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Articles from the September 25, 2020 edition

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Graffiti spikes across Cloquet

The Cloquet skatepark is the latest vandalism location in the city after it was spray-painted with messages last weekend. It is one of many places - including businesses and bridges - found to be...


Football, volleyball are back while schools struggle with staffing

The Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors online meeting Monday was packed with coaches and activities directors across the state. The meeting was held to determine whether or not th... Full story


Covid regulations stress schools

Wrenshall superintendent Kim Belcastro didn’t need to say it. Her face told all. “It’s been a tough week,” she told the school board Tuesday night during a special meeting. The day before, she announced that the school would be going to full... Full story



The Level 3 sex offender notification for Rory Northrup that ran on Page 3 of the Sept. 11 issue of Pine Knot News said that Northrup would be living on Sunnyside Drive. After that issue of the newspaper went to press, the Cloquet police department...


Brothers from Africa light up soccer field

A remarkable goal by freshman Elijah Aultman last Thursday pretty much cemented the soccer player's standing on a new team in a country he's called home for less than a year. Elijah and his brother,...


County Covid-19 cases still rising

After a slowdown last week, positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County increased rapidly over the past week, rising from 219 total cases on Sept. 16 to 246 on Wednesday, Sept. 23. That’s a jump of 27 in a week, versus nine the week before. The rise...


Flu vaccine clinic offered by county

Carlton County will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic for the entire family from 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. The...


Thomson board considers Covid money for internet

Finding ways to create better internet connectivity was front and center during the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors meeting last week, along with determining how to spend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money...


Pet chip clinic is big draw

Although the free microchipping event was set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Park in Cloquet, pet owners and their furry friends started lining up for the drive-through event long before...


Airport Announces Expansion

Economic Development Administration chief of staff Dana Gartzke touts the public and private partnership that is bringing a substantial investment and future jobs to the Cloquet Airport. Gartzke...


Suicide remains a large concern

Suicide remains a top public health concern in Minnesota. “Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Minnesota and tenth nationally,” said North East Minnesota Suicide Prevention Coordinator Ali Randall. The coronavirus pandemic could be pu...


Health survey deadline hits

The 2020 Bridge to Health Survey will be wrapping up soon, and anyone who received a survey in the mail is asked to fill it in and return it as quickly as possible so that their answers can be counted. A second copy of the survey will be sent out to...


Duluth hosts free saliva testing site

The Minnesota Department of Health opened a pilot saliva testing site on Wednesday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The testing site will be the first of its kind in Minnesota, offering free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes t...


Esko rolls with pandemic wave

First there was one. Now there are seven cases of Covid-19 at the Esko schools, and nearly three dozen students were quarantined as of last week. The Esko school board held a special online meeting...


Lumberjacks get a historic win

7Notice is hereby served that the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team is now 6-0 on the season following two impressive wins last week. On Thursday the Lumberjacks beat Duluth East for the first tim... Full story


Esko claims winning record

The Esko girls soccer team picked up an impressive win Sept. 17 as they knocked off Hermantown for the second time this season. Two second-half goals helped secure the 2-0 road win. "I think the... Full story


Girls bounce back

After suffering a 6-1 loss at the hands of Grand Rapids-Greenway on Monday, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team rallied for a solid home win against Superior on Tuesday. Against GRG the lone CE...


Rebels, Panthers take Chub Lake

On what Rebels head cross country coach Adam Whealan called a "perfect day for running," the collaborative Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum team won the boys varsity race last Thursday at Carlton's... Full story


Our View: On Pertler, take good with the bad

It’s never pleasant to see someone going through troubled times, especially when such troubles are splayed across the newspapers for all your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to see. In those situations, it’s not too hard to forget that the... Full story


Harry's Gang: Both genders deserve value of Scout lessons

I got a fishing merit badge as a Boy Scout, not because I loved to fish and had grown up fishing. No, I precisely got the merit badge in spite of growing up without fishing, and having little idea of...


Letters to the editor: When voting, think about needs here

We have the opportunity to elect for the first time in more than 50 years a state senator who actually lives in Carlton County. The last time that happened, the district included Carlton, Aitkin and Crow Wing counties and we were represented by...


On The Mark: Scarecrows bring a fall flair to Cromwell

If you've driven through Cromwell this past week, you'll have glimpsed the 10 scarecrows lining the main street downtown. Because the usually annual Harvest Fest had to be canceled, the Cromwell Area...


Letters to the editor: Signs are there: Our political climate stinks

During the past two weeks, a number of political signs put on private property have been stolen by persons unknown, but I’m guessing they are of the opposing political party. In talking with the Cloquet Police Department, it is a criminal offense...


Obituaries: Martin Robert Burch

Martin Robert Burch, 73, of Cromwell passed away Sept. 18, 2020, in his home with his family by his side. He was born July 4, 1947, in Moose Lake to Elvin and Petronella (Pionk) Burch. Martin... Full story


Obituaries: Marjorie Lucille Kunz Backus

Marjorie Lucille Kunz Backus, 90, resident of Cloquet, passed away peacefully Sept. 18, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. Margie was born in St. Paul to Ernest and Stella (Inman) Haskell. She went to school at Minnehaha Academy in St. Paul.... Full story


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