Articles from the September 17, 2021 edition

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Death investigated at veterans home

The Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments are investigating what they term a "suspicious death" earlier this week. Meanwhile, a 58-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and in custody in Carlton...


History mystery

We recieved responses to our inquiry last week about the photo found here of a group of people, young and old, believed to have been taken likely 50 years ago. If you have any items for History Myster...


Wrenshall petition is filed

A petition to rescind a school board appointment in Wrenshall has been turned in to the school district office. Superintendent Kim Belcastro reported at the regular school board meeting Monday night that the petition had 200 signatures on it. If all... Full story


Prisoner flees; found next day

A Cloquet man escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw Friday evening, Sept. 10, and was missing for more than 11 hours before being located the next morning by St. Louis County deputies. Branden Russell King had been...


Passing on wild rice techniques

Students from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and others got an in-depth look at wild rice and how to harvest it Saturday at the annual Manoomin demonstration camp at Leeman Lake. The...


Trial delayed in rape, kidnapping case

The trial for a Scanlon man accused of criminal sexual conduct “with heinous elements” and a kidnapping was canceled for this week and reset for January. Dennis Michael St. John Jr., 54, was arrested in July 2020, after being accused of holding a wom...


Covid relief grants available

​​The Northland Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is helping northeast Minnesota businesses learn about and apply for Main Street Covid Relief grants. The DEED portal to apply will open Sept. 20... Full story


Wildfire burning restrictions lifted

Continued favorable weather has lessened wildfire risk for much of northern Minnesota. In response, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is removing fire restrictions in 14 counties. Only Cook and Lake counties are still under Class III...


Take part in the color season

It's fall, and the Pine Knot is continuing the tradition of asking readers to send in their best fall color photos. It is expected to be a short season this year, with abnormally dry conditions. But... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    September 17, 2021

Rescue plan money reaches county level

Just under $7 million is available from the federal American Rescue Plan Act for coping with the effects of the pandemic for Carlton County residents and entities. Economic development director Mary Finnegan, addressing the Carlton County board on...


Districts find way on Covid-19 response

The furor over masks continued at the Cloquet school board meeting this week, with five of seven audience members addressing the board about the district's universal mask mandate for all grade... Full story


College to host scientist, author

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will debut the Ruth A. Myers Lecture Series in the Sciences and Humanities with a free virtual presentation by Robin Wall Kimmerer at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22. During the event, Robin Wall Kimmerer will...


Reserve your 'Screenagers' seat

“Screenagers, Next Chapter,” a movie about teenagers, anxiety, depression and screen time, will air for free in person and online for up to 300 local residents in October, courtesy of the Carlton County Collaborative, Cloquet School District, Clo...


Our View: Chance to celebrate Gordy is welcomed

We applaud the family of the late Gordy Lundquist for inviting everyone to an ice cream social Sunday to celebrate the life of the legendary patriarch and founder of the famous drive-in that bears his name. When Gordy and his wife, Marilyn, started...


Harry's Gang: In a league of lawyers, Tom Skare stood out

I learned Tom Skare passed away over Labor Day weekend. He was apparently in his law office on Cloquet Avenue across from the Holiday gas station, where he spent a lot of his time, and wasn’t heard f... Full story


Nature's Path: Listen to the wind

Reading the wind is an art. The wind carries important messages in smells, sounds, debris and signs of change in the weather that let us know what is happening both near and far. If you have been...


We miss the coach who changed soccer for us

In light of the one-year anniversary of Anthony L. Makela III's tragic death, we wanted to share with the world how much he meant to those around him. Tony passed away in a single-vehicle accident on... Full story


Obituaries: Lyle G. Schaak

Lyle G. Schaak, 75, of Cloquet passed away from underlying health conditions following surgery on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at University of Minnesota Medical Center surrounded by family members. He... Full story


Obituaries: William "Bill" Nicholas Meisner

William "Bill" Nicholas Meisner, 94, of Cloquet died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at Suncrest Assisted Living. He was surrounded by his family as they sang favorite songs he taught them. He... Full story


Obituaries: Donald Andrew Pykkonen

Donald Andrew Pykkonen, “Farmer Don,” 86, passed away at home from complications of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 5, 2021, not more than 100 yards from where he was born. Donald was born during a blizzard on Jan. 5, 1935, to Andrew and Hulda Mary (He... Full story


Obituaries: Loren E. Terp

Loren E. Terp, 92, of Carlton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Inter-Faith Care Center. He was born July 2, 1929, in St. Louis Park to Peter and Bernice Terp. He grew up in the St. Louis Park... Full story


Obituaries: Barbara Lynn Smith Solem

Barbara Lynn Smith Solem, 66, of Culver passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near Webster, Wisconsin. She was born on Nov. 5, 1954, in Duluth to Leo... Full story


Death Notices

Robert Roy Williams, 84, of Cloquet, died on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at home. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Sept. 17 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will be in New Calvary Cemetery. To leave an... Full story


Area church youth gather in Cloquet

Approximately 200 people gathered at the Common Ground building in Cloquet last week to gear up for the fall church season. Pastor Brandon Monson, youth pastor at Grace Baptist in Cloquet, said 10... Full story


Neglected West End getting some love

It's not unusual to see visitors to Cloquet snapping photos of the world's only working Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station and its cantilevered roof at the corner of Minnesota Highway 33 and... Full story


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