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Articles from the September 27, 2019 edition

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  • Cloquet's health care twins make merger official

    Jana Peterson|Sep 27, 2019

    Community Memorial Hospital and Raiter Clinic are joining forces, with the goal of keeping independent local health care thriving in the Cloquet area. The merger came as a surprise for many, some who assumed that the two entities were already operating together. The two have a long history of collaboration, said Raiter Clinic administrator Craig Ward. "This partnership is a natural fit for the community," Ward said. Dr. Jim Rogers, a Raiter Clinic physician, sees it as a positive move for... Full story

  • Consolidation cost: $47.3 million

    Mike Creger|Sep 27, 2019

    The price tag is in on upgraded facilities for a consolidated Carlton and Wrenshall school district: $47.3 million. That was the estimate presented to district superintendent and school board members during a meeting Monday in Wrenshall. The firm ARI is working with the districts on the idea of a two-site option for consolidation - an elementary at Carlton's South Terrace school and a high school in Wrenshall. Both current campuses would need significant upgrades under the two-site plan. But...

  • Finn news

    Kim Samuelson|Sep 27, 2019

    Before I get into sharing the Finnish events in the area that will be happening in October, I want to give thanks to the many Finns and friends who attended September events. It’s only through you that these events are able to be organized and presented. And it’s only because of you, the attendees, that these events continue to be offered. The month of October starts off with another great program at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Grace Lutheran Church, 4010 Ninth Avenue West, Hibbing. It will feature Duluth author Mark Munger, who is a retired district cou...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events that took place this coming week. Sept. 28 1935 Joan Growe is born in Minneapolis. She would serve as Minnesota’s secretary of state from 1975 to 1998, the first woman elected to statewide office without first having been appointed. A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, she would champion voter and election reform, including such programs as vote by mail and motor voter registration. Sept. 29 1837 Dakota leaders sign a treaty in Washington selling their lands east of the Mississippi River for about $500,000 i...

  • Run for the river on Saturday

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    The annual Cloquet River Run is Saturday, Sept. 28, and it’s not too late to sign up. Runners and walkers can choose between a 1-mile race at 9 a.m. and a 5K race, down to and along the beautiful St. Louis River, at 9:30 a.m. Both races start and end at the Churchill Elementary School playground. Proceeds go toward health-related equipment and program, along with technology purchases for Churchill. Visit www.cloquetriverrun.com for more information.... Full story

  • Carlton Chicken Swap is Saturday

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    The Fall Chicken Swap will be held 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton. Not allowed to have chickens? You’re also likely to find puppies, bunnies, goats, pigs, ducks, homegrown produce and homemade goodies that range from cookies to breads to maple syrup. Go early to ensure you have the best pick of the selection....

  • Old Log Church program is Oct. 5

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Deacon Bryan Bassa will talk about the restoration of Saints Mary and Joseph Parish church at the Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Following the program, those attending are invited to meet at the Sawyer Church for a tour. Call 879-1938....

  • Board expects minimal school tax bump

    Jana Peterson|Sep 27, 2019

    The Cloquet school board approved its preliminary tax levy increase to a maximum of 0.2 percent over last year’s levy during Monday’s meeting. However, unless something changes at the state level in the next few days, district finance director Candace Nelis said she expects the actual levy increase to be closer to 0.17 percent. That’s less than three-tenths of 1 percent, superintendent Michael Cary pointed out. “I think the first year I was here [the increase] was 34 percent because of the new...

  • Legislators tour prime areas for bonding

    Jana Peterson|Sep 27, 2019

    Two buses filled with state legislators wound their way through the Northland earlier this month. Members of the House Capital Investment Committee visited Carlton first on Sept. 17, then continued to the Northeast Regional Corrections Center and Duluth, where they spent the night before heading up to Two Harbors, Silver Bay and beyond the next day. In Carlton, the legislative visitors were gifted with their own bottle of less-than-perfect water. "Derek Wolf [city of Carlton public works...

  • Excise tax hearing draws just one speaker

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved continuing the $20 excise tax at its meeting Monday after a hearing at which only one comment was made by the public. Reporter and Automba Township chair Dan Reed supported more work on rural county gravel roads with the excise tax and half-cent sales tax revenues. “This spring mud season showed many weaknesses in the miles of county gravel roads,” Reed said. “Poor roads have hurt rural residential and new home construction. We don’t expect a tarred road in front of our houses in the rural a...

  • Free microchip for pets Saturday

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Remember the pet microchip clinic for Cloquet and other Carlton County residents 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Dunlap Island Park in Cloquet. The event is free for Carlton County residents. Proof of residency with photo ID is required. There is a limit of three pets per household, while supplies last. All pets must be leashed or kenneled. Nonresidents are also welcome to come and get microchips for $20. This event is hosted by the Cloquet police department, Carlton County and Northern Lakes Rescue. Northern Lakes Rescue is bringing... Full story

  • Volunteers needed for census committee

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    The city of Cloquet is seeking volunteers for approximately six months to serve on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. The city is looking for representatives from all aspects of the community to help get the word out about the upcoming Census. The committee will meet monthly with the first meeting held near the end of October and a training session led by members of the Census Bureau. If you are interested in serving on the committee or have questions, please feel free to contact city planner/zoning administrator Al Cottingham at...

  • Northwoods wins community honor

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Northwoods Credit Union of Cloquet was honored with a 2019 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. Sponsored by the Minnesota Credit Union Network and the Credit Union National Association, the award recognizes credit unions for the activities that benefit their community or a specific charity....

  • Absentee voting open for Cloquet council race

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    All eligible voters in Cloquet’s Ward 3, who reasonably expect to be unable to go to their polling place on primary election day Nov. 5, may vote by absentee ballot. Candidates for the special election are Ray Schow, Chris Swanson and Uriah Wilkinson. The three are running to fill the remaining three years of former councilor Dakota Koski’s term, because Koski bought a house outside of his ward this summer and had to step down. Ward 3 lies between Highway 33 and 14th Street, and Doddridge Avenue and the St. Louis River. Voters may make app... Full story

  • Our View: Some mergers make good sense

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Generally, we don’t like corporate mergers. In fact, this very paper came about after many papers merged into a big media corporation, and we eventually lost a truly “local” news option. Fortunately, we won’t have to worry about losing the local option for health care. We applaud the merger of the Raiter Clinic with Community Memorial Hospital, which are officially banding together next year to compete against Essentia as it moves into town. By becoming one, the Raiter Clinic and CMH will be able to continue to provide a local option for qua...

  • On The Mark: Democracy thrives in the trenches

    Ann Markusen|Sep 27, 2019

    For most of us, our direct experience with American politics starts and ends with the voting booth, supplemented with what we learn, selectively, from the media. We rarely see our elected representatives in action, proposing and bargaining over bills and budgets. In general, politicians rank low on our lists of most admired professions. Nor do we know much about what happens inside those big state and federal agencies. Recently, the son of a third cousin asked me to advise him on post-college jo...

  • Harry's Gang: Protecting vulnerable kids is job No. 1 at First Witness

    Pete Radosevich|Sep 27, 2019

    It’s been happening since people started having kids, but in recent years some people are trying to do something about it. I’m talking about First Witness, a group dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse. I’m familiar with their work, because in divorce cases, sometimes there are allegations of child abuse, and First Witness gets involved. Their work is impeccably reliable. Generally, if First Witness says abuse happened, it did. Just as importantly: if First Witness says they have...

  • Notes from the small pond: Away

    Parnell Thill|Sep 27, 2019

    When you’re away, the things you thought you’d do but didn’t before you left seem monumentally failed because, in truth, you could’a Got-R-Done, and you didn’t because you didn’t and you make a thousand excuses for not performing and you erase 999 of them and admit that your only excuse is You and the lack of You and that feeds the diminution of your self-esteem and you recognize the bumper sticker on a passing ‘81 gray-striped, black Mustang, saying: “I hate days when I have to do stuff and se...

  • Obituaries: Margaret A. Fredrick

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Margaret A. Fredrick, 99, of Holyoke, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Sunnyside Health Care in Cloquet. She was born March 25, 1920 in Ceylon, Minnesota to Jesse and Paulina Persons. Margaret graduated from Wrenshall High School in 1938 and served as postmaster for Holyoke for more than 25 years. She was united in marriage to Ervin Fredrick on Aug. 17, 1940. Margaret was always a busy housewife and enjoyed canning and cooking, and was commonly known as the “Bean Lady of Holyoke.” Chu... Full story

  • Obituaries: Evelyn R. Buddish

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    Evelyn R. Buddish, 87, of Scanlon, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Evergreen Knoll in Cloquet. She was born July 28, 1932 in Rock Lake, North Dakota to Ambrose and Edna (Rham) Steffer. Evelyn met and married John Buddish on June 6, 1953 in Tamarack, Minnesota. She enjoyed her life to the fullest. She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, bowling, and playing Bingo. Evelyn worked at Diamond Brands for 31 years before she retired in 1991. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, John... Full story

  • Cloquet's Lamb on state task force

    Jana Peterson|Sep 27, 2019

    Ward 2 Cloquet city councilor Sheila Lamb has been appointed to the state's newly created Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women task force. She was sworn in and attended her first task force meeting in St. Paul on Thursday, Sept. 19. The mission of the task force is to reduce and end violence against indigenous women and girls in Minnesota. Lamb said she was "thrilled" to be asked to serve on the task force, which includes representatives from tribal nations and law enforcement. "The fact that...

  • Free GIS workshop coming to tribal college

    Pine Knot News|Sep 27, 2019

    The students and staff of the geographic information systems (GIS) program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are hosting a special community event Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, focusing on geography and how to change the world with maps and teach with maps. The free event starts at 11:30 a.m. in the campus amphitheater and commons, and ends at 1:30 p.m. The geography event features special guest speaker Joseph Kerski, a world-renowned geographer and education manager at Esri. Participants will discover how web mapping applications, field...

  • Cloquet girls kick into high gear

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 27, 2019

    Over the past few years the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team featured a two-headed offensive threat: Kendra Kelley and Kiana Bender. With Kelley's graduation - she led the area in scoring the past three years - many folks may have thought that the bulk of scoring would need to come from super senior Kiana Bender, but that is not the case, as the 'Jacks have rolled to a mid-season record of 10-2. "We are much more balanced in scoring this year than in the past," said coach Dustin Randall....

  • Eskomos prepare for playoff push

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 27, 2019

    It's been a busy and very challenging part of the schedule for the Esko girls soccer team. On Saturday, the Eskomos took on one of the top teams in the state. On Monday, they faced a tough Duluth East squad before falling 4-0. "For the past several years we've had the opportunity to play Benilde-St. Margaret," said co-coach Alissa Anderson. "The last I checked, they were the No. 5 team in the state." Despite more ball possession time, the Red Knights managed only one goal in the first half as...

  • Football Roundup

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 27, 2019

    Football Cloquet-50 Hibbing-14 At halftime the Cloquet Lumberjacks led Hibbing by a 20-14 score but seemed to be struggling against the over-matched Bluejackets. Enter Marshall Hayes, a sophomore running back, who seemed to spark the ’Jacks offense in the second half. While star running back Cole Ketola handled most of the first-half running chores and churned up big yardage, it was Hayes who handled the bulk of the carries on the first drive of the second half that started a scoring o...

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