Articles from the December 1, 2023 edition

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Esko attraction keeps holiday history going

For the seventh consecutive season, Lakehead Harvest Show is turning its Esko property into a holiday wonderland, with a new burst of lights from a beloved Duluth display. Beginning Friday and for... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    December 1, 2023

She makes the cut in flag design, inclusion

They liked its unique nature, which is something, considering that the state flag design entered by Cloquet artist Sarah Agaton Howes was one of 2,600 entries reviewed by the State Emblem Redesign...


A Thanksgiving meal for the ages

The shirts said it all: Vetsgiving. Once again, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18 of Carlton County organized a massive Thanksgiving campaign here: cooking, serving and delivering a record... Full story


MCCU retiree receives award

Retiring Members Cooperative Credit Union learning and development manager Kathlynn McConnell was honored recently by the Minnesota Credit Union Network with a Credit Union Builder Award. The award...


Newspaper is taking time off

Get your news in now, because the Pine Knot News office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year. We will not produce a paper that week, and encourage readers to take their time perusing the extra- large Dec. 22 issue. Call...


Fires keep crews busy in area

Firefighters in the area were busy the past week with a spate of fires surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. The most serious incident was a garage fire on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at a home in Brevator...

 By Jana Peterson    News    December 1, 2023

Cloquet man charged with attempted child sex assault

A Cloquet man who served time for raping and kidnapping an ex-girlfriend is now facing five felony charges for attempted sexual assault of a minor. Tony Allen Gohl, 40, was charged last month in Carlton County Sixth District Court with first- and... Full story



Girls Hockey Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Two Harbors, 7 Thursday, Dec. 7 vs Hibbing, 7 Tuesday, Dec. 12 vs Duluth Northern Stars at Duluth Heritage, 7 Friday, Dec. 15 at Sartell, 7:15 Tuesday, Dec. 19 vs Proctor/ Hermantown, 7 Thursday,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 1, 2023

Contracted work sparks controversy

The issue of using outside social workers received a second vote in a month at Monday's Carlton County board meeting, where one commissioner continued to vote "no." Commissioner Tom Proulx was the...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 1, 2023

Elk integration plan will be on the table Dec. 12

Thirty-two homesteads in Progress Township are set to receive notice by mail of a pending Carlton County board vote regarding an elk reintroduction pen proposed to be located there. Saying they wanted to collect public input by those most closely aff...


Laughter and music on tap for the holidays

County Seat Theater Company gets in on the holiday action this month with a side-splitting journey to a small town in Texas in "Christmas Belles." A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of... Full story


On The Mark: New septic install is no small feat

The Walli family home, just northwest of the city of Cromwell, required a septic system redo, which has consumed our lives for some time. The project called for both intelligent labor and impressive... Full story


State symbols ripe for change

What good is a state flag? According to flag expert Lee Herold of Rochester, Minnesota, a good flag creates a distinctive brand. Ideally, Minnesota's flag should also create unity, representing our... Full story


Business SPOTLIGHT: Pine Knot News

The Pine Knot News observed its fifth anniversary at the end of October rather quietly, because staff members at the independent locally owned newspaper were busy working. From humble beginnings in... Full story


Cloquet wins 'Paddle' game with Esko

The Cloquet and Esko girls basketball teams battled for the first time Tuesday with more than just bragging rights on the line. The Lumberjacks prevailed to win the first "Battle for the Paddle."... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 1, 2023

'Jacks undefeated in Class A

Kerry Rodd [email protected] For the first time in school history, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team hit the ice playing in Class A this week, after years of opting up to play in Class... Full story


Wilderness split, remain in first

Two goals scored in the final moments of regulation sent the Minnesota Wilderness to a 5-4 victory over the Janesville Jets Saturday in Wisconsin, capping a successful 2-1 week which kept the team atop the league standings. With goaltender Loris... Full story


Carlton Happenings

There are only 25 days until Christmas Day, when families will get together for fun, food and presents. I remember how excited my brother, sister and I were to see the presents we got. For weeks we...


Wright/Cromwell News

The Villa Vista/Cardinal Court Family Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 6. All area folks are all welcome to attend and bring your children, as Santa will make an appearance bearing gifts....


Death notices

Daniel “Boone” Richard Powless, age 74 of Bemidji, Minnesota passed away Friday, November 24, 2023, in his home. A wake service will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, Minnesota. A traditional funeral ser... Full story


Obituary: Ronald Gene Rosbacka

Ronald Gene Rosbacka, 82, of Wright passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Ronald was born to Wilbert and Helen (Soyring) Rosbacka on April 3, 1941, in Moose Lake. R... Full story


Obituary: Jesse H. Oles

Jesse H. Oles, 83, lifelong resident of Cloquet, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on Nov. 25, 1939, in Cloquet, the son of Leonard and Jennie (Anderson)... Full story


Obituary: Helen Margaret Stiede

Helen Margaret Stiede was born Jan. 26, 1934, to John and Clara (Freiss) Kainz in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She grew up on the family dairy and produce farm. She loved taking her mother to the market and... Full story


Obituary: Shirley Behm

Shirley Behm, 80, of Esko passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2023, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with her family by her side. She was born June 13, 1943, to Neil and Ailie Koskela in Cloquet. She was... Full story


Obituary: James Rodney Johnson

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of James Rodney Johnson. Our husband, father and grandfather was called home by his creator on Friday, Nov. 17. He passed peacefully from the... Full story


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