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Articles from the November 23, 2018 edition


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  • Working at the top of the world

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    Ski jump gets a remodel On Saturday, high above the trees at Pine Valley, two men with no apparent fear of heights worked at the top of the 40-meter ski jump to create an easier way for skiers to launch themselves into the air come ski season. With help from other Cloquet Ski Club volunteers, Ken Ripp and Jon Waugh have been working to redesign the in-run (the path skiers go down on a ski jump) so that the snow will go inside a new boxed-in track with high side walls rather than trying to cover...

  • In 1918, holidays in Cloquet were met with hammers and hope

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    For more than a year, Carlton County has been commemorating the firestorm of 1918. There have been photographs and artifact displays, talks by historians, and readings of first-person accounts. And yet it can still be difficult to fathom just what life was like in the county that fall with a moonscape of ashes all around. It's what makes things eerie when the fire gets placed back in the news 100 years later, not as a historical marker but as a gruesome comparison to what is happening now in...

  • Ready, set, celebrate!

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    Winter weather: check Christmas lights: check Big guy in a red hat: check Even though the big guy is a Voyageur statue rather than a resident of the North Pole bearing gifts, never fear - Santa is coming home (to Cloquet) for the holidays. The festivities kick off Wednesday, Nov. 29, with Elf Bingo for kids and a free chili feed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church from 4:30-7 p.m. On Thursday, there is a gift and craft show at the Armory from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., along with a Holiday Open House with...

  • Historical Society worries about finding a new home are over

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    The Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 13 to sell the Shaw Library building to its longtime tenant, the Carlton County Historical Society, for exactly $1. And that is not much more than what the county paid for the building when it took possession of the historic property from the city of Cloquet. It was a decision months in the making, a debate that started when county officials decided they didn’t want to make the large investments required to renovate the former library and solicited proposals for the building — home to CCHS si...

  • The Bentleyville-Cloquet pipeline of lights

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    Cloquet is beginning to look a lot like Christmas these days, with another season of holiday lights officially turned on the night before Thanksgiving. City engineer Caleb Peterson said the displays throughout the city have grown, with new lighting and banners for the reconstructed Cloquet Avenue along with more donations from the king of holiday lighting, Nathan Bentley. Trees that once had strings of lights will be hung with lighted snowflakes. It was a fix for winds whipping the strings...

  • Why can't we elect our police chief?

    Nov 23, 2018

    We’re all for unionized workers. Unions have helped make Northern Minnesota great, and — as a practical matter — they help bridge the gap between management, who is experienced and adept at negotiating, and workers who, well, are good at their jobs. But it struck us as curious that the lame-duck Cloquet City Council suddenly decided to endorse unionization for the police chief and the department’s two commanders. After all, this is the same city council that felt suspending the last police chief at a quickly called “emergency meeting” was the a...

  • Letters to the editor

    Nov 23, 2018

    Thanks for being there To the editor: Thanks to the Pine Knot News for highlighting the Oldenburg House and musical offerings/efforts. Starting a new business at our age is a little risky, but from the moment we opened Oldenburg House, we have been surrounded by individuals and organizations who use their creativity for the good of this great community. The Pine Knot News — with its local owners and local news — is doing a great job of capturing the warmth and “pay it forward” spirit that makes this a great place to live, work and play. E...

  • We have it all here

    Pete Radosevich, Harrys Gang|Nov 23, 2018

    Let’s go see a professional hockey game tonight. Easy — the Minnesota Wilderness play right here in Carlton County at the Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Let’s go see a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Easy — Premiere Theatres 6 offers at least six selections every day. Let’s go out for dinner tonight. That’s a little tougher … but only because there are so many choices. Mexican? One of the best Mexican restaurants in Minnesota is on Cloquet Avenue, and we have more than just one great pizza joint i...

  • Thanksgiving memories come in blaze orange

    Holly Henry, Guest Columnist|Nov 23, 2018

    Every year at this time we gather around my mother's table to break bread and give thanks. It used to be my father's job to stack the table with enough people to orchestrate a deer drive after the feast - thus we've collected some colorful dinner guests through the years. It's been this way as long as I can remember. Thanksgiving in Wisconsin equals deer season. When I was 8 years old, I saw a commercial on television where people were sitting around the Thanksgiving table dressed in holiday...

  • How artists build careers in arts-rich rural Minnesota

    Ann Markusen|Nov 23, 2018

    Last week, I spent a day at University of Colorado’s College of Arts and Media. I’d been invited by their dean, Larry Kaptain, to present my work on artists’ careers. Since 2002, I’ve been studying artists’ careers and contributions to community, using Minnesota as my laboratory. We met informally with the college’s provost, who posed lots of intriguing questions about how an arts and media school can serve its larger community. How can they position their students for careers in a rapidly cha...

  • Medicare for all is a poison pill

    Justin Krych|Nov 23, 2018

    The political left dangled new bait called “Medicare for all” in the political fishing hole during the recent election cycle. They did so with very little explanation as to what that would mean, how it would work, and who exactly would pay for it. I will gladly break down each of these elements. “Medicare for all” definitely sounds better than other terms which more accurately describe what this new health care system really is: government run, socialized medicine that will double the size an...

  • Hunchback shines brilliantly in its darkness

    Review by Rose Chu, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    In a sweeping, ambitious effort, Cloquet High School’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” transports theater-goers back in time and place — and into a dark dimension — in its production of Victor Hugo’s enduring novel. Indeed, the trappings are glorious, from Iris Keller’s breathtaking stained-glass window to the spectacular costumes, the set pieces’ clean and classy lines, and impressive props. With the angelic strains of the onstage choir enveloping and then transcending the physical confin...

  • Cloquet fifth-graders enjoy trip to Wolf Ridge

    Nov 23, 2018

    Cloquet Middle School fifth-graders spent three days this week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center near Isabella, Minn. Wolf Ridge has been providing hands-on environmental education to school-age children since 1971. Nearly 15,000 students from the upper midwest attend classes at the center annually. This year's fifth- graders took courses, mostly outdoors, in environmental science, cultural history, current environmental issues, team building and outdoor recreation....

  • 2018-2019 Cloquet Senior High Quarter 1

    Nov 23, 2018

    A HONOR ROLL GRADE 9 Amelia Allen, Mason Anderson, Samuel Bailey, Donte Bell, Winnie Benjamin Hall, Ilei Benson, Abigail Brown, Thorin Brown, Jonah Bryant-Nikko, Samuel Buytaert, Kate Conway, Sophia Diver, Marina Dostal, McKenah Downing, Hannah Fink, Olivia Jameson, Caley Kruse, Carter Kubis, Jack Liang, Addison Loeb, Olivia Macaulay, Brynn Martin, Carlee Maslowski, Jillian McCullough, Jacob Mertz, Presley Niemi, Cale Prosen, Bailey Reynolds, Bella Richardson, Emerson Rock, Ashtyn Schneberger, Sadie Senich, Jenna Sibik, Allison Sickmann, Mathew...

  • Obituary

    Nov 23, 2018

    Louise Theresa Martin 1922-2018 On Nov. 13, 2018, Louise Theresa (DelZotto) Martin, 95, of Cloquet, Minn., went to sleep and woke up in Heaven. Formerly of Wrenshall, Minn., Louise was born on Dec. 23, 1922, to John and Eugenia DelZotto. She was born in Duluth and raised in Gary, New Duluth. She was united in marriage on Dec. 6, 1943 to Edward Martin until his death in 2000. Over the years, Louise loved to volunteer at the Cloquet Hospital and her church, Saint Francis Catholic Church. She was a... Full story

  • Death Notices

    Nov 23, 2018

    Raymond Harold Peterson Raymond Harold Peterson, 89, of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 while surrounded by his family. Services were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Free Lutheran in Cloquet and officiated by Rev. David Tilney. Military Honors were presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Nelson Funeral Care assisted the family with final arrangements. Penny Elizabeth Hagberg Penny Elizabeth Hagberg, 58, of Carlton passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in her home. Visitation from 10 a.m. until the 1... Full story

  • I remember Harold

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    This was the second time in my life that the police called about a friend close to me. This time it was Harold Haapoja, dying unexpectedly, and they were seeking relatives to contact. I searched for phone numbers or tried to think of a way to contact the relatives. I remember staring at the wall for quite a while. I could not cry but just let the sadness settle in. Harold came to me, alive as can be, and spoke to me in my thoughts, saying it would be OK. More than 20 years ago, Harold and I started to collaborate in plays and perform in...

  • Knot notes

    Pine Knot News staff|Nov 23, 2018

    Recount doesn’t change a thing Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert said the hand recount of the District 4 Carlton County Commissioner race resulted in exactly the same ballot count as the election night vote, which means Mark Thell will be the new District 4 Commissioner starting in January. Carlton county board chairwoman Susan Zmyslony had officially requested the recount for the District 4 race after results showed Thell upsetting her by just 16 votes. There were 3,806 votes cast in the race. Thell had 1,905 to Zmyslony’s 1,889. There wer...

  • Cromwell-Wright News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Nov 23, 2018

    The whole Cromwell-Wright community came together to support our football team at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 15. Those who couldn’t or didn’t attend the game had their ears tuned to the radio for the play-by-play of the game. It was unfortunate that Spring Grove was able to score three or four touchdowns in the first quarter, but from then on our team really played their hearts out and stayed pretty even for the rest of the game, even scoring twice. Coach Gronner and...

  • Lumberjacks start 2-1 on the season

    Kerry Rodd, Sports Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    Girls Hockey The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks girls hockey team kicked off its season last week with wins in two of their first three games. The Lumberjacks opened with a 3-2 victory over Brainerd at Northwood's Credit Union Arena Nov. 13. Olivia Wiskow got the Warriors on the scoreboard first, early in the first period. Dea Deleon tied the game at 1-1 when she scored a powerplay goal at the 14:54 mark of the first period. Taylor Nelson and Tenley Stewart assisted on the Deleon goal. The...

  • CEC boys, new coach, aim high

    Kerry Rodd, Sports Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    Boys Hockey The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team is preparing to hit the ice with a new head coach and what appears to be a monster schedule featuring some of the state's premier hockey programs. Shea Walters, an assistant under Kevin Smalley last year, will now step into the lead role and becomes the third head coach in the past three years. "The kids have responded very well," Walters said. "Kids see so many coaches growing up - not only from playing other sports, but playing hockey for...

  • Cardinals state run ends with semifinals

    Jake Kachinske, Sports Pine Knot News|Nov 23, 2018

    [email protected] - Spring Grove quarterback Alex Folz played a role in all seven of his team's scoring plays as the defending nine-man champion Lions rolled over the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals 48-12 last Thursday in the state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Spring Grove (13-0) moved on to play Mountain Lake Area in today's 10 a.m. championship at Prep Bowl 37. Spring Grove set the tone early and often in the first quarter, taking the opening kickoff to midfield and then...

  • Bookend walleyes

    Bret Baker, Pine Knot News Outdoors|Nov 23, 2018

    We are back to the beginning - 175 days later. Today is the Minnesota rifle opener, and the deer are there, but relegated to the back of my mind. The walleyes, as they often do, have won the battle for my time. The boys and I started the open water season on the St. Louis River upstream of Boy Scout Landing. Today, nearly seven months later, we will wrap up our open water season on this same stretch. We pull into the landing mid-morning; the parking lot is surprisingly full. The docks have been...

  • 'Deeritis' hits northern Minnesota

    Kerry Rodd, Rodds Ramblings|Nov 23, 2018

    The weeks leading up to a deer hunting season are filled with anticipation. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the feeling you had as a child is probably similar to what I feel in the weeks prior to the opener. Fall is a time to make sure your deer stands are in good shape, game cameras check out, cleaning up the shack and, of course, getting the provisions together. Everyone needs a new blaze orange hat, jacket, boots and socks. Don’t forget you must get a new box of ammo and check out o...

  • Big Buck

    Nov 23, 2018

    Local hunt paid off Rural Cloquet resident Trish King shot this massive buck Nov. 3, on the first day of firearms season. The eight-plus-point buck weighed in at 220 pounds at Fisherman's Corner, and King had to stand on three pallets to be able to touch its antlers. "It was the first time in more than 25 years that I haven't gone up north to hunt and it paid off big time," King told the Pine Knot News....

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