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Articles from the November 2, 2018 edition


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  • Minnesota House candidates offer different paths

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    One thing is certain, voters have a clear choice between the two candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives District 11A: incumbent Mike Sundin, DFL, and Republican challenger Jeff Dotseth. In his introductory statement during the Candidate Forum in Cloquet Oct. 22, Dotseth told how he and his wife live on the family farm they purchased from his grandparents. He owns a commercial- and residential real estate business headquartered in Zimmerman, Minn. with an office in Moose Lake. He was... Full story

  • 'For a midterm, this is huge'

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    Sawyer’s Rick Klevorn voted absentee in the second-floor hallway of the Carlton County Courthouse Tuesday, as he has done so many times before. “I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do it,” said Klevorn, adding that he’s been absentee-voting for at least 10 years. “It’s just easy.” Klevorn may be a trendsetter, but the general population in Carlton County is now catching up to him. County Auditor Paul Gassert said the number of absentee ballots cast in the county is at its highest point ever, and t... Full story

  • We are getting a new judge in Carlton County

    Pete Radosevich, Harrys Gang|Nov 2, 2018

    Because of the way we set up judicial districts, Sixth District Judge Mark Munger's retirement means we are getting a new judge in Carlton County, since current judge Leslie Beiers wants to move her chambers to the Duluth courthouse. It's a big deal, getting a new judge. While the governor appoints judges to replace those who retire midterm, and judges are re-elected every four years, Minnesota judges have an "understanding" that has kept politics out of the district courts. We should all be gra... Full story

  • Deer season opens this weekend

    Nov 2, 2018

    Minnesota's firearms deer season begins one half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 3, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects 500,000 hunters to participate. Some points to remember: Hunters will have additional deer hunting opportunities because deer numbers continue to rebound across the state. Many areas now have populations at or above goal levels. Hunters should follow the three tenets of safe firearms handling: Treat each firearm as if it is loaded by keeping finger o... Full story

  • Third time's a charm?

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    A solid overall team performance helped to propel the Cloquet boys cross-country team to a second-place finish - and a berth in the state cross-country meet this week at the Section 7AA meet held in Princeton on Thursday, Oct. 25. "It was pretty exciting for our kids!" exclaimed Cloquet coach Mike Bushey. "We knew there was a good chance to qualify, but we still had to have a solid day. This is the third year in a row for the boys team and the fourth in six years for us to qualify for state.... Full story

  • Sharing a love of reading leads to even more sharing

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    First, there was a book barn. Filled with all kinds of books for all ages, the small, red, barn-like structure on a post at the corner of Sixth Street and Selmser Avenue in Cloquet drew the attention of kids heading to and from school, people walking dogs and even grownups driving by. The books were free for the taking. If a person wanted to, he or she could leave a book in return. Or not. Sarah Jadeke, her husband Ryan, and their children - Grant, 12; Shelby, 10; and Gabe, age 8 - enjoy... Full story

  • Party like it's Halloween!

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    More than 10 dozen pint-sized skeletons, princesses, pirates, police officers and even dinosaurs made their way to the Cloquet National Guard Armory Sunday for some serious scares, games, crafts and even a costume contest. The Halloween party is a longtime tradition for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3979 and Auxiliary, and moved to the Armory a few years ago when it got too big for the VFW building in West End Cloquet. New this year was a "haunted tent." "I scared more adults than kids, I... Full story

  • County volleyball teams plow through playoffs

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    A busy week of high school volleyball continued last week with sectional games being played on both Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 26. A number of local teams were eliminated, but there are still some intriguing matches looming on the horizon as this issue of the Pine Knot News goes to press. In section 7AA, Esko knocked Cloquet out of the playoff picture by beating the 'Jacks 3-2 in a thriller Oct. 24 in Esko. Cloquet took the first game 26-24. "I just told the girls to refocus after we... Full story

  • 'Jacks down Denfeld, face Hawks tonight for section championship

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot Sports|Nov 2, 2018

    CLOQUET-A year removed from a state runner-up finish, the Cloquet Lumberjacks football team has been on a mission to prove that this year's version of the team can also play some pretty good football. Mission accomplished. On Saturday afternoon they also had to prove they were capable of winning without one of their best players when Markus Pokornowski went down with an apparent shoulder injury early in the third quarter. No problem. The 'Jacks rode the strong second-half running of Ryan Badger... Full story

  • Eskomos fall in section semifinals

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot Sports|Nov 2, 2018

    The Two Harbors Agates used an opportunistic offense and a solid defensive performance to advance to the Section 7AAA finals by picking up a 14-0 shutout win over Esko at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth Saturday. "We've played them twice this year and they have done a very good job against us defensively," said Esko coach Scott Arntson. "We had a couple of nice drives, but we couldn't finish the drives off." A huge key in the Agates win was their ability to hold onto the football and grind up...

  • Cromwell-Wright handles Carlton, advances to section final

    Jake Kachinske, Pine Knot Sports|Nov 2, 2018

    CROMWELL-The two-time defending Section 5 Nine-Man football champion Cromwell-Wright Cardinals are into another section final, thanks to another big performance from their backfield. Seniors Cameron Cahoon and Kannon Korpela each rushed for three touchdowns as the Cardinals won big at home Saturday night over the Carlton Bulldogs, 57-14. "We came out and took care of business. Cameron and Kannon ran well, [quarterback] Drew [Libbon] threw some nice balls and our defense shut them down," said... Full story

  • Janke and Panthers steamroll Polar Bears, advance to championship

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot Sports|Nov 2, 2018

    The South Ridge Panthers are known as a "grind it out" football team that likes to wear opponents down. Saturday night the Panthers followed that recipe to perfection on their way to a 41-6 win over the Floodwood Polar Bears. "We watched Floodwood, and they can be a physical team," said Panthers coach Brent Johnson. "Our goal each game is to pound the ball at you and wear you down, and that worked out pretty good for us against Floodwood." It also doesn't hurt having backs that can run the... Full story

  • Fall Panfish: Feast or Famine

    Bret Baker, Pine Knot News Outdoors|Nov 2, 2018

    I'm not sure how I convinced my boys, David and Joseph, to crawl out of bed this morning. The world was still dark and a light rain fell: perfect weather for duck hunting. However, late fall crappies and bluegills would be the target of our collective efforts. Just a week ago the three of us made this same trip. It was a disaster. Weather was nasty, the wind was brutal, and fishing was worse. We took our beating in stride; today was marked for redemption. In reality, you can't control all the... Full story

  • Let's talk

    Nov 2, 2018

    Welcome to the Pine Knot News Faith and Religion page. The point of it (as I understand it) is to offer reasonable and coherent access to the faith God brought to life, and to be in conversation about how faith can be real and matter in today’s world. I imagine the faith leaders who submit their prayerfully shaped meditations will bring their own faith traditions and perspectives to the ideas we will share here each time. Many of us will come with these thoughts rooted in the way Jesus brought faith to life, but I hope other faithful t...

  • 'He's going to be a singer'

    Ann Markusen, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    Sawyer teenager Joseph Kotiranta may be an accomplished singer now, but there was a time his parents wondered if he would even speak, let alone sing. Those days are long gone. Joey's father, Donald Kotiranta, recalled how his son learned to sing, an unusual trajectory. "When he was a baby, Joey would cry like crazy for an hour or more. We wondered how we could comfort him," Donald said. "I tried rocking him and playing music. One time I said to his mom Kris, 'I heard Joey cry in perfect pitch!...

  • Wrenshall-area residents will vote on school building questions

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    Cloquet isn't the only town in Carlton County that may see higher-than-usual voter turnout on Tuesday for a midterm election. County Auditor Paul Gassert expects to see high numbers in the communities that make up the Wrenshall School District, because of a three-question facility referendum on the ballot. Question No. 1 asks for a total of $12,967,500 for renovations to the existing K-12 facility and repurposing of the swimming pool area. Question No. 2 asks voters to approve $550,000 to... Full story

  • Plenty of action in Cloquet for businesses, development

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    Things are humming along in Cloquet through the lens of Holly Hansen, the city's community development director. On all fronts - housing, redevelopment, new and recovering business - the city is "very steady" in progress made since the economic downturn a decade ago. Hansen arrived in Cloquet in the midst of that recession, in 2009. "There's been a lot of change," Hansen said. "But we are a small city that can hold its own." There are some obvious signs of activity along Hwy 33, where the new... Full story

  • Putting the 'local' back into your local paper

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 2, 2018

    When Brenda Tischer wrote and thanked us for "putting the 'local' back into the local paper," I thought to myself: "Phew, she gets it. Our Facebook readers get it. The people I see at the store, at the boys soccer banquet, at the playoff football game and all the folks Pete ran into at church get it, too. The Pine Knot News is here because our communities - Cloquet, Esko, Carlton, Cromwell, Wright, Wrenshall - need a paper that will be here in good and bad times. We need a quality paper that...

  • It comes down to character

    Justin Krych, Guest Columnist|Nov 2, 2018

    Two years ago, I paid a visit to a friend receiving medical treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital. I remember returning to my parked car on East Second Street in Duluth and noticing a citation envelope protruding from the driver’s side window. Dismayed by the sight, I first glanced at the meter I remembered stuffing with quarters. Plenty of time remained. Next I observed the distance between my car and the curb and saw both passenger side tires within 12 inches. In a perplexed state I finally ope...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 2, 2018

    Cast an educated vote on County Attorney race I would like to urge the voters of Carlton County to get informed on the County Attorney’s election. A simple Google search on the current county attorney’s name may give some insight. As a 27-year veteran law enforcement officer who has worked hand-in-hand with the Carlton County Attorney’s office, I know just how important this position is. I have seen the office go from being respected in the criminal justice community to something less than that. To me, it’s about LEADERSHIP. There are many ta...

  • Cromwell-Wright News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Nov 2, 2018

    The 2019 Carlton County Senior and Caregiver Guides are now available at the Volunteer Services building in Carlton. I also have a lot of them and will be putting them in area businesses and handing them out to the senior clubs. These guides are full of much-needed information on issues for our area senior citizens. Our sympathy to the family and friends of Patricia “Pat” A. Peterson, 83, of Cromwell, who died Oct. 19, 2018 in Cardinal Court, Cromwell. Services were held Oct. 25 in Atkins-Northl...