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Mothy Musings: Here's two trains with divergent tracks

Imagine two passenger trains, sitting in the same railway station in a small Minnesota town. Each is taking on passengers bound for a year-long tour of the country, but set to travel in opposite direc... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    News    November 1, 2019

We're still here

The Pine Knot celebrates one year of publication this week. It's been a heady journey for the founders and those who work to assemble your newspaper every week. We re-opened the downtown Cloquet offic... Full story

 

Rebels get in gear for section title game - again

The Moose Lake/Willow River football team overcame several first-half penalties and an 8-point deficit at halftime to defeat Royalton 20-8 in the Section 7AA semifinals Saturday in Willow River. The Rebels advance to the section title game for the 13...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    November 1, 2019

With similar afflictions, they found affection

Tragedy happens in an instant. To triumph over it, well, that can take much longer. One day you are simply a newly minted teenager leaving school. One day you are an infantryman fixed in a foxhole,... Full story

 

Moose Lake hospital lines up with Essentia

In August, the Mercy Hospital board of directors voted unanimously to request proposals to partner with a larger health care system. On Tuesday, leaders from Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and Essentia Health announced plans for a formal partnership.... Full story

 

Ward 3 candidate column: CHRIS SWANSON

It’s been an honor serving Ward 3 since being appointed in July. I’ve had the privilege of visiting with city staff, various department heads, fire district personnel, police officers and acting... Full story

 

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week. Nov. 1 1849 The legislature establishes funding for the territory’s public schools. By decree of the Northwest Ordinance, one section in each township had been set aside to support a... Full story

 

Ward 3 candidate column: RAY SCHOW

I have spent much of my life in the public eye. As a teacher, I was always very familiar with the idea that it wasn’t just what you did in the classroom that mattered. Nearly anything done in the... Full story

 

Ward 3 candidate column: URIAH WILKINSON

I am a 25-plus-year resident of Cloquet and have been working as a Realtor in the area for the last 15. As a long-time resident of this city, I have always had a vested interest in the political... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    November 1, 2019

Public gets say on school talks

Public meetings are continuing on the question of consolidation between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts and it seems a bit of a divide lingers between residents in each district. A handful of people braved the nor’easter storm on Oct. 21... Full story

 

Opera comes to school

Churchill Elementary School students are captivated by soprano Siena Forest as she performs in "Cinderella" with the Little Opera of the North program Oct. 24. The traveling show aims to introduce... Full story

 

Deadly force deemed 'justified' in shooting

Following an investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), a shooting by a Carlton County deputy while executing a warrant in July was deemed “necessary, justified and authorized by law” by the Carlton County attorney’s... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    November 1, 2019

Cloquet district financials in good shape

As a result of making close to $600,000 in cuts this past year and better than expected state aid, the Cloquet school board got some good news Monday following its annual audit. Instead of ending the... Full story

 

Our View: Look everywhere for the best chief

Like former Chief Wade Lamirande, and Dewey Johnson before him, acting police chief Derek Randall has been a member of the Cloquet police department for years and has worked his way up the ladder at the police department. While Randall is now acting... Full story

 

Our View: It's simple, Subscribe and we thrive

There’s no free lunch. But there is this one free issue of the Pine Knot News. You’re receiving this paper in your mailbox this week because we want you to subscribe. Those of us at the Pine Knot News started a new local newspaper — by... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Bash the press? Think again

As a patriotic American, I am proud of our Constitution and all its amendments (I am particularly fond of the 21st). But there’s a reason why the First Amendment comes first. Freedom of speech and... Full story

 

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Uriah Wilkinson

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Uriah Wilkinson PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Wilkinson: I have been a resident of Cloquet (with my five children) for... Full story

 

Essentia threatens future of vital community hospital

The Pine Knot recently had an excellent article about the merger of Community Memorial Hospital and the Raiter Clinic ("Cloquet's health care twins make it official," Sept. 27, 2019). That article... Full story

 

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Ray Schow

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Ray Schow PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Schow: I have held jobs in almost all sectors of the job market, from janitor to... Full story

 

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Chris Swanson

Ward 3 Cloquet Council Candidate profile: Chris Swanson PKN: Briefly summarize your personal background and qualifications. Swanson: I grew up and lived in this area of Cloquet most of my life. I've... Full story

 

Letters: High taxes across county are hurting homeowners

The financial stress that is being put on individuals and families by our elected officials in the form of new taxes each year must be looked at very seriously because of how the continual increases are affecting people’s lives. The population of... Full story

 

Obituaries: Gereldene Phyllis Bakken

Gereldene “Geri” Phyllis Bakken was the third of six children born to Erick and Grace Schultz on Nov. 3, 1924, in Willow City, North Dakota. In 1941, at the age of 17, she went to Washington,... Full story

 

Obituaries: June Alvina Haedt

June A. Haedt, 89, of Duluth passed away Oct. 19, 2019, at Viewcrest Health Center. She was born June 17, 1930, in Duluth to Martin and Eleanor (McDonald) Baumgartner. June graduated from Denfeld High... Full story

 

Obituaries: Janith Lee Wadman

Janith Lee Wadman, 87, passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Janith was born Oct. 7, 1932, to Harry and Reva (Dunton) Carlson in Waite Park. She... Full story

 

Obituaries: Virgil Louis Swing

Virgil Louis Swing, 81, a 1956 Cloquet High School graduate and a retired Duluth newspaper editor, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in... Full story

 

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