Articles from the December 11, 2020 edition

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Care facilities face Covid storm

The staff at Sunnyside Health Care Center don't know exactly how the coronavirus got into the long-term care facility: they just know that once it arrived, it spread quickly, sometimes with... Full story


History mystery

We have received no new information on what is believed to be a 1977 photo of the Carlton High school class of 1947 at a reunion. If you can help, let the History Mystery team know at news@PineKnot...


Former county teacher pleads guilty

A former Carlton teacher and girls basketball coach pleaded guilty last week to four counts of felony criminal sexual conduct stemming from a sexual relationship with a student athlete nearly 20 years ago. Robert Kent Pioro, 62, pleaded guilty to a...


Deadly river plunge leads to prison time

A man from Willow River is expected to serve more than two years in prison after sentencing Tuesday. Preston Prokasky pled guilty to a criminal vehicular homicide charge earlier this year. The 44-year-old was accused of driving into the Kettle River...


Not a typical boating accident

Drivers in Cloquet were greeted by an unusual vehicle on Highway 33 just before 1 p.m. Saturday when a pontoon boat slid off a trailer onto a busy stretch of the highway in front of the Pine Tree...


Christmas meal will be pick-up only

The 27th annual community Christmas Day Dinner is happening, thanks to a partnership between Zion Lutheran Church and the local Disabled American Veterans group. The church will sponsor the meal, and... Full story


County tax meeting reveals 2 percent levy hike

The Carlton County Truth in Taxation Tuesday drew only five residents and only one person spoke as he walked out of the hearing early. “I guess I came to the wrong meeting to voice my concerns. Someone sooner or later will have to tell me why my t...


Carlton food, mask drive Dec. 11, 19

The community is invited to donate nonperishable food items and new disposable or reusable masks at Carlton High School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19 at Carlton High School. Place masks in a plastic bag. Members of the high school’s N...


Last chance to donate to Carlton toy drive

Residents are invited to donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards for children age 17 and younger through Dec. 16 for the Carlton VFW toy drive. Dropoff locations include the Carlton VFW, City of Carlton offices, Thrivent Financial, Carlton Wellness...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 11, 2020

County moves on small business payments

A total of 62 local businesses applied for the Carlton County Covid-19 small business relief grants this fall. Those businesses will know soon if their applications were successful, following approval by the Carlton County board of commissioners at...


Bandshell gets a new coat from parks crew

City of Cloquet summer parks crew members (from left) Makayla Suominen, Kirk Keinamen and Morgan Smith enjoy the feeling of a job well done after repainting the Pinehurst Park bandshell this year....

 By MPR News    COVID-19    December 11, 2020

Vaccination details emerge

Minnesota is expected to receive 183,400 doses of CovidD-19 vaccines this month, and they’ll be targeted toward health care workers and the state’s most vulnerable residents, Gov. Tim Walz said this week. The vaccines will come from two makers, Pfize... Full story


Moose Lake sex offender program reports first death

A client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake died Dec. 2 of Covid-19. It was the first Covid-related death among clients or staff at MSOP facilities. Nearly 740 civilly committed clients receive treatment at MSOP facilities in Moose... Full story


Food shelves adapt, fill gaps

Due to higher numbers of Covid-19 cases and the tight quarters at the National Guard Armory in Cloquet, Ruby's Pantry will not distribute this month in Cloquet. Ruby's Pantry serves about 200 people... Full story


Our View: Police request is reasonable, for now

The Cloquet Police Department recently requested a significant amount of city funds on $109,000 worth of equipment. Stuff like new squad computers, new squad car video, new stun guns, and new security measures at the police station. It was a bold...


Harry's Gang: National debt looms large over the future of the country

A friend asked me around election time if things were as good for me now as they were four years ago. My Republican friend was implying that our lives are actually pretty good, so why switch the...


Letters to the editor: Opportunity to serve is much appreciated

I will be retiring as the Community Education Director for Cloquet Public Schools this month. In my wildest imagination I could not have predicted that this final year would take the path that it has taken. The year 2021 will be filled with...


On The Mark: It's time to consider prison rates

Once again, husband Rod Walli and I headed out to clear the Fond du Lac Forest cross-country ski trail of annual downfalls and upstart saplings. Once again, the Willow River Challenge Incarceration...


Letters to the editor: Help, and pray for our medical workers

The news covers the number of Covid-19 cases each day, the number of deaths occuring and the pleas of caregivers to the public about following the simple guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds, etc. The thing that bothers me...


Obituaries: Arthur Allen Johnson

Arthur Allen Johnson, 92, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born on June 11, 1928, in Minneapolis to Arthur Rudolph Johnson and Florence Reed. Art... Full story


Obituaries: Neil W. Rule

Neil W. Rule, 83, of Cloquet, passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born July 31, 1937, in Bear River, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Thelma (Hagsten)... Full story


Obituaries: Robert Michael Nelson

Robert Michael Nelson passed away Nov. 28, 2020, at the age of 53 in St. Charles, Missouri. The world lost a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Rob was born March 15, 1967 in Duluth to... Full story


Obituaries: George Thomas Paquin

George Thomas Paquin of Coon Rapids, formerly of Cloquet, passed away on Nov. 28, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Paquin; two older sisters, Marjorie Paquin and... Full story


Obituaries: Virginia (Peterson) McPhail

Virginia (Peterson) McPhail (aka Ginger and The Mommer) ate radishes every day for breakfast. Ginger died Nov. 26, 2020. The beloved mother, grandmother and sister was born Aug. 26, 1936. She was... Full story


Obituaries: Robert "Bobo" L. Denzler Jr.

Robert "Bobo" L. Denzler Jr., 66, of Scanlon, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure with his family by his side. Bob was born May 29, 1954,... Full story


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