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  • Carlton County voters break records, leans DFL (but it's close)

    Nov 6, 2020

    While many polling places in Carlton County were busy Tuesday, Thomson Township voters took it to a whole new level, with many waiting in line for more than an hour in a line that morphed throughout the day. By 4:30 p.m., the line snaked from the side of the parking lot up to the top of the hill behind the building, then back down the side of the grassy field next to the building and around the parking lot before going inside. The fact that most people were trying to stay 6 feet apart was... Full story

  • History mystery: outdoor fireplace and gondola cable car

    Mike Creger|Nov 6, 2020

    Reader David Haugen admits he’s lived in Cloquet for only 15 years, so may have missed an era of general knowledge about some physical structures in the area that have puzzled him for some time. He recently submitted two photos for History Mystery. One is a fireplace, without a structure around it, found in the woods just east of the playground at Hilltop Park in Cloquet. What gives? The other is what Haugen refers to as a “gondola cable car” apparatus on the St. Louis River, just south of wh... Full story

  • Senior dining

    Nov 6, 2020

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu: Friday, Nov. 6 Special of the Day Sat-Sun, Nov. 7-8 Frozen meals available for the weekend Monday, Nov. 9 Tater tot hotdish, tossed salad, juice, fresh fruit Tuesday, Nov. 10 Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts, fruit cobbler Wednesday, Nov. 11 Sloppy Joe, seasoned potato chunks, coleslaw, fresh fruit Thursday, Nov. 12 Fried eggs, sausage links, hash browns, juice, cinnamon roll Friday, Nov. 13 Porcupine meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, wax beans, fruit Call the Senior Center,... Full story

  • Updated: Covid continues to stalk schools

    Jana Peterson|Nov 6, 2020

    When the 14-day Covid-19 rate in Carton County came in at 20.54 Thursday, Oct. 29 - surpassing 20 cases per 10,000 residents - it meant school districts needed to consider moving all students to a hybrid learning model. But state officials also say that the county-level data is only a starting point: school districts should also consider the number of confirmed cases, quarantines, and close contacts in their school community, at each school building, and other data such as individuals with... Full story

  • Social media post investigated

    Nov 6, 2020

    A potentially threatening social media post by a juvenile will likely not result in any kind of formal consequences, Cloquet Patrol Commander David O’Connor told the Pine Knot News Wednesday. The question arose after the police department posted Tuesday that the department was aware of a social media post that morning showing an individual “holding what appeared to be a handgun with a suggestive quote.” The post had been taken down by the individual already, but the police investigated, contacting the parents and learning that the pictu...

  • County, city meetings nixed

    Nov 6, 2020

    Two local government meetings were canceled this week due to lack of agenda items. The Carlton County committee of the whole meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 3 was canceled after a couple agenda items were pulled. “It is not unusual for one or two COW meetings to be canceled each year, and calling a public meeting with very little on the agenda did not make good sense in light of the pandemic,” county coordinator Dennis Genereau said. The county board meets for its next regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Cloquet city council mee...

  • Register now for Salvation Army kids' gift program

    Nov 6, 2020

    The Carlton County Salvation Army Adopt-A-Child program is registering families needing help by providing gifts for their children this year. The Covid-19 pandemic has created greater need in our communities as a result of job layoffs and furloughs, and The Salvation Army’s Rescue Christmas campaign is designed to provide more assistance to struggling families. Register in person at the Salvation Army, 316 Carlton Ave., Cloquet (enter through the front door), from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 20. Registrants should bring one of t... Full story

  • Red Kettle bell helpers needed

    Nov 6, 2020

    Interested in being a kettle bell ringer? Bell ringing will be completely safe this year with mask, distancing and sanitizing mandates in place. Donations at the kettle can be completely contactless, with Apple Pay, Google Pay and QR code options available at every kettle. The Salvation Army expects a decrease in giving at its iconic red kettles this year, due to fewer kettle locations, reduced foot traffic and fewer volunteer bell ringers. Sign up at RegisterTo Ring.com. You can also call 218-879-1693.... Full story

  • ATV trails closed for hunting

    Nov 6, 2020

    Riders of recreational off-highway vehicles should be aware of upcoming closures of OHV trails on some state lands for firearms deer hunting season. The restrictions apply to all designated OHV trails and routes on state forest lands. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles such as four-wheel drive trucks that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter. The restrictions apply to state forest trails and access routes but not to state...

  • Veterans serving veterans

    Jana Peterson|Nov 6, 2020

    For members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard, every day is a veteran's day. On Tuesday, they honored veteran Richard Allen Kedrowski, a veteran of the Army, Air Force and Minnesota Air National Guard who died at the age of 77 on Oct. 28. He had a "colorful" military career, his son said, pointing out during the service that his dad was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, and again when it came down in 1989. While the family remembered their husband, father and friend... Full story

  • Veterans Day dinners

    Nov 6, 2020

    Local veterans organizations are being coronavirus-cautious while still observing Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with free meals to-go for veterans. • Cloquet VFW Post 3979 is offering a turkey dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 while supplies last. Pickup only, in the VFW parking lot. No charge to veterans with military ID. Others: $10 each. Sponsored by the Cloquet American Legion Auxiliary with help from the Cloquet VFW Auxiliary. • Carlton VFW Post 2962 Veterans Day will have roast beef dinner starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 11. To-go mea... Full story

  • Area Events

    Nov 6, 2020

    The Cloquet VFW smear league is canceled until further notice due to Covid. Friday, Nov. 6 The Tri-Community Food Shelf in Cromwell is open 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays. Cromwell, Tamarack and Wright community members are welcome to stop in once a month. 218-426-4067 Monday, Nov. 9 Join Mr. Dinger for Teen Reads 4:15-5:15 p.m. Mondays in the Teen Room at the Cloquet Public Library. Tuesday, Nov. 10 Virtual Storytime with Ms. Keiko 10 a.m. Tuesdays, posted to the Cloquet Public Library’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Sing along with Ms. Keiko and then l... Full story

  • Carlton County Covid-19 numbers at record highs

    Jana Peterson|Nov 6, 2020

    While it was notable last week when Covid-19 cases broke a record when they jumped by 21 cases in a day, that was just the beginning. Multiple single-day records have been set in the county since then, and overall cases rose from 483 on Oct. 28, to 679 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, an increase of 196 cases in seven days. From Tuesday to Wednesday of this week alone, the numbers jumped by 50. The state also tracks Covid cases weekly by zip code, with results released every Thursday. By zip code, Cloquet... Full story

  • Our View: Careful goes along with quaint

    Nov 6, 2020

    Living in a small town certainly has its advantages over big cities, but sometimes we become complacent to the reality that crime does, in fact, happen here, too. That’s why we are encouraging residents to keep their garages and vehicles locked, especially at night. We’re heard reports of vandals roaming late in the evening, prowling through cars and scavenging in unlocked garages. And while it’s relatively safe living in Carlton County, we are not immune to petty larceny and vandalism. It’s easy to let our guard down. After all, we are not...

  • Harry's Gang: A fond farewell to the pizza business

    Pete Radosevich|Nov 6, 2020

    I’ve operated a pizza restaurant longer than I’ve had children, but it’s time to say goodbye (to the pizza place, not the kids). I opened Eskomo Pizza Pies in the old Cloquet Co-op building in downtown Esko on Jan. 26, 2006, after spending my entire life’s saving remodeling the space and buying pizza ovens. Jim Ruzic, the old WKLK radio guy, and his buddy, Rick Bassett from the county assessor’s office, were our first customers on Jan. 25, a day early. They came in expecting we were open and... Full story

  • On the Mark: Online options are a saving grace during pandemic

    Ann Markusen|Nov 6, 2020

    Since Covid-19 crept into our communities, many of us have descended into a strange solitude. Neighbors, co-workers and merchants whom we love to patronize hunker down the way we do: behind closed doors, wearing masks, waiting for the virus to wither. Our parents, grown children and grandkids may be far away. It’s amazing, though, how new technologies enable us to connect, meet and make group decisions, patronize performers we love, participate in yoga classes and listen to gorgeous music. My Da...

  • Obituary: Beth Johanna Nims

    Nov 6, 2020

    Beth Johanna Nims, 49, passed away Oct. 24, 2020. She was born Dec. 28, 1970 in Duluth. Beth attended high school in Cloquet, graduating in 1989. She then attended Concordia College, graduating in 1993. She married her college sweetheart, Jason Nims, on May 28, 1993. Jason and Beth moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado that same year to further their education as paralegals. Both worked in the service industry as they completed their education, then in the semiconductor technology industry, at... Full story

  • Obituary: Norval E. Doddridge

    Nov 6, 2020

    Norval E. Doddridge, 85, of Osceola, Wisconsin, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. He was born to Norval and Caroline (Habhegger) Doddridge in Cloquet. Norval married Lavina New on Nov. 10, 1956, and they enjoyed 64 years together. He loved going on trips and cruises with Lavina, Richard and Donna, and Bud and Janet, and other friends and family. Norval also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, as well as joining in on family events and celebrations. Norval was preceded... Full story

  • Obituary: David E. Sylvester

    Nov 6, 2020

    David E. Sylvester, 81, passed away Thursday, Oct. 29, after a long battle with chronic pulmonary disease. Dave was born Sept. 25, 1939 in Minneapolis to Ernie and Elna (Johnson) Sylvester. A hockey player from almost the day he was born, Dave enjoyed playing the game he loved day and night on the outdoor rinks in Minneapolis with his friends. He went on to play high school hockey for Minneapolis Washburn and graduated in 1957. After high school, Dave attended Augsburg College, where he played... Full story

  • Carlton county election numbers

    Nov 6, 2020

    The following vote totals are for Carlton County only, with all 38 precincts reporting. These totals are preliminary because the county auditor’s office is accepting mailed ballots that were postmarked by Election Day until Nov. 10. Vote totals are never final until they are canvassed by the governmental body in charge of that jurisdiction. Statewide and districtwide vote totals are noted, depending on the race. U.S. President Joseph R. Biden (DFL) 10,094, 49.58% Donald J. Trump (R) 9,787, 48.07% of Minnesota: Biden 52.4%, Trump 45.2% U.S. S... Full story

  • Lumberjacks have mojo working; on 6-0 streak

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 6, 2020

    The Cloquet volleyball team is on a winning streak following their 3-1 win over the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Thursday, Oct. 29. The Lumberjacks dropped the first game 22-25, but rebounded to win the next three games by scores of 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 to secure their sixth win in a row. After losing the opening game of the match, the Lumberjacks front row took control as Brenna McClarey hammered down 13 kills, Ava Carlson added 11 kills and Brea Rasmussen chipped in with eight kills. "We have...

  • Korby's Connections: Deer hunt memories have twists and turns

    Steve Korby|Nov 6, 2020

    Deer hunting season starts tomorrow, but the signs have been there for weeks. Behind shoppers' masks at the Super One grocery store, I've noticed more patrons (men, I think) sprouting beard growth and buying a lot of meat. It has been a cold October. Already in northeastern Minnesota, there has been snow staying on the ground for a few weeks. Now a warmup is upon us for opening day. The annual deer harvest ritual -some call it a Minnesota state holiday or vacation - runs Nov. 7-22 for most... Full story

  • Esko dropped by powerhouse Mora

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 6, 2020

    Entering Friday’s home game, the Eskomos were 2-1 and facing a Mora team that was undefeated and averaging 38 points per game through three games. When the wind died down following the game, the Mustangs were still undefeated and handed the hometown team a 40-18 loss. “They have big strong linemen with fast, athletic running backs,” said Esko coach Scott Arntson. The Mustangs raced out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter on a 48-yard touchdown run by Koby Swanson and a 5-yard touch...

  • Barnum starts strong, but Warriors end stronger

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 6, 2020

    Barnum was looking for its second win of the season against a good Deer River team for its homecoming celebration Friday, and it looked like they might get it. After the first half, the Bombers held a two-score lead. Then the Warriors bounced back with three unanswered touchdowns in the second and shut down the Bomber offense to escape with a 36-28 win. Barnum's Max Moors scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, which was followed by a Reed Kornovich 2-point conversion. The...

  • Esko finally gets one over on Carlton

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 6, 2020

    For the past few years the Esko volleyball team has come up short against Carlton. After the graduation of a boatload of Bulldogs and only one Eskomo lost to graduation, this year it's the Eskomos who prevailed by downing Carlton 25-19, 25-13 and 25-18 Tuesday, Oct. 29. "We've had a good start to the season and when you lose only one senior you expect your year to go well," said Esko coach Desi DeLeon. "We hadn't beaten Carlton in a few years, so whenever you can beat them it is a nice...

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