Articles from the November 15, 2019 edition

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Carlton family business thrives in changing times

When Neil and Theresa Erickson bought Carlton's Woodland Grocery back in 2013, it was already like an old familiar friend. Theresa had found her first job at the store, which was then owned by her...


Wanted: more police officers

The thin blue line is looking even thinner right now in Cloquet, as the police department faces staffing challenges caused by retirements, departures and officers who are on leave but still with the... Full story


One man dead, one in custody, after shooting in rural Cloquet

Cloquet and Fond du Lac resident James Arthur Couture died after being shot early Saturday morning in what appeared to be a shooting by an acquaintance. According to a press release by the St. Louis...

 By Steve Korby    News    November 15, 2019

Library expansion: 'It is a great day in Cloquet'

Continuing with its storied history, the Cloquet Public Library celebrated its major expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 8. The ceremony itself was a formality, as construction work...


NE BBQ closes

Cloquet’s NE Bar & Grill is closed for good, its owners announced on Facebook last week and in an email to the Pine Knot News. The last day for the restaurant, which specialized in smoked barbecue meats but offered a range of menu items and an extens...


Lee announces run for Minnesota Senate District 11

Michelle Lee is running to represent District 11 in the Minnesota Senate. The Moose Lake resident will seek the DFL endorsement at the district convention in March. Lee told supporters and attendees... Full story


Officer loses appeal; K-9 dog finds home

Five months after his dismissal, a former Cloquet police detective is in the news again. Scott Holman, a 22-year member of the department, lost an arbitration case appealing his dismissal this week.... Full story


County jail population deals with mental health

Heather Giancola said mental health issues among the inmate population are a big problem at the county jail. Giancola, a social worker from Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, gave a report about services provided to offenders at the Car...


OUR VIEW: Be wary of rules on winter parking

Cloquet does not allow parking on city streets overnight during the snow season. From November 1 until March 31, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between midnight and 6 a.m. In Esko, it’s prohibited between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., and i...


HARRY'S GANG: Jimmy Carter is my favorite

Jimmy Carter has always been my favorite president. I’m not sure many people agreed with me, because when he ran for re-election in 1980 he got only about 40 percent of the vote and lost to Ronald R...


ON THE MARK: Compassion is where you look

Lately, I’ve been searching for compassion in our public discourse. Actually, I’ve been longing for more discourse, period. The kind where people listen carefully to each other and honor the rig...


LETTER: The expense of failures

After three failed referendums, at a community cost of $100,000 or so, Wrenshall has reached out to Carlton Schools to consolidate, costing both communities once again. I attended a public meeting at the Sawyer Community Center where Ehlers and ARI... Full story


Obituary: Carol J. Palmer

Carol J. Palmer, age 84 of Cloquet, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Diamond Willow in Cloquet. She was born December 17, 1934 in Cloquet, the daughter of Harry and Clara (Kleckner) Demers.... Full story


Obituary: Zahwa G. Pringle

Zahwa G. Pringle, 24 of California/Cloquet/Duluth, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. He was born in San Jose, California, on August 22, 1995 and relocated to Cloquet on July 1, 2002 at the... Full story


Obituary: Patricia Ann Jukich

Patricia Ann Jukich, 81, of Hermantown, formerly of Esko, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 in her home after a brief illness. Pat was born in Cloquet on Aug. 28, 1938 to Edwin and Ellen Oja. She was... Full story


Obituary: Delores Jean Lindstrom

Delores Jean Lindstrom, 89, of Cloquet died Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 in Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet. Delores was born on Feb. 14,1930 in Cloquet to John and Vienna Korby. She graduated from... Full story


Services: James "Weasel" A. Couture

James “Weasel” A. Couture, age 65, of Brookston, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019. Visitation will be Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.... Full story


Obituary: Lila Genevive Niskanen

Lila Genevive Niskanen, 97, of Floodwood, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell. She was born June 11, 1922, in Kalevala Township to John and Mabel (Waisanen)... Full story


Services: Lee Alan Angell

Lee Alan Angell, 60, of Moose Lake, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in his home. Visitation: 12:30 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Monday, Nov. 25 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. Private inurnment in Maple Grove... Full story


Obituary policy

The cost for obituaries in the Pine Knot News is $75 for up to two black-and-white photos and obituaries up to 800 words. Death notices with just name, date of birth and death, city of residence and service information are printed at no cost. Email...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 15, 2019

Carlton/Wrenshall commitment clash clouds consolidation

The results of what at times was a contentious meeting of school board members from Wrenshall and Carlton Tuesday will be seen at each board's regular meetings next week. There should be two...


Cloquet writers collect state honors in essay contest

While athletics and drama are often in the spotlight, three Cloquet High School juniors recently took centerstage for an academic endeavor, after placing first, third and fifth in a statewide essay... Full story


Feds file charges in funeral shooting

The Carlton County Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the man at the center of a shooting at a funeral last month is being charged in federal court, rather than state court. Shelby Gene B...


STATE FOOTBALL: Inspired Esko loses ground game battle

BRAINERD-The Eskomos saw their season come to an end Saturday afternoon at the hands of the Annandale Cardinals. It was a snowy battle that ended 33-13 after the Cardinals outgained Esko on the ground... Full story


STATE FOOTBALL: Runner pounds South Ridge

DULUTH-Mountain Iron-Buhl put together an impressive show Friday night at Public Schools Stadium as the Rangers knocked off South Ridge 42-6 in the state quarterfinals of the 9-Man football... Full story


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