Articles from the November 26, 2021 edition

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Photos long tucked away create somber intrigue

The sepia-toned photographs, slightly larger than a business card, tumble out of a browning, mottled envelope. For what is known of the six photos, and also what is enticingly unknown, the sight of... Full story


Finding the right place for waste

In the world of composting and recycling, small steps add up. But it does require an extra step or two in the process. For Magnolia Café owner Yvette Maijala, making her Carlton business more... Full story


She recalls a bustling West End

Walking east from the little house I grew up in on Chestnut and Avenue C, the first thing I saw heading out the door across Chestnut was a tennis court, plus a huge lawn leading up to the Northwest Pa...


Obituary: Robert Arthur Bourgeault

Robert Arthur Bourgeault, 78, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, on Nov. 12, 2021. Robert was born Aug. 1, 1943, in Duluth, where he was raised and attended school. In 19... Full story


Obituary: Madaline Katherine Saeland

Madaline Katherine Saeland, 87, died Nov. 16, 2021 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born May 5, 1934 in Richmond Hill, New York to Charles A. and Madaline H. (Brown) Frankhauser. She graduated... Full story


Obituary: Bradley James Hansen

Bradley James Hansen, 65, of Moose Lake passed away Nov. 13, 2021 at Essentia Health Medical Center, Duluth. A memorial service for family and friends is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at... Full story


Obituary: Clinton Richard Salo

Clinton Richard Salo, 76, of Wright passed away Nov. 10, 2021 at Villa Vista, Cromwell. A memorial service planned for next spring. Arrangements by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service,... Full story


Obituary: Connor Dean Laine

Connor Dean Laine, 24 years young, of Cloquet passed away Nov. 15, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born in Cloquet on Aug. 16, 1997, the son of Bernard and Karen (Cronic)... Full story


Eskomos hang tough in rugged loss

The Eskomos' hopes of moving into the state Class AAA championship next week dwindled away down the stretch of the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. That's when Dassel-Cokato... Full story


Coach honored by Vikings

Esko Scott Arntson also got a well-deserved pat on the back last week. The head coach was named "Coach of the Week" by the Minnesota Vikings, after six years of coaching Esko but 25 years as a... Full story


Obituary: Karisa Disberry, nee Waltjer

Karisa Kay Disberry, née Waltjer, 37, of Cloquet passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on Dec. 3, 1983 in Minneapolis to Richard and Kathy Waltjer.... Full story


Pine Knot reaches entire county this week

Hello, fellow Carlton County residents. I’m Pete Radosevich, the publisher of the Pine Knot News and an avid fan of our community. We are sending a copy of this newspaper to nearly every address in the county, so you can see what subscribers to... Full story


Santa's coming home again

Don't worry, Kids, Santa is making his way to Carlton County again. The Santa's Home for the Holidays festivities are back, thanks to the United Way of Carlton County. "The United Way is proud to... Full story


Obituary: Gerald Thomas "Jiggs" La Breche

Gerald Thomas "Jiggs" La Breche was born May 1, 1932, in Cloquet and passed away Nov. 17, 2021, in Floodwood. He was better known to his family and friends as "Jiggs." His parents were Edward and... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    November 26, 2021

Thomson Township: Fire call means expensive cleanup

The Esko volunteer fire department has sent seven sets of turnout gear to a specialized cleaning company after a messy call on Thursday, Nov. 18. This mutual aid call involved 50-100 gallons of spilled petroleum that coated 25 sets of gear in total,...


Covid cases continue to plague region and state

Community transmission of Covid-19 locally and statewide has been consistently “high” since August, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s not getting any better yet. Like last winter, cases are climbing as the... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    November 26, 2021

Covid booster shot questions answered

U.S. regulators on Friday opened up Covid-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays. While all three vaccines used in the...  Website


Our View: Five reasons to choose the printed paper

Call us old-fashioned, but we love the printed newspaper. Aside from the simple joy of holding something in your hand and reading it (versus staring at yet another screen), there are many reasons to love the print version of a newspaper. In the age... Full story


Harry's Gang: Political parties need to find commonalities

Some people blame the two-party political system for many of our nation’s problems. I can understand why — it seems each party spends more time accusing the other party for everything wrong while... Full story


Notes from the Small Pond: Thankful

Until a month ago, I’d been to Hawaii exactly zero times. Then, in something of a Bucket-List-Moment, my daughter, her husband and their perfect-and-beautiful, baby — my third... Full story


Letter: Covid coverage was just what the doctor ordered

Dear Editor, Thank you. I just finished reading your article "Covid comes knocking" and I deeply appreciate both your sensitivity and your fact-based reporting which lays out the relative risk of getting Covid when vaccinated and unvaccinated.... Full story


Letter: Jail defies push for forced vaccinations

The Nov. 5 Pine Knot article on the small number of cases in the Carlton County jail, from Minnesota Public Radio, was fantastic, considering all the people in and out of the building. Why does the article then have to go on to say that the people... Full story


Francy That: Thank goodness we have a local newspaper

We know as citizens of Carlton County that we are very fortunate. We live in one of the most bucolic domains of nature populated with magnificent forests, crystal clear streams, and multiple lakes... Full story


With goal stoppers, Lumberjacks need goal scorers

There’s an adage in hockey that to be a successful team you need to build from the nets out, meaning good goaltending is key. If that’s true, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boy’s hockey team should have a pretty good shot at success this season.... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    November 26, 2021

Veteran 'Jacks tested early

With the return of a large nucleus of players from last year's team, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team has high expectations this season as they hope to make another run to the state hockey... Full story


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