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Articles from the November 18, 2022 edition

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Twists coming on the road to Oz

There will be no place like Cloquet High School to see the production of the popular "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend. A cast and crew of nearly 80 students will bring Oz to life with the familiar and... Full story

 

Move to purple isn't an anomaly

Reliably blue and labor-centric throughout recent history, the city of Cloquet is experiencing something a lot of population centers are encountering: an encroaching red hue. Five of six precincts in...

 

Community mourns loss of FDLTCC president

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College lost one of its strongest supporters Monday, when its president, Stephanie Hammitt, died of cancer. Hammitt, 60, spent much of her career at the Cloquet... Full story

 

Free Thanksgiving dinner returns to Cloquet

The free community Thanksgiving meal is returning to Zion Lutheran Church Thursday, and all Carlton County residents are invited to sit down and enjoy a nice turkey meal with all the fixings and in... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    November 18, 2022

District will borrow way out of red

In debt by more than $300,000, Wrenshall schools administration and its school board are expected to begin three rounds of cuts in December. The first cuts will total $50,000, followed by further...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    November 18, 2022

Missing man found dead in lake

Suicide and foul play were ruled out after the body of a missing 38-year-old Carlton County man was recovered late last week. Authorities from Aitkin County located the body of Lucas Dudden early in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 11, in shallow water... Full story

 

District explores turf, other athletic complex upgrades

What started in March as a group of sports-minded private citizens, business owners and coaches brainstorming ways to fundraise for artificial turf at Cloquet High School has now turned into a much...

 

Holiday fun on the way

Make plans for Cloquet’s annual Santa’s Home for the Holidays celebration Dec. 1-3. Events kick off on Thursday, Dec. 1 with a chili feed, West End open house and Reading with Santa at the Cloquet Public Library. On Friday there’s spaghetti... Full story

 

No parking overnight during winter months

Winter parking is in effect now through March, so don’t leave your cars parked on the streets of Cloquet overnight. According to city code, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1... Full story

 

Cromwell roads reopen

Construction is now complete in Cromwell on Highway 210 and Highway 73 and traffic can now move through the main intersection in town. Work will resume next season to complete sidewalks, final turf establishment, final striping and permanent... Full story

 

Early deadlines for Thanksgiving issue

Pine Knot News deadlines will move 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. 21. Call 218-878-9332 with any questions. The Pine Knot... Full story

 

Christmas Lighting Challenge

Registration for the eighth annual Christmas Lighting Challenge is underway. Folks in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are encouraged to enter their decorated homes and businesses and help spread... Full story

 

Residents air frustrations at city council meeting

After watching the rental property next door deteriorate for 20 years, Cloquet resident Mark Vandervort turned to the Cloquet city council on Tuesday. At his wits' end, Vandervort asked the council...

 

Vacant Ward 3 seat remains up in the air

The Cloquet city council canvassed votes Tuesday, making the final numbers official with a unanimous vote. Those vote totals included the write-in candidates for Cloquet’s Ward 3 city council race, with Iris Keller receiving 49 votes to Pete...

 

Grants available for child care centers

Money is being made available to boost staffing for licensed child care programs in Carlton County and the region as northeast Minnesota continues to be mired in a major shortage of child care openings. The Northland Foundation announced Wednesday th...

 

Salvation Army helpers could use a helping hand

Although the local Salvation Army thrift store is gone, the social programs run by the local charity are alive and well, said social services coordinator Leah Fosle, in an interview earlier this year. But they need money to fund those services, and m... Full story

 

Guest column: Being neighborly includes everyone

I'll be honest, I'm too young to have had Mister Rogers on my television growing up. Some of you may be in the same boat as me. Just because he is long gone from our screens, though, doesn't mean we...

 

Letters: Thanks for valuable election coverage

I want to thank the Pine Knot News for your strong commitment to the democratic process. Your coverage of events and candidates leading up to election day was thorough and unbiased. Your voter guide was the most informative publication on candidate...

 

Letters: Civics 101: How we control crime

In civics classes, individuals are taught the separation of powers in government. However, separation of powers expands beyond the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches. Let’s explore other areas where there is separation of powers...

 

Vikings ... it's complicated

I’m not sure if even Fran Tarkenton could have consoled me as I hid in the closet. Of course, he was at that time on a plane returning from a Vikings loss in Washington. It was in the early evening on Nov. 30, 1975 — a gloomy, wet gloaming...

 

For Esko, so crushingly close

Wyatt Hudspith had just booted a careerlong 35-yard field goal to give his Esko football team a 17-14 lead over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton midway through the fourth quarter last weekend, and the boys in... Full story

 

Rebels rush is stymied

Third-ranked Barnesville scored on its first two drives of the game and its defense came through time after time in a 21-0 shutout of Moose Lake/Willow River in the Class AA State football... Full story

 
 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 18, 2022

Enter Sandman: 'Jacks swimmer reaches State

Cloquet is sending one more athlete to state competition this fall, after senior Hannah Sandman swam her way to a second place and a personal record during last weekend's Section 7A girls swimming... Full story

 

Diamond dominator gets his due

It's the end of daylight saving time. For former Cloquet High athletic standout Mike Forrest, "turn back the clock" came a week early. Forrest was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame... Full story

 

Wright/Cromwell news

It’s hunting season, which made me recall one of the scarier moments for my husband, Bob, and me. It was 1990 and our son, Garrie, got shot in the face with a .22 rifle on Nov. 10. When I found out, I didn’t even know my name when I called 911....

 

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