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  • Unlikely hero moves 'Jacks back to State

    Dwight Cadwell|Oct 25, 2019

    NORTHBRANCH-Olivia Jameson was so stealthy when she scored the Lumberjacks' game-winning goal that even her coach didn't realize who deftly kicked the ball over the Chisago Lakes goalie, who was tangled up on the ground with Cloquet's Alexa Snesrud. "It was the first shift of the game for Olivia," coach Dustin Randall said about Jameson's "golden goal" - a sudden-death goal - in the second overtime of Thursday's section 7A championship girls soccer match vs. the Wildcats. "She was in to give a...

  • Shooting shocks funeral gatherers

    Jana Peterson|Oct 25, 2019

    The man allegedly responsible for the shooting Friday that shut down many of the buildings at the heart of the Fond du Lac Reservation was charged in Sixth District Carlton County Court Monday. Shelby Gene Boswell, 28, of Hugo, Minnesota is accused of shooting and injuring another man, 45-year-old Broderick Boshay Robinson of Minneapolis, in the back of the head at a funeral Friday in the Head Start gymnasium. Boswell faces charges of both first- and second-degree assault, being a felon in...

  • The 'Haunted' show goes on

    Jana Peterson|Oct 25, 2019

    Not many nonprofit organizations would boast about making people pee their pants. Then again, the folks at the Haunted Shack are not your typical community volunteers - they're in the business of scaring people. If someone gets so frightened they lose control of their bladder, well, consider it mission accomplished. But they're not monsters (although they may look that way with their makeup and costumes on). "I do enjoy scaring people," said volunteer Jeremy Dixon, who lurks in the corn maze.... Full story

  • A Halloween story

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Editor's note: Lauren Soukkala, age 10, of Barnum submitted this frightening and fun tale of a Halloween gone weird to the Pine Knot News. We typed up the story mostly as submitted - adding a little punctuation here and there. Lauren, right, sent her work on a blood red piece of paper with a drawing to accompany the story. Creatively enough, the red paper made the art difficult to reproduce here. Once upon a time it was one day before Halloween and everybody was carving pumpkins because they...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week. Oct. 25 1987 In the seventh game of the World Series, the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 4-2, winning the series 4-3. 2002 While running for a third term in office, United States Senator for Minnesota Paul Wellstone dies in a plane crash with his wife and daughter. He was elected to the Senate in 1990 as a liberal Democrat. After his death, his surviving sons and former campaign manager would go on to create The Wellstone Action progressive advocacy organization...

  • Art meets the realities of life

    Jana Peterson|Oct 25, 2019

    In a bit of fortuitous timing, the Fond du Lac Head Start building got the gift of communal art right after it was the center of a dramatic shooting incident last week. Artist Karen Savage-Blue had been painting the mural on parachute cloth in her studio on Big Lake for three months. She'd been working to get a grant (from the McKnight Foundation) and approval from the Fond du Lac tribal council for months before that. Looking at the weather forecast, she knew the mural needed to go up this...

  • Judge approves diocese payouts

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District Court of Minnesota approved a $39.2 million agreement between victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse and the Diocese of Duluth earlier this week. The decision gives final approval to a joint agreement reached earlier this year between the diocese and attorneys representing survivors and victims of clergy sexual abuse. It marks the end of a nearly four-year bankruptcy process for the Duluth Diocese and will settle claims against the diocese and against 30 parishes....

  • Take yard waste to public works

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Yard waste and brush is accepted at the Cloquet Public Works Garage, 410 Armory Road, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Yard waste includes leaves, grass and pine needles. Brush will be accepted and will be limited to a maximum of one pickup load per Cloquet residence. Brush should be no larger than 3-inches in diameter. No other trash, household waste, appliances, scrap metal or wood will be accepted. These may be disposed of at the Carlton County Transfer Station located on Highway 210 during normal operating...

  • Visitor day at college Tuesday

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is hosting a Campus Visit Day 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Cloquet campus location. The campus-wide event is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend. Prospective students who are interested in attending FDLTCC are especially encouraged to stop by. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet staff and faculty, participate in hands-on learning demonstrations, tour the campus, learn about financial aid, and apply for admission. For more information about the Campus Visit Day, contact Josh...

  • Comment on stormwater plans

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    As mandated by the Clean Water Act and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the city of Cloquet has developed a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. The SWPPP, a document unique to Cloquet, is a required piece of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit necessary to own and operate a storm sewer system. The purpose of the SWPPP is to prevent pollution of our state’s rivers, lakes and streams. An important part of this goal is public education. In order to help achieve this objective the city will be accepting public comments r...

  • All dressed up for a fun run

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Participants in the 14th annual Pumpkin Run & Walk at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College were greeted with perfect weather conditions for the 5K race and festive community event on Saturday morning in Cloquet. Race participants helped celebrate the theme and season of the Pumpkin Run - the oldest Halloween-themed race in northern Minnesota - by wearing costumes or orange and black clothing. Competition was keen for the coveted "Best Costume" awards, with the winners covering a range of...

  • OUR VIEW: Music helps make a city hum

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    It’s no secret that this newspaper was eager to locate its hometown office in the West End of downtown Cloquet. For historic reasons, our neighborhood is the perfect place for us, and it helps ignite the resurgence of a walkable, “parkable” and convenient downtown neighborhood. So we were excited to see that Kingdom Builders Ministries has finished the upstairs of the old Chief Theater — by adding a back exit for safety, among other things — and plans to offer live music. They kicked it off with the Christian rock “1 Night Music Circus” tou...

  • Harry's Gang: Get your city vote in on Nov. 5

    Pete Radosevich|Oct 25, 2019

    There’s a primary election coming up in Cloquet’s Ward 3, and three very good candidates are running. I had a chance to interview all three on “Harry’s Gang” on CAT-7. We talked, one-on-one, for an hour each; all three programs are airing repeatedly on CAT-7 until the election. Here’s a summary: I started with Ray Schow, whom I met on “Harry’s Gang” when I first got to town 20 years ago. Ray has an intense interest in local politics and a deep understanding of how government works. He believe...

  • Obituaries: Clarence Charles Smith Jr.

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Clarence Charles Smith Jr., 88, of Cromwell, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Cardinal Courts in Cromwell. He was born May 7, 1931, in Mount Vernon Township near Winona, Minnesota, the youngest of 11 children born to Clarence and Ina Smith. The family moved to Cromwell in 1940, where he lived the rest of his life. Clarence married Ruth Maki on Jan. 20, 1951, and together they raised eight children on their dairy farm. He was also an electrician at Conwed/USG for 44 years. He loved high... Full story

  • Ward 3 election basics

    Pete Radosevich|Oct 25, 2019

    Residents of Cloquet’s Ward 3 will vote Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the old City Hall. (Future Ward 3 elections will be held at the new hall, so this is the last election at old City Hall.) This is a primary election, as three people are running to replace former councilor Dakota Koski, who resigned when he moved elsewhere in the city. The City Council appointed Chris Swanson to the seat, pending the election. The Nov. 5 primary election will reduce the number of candidates to two, with the Ward 3 special general election set for Feb. 11, 2020. Ward 3...

  • Obituaries: Harry A. McCuskey

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Harry A. McCuskey, 88, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Holyoke to Homer and Anna (Oltmann) McCuskey. Harry served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as an electrician for Conwed Corporation in Cloquet and for Midwest Energy in Superior. Harry was a life member of the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979, the Carl Anderson American Legion Post 262, the Cloquet Country Club, and Queen of Peace C... Full story

  • Obituaries: Eugenia M. Lisson

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Eugenia M. Lisson, 83, of Cloquet passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Villa Court in Cromwell. She was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Long Prairie to Gene and Roselind (Luke) Host. Eugenia was united in marriage to Robert Lisson on June 7, 1955. She worked at a hatchery in Browerville, Vnuk’s Grocery, and was a cook at the Knight Club and Moose Lodge 1274. Eugenia was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Women of the Moose Lodge 1274, and Reading Grandmas at Fond du Lac Reservation. She especia... Full story

  • Obituaries: Blaine Eldon Pearson

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Blaine Eldon Pearson, 71, of Carlton passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. He was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Carlton to Roy and Tina Pearson. He graduated from Carlton High School in 1965. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1969. He married his love, Marce, in 1997. Blaine spent most of his career in the Carlton County engineering department. Hee was a military history and Civil War expert. He served his country in Vietnam from 1969 to 1973. Blaine was preceded in... Full story

  • Obituaries: Marvin Glenn Lamppa

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Marvin Glenn Lamppa, 86, of Duluth, and formerly of Babbitt, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. He was born Feb. 14, 1933, in Embarrass to William and Helen (Sipola) Lamppa. He married Carolyn Card on April 9, 1981, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marvin received an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota and taught history in Iron Range schools and community colleges for many years. He... Full story

  • Obituaries: Jacqueline (Townsend) Nelson

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Jacqueline “Jackie” Faith (Townsend) Nelson passed away Oct. 11, 2019. She was born May 14, 1934, in Duluth to Marion and Vern Townsend. She grew up in Minneapolis, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952, and the University of Minnesota in 1955 with a bachelor of science in elementary education. Jackie was united in marriage to Gordon Nelson on Aug. 18, 1956. She taught in Falcon Heights and Cloquet. Jackie was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she served on man... Full story

  • On the Mark: Fun with family is like great background jazz

    Oct 25, 2019

    One of my favorite vintage jazz songs is “All the Things You Are,” Jerome Kern’s 1939 composition with Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics. It floats down the keyboard: B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, G7 — challenging for a piano player. It was on my mind last week while I was exploring our region with our two grandkids, 4-year-old Lou and 2-year-old Mosey, and their parents. The first afternoon, we climbed all over Cromwell’s Kaleb Anderson playground, four adults trying to keep up with the ecstatic Lou and coaxing Mosey to try the steeper slides. Once school...

  • In the mood for to be scared ... or just to have some Halloween fun?

    Oct 25, 2019

    There are several options for thrill seekers of all ages this weekend Haunted Shack The Haunted Shack and Ru-Ridge Farms have teamed up to provide folks with the ultimate fall experience during the day, and the ultimate fright at night. Located at 1781 County Road 1 between Carlton and Wrenshall, visitors can enjoy a pumpkin patch, pony and cart rides, a petting zoo, straw bale maze and more during the day (various prices). At night, there's a haunted hayride, the Haunted Shack, a haunted trail... Full story

  • Don Brown returns with the classic country sound

    Timothy Soden-Groves|Oct 25, 2019

    The voice is deep, rich, and weathered. The hands may show some age, but they glide over the strings of the old Gibson guitar effortlessly, like they have maybe a million times before. Don Brown is not the same young man who first graced a noisy barroom stage in Cloquet nearly six decades ago, but his country music remains much the same. Brown started "playing out" with a friend about 1961. "I think the first place we played was down on Dunlap Island in Cloquet, at a little place on the corner... Full story

  • The Ticker: Football, Oct. 16 Games

    Pine Knot News|Oct 25, 2019

    Esko-33 Crosby-Ironton-0 Playing at home on Senior Night, the Eskomos mauled the Crosby-Ironton Rangers and in doing so solidified their top seed in the Section 7AAA playoffs and picking up a first round bye. The Eskomos got a pair of touchdowns from Dylan Vinje and one each from Eli Blue, Nolan Witt and Brock House. Esko led 13-0 after one quarter and 19-0 at the half as they pulled away to the easy win. The school honored the late Jackson Pfister, a sophomore at Esko who died of heart failure...

  • Cloquet senior gets a bite of New York fashion world

    Caleb Swanson|Oct 25, 2019

    Cloquet High School senior Sydney Hall is a typical student in most aspects of life besides one - fashion. Fashion has been a focus of Sydney's since she was little. At some point, planning cute outfits took priority over homework, to her teachers' dismay. This habit evolved over the years to a full-fledged passion for fashion. Going into her senior year at Cloquet High School, Sydney was talking to her hairstylist uncle, Jason Backe, who told her he was going to New York Fashion Week. Sydney's...

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