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  • County Covid cases surge

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    Covid-19 is here in greater numbers than ever before, Carlton County, and it's going to get worse before it gets better. How much worse depends on our residents, and how well we heed recommendations for masking, social distancing, hand washing and quarantining - that's the message local public officials sent during a press conference Tuesday. "We have reached a critical time pretty quickly, and my fear is this is just the beginning," Community Memorial Hospital doctor and head of the CMH... Full story

  • History mystery not quite resolved

    Mike Creger|Nov 13, 2020

    There’s good news and no news regarding the two History Mystery photos from last week. David Haugen submitted pictures of a fireplace sitting alone in a woods in Cloquet and a “gondola cable car” along the St. Louis River near Scanlon. There is nothing to report on the cable car, yet, but we’re working on it. There is plenty to report on the fireplace. Cloquet’s Julie Johanson provided a clue that unlocked a lot of history about the structure found in a slice of woods east of the playgroun... Full story

  • Wild ride with the weather

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    Moose Lake resident Karen Slater captured this photo of a late-season watercraft rider on Moosehead Lake Sunday, when the temperature reached into the low 70s. Less than three days later, Carlton County got more than half a foot of snow overnight Tuesday. By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cloquet's Darin Nelson, below, had already used the snowblower on his sidewalk and driveway and was cleaning up with a shovel with a remarkably sunny attitude considering the wet heavy snow that made up the bottom layer...

  • Winter parking is in effect

    Nov 13, 2020

    Judging by the number of cars parked on the street overnight for Tuesday’s winter storm, a number of residents didn’t get the message that winter parking is in effect now through March. That means overnight parking is not allowed. From November 1 through March 31, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys, to allow snowplow drivers and others to clear the streets where winter parking is observed. In Esko, parking on the street is prohibited between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., and in Carlton, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Cloquet doesn’t allow parki...

  • Don't plow snow into a right of way

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    The Carlton County Transportation Department reminds everyone that the act of plowing snow onto or across a public roadway is a safety hazard and a violation of Minnesota Statute 160.27, subdivision 5, punishable as a misdemeanor. The likelihood of a traffic accident or damage to snowplow equipment resulting from a slippery area, frozen rut, bump or large bank on the shoulder is a major safety concern. Should an accident result from any of these situations, the property owner and the person who actually placed the snow on the roadway could be...

  • Board approves changes to probation programs

    Dan Reed|Nov 13, 2020

    The Carlton county board made moves to end the county's participation in the Sentence to Serve program and hire a probation officer to be responsible for Intensive Pretrial Release at its meeting Monday, where commissioners Gary Peterson and Mark Thell were present with Dick Brenner, Tom Proulx, and chairman Marv Bodie participating virtually. A probation committee has been working for some months on an overview of the county probation program, as it affects the number of inmates in the Carlton County jail. County attorney Lauri Ketola shared...

  • CCHS roof work begins; fundraising continues

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    A generous and anonymous benefactor is offering a dollar- for-dollar match for any donations to the Carlton County Historical Society roof fund. The match is good for donations up to $10,000 from Nov. 13 through Dec. 4, an ecstatic CCHS executive director ElizaBeth Lyle said Wednesday morning. "It's incredible news," Lyle said. CCHS has been fundraising for months to cover the costs of a much-needed new roof for the century old Shaw Memorial Library, longtime home to CCHS. The unusual weather... Full story

  • Son dies in crash; mom is charged

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    A 3-year-old boy died Sunday in Cloquet, the result of a crash that left a car split in half. The Cloquet police responded to the single- vehicle crash on the 1500 block of White Pine Trail at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday — they found a 2004 Chevy Impala on each side of the road. Reports indicate that the vehicle left the rural Cloquet roadway and struck a tree. Another child, a 5-year-old girl, was also in the car but was not seriously injured. Both children appeared to have been in car seats. The driver and mother of both children, Misty L...

  • Smattering of ballots trickle into auditor's office

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    As of Monday afternoon, six days after the election, exactly eight late mail ballots had arrived at the Carlton County auditor’s office, not exactly a game changer. Although the Pine Knot News did not receive a final report from the auditor’s office after the deadline Tuesday, a look at the Secretary of State’s website shows both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates each gained four votes. All late ballots had to be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the end o...

  • Cloquet schools go distance, add 'asynchronous' day

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    With the numbers of positive Covid-19 cases climbing rapidly, students in grades 7-12 started distance learning Tuesday and grades K-6 will make the switch next Monday, despite the fact that last week's numbers didn't meet the state benchmark for changing elementary school students to distance learning, a last resort. Superintendent Michael Cary told school board members he doesn't expect the schools to change back to hybrid or in-person learning anytime soon at Monday's meeting. "The numbers... Full story

  • Cop makes plea deal on DUI charge

    Pine Knot News staff|Nov 13, 2020

    Cloquet police officer Andrew Murray pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while impaired at a hearing in district court last week. It means he will likely face probation and maybe a fine after an arrest three months ago. Murray represented himself in the case that stems from his arrest Aug. 6 after crashing his car in Carlton. Police officers had been tipped previously about someone driving erratically in the area at the time. Murray fled into the woods near the South Terrace school, where police eventually found him. Special prosec...

  • OUR VIEW: Don't lose sight of Covid wave that is upon us

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    Another presidential election cycle has come and gone. We'd like to bask in the glow of public engagement we witnessed in the past few months as nearly three out of four people of voting age in Carlton County filled out ballots. In Minnesota, we take pride in high voter-turnout and 2020 was no exception. We should celebrate that. But we can't bask right now. We'd like to acknowledge the extraordinary effort by election officials and volunteers during a trying cycle to make the election safe and...

  • Harry's Gang: There are worse things than the Electoral College

    Pete Radosevich|Nov 13, 2020

    I’m one of the few people I know willing to state that the Electoral College is still a useful way to choose a president. The absurdity that a candidate can win the popular vote and still lose the presidency is a feature, not a fault, of the Electoral College system. That’s because we are the “United States,” a country formed by a coalition of individual states, not a unified country. It’s true that the federal government has grown stronger and more powerful over the years, but under our Const...

  • On The Mark: Exploring the Buddhist way

    Ann Markusen|Nov 13, 2020

    It’s surprising how important Buddhist beliefs and practices have been to evolving world communities and their ability to live together in peace and mutual respect. I first learned about Buddhism during the 1960s Vietnam War, when Buddhist monks led nonviolent protests against American aggression. At its height, the U.S. committed 500,000 American soldiers to the war. Every man in my college class had to face Vietnam one way or another. Back home at my Jesuit college, we studied Catholic p...

  • Notes from a small pond: 2020 ... is not so 20/20

    Parnell Thill|Nov 13, 2020

    The ever-shortening sprint from Halloween to Christmas is on and, with it, the annual retrospection is underway, the tradition of reviewing the year inching ever earlier like the retail Christmas decorations going up before Halloween and the Halloween decorations going up before Labor Day and the back-to-school stuff showing up on Father’s Day. And so on. As the Hurry Up to get to the Next Thing intensifies toward ridiculous, elbowing out the notion of Carpe Diem in deference to FOMO, the m...

  • Obituaries: Edna Grace Padgett

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    Edna Grace Padgett, 84, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 10, 2020, at Evergreen Knoll with daughter Ruth by her side. She was born Feb. 27, 1936, in Virginia, Minnesota to Paul and Grace (Hellyer) Aho. Edna graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia and worked as a paraprofessional for the Cloquet school district for many years, where she was a mother to many students. She retired in 1998. Edna was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and was active with the... Full story

  • Obituaries: Llewallen M. Landsverk

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    Llewallen M. Landsverk, 85, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 5, 2020, in his home with his loving family by his side. He was born March 20, 1935, in Lanesboro to Irvin and Judith (Johnson) Landsverk. He attended school in Peterson for nine years and then transferred to Rushford for the remaining years. He and his brother Jack joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. Llewallen married Suzanne J. Wicklund on May 2, 1959, in Duluth. He spent 20 years in the Air Force, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wa... Full story

  • Obituaries: Dorothy L. Rick

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    Dorothy L. Rick, 83, of Cromwell passed away Nov. 5, 2020, in the comfort of her home. She was born Nov. 14, 1936, in West Bend, Wisconsin to Otto and Celea (Rady) Ewert. Dorothy moved to Floodwood in 1978 with her children and then moved to Cromwell, where she retired from the City of Cromwell as the manager of the Cromwell Municipal Liquor Store. Most knew her as "Dot." She loved working, shopping, gardening, and most of all her three grandchildren, Jonny, Jenny, and Abby. Dot was an avid... Full story

  • Death notices

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    John Thomas Huliares Jr., 89, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 5, 2020, at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. A memorial service with military honors was held Nov. 7 in Atkins Northland Funeral Home. Inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery in Two Harbors. A videorecording of the service is on the funeral home website. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com. Services for Barbara Rae Ziehl, who passed away Oct. 7, 2020, in Cloquet, originally scheduled for Nov. 24 have been postponed indefinitely due to... Full story

  • Covid, fumbles stymie Cloquet

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 13, 2020

    Friday night's Cloquet football game against the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks proved to be a nightmare. Prior to the game the Lumberjacks found out they had lost four coaches, including head coach Tom Lenarz, due to Covid-19 protocol and then the team proceeded to self-destruct with seven fumbles, four of which were lost as Grand Rapids throttled Cloquet 41-0. "We had an assistant coach test positive, and after looking back on the few days before he got tested it was determined that I, and a... Full story

  • South Ridge still perfect

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 13, 2020

    Connor Bushbaum and his South Ridge teammates have gone on a roll of epic proportions. For the second straight week the star running back scored four touchdowns and raced for well over 200 rushing yards in leading his team to an impressive 46-12 win over Silver Bay Nov. 5. "Connor just reads his blocks really well, he is patient and waits for an opening and then uses his speed," said Panthers coach Brent Johnson. Bushbaum got the scoring started for the Panthers midway through the first quarter... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 13, 2020

    Cromwell-Wright 33 Isle 14 Ethan Shelton and Jaegar Goranson both scored a pair of touchdowns as the Cards rebounded from last week's loss to Ogilvie. Shelton led the Cards with 118 yards rushing and Goranson was right behind with 112 yards on the ground. Goranson also added a 6-for-12 passing game good for another 122 yards. Shelton caught three passes for 62 yards and Emmett Clark caught three passes for 60 yards. Clark scored the other touchdown for the Cards on a 20-yard touchdown strike... Full story

  • Panthers sweep Wrens

    Jana Peterson|Nov 13, 2020

    "Scrappy" couldn't quite overcome "tall and athletic" on Monday, but the Wrenshall volleyball team competed hard against it in Monday's home match against South Ridge. The Panthers swept the Wrens 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-12). It's been a good season for the Panthers (now 7-1) said head coach Brad Olesiak, explaining that they graduated four seniors last year but welcomed members of an undefeated junior varsity squad into the varsity ranks this season. "I thought they would fit in perfectly with... Full story

  • Rodd's Ramblings: Returning to the magic of the deer hunt

    Kerry Rodd|Nov 13, 2020

    The annual event that brings families and friends together kicked off this past weekend when the 2020 Minnesota firearms deer season opened. Deer camps across the state welcomed young and old alike as they melted into forested areas in search of that elusive whitetail deer. I am fortunate to have hunted in three wonderful deer camps. As a kid, I hunted at our family shack near Hardwood Lake, then it was off to Beaver Creek Outfitters in Gowan, as well as Black Lake Outfitters in Cromwell. All of... Full story

  • Deer opener was too hot for many

    Pine Knot News|Nov 13, 2020

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers were busy during the opening of the firearms deer season last week. Here is what some of the officers from the region reported: Scott Staples (Carlton) worked a baiting case and other tips that were called in. One person who has had several DNR violations in the past was found to be hunting deer over bait, hunting deer without a license and unlawfully possessing a firearm. Assistance was given with a medical call where a hunter fell 16 feet out of his deer stand. Other violations...

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