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic for the entire family later this month. Set for noon-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, people can drive through and get an influenza shot at the Carlton... Full story


County Covid cases still on the rise

Positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County jumped to 210 on Tuesday, Sept. 8, an increase of 14 since Sept. 2. People are asked to wear masks in public indoor spaces and maintain social distancing from others, wash hands frequently and/or use hand... Full story


Former chief named to state police task force

Former Cloquet police chief Wade Lamirande was recently appointed to a statewide task force on law enforcement education reform. Now the law enforcement program coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and...


Thread of labor day tradition holds

With the usual Labor Day events on hiatus because of the pandemic, the Carlton County DFL Party held a "covid careful" chili cookoff and political rally. Attendees could bring their own lawn chairs...


Our View: 'Fake' news doesn't live on these pages

Chatter on social media led to a story in a recent Pine Knot News about posts and the subsequent Cloquet school district administration investigation. We are cautiously encouraged that the community takes such information seriously. It is hard to...


Harry's Gang: Forfeiture laws squeeze those who have little left

Criminals should not benefit from their crimes. If a jewel thief is arrested with the stolen diamonds, he shouldn’t be able to keep the jewels. That’s just crazy, right? On the other hand, a... Full story


On The Mark: DFL makes best of Labor Day

Labor Day turned out windy and rain-free but cold - 57 degrees in Cloquet's Veterans Park. Lots of people showed up for chili, music and rousing speeches in front of a cheeky sign saying to "elect an...


Library book sales return to Cloquet

The Friends of the Cloquet Public Library will hold September book sales 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 15, 22 and 29 in the new Friends Room at the Library. A limited number of patrons will be admitted at a time to provide a safe environment. The...


Free pet chip clinic is offered

Carlton County and the City of Cloquet are teaming up with Northern Lakes Rescue to offer a free microchipping clinic 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Cloquet’s Veterans Park parking lot. The event is free to Carlton County residents and... Full story


Obituaries: Violet M. Axtell

Violet M. Axtell, 88, of Carlton passed away Sept. 7, 2020, at Barnes Care in Esko. She was born Feb. 18, 1932, in Gettysburg, South Dakota to Alvin and Myrtle (Breitkreutz) Bryant. Violet was united... Full story


Obituaries: Richard Charles Carlson

Richard Charles Carlson, 79, of Cloquet passed away Sept. 3, 2020, in Cloquet. He was born June 3, 1941, in Cloquet to Swen and Esther Carlson. Dick graduated from Cloquet High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army October 1960 through October... Full story


Death notices

Robert Edward Saari, 88, of Cromwell passed away Sept. 4, 2020, in Villa Vista. To honor Bob’s wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute,... Full story


Drifting Into Watercolor

Cloquet's Lyn Jutila is currently exhibiting her watercolors at the Pine Knot office. She recently sat down with us to talk about her work and how she became a watercolorist after hanging her...


Cloquet artist nabs fifth DNR stamp

Artist Stuart Nelson of Cloquet has received another honor from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. His work will be featured on the 2021 walleye stamp issued by the DNR after it was...


Ask a Trooper: School bus safety advice

Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol offers some timely reminders on safety around school buses as the new school year starts up: • Parents should discuss and demonstrate pedestrian...


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