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  • Letters: Vote for trustworthy Maki for mayor

    Oct 28, 2022

    This is a letter urging the citizens of Cloquet to re-elect Roger Maki for mayor of Cloquet on Nov. 8. Roger has been a close family friend for over 37 years and a previous employer of mine. He is very committed to our community of Cloquet and has always demonstrated integrity and a respectful attitude towards others. My family and I have entrusted Roger many times over the years and he’s never been anything but trustworthy and steadfast in his advice and support. I know he’s worked hard during his time as mayor to strengthen the rep...

  • Letters: Outside money a worry in 11A race

    Oct 28, 2022

    Pete Radesovich has chosen the high road in his campaign efforts as well as relying on local volunteers and honest communication with voters. I applaud him for this. However, his opponent has opted to try to buy a seat in the legislature with outside influences and money. Have you questioned the source of unlimited funding for the avalanche of mail pieces promoting this candidate in the House 11A race for state representative? We should all be concerned that representation in St. Paul could be determined by the highest bidder. The tens of...

  • Letters: Maki is the right person for mayor

    Oct 28, 2022

    Since I live in Carlton, I cannot vote for Roger Maki. I certainly would vote for him if I could. I think Cloquet residents should consider his qualifications. He is honest, dependable and well-informed about all the needs of Cloquet. Roger was my broker for many years when I worked at Realty World. He was a very good broker, as he was fair, truthful and loyal to his clients and us. Roger Maki should remain the mayor since Cloquet needs a person of his integrity. Carole Balow, Carlton...

  • Letters: Roger Maki for mayor

    Oct 28, 2022

    I would like to offer my full support for Roger Maki to serve as our mayor for the city of Cloquet. I have known Roger for over 40 years. First, as a neighbor, then as a Realtor, and later we worked together when I was employed as chief of police and Roger was a member of the city council. I first met Roger while living just a few doors down from his family. Roger was a great neighbor and we have remained friends. Roger has a successful real estate career and was the person we trusted to help us purchase our homes. Roger has used his business...

  • Teams get state exposure

    Oct 28, 2022

    A tripleheader of state tournament soccer games featuring local teams was scheduled to take place Thursday in the Twin Cities area. The teams are trying to win in the first round in order to advance to the semifinals at a warm U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis next week. CEC boys The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys were seeded third in the Class AA tournament, meaning their first opponent, St. Cloud Tech, came from a random draw of the three unseeded teams. Tech was 11-6-2 in the regular season. The teams were scheduled to meet at 7:30 Thursday at... Full story

  • Wilderness goalie honored for his play in weekend split

    Oct 28, 2022

    The Minnesota Wilderness split a pair of games last weekend, one that saw only three total goals scored in games against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues. The Wilderness fell 1-0 on Friday, before taking a 2-0 win Saturday as goaltender Isak Posch earned the shutout. Posch stopped all 26 shots, one night after Springfield’s Carson Dorfman made all 34 saves for a shutout of his own. The Friday loss snapped the Wilderness’ eight-game point streak. Beau Janzig notched his third goal of the season to start the scoring Saturday. After a lacklust...

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|Oct 28, 2022

    Thank you to everyone who attended the last Finnish Luncheon for the season. The next Finnish Luncheon will be the third Wednesday in April (April 19, 2023) and will be every month until October. To all the snowbirds, we wish you safe travels and a great winter. A guest at this last luncheon was from the country of Finland, with other guests from Florida and Iowa. It is important that all voters are registered to vote, and make sure you also vote for the best person you feel will fit that position. It is often the case that those who didn’t v...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie Hanson|Oct 28, 2022

    We held a beautiful visitation and memorial service for my husband, Bob Hanson, on Oct. 21 and 22. Friends and relatives came from miles around and made our day great. Yes, it was sad, but with all that comfort and support we feel good about Bob’s life and know he is in a better place. I even gave the eulogy, and our son, Curtis, read a poem by Rick Gresczyk. David Hedin shared memories of growing up as a neighbor to Bob on Center Road, and Lindsay Lally talked about the painting of Bob that was on display. Todd Carlson gave the message, Pat Ca...

  • PHOTOS: A smashing pumpkin run

    Oct 28, 2022

    There was plenty of fun again at the Oct. 22 5K Pumpkin Run and Walk on the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus last week. Nearly 200 participants were treated to wonderful fall weather for the oldest Halloween-themed race in northern Minnesota. Race participants celebrated the theme of the Pumpkin Run by wearing creative costumes or orange and black clothing. Competition was tight for the coveted Best Costume awards, with the winners covering a range of characters including a pair... Full story

  • Dana Ferguson, MPR News|Oct 28, 2022

    In a subdivision in suburban Medina, Republican state auditor candidate Ryan Wilson went door to door to make his pitch to voters. The attorney and former CEO of a medical auditing company knocked, readied his hand-outs and then launched into his spiel about why he’s vying to unseat first-term DFL Auditor Julie Blaha. “I started to run for state auditor, because people had a lot of questions, they want to understand what's happening in their government,” Wilson told a voter last Thursday. “They want to understand where the money was going....  Website

  • Obituary: Frederick Keith Little

    Oct 28, 2022

    Frederick Keith Little, 93, passed away in Cloquet on Oct. 23, 2022. Fred was born July 17, 1929, in Ferndale, Michigan, the first of four children born to Austin H. and A. Winnifred Halpenny Little. Fred believed in working and playing hard, putting time and effort into communities and causes he believed in, encouraging others to find their strengths, and in telling stories, even if the listener had already heard them a time or five before. Dad's stories typically were lengthy, so be warned... Full story

  • Obituary: Jon Luther Fundine

    Oct 28, 2022

    Jon Luther Fundine, 62, of Mahtowa passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Essentia Hospital in Duluth. Jon was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Cloquet to Andrew and Ann Fundine. He graduated from Barnum High School in 1978 and the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012. He worked as an athletic trainer at Barnum High School. Jon was a member of the Mahtowa Fire Department. He loved woodworking, landscaping and working on computers. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Andrea Wiitala... Full story

  • Obituary: Dorcas H. Johnson

    Oct 28, 2022

    Dorcas H. Johnson, 92, of Carlton, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, at Barnes Care in Esko. She was born Aug. 7, 1930, in Maple Plain, Minnesota, the daughter of Henry and Harriet (Lamson) Kaetterhenry. Her family moved to the Fleming area near Aitkin, where she attended the country school and later attended school in Aitkin, graduating in the Class of 1948. Dorcas married Eddie Johnson on June 11, 1949, at the Johnson home. They moved to Duluth where Eddie worked at US Steel and Dorcas... Full story

  • Obituary: Shelly A. Dubla

    Oct 28, 2022

    Shelly A. Dubla, 59, ended her earthly journey on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton where she also had been working until May 2. She was born Oct. 23, 1962, in Duluth, the daughter of Stanley and Ruth (Holmberg) Dubla. Shelly graduated from Proctor High School in 1981 and obtained a paralegal degree from Lake Superior College in 2004. She worked at New Page, numerous fitness centers, was a certified personal trainer and caregiver, and worked at numerous care... Full story

  • 14th Street set to reopen

    Oct 28, 2022

    Carlton County officials announced this week that 14th Street in Cloquet would reopen Thursday, Oct. 27. All legs of the new roundabout at the intersection of Washington Avenue and 14th Street are open.... Full story

  • Connect at Armory event

    Oct 28, 2022

    The Operation Community Connect Resource Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Cloquet Armory. It will be a one-stop shop to connect with various agencies and services and get important questions answered or applications started. Get help with veterans services, housing, child care, senior services, food access, education, and mental health and disability services, along with free winter coats, blankets and a free lunch. Carlton County courts, prosecuting agencies, law enforcement and the public defender’s office will o... Full story

  • Magazine digs into hoax calls

    Oct 28, 2022

    The hoax bomb and shooting calls concerning Cloquet and Esko schools as well as Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College made national news this week, when WIRED magazine published a story taking a deep dive into the who, what and why of the fake “swatting” calls that disrupted the school day twice in Cloquet and sent Esko students home this year. Locally, Cloquet police chief Derek Randall was interviewed for the story, as were Cloquet school officials Michael Cary and Hayley Kachinske. Find the story at www.wired.com/story... Full story

  • Totes for teens program begins

    Oct 28, 2022

    Want to help a teenager in need? Totes for Teens is accepting donations for teenage boys and girls now through Dec. 9, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Larson Commons, 810 Cloquet Ave. in Cloquet. There will be a drop box inside the foyer. For more information, call Deb Hendrickson at 218-590-5865 or Richelle Anderson at 218-879-3759.... Full story

  • Scholarships to help future officers

    Oct 28, 2022

    The Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2022 through the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association was announced this week. The association will award $2,000 scholarships to up to 20 current students, said Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake in a news release. Scholarship awards will be announced by Dec. 29. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office in Carlton, and are due Nov. 19. Scholarships are available only to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: • Manda... Full story

  • Honor veteran in special section

    Oct 28, 2022

    The Pine Knot News will be publishing a special section recognizing local veterans and military personnel on Friday, Nov. 11. Please send photos of your veterans and military personnel along with their name, branch of service, rank, years of service, and any wars they fought in to the Pine Knot News by email to [email protected], or mail/drop off at 122 Ave. C, Cloquet, with a self-addressed stamped envelope by Monday, Oct. 31 at the latest. This is a free service to our readers. If you have a bigger story idea to share for the section,... Full story

  • Fire damages apartments in downtown Carlton

    Pine Knot News|Oct 28, 2022

    A fire Friday afternoon left a downtown Carlton apartment building left a number of families without a home. The 911 call came in at roughly 3:41 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, reporting a structure fire at 218 Chestnut Ave. The caller reported an electrical fire and that smoke was coming from the second story of the multi-family apartment complex. Upon arrival, law enforcement noticed smoke coming from the apartment and primarily from an entry door of the complex. Multiple families were evacuated and... Full story

  • Obituary: Lloyd Daniel Rontti

    Oct 28, 2022

    Lloyd Daniel Rontti, 88, of Esko passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. in his home. He was born on Sept. 13, 1934, in Atkinson, Minnesota. Lloyd served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. On July 29, 1961, he married Rose Carol Norman. Lloyd retired in 1992, after serving 31 years in the U.S. Postal Service. Lloyd was a do-it-yourself handyman. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. He enjoyed their visits so much. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; son Philip; and... Full story

  • Obituary: Darlene Delores Woodward

    Oct 28, 2022

    Darlene Delores Woodward (nee Lahti), 85, of Cloquet passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Evergreen Knoll. Dar was born on August 23, 1937 in Gackle, ND to Eino and Kathryn Lahti. She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1956. She was working at Jim's Hamburgers when she met her future husband, Neil Woodward. They were married on August 10, 1957, and they spent 62 happy years together, until his death in 2020. Dar will be remembered for her sense of humor, her hospitality, her needlework,... Full story