Articles from the November 17, 2023 edition

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Free Thanksgiving meal continues in Cloquet

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and so is the massive free community dinner with turkey and all the fixings. Never content with the status quo, this year the Carlton County Disabled American... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    November 17, 2023

Twin Lakes has a home, sweet home

When building contractor John Riihiluoma stood in front of a cast of township supervisors and personnel on Tuesday, he turned over the keys to the first town hall in Twin Lakes history. "This is the...

 By Brady Slater    News    November 17, 2023

Boards convene for building tours

Exploration of a merger between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts left the board rooms behind on Monday, as the two school boards convened to tour facilities between the districts. The two...


Tractor, truck crash injures one

A driver of a pickup was seriously injured Monday night when his 2014 GMC Sierra collided with a trailer of corn pulled by a tractor in Silver Brook Township, forcing a closure of the highway to clean up the corn and clear the vehicles. A 911 call ab...


Winter sowing

The Carlton County Master Gardeners will present a class on winter sowing 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61. Cost is $5 at the door, free for 18 and younger. Winter sowing is a simple method of...


Early deadlines for Thanksgiving issue

Pine Knot News deadlines will be moved up one day for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. That means all news announcements, obituaries and legal notices must be received by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Call 218-878-9332 with any questions. The Pine Knot...


Got Christmas lights?

The ninth annual Christmas lighting showcase wants to hear from lighting enthusiasts so they can create a map of area lighting displays to drive by or visit. Folks in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are encouraged to enter their decorated homes and...


Local Christmas trees available

Those searching for greenery and other holiday decorations after the Thanksgiving holiday can visit to find Christmas tree growers and other producers of Minnesota agricultural... Full story


Uncashed tax rebate checks being reissued

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Wednesday it will begin reissuing nearly 150,000 one-time tax rebate checks that have gone uncashed and subsequently expired after 60 days from their August and September issuance dates. The reissued...


Free state entry

For those wanting to escape rampant consumerism, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 24 (aka Black Friday). With the support of the state...

 By Brady Slater    News    November 17, 2023

Debate flares over outside contracts

A Carlton County board meeting flared hot Tuesday, when commissioner Tom Proulx and county staff squared off over the use of contracted social work. Despite a 4-1 vote affirming the use of contracted social workers to address a surge in disability...


Kettle River News

The Ma & Pa Kettle Days tree lighting and craft sale is 4-6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Veterans Building. If you’re interested in having a space at the sale, contact Mary Sanders. Santa will be there 5-6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and a fire for r... Full story


Mahtowa man charged with child sex abuse

A 21-year-old Mahtowa man is faced with unrelated charges of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child following new charges after his arrest this summer. Ricky Onefeather Tobolaski, 21, of Mahtowa, was arrested June 16 and charged with... Full story


Student numbers on the rise in Esko

With 1,284 students this year, Esko schools may be at its highest K-12 enrollment ever, superintendent Aaron Fischer told school board members Monday. "That's a lot of students, more than we...



B&B Market has been part of the Cloquet community for 65 years, a one-stop shop for many that offers gas, a full line of groceries, a meat department and catering. Named after founders Bob and Babe,... Full story

 By Al Alm    Opinion    November 17, 2023

Guest view: Support your local hospital

I was saddened when I learned that Sunnyside nursing home was going to be closed. But I was not surprised, since they had been operating at a loss for many years. Reimbursement was not keeping up with expenses so the inevitable was bound to happen.... Full story


Harry's Gang: Thinking outside the box with housing

There’s a real need for housing in Cloquet. It seems to me, slowly but surely, the central part of the city is deteriorating as more and more people move out to the larger lots available on the c... Full story


Esko coach reflects on sting of state loss

Two days after his previously unbeaten football team was eliminated by Annandale, 14-7, at a state quarterfinal game in Brainerd, Esko head coach Scott Arntson remained puzzled. "It just seemed like... Full story


Rebels outgunned at State

The Moose Lake/Willow River boys football team entered last week's Class AA quarterfinals confident after a section victory over Barnum and how well the defense had played all season long, but Eden... Full story


Lumberjacks diver is State-bound

Toward the middle of a long swim season, Lumberjacks diving coach Nannette "Newt" Snyder had a talk with her divers. "'Where do you want to be, in the middle of the pack? Or do you want to be... Full story


Young Lumberjacks edge Rebels

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team evened its season record at 1-1 Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over the Moose Lake Area Rebels at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake. Lumberjacks junior defende... Full story


Wilderness ends skid

An Ashton Dahms goal and solid goaltending from Adam Prokop were the key ingredients for the Minnesota Wilderness in a 1-0 victory Saturday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, and split the weekend series following a 5-4 loss Friday... Full story


On Faith: Finding some good in our weedy existence

Why do bad things happen to good people? A couple of years ago, Andrea and I started a vegetable garden. Since then, we've learned at least one thing: we're pretty lousy gardeners. Or, at least, I... Full story


Carlton High School Honor Rolls

Carlton High School Quarter 1 A Honor Roll Sixth grade Benjamin Abbott Annika Erickson Donovan Jenne TayLynn Laveau Persephony Matuszak Mackenzie Mullenix Morris Olson Aowyn Rupp Alaina Soukkala Deklin Towslee Kylan Ward Seventh grade Lila Manning... Full story


Esko High School Honor Rolls

Esko High School Quarter 1 Honor Roll Bella Abrahamson Will Abrahamson Emma Adkins Rachel Amireault Adisyn Anderson Simone Anderson Santiago Anich Joseph Antonutti Joshua Antonutti Hank Backstrom Lucye Backstrom Aaron Bailey Ellahna Barnes Lourdes... Full story


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