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  • Making ice in aging 'Barn' challenging, expensive

    Jana Peterson|Oct 11, 2019

    News that the ice plant in “The Barn” — the city’s oldest hockey arena — had leaked as much as 5,000 pounds of R-22 refrigerant came as a shock to Cloquet city officials earlier this month. So did the price tag. At $10 a pound, the cost to replace 5,000 pounds of R-22 is $50,000. Councilors balked at paying that kind of bill without more information at their Oct. 1 meeting, and requested a special meeting with area hockey officials to find out more about the cooling system itself, use of the ri...

  • Pigments color our world

    Glen Sorenson|Oct 11, 2019

    Welcome to autumn: cooler, wetter, mushrooms galore, and changing leaf colors. We see green leaves all summer and now those same leaves are turning yellow, orange, red, and even purple; what's up with that? The causes of these changes are fascinating. The pigments in the leaves are also responsible for the red in apples, orange in carrots, blue in blueberries, purple in eggplant, and the yellow in "dandy lions." The functions of these pigments vary: they can attract pollinators such as bees,... Full story

  • Presidential primary cost estimate quadruples

    Dan Reed|Oct 11, 2019

    Carlton County auditor/treasurer Kathy Korteum told the Carlton County board of commissioners that the estimated cost of the presidential primary has basically quadrupled. “We must be prepared for the new presidential primary occurring in March,” the auditor said, explaining that the statewide cost of the primary was first estimated in 2016 to be around $3 million, but now the figure has risen to $12 million. Counties will be reimbursed by the state for any costs associated with the primary election. This will be the first time in recent his...

  • Carlton County Jail nurse recognized by statewide group

    Oct 11, 2019

    Holly Compo was recognized in September by the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association as Correctional Nurse of the Year. She was chosen from candidates recommended by jail administrators and sheriffs across the state. Compo was presented her award by Carlton County sheriff Kelly Lake at the annual Jail Administrators Conference in Baxter. Compo is a lifelong Carlton County resident and has been employed as a public health nurse in the county since graduating from the College of St. Scholastica nursing...

  • Storied softball coaches say it's time to retire

    Jake Kachinske|Oct 11, 2019

    An era came to a close last month when Cloquet softball coach Ron Tondryk handed his resignation letter to activities director Paul Riess, just a few months after the Lumberjacks took third place at the Minnesota State High School softball tournament. It was not only the end of Tondryk's decade-long tenure as head coach for Cloquet, but also the end of a 25-year coaching relationship between Tondryk and assistant coach Kerry Rodd. "It was time," said Tondryk last week. "We both have... Full story

  • This week in state history

    Oct 11, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week. Oct. 12 1892 The first car of iron ore travels from Mountain Iron to Duluth and assays at 65 percent iron. Minnesota would lead the country in iron ore production for many years, and iron, in the form of taconite, is still a major export. Oct. 13 1857 The state constitution is ratified by popular vote. In the accompanying gubernatorial election, Henry H. Sibley beats Alexander Ramsey by a margin of 240 votes out of 35,340 cast. Oct. 14 1946 After 126 years of service to the nation,...

  • Wet is wet

    Oct 11, 2019

    You could see it on Josh South's face as the Cloquet senior neared a puddle during the Swain Invitational junior varsity cross country race at Enger Park in Duluth Saturday. He was going to do it. It was the end of a long slog of a race in pouring rain that only got worse as the day wore on. Why not? In he went. He was no worse for the wet. Photos by Ken Ripp / Pine Knot News... Full story

  • Police study is still not ready

    Pine Knot News|Oct 11, 2019

    The study of the Cloquet police department commissioned by the Cloquet city council was still not available to read in its entirety when the Pine Knot News went to press this week. Jonathan Ingram and Bill Connors of Novak Consulting Group, which conducted the study, made a presentation to the council at its Oct. 1 meeting. Mayor Roger Maki and councilor Kerry Kolodge asked for corrections to statements included in the study, and the consulting firm has yet to send the corrected version to the city, acting interim city administrator James... Full story

  • GUEST VIEW: Power of the press remains a force

    Oct 11, 2019

    In 1928, Frank Capra made a silent movie called "The Power of the Press." Douglas Fairbanks Jr. played Clem Rogers, an ambitious cub reporter hungry for a scoop. He gets more than he bargained for when his big story implicates the mayor's daughter – who just happens to be Clem's girlfriend – in a murder. In the end, the heroic journalist lands the story and the girl, and exposes political chicanery to boot. The film was selected in 2005 by the United States National Film Registry to be preserved... Full story

  • Pardon might be the Trump card

    Pete Radosevich|Oct 11, 2019

    President George W. Bush used to say he was a “uniter; not a divider” and in a lot of ways he was right. I wasn’t a particularly big fan of his conservative politics and I felt he jumped onto too many popular causes to solidify his constituent base. But he was good for the country, overall, and while I would have preferred both of his opponents, the country survived quite well under his leadership. While I rarely agreed with his political decisions, I never thought he was actually wrong — he...

  • LETTER: Esko tower story goes deeper

    Oct 11, 2019

    I submit this information to clarify some aspects in your story “Technology has passed by Thomson Township laws” in the Oct. 4 issue of the Pine Knot News. The current town ordinance does allow these types of towers to be built. However, the ordinance is so very restrictive in technical and other requirements that are prohibitively expensive for potential internet service providers to meet, with their rural-service budgeting vs. their marginal operating costs and profit margins. It’s not nearly as serious an economic issue for the “deep pockets... Full story

  • LETTER: In Difference

    Oct 11, 2019

    In Difference In difference may we find peace, understanding, compassion, hope and love. In difference may we leave behind selfish ambitions, fear, anger, hatred and politics. Indifference causes strife, anxiety, emptiness, loneliness and suffering. Despite our differences, may we seek compromise and solutions to the issues that we face today. Let’s set aside indifference and make a difference. Mandi Rosebrock, Cloquet... Full story

  • Tribal cemetery recovery complete in Fond du Lac

    Oct 11, 2019

    The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Office of the State Archaeologist — in consultation with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa — have notified the Minnesota Department of Transportation that grave recovery efforts at the historic Mission Creek cemetery in Duluth’s Fond du Lac neighborhood have been completed. The project started after May 2017, when MnDOT uncovered burial remains in the historic cemetery while excavating to replace the Mission Creek Bridge. Since that time, project partners and contractors have worke... Full story

  • Woodcarver exhibit opens 1 p.m. Saturday at CCHS

    Oct 11, 2019

    A new exhibit featuring wood carvings by Clayton Johnson will open at the Carlton County Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 12 with a reception at 1 p.m. Johnson grew up in Wrenshall. His signature piece is a scale model of the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa, which has been exhibited at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul. CCHS officials said a grant from United Way of Carlton County made this exhibit (and tours by schoolchildren) possible.... Full story

  • Suicide Awareness Walk is Saturday in Carlton

    Jana Peterson|Oct 11, 2019

    How does a friend, a loved one, a co-worker or a classmate cope in the aftermath of a completed suicide? Jo Angell says that going on a walk — specifically, the annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk — has helped her and many other people who have been left behind. Her son, Doug Angell, died by suicide. Carlton County health educator Meghann Leavitt helps organize the annual event which serves as a time to remember, but also offers resources to survivors and, maybe most importantly, a cha... Full story

  • Death notices

    Oct 11, 2019

    Carol Ruth Reynolds, 75, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet, Minnesota. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Souder Handevidt Funeral and Cremation Service of Cloquet assisted the family with arrangements.... Full story

  • on FAITH: Religious freedom needs a boost

    Oct 11, 2019

    By Charles Haynes / Religious Freedom Center In the turbulent 1960s, John Courtney Murray famously reminded Americans that the Constitution begins with “We, the people,” not “We, the tribe.” Murray, a Jesuit priest, wasn’t papering over differences that are often deep and abiding. Each of us has our tribe — Catholic, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant or one of a hundred others in the pluralistic society we all call home. Differences matter. Instead, Murray was calling on Americans to recognize what we share across our religious a...

  • WRENSHALL NEWS: Harvest moon happenings

    Anne Dugan|Oct 11, 2019

    The harvest moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, made its appearance last month but, for our farm, the high harvest is happening right now — and the weather hasn’t been kind for mucking about in the fields. We’re trying to get everything out of the ground and into the root cellar for a full season of winter vegetable delivery. In honor of what I consider the real harvest moon, Oct. 13, I’m including a recipe from our last summer CSA share delivery. Speaking of the full moon, t...

  • WRIGHT-CROMWELL NEWS

    Jennie K. Hanson|Oct 11, 2019

    Thank you to all who helped out and participated in the Environmental Day and Pavilion Open House. It was a great day in the woods. Special thanks to the following for donating their time and talents: • Wayne Thom, for his wonderful presentation on fur-bearing mammals; • Joni Torgerson, for her water quality station; • Rachel Olesiak, for her help with forestry; • Exchange students Josie, Paula, Raisa, Lisa, Achille, and Arnon, for their presentation of their countries; • The Bell Museum, f...

  • 'Jacks surge over Thunderhawks

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 11, 2019

    The homecoming crowd in Cloquet last Friday night was treated to a wild night of football that saw the Lumberjacks rush for nearly 400 yards in a convincing 42-18 win over Grand Rapids. With 1:24 left in the first quarter, the Thunderhawks’ Caden Hofstad ran 61 yards to the ’Jacks 1-yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trent Johnson for a 6-0 Thunderhawks lead after missing the extra-point kick. Cloquet responded on its first play when Cole Ketola sprinted 66 yards for...

  • The ticker: football roundup

    Oct 11, 2019

    Football roundup South Ridge-28 Cherry-0 South Ridge exploded to score all 28 of their points in the second quarter against the visiting Tigers. Tarious Lovejoy started the scoring early in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run. Riley Kinsley added a 13-yard dash for a score and Logan Young contributed a 10-yard touchdown run as well. At the end of the quarter Nick Larson caught a 16-yarder to wrap up the scoring. The win moves the Panthers to 5-1 and tied for first with Silver Bay in the District 9 Blue Division. Ogilvie-16...

  • Cards are up, down

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 11, 2019

    The Barnum volleyball team picked up an impressive win last Thursday when they downed Cromwell-Wright 3-2 in a thrilling five-set match in Barnum. "It was a huge win for us over Cromwell," said Barnum coach Corina Newman. "The girls executed and played smart ball at times, but both teams were up and down like a roller coaster." The Bombers took the first set of the match by a 25-17 score, but the Cards bounced back to win the next two sets 26-24 and 25-13 before Barnum responded in kind by... Full story

  • Lumberjack girls freeze out Eskomos

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 11, 2019

    With playoffs looming, the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team secured its 14th win of the season last Thursday by taking their second win of the season over Esko, 2-0. The 'Jacks managed to get by a feisty Eskomo squad that put the clamps down for most of the game on the vaunted Cloquet-Carlton offense. "Our ladies played great team defense again, only letting in one goal in the first half," said Esko co-coach Alissa Anderson. "Our sophomore goalie, Orie Randall, played an excellent game getting... Full story

  • Updated again: Soccer playoffs still going

    Pine Knot News|Oct 11, 2019

    Area soccer teams are rolling through the section playoffs so far. The Cloquet girls soccer team were seeded No. 2 (after Chisago Lakes) and the Esko girls team was seeded No. 8 in the Section 7A tournament. The Lumberjacks beat No. 15 Princeton Thursday, to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday and they easily defeated Two Harbors in a light snow at Proctor's Egerdahl Field. The Cloquet girls play No. 3 seed St. Francis High School at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Denfeld's Public School... Full story

  • Halloween 5K set for Oct. 19

    Oct 11, 2019

    It’s time to lace up your running shoes and register for northern Minnesota’s oldest Halloween-themed race. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will be hosting the 14th annual Pumpkin Run & Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The mostly flat 5K race begins and ends on the campus at 2101 14th Street in Cloquet. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. “The Pumpkin Run & Walk is great fun, and while many previous runners and walkers return each year, we see a lot o... Full story

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