Articles from the September 29, 2023 edition

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She's a doula on the other end of life

Allison Ronning gets some confused looks when she tells people she’s an end-of-life doula. “People are like, ‘oh, you help birth babies,’ and I explain that I’m on the opposite end of that,” sh... Full story


Tribal college plots next five years

Once a member of the first class of students to graduate from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus in Cloquet, Roxanne DeLille went on to u niversity in Duluth and later committed five... Full story


Fire destroys barn near Esko

A barn in rural Esko caught fire last week when a homeowner was burning vegetation and the fire spread to the barn. The call came into the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a structure fire at 44 E. Palkie Road i...


Party with apples at Zion church

Apple Fest is coming Oct. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. to Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet, and it’s free. Pick your own apples, enjoy apple tasting, a caramel apple bar and apple juice pressing. Mae Prachar Band will provide music. Apple Fest is a f...


Lunch with school officials

Cloquet School District officials including superintendent Michael Cary and some school board members and school staff will be part of “lunch in the community” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at the Cloquet Public Library. Bring your own lun... Full story


Free paint kits are at the library

Free Acrylic Painting Take & Create Art kits are available at the Cloquet, Carlton and Moose Lake public libraries in October, courtesy of the Arrowhead Library System. This art experience was designed by 321 Art Studio in Chisholm and explores... Full story


City won't allow pot in parks

Count the city of Carlton among the growing list of communities to pass an ordinance prohibiting marijuana smoking and use in city parks and other areas the act of smoking is already outlawed. “We’re not trying to control use in public spaces as muc...


School officer issue is settled, for now

Cloquet will keep its school resource officer after Attorney General Keith Ellison released a revised opinion on the legislation last spring regarding the use of force in schools. That was better news than anticipated, superintendent Michael Cary...


Science fair students just keep on winning

Three Cloquet High School science fair students who excelled at regional and state science fair last spring continued their winning ways at national and international competitions across the country... Full story


Girls wanted to start a Scout troop; campout offered

Any girls interested in finding out more about joining a Scout BSA troop — formerly known as the Boy Scouts — can get a taste of a typical event by joining in a campout at Pine Valley on Friday, Oct. 6. Scoutmaster Jason Mangan said they are try...


Commissioners approve levy with 4% increase

Carlton County commissioners approved a 3.99 percent increase over last year’s levy, delivering a preliminary figure for 2024 at $33.5 million on Monday. With the unanimous 5-0 vote in Carlton, the number the board settled on cannot exceed above 3...


Pet chip clinic nixed; couple faces charges

The pet microchip and vaccine clinic in Cloquet for Carlton County residents, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, was canceled last week after the partnering humane society founder was charged with fraud. Northern Lakes Rescue has partnered with the...


Newspapers take a week to reflect

This week, and every week, newspapers are for you. Americans have more media options than ever. We are inundated with stories, memes, videos and promotions 24 hours a day. Most of us are on social media, which is built to provide an endless feed of... Full story


Harry's Gang: Leaders need to be accountable

I’m disturbed by the attorney general in Texas. Recently, he was acquitted by the Texas legislature on corruption charges, even though every Texan who cares knows the man is corrupt. In fact, even t... Full story


Letter to the editor: Government shutdown hits hard

The U.S. is on the brink of a government shutdown due to a handful of right wing extremists who are holding the country hostage. These extremists, all Republicans and ironically known as the Freedom Caucus, claim they will not vote to approve the... Full story


History Mystery

Forgive yourself if you haven't heard of Julius Berg Baumann. The Norwegian-American poet, who lived in Carlton County, died of cancer in 1923, at age 53. And unless you find translations of his... Full story


News office raid was an inflection point

After local police raided the office of the Marion County Record in Kansas and the home of its owners, creating a national outcry that was entirely justified, the question was asked in newspaper offices around the country, and sometimes in their...


Some numbers to ponder

We here at the Pine Knot News hear from readers every day about how they cherish a local newspaper that covers what’s going on right here in Carlton County. We never take those sentiments lightly and pride ourselves on offering a newspaper in p... Full story


It's never a good bet to mess with us

A solemn but dubious audience of students heard it. “Newspapers are dead. In 10 years, they’ll be gone altogether.” We’ve all heard the grim assessment. But it didn’t come this year, when corporate greed downsized far too many newsrooms. It didn’t... Full story


New game store in play in West End Cloquet

Ten-year-old Cyleiona Almenares made three trips to Cloquet's new game store on the first day it opened at 305 Broadway St. On trip No. 2, she carefully counted out her change to pay for Demon Slayer... Full story

 By Steve Korby    News    September 29, 2023

Golf course set for a conversion

Pine Hill Golf Course on Highway 61 in Carlton will have a new owner soon, and there are some big changes in store for the popular nine-hole golf course. Jim and Cassie Barry have owned and operated...


Dollar store stakes a claim in Barnum

Sometime in winter 2024, the city of Barnum will be less of a food and retail desert than it is. Dollar General is moving onto Main Street, with construction already begun on a store which figures to...


Esko keeps rolling, scoring at will

Esko played what most folks predicted would be the football team's most competitive game of the regular season against Pequot Lakes Friday night. They crushed the Patriots at home. Esko won 60-0 and... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Sept. 21 Girls Soccer Cloquet/Carlton 8 Proctor 0 Esko 3 Rock Ridge 1 Boys Soccer CEC 4 Proctor 0 Volleyball Cloquet 3 Greenway 0 Esko 3 Rock Ridge 1 Two Harbors 3 ML/WR 0 Football East Central 38 South Ridge 8 Friday, Sept. 22 Football... Full story


Lumberjacks get even at 2-2

After opening the season with two straight losses, the Cloquet football team picked up their second win in a row Friday with a 38-12 win over Rock Ridge. The home game was played at Proctor's... Full story


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