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  • Santa comes 'home' to Cloquet

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    In a celebration of all things winter and Christmas in this part of the world, Cloquet residents could find many ways to meet with Santa Claus last week, eat, shop, decorate cookies, enjoy Christmas music, watch a good hockey game, and shop some more. Organizer Alyson Leno declared the annual Santa's Home for the Holidays a success, breathing a sigh of relief once the parade with all its lights wrapped up and the fireworks lit up the sky over downtown Cloquet Saturday night. Leno raced off to... Full story

  • First Nordic race of the season comes with surprises for CEC

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    The first Nordic race of the season Tuesday came with a couple surprises for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton team. 1.There's plenty of snow already. 2.The girl's fastest skier Tuesday was Halle Zuck, an Esko sophomore who was skiing junior varsity at the Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth. Head coach Arne Maijala said he wasn't surprised to see Zuck turn in a fast time, but he didn't expect her to be THE top girls skier. Halle Zuck finished her JV race - a 4K race, just like the varsity - in 23:05.5,... Full story

  • County will have to wait out consolidation

    Mike Creger|Dec 13, 2019

    The Carlton county board will join a list of those waiting on decisions regarding consolidation between the Wrenshall and Carlton school districts. The Carlton school board has been drafting a letter to the county regarding the possible sale of its high school property, which sits next to the county jail. The county board approached the district with the idea of using school property to build a new jail. It told the district earlier this year that it wanted an answer about the availability of the school land by next week. That won’t happen. T...

  • Community band offers free Christmas concert Sunday

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    The Cloquet Community Band invites one and all to its annual Christmas music concert 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. Enjoy your favorite and familiar Christmas tunes played by musicians in the city’s all-volunteer band, in a spectacular setting that is home to a wide variety of quality concerts and programs. The church at 47 Fourth Street in Cloquet has become one of the city’s most appreciated venues and is an appealing space due to its architecturally grand acoustics. Sun... Full story

  • Arts for a spark

    Timothy Soden-Groves|Dec 13, 2019

    Cloquet’s downtown revitalization efforts received a nice boost last week when, along with three other Minnesota municipalities, the city was selected for the 2020 Artists on Main Street cohort. Over the next two years, Cloquet will receive $30,000 for project funding and program implementation. It took the collaborative efforts of public employees, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals to bring the Artists on Main Street initiative to Cloquet as they all shared a similar vision f... Full story

  • A whopper of a storm in '22

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    One of the worst storms to hit the region occurred in late February of 1922. Like our recent Thankgsgiving storms, more than 2 feet of snow fell. It was called the worst storm seen in the area for 30 years. These photos from the Carlton County Historical Society are from Feb. 22-24, 1922....

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week. Dec. 13 1994 Demolition begins on the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, former home of the North Stars professional hockey team and venue for entertainment events. Dec. 15 1864 Four Minnesota regiments help destroy the Confederate army of General John Bell Hood outside Nashville. During the course of this two-day battle, the Minnesota losses — 302 killed, wounded, or missing —are the greatest the state suffers in any Civil War engagement. 1892 J. Paul Getty is born in Min...

  • 'Ms. Christmas' has passion for giving

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    Even in a year that included a flooded apartment and moving into a new building, Cloquet's Paula Maki is still doing all she can to fulfill her mission of bringing Christmas gifts and joy to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult foster homes in Carlton County and beyond. For that, she has both a nonprofit organization and an alias, with the same name: Ms. Christmas. Now living at Larson Commons, Maki held a Christmas party Monday for the assisted care residents,...

  • Car/train accident injures woman

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    An Esko area woman and boy were injured when the car they were in was struck by a train Saturday. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a report of a car-train accident on East Stark Road in Thomson Township at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. According to the sheriff’s office, 41-year-old Brianna Johnson was driving, and a 10-year-old boy was a passenger in the vehicle. Both are from Thomson Township and both were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth by ambulance. The sheriff’s office...

  • Local quilt shop robbed, ransacked

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    News broke Nov. 30 on Facebook that Cloquet’s Quilted Dog Quilt Shop on Minnesota Highway 33 north of Cloquet had been robbed sometime during Nov. 27-29. According to a Facebook post by Quilted Dog owners Mary and Gerry Thompson, the thieves “ransacked” the shop and stole everything from quilts and table runners to wool, magazine stands, candy and even toilet paper. There are photos of the stolen quilts and many other items posted on the Quilted Dog Facebook page, and they are asking people to keep an eye out. Anyone with information regar...

  • Board nixes contract, says it's too costly

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    Cloquet School Board members sent Superintendent Michael Cary back to the bargaining table with the top can didate for MARSS/student data information specialist at Monday's meeting. Board member Nate Sandman - whose wife, Nicole, resigned from the Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System position to work as secretary to the principal at the high school - said he felt the insurance and salary arrangement was too generous, and expressed concern that the salary steps were on the high side. The...

  • Wrenshall first quarter honor rolls

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    A Honor Roll Connar Ankrum, Patrick Ankrum, Joseph Bergman, Liam Bruce, Taylor Bryce Megan Carlson, Lillian Eckdahl, Sage Fernquist Hunter Holmes, Cloey Horner, Bryanna Kuehnow Kaylie Lammi, Elliana Lattu, Hannah Lattu, Joel Lembke, Katarina Mattson Alex Murray, Alexis Nelson Samantha Nyberg, Andrew Olesen, Alexis Perry, Jack Riley, Zeke Rousseau-Sheff, Magdalene Sowada, Kaya Stark, Alexis Swanson, Hailey Tauzell, Randy Wimmer B Honor Roll Joshua Anderson, Emma Andrews, Gavin Beetcher Leah Bethke, Willow Cash Logan DeGrugillier, Easton... Full story

  • Carlton first quarter honor rolls

    Dec 13, 2019

    A Honor Roll Grade 12: Isabella Anderson, Alaina Bennett, Alisha Broneak, Kaden Crane, Madelyn DeCaigny, Spencer Hoeffling, Abigail Mickle, Brynne Mickle, Taylor Nelson, Austin Parker, Annabell Pearson, Matthew Santkuyl, Benjamin Soderstrom, Jessica Sutter, Justin Swanson, Benjamin Talarico Grade 11: Haley Adkins, Shea Campbell, Colin Emerson, Kristian Herman, Elizabeth Hey, Annabeth Johnson, Jayna Lebrasseur, Samantha Matarelli, Seth Mlodozyniec, Pablo Moran, Trevor Ojibway, Johnette Ostlund, Spencer Rousseau, Jairid Ward Grade 10: Olivia... Full story

  • Esko first quarter honor rolls

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    Honor Roll Grade 7 Santiago Anich Ellahna Barnes Jaxon Benedix Aspen Berg Wyatt Bergstedt Liam Brissett Joseph Cekalla Liberty Clifford Michael Dusek Claire Fontaine Max Foster Ethan Gamache Jack Graddy Raegan Grayson Ella Grell Isabelle Haapala Layla Hagelin Jamis Halverson Annika Halvorson Emmanuella Hansmeyer Macy Hanson Cecilia Hart Samuel Haugen Stella Haugen Michael Henney Chiara Houser Jocelyn Johnson Sophia Johnson Sydney Kazel Caitlin Kluenenberg Jayce Koskela Reese Kuklinski Kennadie Lammi Aleah Lindgren Leo Luense Joelle Majerle... Full story

  • Our View: Raising taxes becomes a burden

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    Rarely does a government body tell us: “We have enough money. We don’t need so much next year.” No, taxes usually go up. And when they do, it’s inevitable that people complain. Last week, the city council voted to increase Cloquet’s property tax levy by 1.7 percent. That’s pretty good. Property taxes make up about 14 percent of the city’s total budget, but the property tax is considered the crucial component of a community’s contribution to its city. If a city is managed well, it provides the services its citizens require in an efficient and c...

  • Harry's Gang: Use of noncompete clauses falls under state scrutiny

    Pete Radosevich|Dec 13, 2019

    You probably know about noncompete clauses from sports and broadcast performers. For example, after Kerry Rodd left KDAL radio in Duluth, (the “formerly great radio station,” as it is sometimes called), he was prohibited from going on the air at WKLK for a year because he had a noncompete clause in his KDAL contract: as a condition of his job at KDAL, he had to agree he wouldn’t work at any other local station for a year after his employment ended. You can see why some employers would want...

  • A visit to a cramped county jail

    Lois E. Johnson|Dec 13, 2019

    A group of Carlton County senior citizens got an inside glimpse of the Carlton County jail last week. It provided a better understanding of why county officials are so eager to replace the aging facility. Members of the Carlton County TRIAD group - a statewide group of senior citizens, law enforcement and community members working together to prevent crime against senior citizens - toured the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center on Dec. 4. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake gave background on...

  • Skiers will be flying at Pine Valley Saturday

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    Skiers from near and far will be flying off the jumps at Pine Valley Recreational Area Saturday when the Cloquet Ski Club hosts its annual ski jumping and nordic combined invitational, weather permitting. This year, happily, there is plenty of snow and the 40-meter jump was recently redesigned with a vastly improved inrun. All are welcome to come watch local skiers and jumpers compete against other competitors who travel here for the Central Division competition. Follow the signs to Pine Valley... Full story

  • SWCD, library partner in conservation education

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    The Carlton SWCD kicked off a series of free conservation programs for both children and adults in partnership with the Cloquet Public Library Monday. The topic for kids Monday was “The Journey of a Water Drop.” SWCD will hold a winter maintenance workshop for adults 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, focusing on the issue of excessive use of de-icing salt, and just what can be done to keep our fresh water from becoming salty. SWCD conservation technician Alyssa Alness will present background to the problem in conjunction with urban water run...

  • 'Stuff the Squad' toy drive coming to Walmart, L&M

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    The Cloquet and Fond du Lac police departments will hold a “Stuff the Squad” toy drive 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Cloquet Walmart and L&M Fleet Supply stores. In the past, donors have filled three squads with toys and gift cards. Stop by the Cloquet Walmart at 1308 S Hwy 33 or L&M Supply at 620 S. Hwy 33 to help fill the squad cars with new, unwrapped toys, games, or sporting equipment for the Cloquet Area Salvation Army toy drive. They’re hoping to get a variety of gifts for boys and girls, ages newborn to 16 years old. Police will...

  • Death Notices

    Pine Knot News|Dec 13, 2019

    Betty M. Kuklis (Anderson), 93, of Cloquet passed away Thursday, Dec, 5, 2019. Visitation: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Nelson Funeral Care. A reception will follow. She will be laid to rest with her husband, James, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in the spring. Nelson Funeral Care assisted the family with the final arrangements. Nylene Lowe, 90, of Cloquet passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at the Lakeside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pine City. A funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 8 at Our... Full story

  • Carlton jumps on Wrenshall, cruises

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 13, 2019

    The Carlton Bulldogs raced out to an early lead and put things on cruise control Friday night in taking a 72-55 win on the road over next-door neighbor Wrenshall. Wrenshall struggled in finding defensive answers for the Carlton duo of Ben Soderstrom and Matt Santkuyl, who finished with 19 and 17 points respectively. "Soderstrom and Santkuyl are both very talented players, and Soderstrom dominated the inside with scoring and rebounds," said Carlton coach Shawn Filipiak. "Santkuyl played very...

  • Bulldog seniors dominate in big win over Wrens

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 13, 2019

    The Carlton Bulldog girls basketball team picked up a nice home win last Thursday by knocking off Wrenshall 83-36 behind the 26-point effort of Alaina Bennett. “It was tough because up to that point our girls had just three practices in 11 days and two games,” said Wrens coach Daimen LaFave, referring to weather-related issues. “It was hard to expect much from the girls, given the circumstances. Now that we will be getting regular gym time, I expect us to have some more success. Carlton is a...

  • Lumberjacks roll over Bloomington Jefferson, 5-0

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 13, 2019

    It was the Christian Galatz show on Saturday afternoon as the junior forward scored four of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s five goals as the Lumberjacks downed Bloomington Jefferson 5-0 during the Santa’s Home for the Holidays Celebration in Cloquet. The Lumberjacks came out and dominated the first half of the first period by continually peppering Jefferson goalie Basil Kamsheh with shots. They were justly rewarded when Galatz hammered home the first goal of the game at 4:01 of the period on ass...

  • CEC wrestlers rebuild on the mat

    Dwight Cadwell|Dec 13, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton wrestling team opened its 2019-2020 season with two early meets. Although shorthanded, the team excelled in a quad meet with two victories in Crosby-Ironton, and did very well in Lakeville this past weekend. "With only 25 wrestlers on the squad and losing 12 seniors from a year ago, we will have trouble filling all the weight classes we need to," said head coach Al Denman. "Those on the team now are highly committed, talented and very competitive. We focus on the long...

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