Articles from the September 18, 2020 edition

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Former county attorney disbarred

Former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler was disbarred Thursday, Sept. 10 by the Minnesota Supreme Court for professional misconduct because he failed to disclose known police misconduct when he...


Coffee klatsch takes it outside

Look hard enough, below the golden arches off Highway 33 in Cloquet any Monday or Thursday morning when the weather is tolerable, and you'll see them. Guys and gals in lawn chairs and on truck gates...


This week in history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 18 1902 Aurelia Wheeldin, one of the earliest female African American boxers, is born in Minnesota. She would study music at Macalester...


Sentence is 5 years for drug sale death

A Hermantown woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week after pleading guilty to third-degree murder for selling methamphetamine to a Moose Lake woman who died afterward. Dawn Marie Clemons, 41, apologized to Leah Michele Olsen’s family fo...


Colors are coming

It always starts off with a couple of hotshot trees showing off, some in August this year, with a splash of individual color that catches the eye immediately and brings thought to the fall leaf... Full story


Covid cases continue creeping up in county

Positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County increased more slowly over the past week, rising from 210 on Sept. 9, to 219 total cases on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with still just one death from the virus reported since March. There has been one positive case... Full story


Keep signs off right-of-ways

As political campaigns increase their efforts toward the Nov. 3 election, it’s important to know and follow the state laws regarding placement of signs off of state property and only on land where the landowner has agreed to its placement. The M... Full story


Former Carlton teacher in court

Former Carlton teacher and girls basketball coach Robert Kent Pioro appeared in Carlton County District Court Wednesday afternoon for an omnibus hearing, which is the next step in the criminal process. Pioro, though his attorney Mikkel Long, entered...


Brothers offer music, stories

The Sons of Norway rescheduled a free performance by the Sutter Brothers for this weekend. Bring your own chair and find a good spot outside the Oldenburg House in Carlton 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19....


Flu vaccine clinic offered by county

Carlton County will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic 12-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Carlton County Transportation Building. No fees will be collected at the clinic. Bring your insurance card for...


Roadside cleaning warriors

Both the Carlton Area Lions Club and the state of Minnesota are celebrating 30 years of the Adopt a Highway program this year. The Lions Club is one of 475 groups that have been with the Minnesota... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    September 18, 2020

Carlton, Wrenshall schools report smooth starts

Reports to the school boards at Carlton and Wrenshall this week showed that the two small districts had relatively drama-free starts to the year despite intense pressure due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols. In Wrenshall, the major hitch remains the...


Cloquet OKs early budget, levy

Cloquet city councilors approved the city’s preliminary budget and property tax levy for 2021 on Tuesday night, setting the maximum levy increase at 4 percent, for a total levy of $3,164,750. The coun...


Latest Covid victim: warming houses

The city of Cloquet will not open three of the city’s four warming houses this winter due to pandemic health considerations. However, all four outdoor ice skating facilities — at Sunnyside (Ch...


Challenges continue at Cloquet schools

The first day of school, Esko confirmed a case of Covid-19 in a secondary student. This week, Cloquet’s Churchill Elementary reported its first confirmed case — a student with exposure dates of Sep... Full story


Our View: Lawn signs are free speech; don't deny it

Politics has always been rough-and-tumble, but there’s no reason why we can’t disagree on politics yet still respect each other’s viewpoints. Or each other’s property rights. We at the Pine Knot News have been getting reports of damage to politic... Full story


Harry's Gang: Masks are about human life, not political scoring

I am shocked how many people refuse to wear masks based on political beliefs. I recall a few years back when a nudie bar opened in Scanlon. The outrage! As I remember, a group of local people went...


Happy 233rd birthday, U.S. Constitution

In 1829, approaching the end of his life, James Madison penned these powerful words in retrospect and in awe of what he helped create: "The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution...


On The Mark: There are always surprises when putting garden to bed

Three nights of frost propelled us into motion. Our roomy veggie garden still had lots growing in it: squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, chard, kale, basil and other herbs. Green beans that have bee...


Obituaries: Rodney Marvin King

Rodney Marvin King, 73, was born in Cumberland, Wisconsin on Nov. 23, 1946, and died Sept. 13, 2020, at Twin Ports Health Services in Superior. Rodney was raised in Esko, graduating from Lincoln High... Full story


Obituaries: Mary Ethel (Bugbee) Anderson

On Sept. 10, 2020, a very special lady left this world. Mary Ethel (Bugbee) Anderson, 91, was born to Alfhild Boquist and George Bugbee on June 16, 1929. She was the second of three children born to t... Full story


Obituaries: Roland "Butch" Wayne Doble

Roland "Butch" Wayne Doble ended his 30-year struggle with Parkinson's disease in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2020. He was born Aug. 25, 1938, in the country near Bertha to Wayne and Nora... Full story


Obituaries: Kathryn Martha Solomon

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, Kathryn Martha Solomon of Mahtowa passed away peacefully at the age of 82. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth; sons, Tom (Sue), Tim (Judy)... Full story


Obituaries: Dorothy Elsie Seppala

Dorothy Elsie Seppala, 89, of Cloquet died Sept. 12, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Barnum. She was born March 10, 1931, in Sandstone, the youngest child of John and Elsie Withoff. Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Cloquet High School. She ma... Full story


Absentee voting opens; election is on

It may feel too early to vote for the Nov. 3 General Election, but the clock is ticking. Starting Friday, people can go to the Auditor's Office on the second floor of the Carlton County Courthouse... Full story


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