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  • Parks transform for winter fun

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Shick, shick go the skates. Then comes the bang of the stick hitting the puck, or the bang of the puck hitting the wall of the Pinehurst Park hockey rink. With temperatures in the 20s and the sun making an occasional appearance Saturday afternoon, it was a nice day to get out on the ice. Both ends of the rink were busy, populated by younger kids and their parents versus the teenagers who often play fierce games of hockey at the central Cloquet park. The small groups of hockey players danced...

  • Happy birthday, dear Opus 5296, happy birthday to you

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Cloquet's Zion Lutheran Church held a 90th birthday Sunday for a part of the church that's heard but rarely seen: the church's Opus 5296 pipe organ. Purchased in 1928, the pipe organ was installed at the old church on Carlton Avenue and Sixth Street in August and ready to play by Sept. 1 of that year. When the current church building on Washington Avenue was built in 1961, the organ was removed from the old church and reinstalled by members of the congregation. That's when the pipe organ was...

  • 'Walk in the Woods' puts forestry education into action

    Kim Samuelson, SWCD News|Dec 14, 2018

    What better classroom could there be than the great outdoors? One of the main purposes of the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is to teach people how to care for the natural environment. Throughout this past year, Carlton SWCD Forestry Technician Kelly Smith was instrumental in coordinating a series of "Walk in the Woods" events for local landowners to learn how to care for their forests. During the walks - sponsored by the Kettle River Woodland Council chapter of the...

  • Cloquet School Board passes 5.56 levy increase

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Residents in the Cloquet school district can expect an increase in their tax levy from the school district of 5.56 percent for taxes payable in 2019. During Monday's Truth and Taxation hearing, Cloquet school board members unanimously approved a total tax levy of $6,958,706 for the 2019 levy, up from $6,591,903 in 2018. Business manager Candace Nelis said the state of Minnesota establishes the basic school district tax rates so it really isn't up to the individual school district. She also...

  • Woman faces murder charges for drug overdose death

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    A Hermantown woman is facing charges of third-degree murder after allegedly selling methamphetamine to a Moose Lake woman who died as a result of taking the drug earlier this year. Dawn Marie Clemons, 39, appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay in the Sixth District Carlton County Court Monday, Dec. 10 and again on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on a single charge of felony murder in the third degree. The state alleges that Clemons caused the woman's death by selling her meth, which is a schedule 2...

  • KNOT notes

    Dec 14, 2018

    Last call for Christmas dinner volunteers, meal orders Christmas will be here before we know it, and Cloquet’s Dave Johnson wants to make sure nobody is left out. Everyone is invited to the 25th annual Cloquet Area Community Christmas Day dinner at 2 p.m. Christmas Day at Zion Lutheran Church, 1000 Washington Ave., Cloquet. No money? Don’t worry, it’s free. Need a ride? Someone will pick you up. Can’t leave home? Volunteers will also be delivering meals. However — and this is important — anyone who wants transportation or a meal delivered m...

  • CLOQUET police blotter

    Dec 14, 2018

    Following is a brief overview of Cloquet police calls for the week ending Nov. 30, 2018, provided by the Cloquet Police Department: • On Dec. 4, officers responded to a Cloquet restaurant for the report of an intoxicated person who allegedly drove there and was parked on top of the curb. An officer contacted the individual in the driver’s seat, and the individual admitted to drinking before driving, and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. After performing the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), the individual was pla...

  • County levy still not set

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Carlton County’s Truth in Taxation Hearing was held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. with the Transportation Building Meeting Room about three-fourths full of onlookers. No decision about the final levy on property taxes for county services was made that evening but residents did address the board. “We as a Board make a final decision the last meeting of the year,” Commissioner Dick Brenner explained. “We may call a special meeting as has been done sometimes in the past. Each one of the Board members takes this decision seriously and knows that it...

  • Planning with pillowcases

    Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Red Cross visits fourth-graders to talk emergency preparedness Fourth-grade students at Washington Elementary School got a lesson in disaster preparedness and a free pillowcase in case of emergency last week, courtesy of the American Red Cross. The Pillowcase Project is a program that was started after Hurricane Katrina when some college students in New Orleans were observed evacuating their dorms using a pillowcase as a "flee bag" for carrying important personal possessions away from the...

  • Cloquet Goodwill store to close

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Eleven people will be out of jobs this holiday season as the Goodwill store in Cloquet will close Dec. 22 after more than 30 years of operation here. "Economically they just couldn't do it anymore," store manager Sue Bauer said this week. She has been at the store for 13 years and, like many of the employees there, is looking for a new job. Goodwill Industries in Duluth said Cloquet workers have been offered positions at its other stores in the region. Bauer said most of them have...

  • Library grant will spring major expansion in Cloquet

    Mike Creger, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Supporters of the Cloquet Public Library are anxiously awaiting an early Christmas present this month. Library director Beth Sorenson said she expects to hear from the Minnesota Department of education any day now about the status of a request for a $1 million grant that would go toward a $2.3 million expansion of the 31-year-old library on 14th Street. The city of Cloquet supported the application for the grant in October. The city would be responsible for $1 million of the expansion, which...

  • County will explore courtroom in Cloquet City Hall

    Dan Reed, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    The Carlton County Board of Commissioners are considering a rather novel use for the current Cloquet City Council Chambers, once the city employees move down the street and the current building becomes county property. “Let us see if Sixth District Chief Judge [Sally] Tarnowski would be open to having a courtroom established in the purchased current Cloquet City Hall boardroom,” said Commissioner Dick Brenner, chair of the Committee of the Whole (COW) at the Dec. 4 COW meeting. “We, as a County Board, are having pressure from our Sixth Judic...

  • Cromwell-Wright News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Dec 14, 2018

    Well, here it is, only 11 days until Christmas — so, do you have everything done for this big event? I’m hoping most of you are almost ready, and some of you may even have been ready for weeks now; but as for me, that’s not happening, at least not yet. Oh, I do have our Christmas tree up and lit, but that’s only because I never took it down last year. Seems much easier to just unplug it from the end of January till the first of December, than it is to take it down and put it away. I used to do t...

  • Funeral notices

    Dec 14, 2018

    Susan Lynn Jarvis, 56, of Esko passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 with her loving family by her side. Visitation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Friday, Dec. 14 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Esko. Robert Richard Koski, 86, of Moose Lake died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Evangelical Covenant Church in Moose Lake. Delores I. (Wisocki) Zalabski, 94, of Carlton died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. followed... Full story

  • Actor transforms into entire cast of characters in 'One Christmas Carol'

    Jana Peterson, Pine Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Imagine one person, alone on a stage with three chairs and not much else, playing more than 30 characters in a two-hour performance of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol." That's exactly what actor Rick Breuer will do starting tonight at Cloquet's County Seat theater, as he opens a two-weekend run of "One Christmas Carol," a one-man version of the classic tale of selfishness and selflessness and one man's redemption. Although it is billed as a one-man-show, that number should probably be "two,"...

  • Disruptive play is key in Carlton win over Wrens

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Dec 14, 2018

    A full-court trapping defense by the Carlton girls basketball team proved to be too much for the Wrenshall Wrens to handle last Thursday as the Bulldogs pulled away to an impressive 57-33 win. "We started the game in a full-court zone trap that worked pretty well," said Carlton coach Lucas Beireis. "Our goal with that is to just change the pace of the game and get our opponents to play at a pace they are not comfortable with." Carlton's Alaina Bennett caused the most damage against the Wrens by...

  • MUSICAL notes

    Dec 14, 2018

    Appearing soon to the Encore Performing Arts Center, 2035 Hwy 33 South (on Frontage Road) in Cloquet: A Bluegrass Christmas with Monroe Crossing Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. An electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor-sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. Bill & Kate Isles Band Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. Acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth. With a wide variety of musical styles, their...

  • Painting pastor comes to Our Savior's on Sunday

    PIne Knot News|Dec 14, 2018

    Paul Oman, artist and pastor, will visit Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet Sunday, Dec. 16 to share his "Drawn to the Word: artistic ministry. Participate in one of his unique worship and artistic experiences as Oman paints a larger-than-life sized mural reflecting the promise of the Messiah in the world today. Painting and drawing have been a part of Oman's life since childhood and he seeks to "give new vision to God's Word" by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our v...

  • Tips for Minnesota taxpayers as they prepare to file

    Minnesota Department of Revenue|Dec 14, 2018

    Individual income tax filing season does not begin until early next year, but the Minnesota Department of Revenue says it is not too early to start thinking about taxes now. The Minnesota Department of Revenue has been working to update its state tax filing systems for taxpayer use in 2019, a process that happens annually starting after the end of each legislative session. This year, the department is updating its systems to accommodate the differences between the federal and Minnesota tax laws. “There were big changes to the federal tax laws a...

  • Beware of scammers

    Dec 14, 2018

    As the income tax filing season approaches, the Minnesota Department of Revenue warns you to beware of scams attempting to steal your personal information. What do I need to know? Individuals or organizations may falsely represent themselves as being from the department. Use caution and never provide personal information unless you are sure the situation is legitimate. When the Minnesota Department of Revenue contacts you by phone, mail, or email, they will never: Demand immediate payment without first mailing a letter. Demand that you pay taxe...

  • MNsure deadlines approach

    Dec 14, 2018

    Open enrollment runs through Jan. 13, but Saturday is the deadline for coverage that begins Jan. 1 Minnesotans looking for private health coverage through the MNsure marketplace beginning Jan. 1, 2019, have until midnight on Saturday, Dec. 15, to complete enrollment at MNsure.org. “Rates are lower this year. Enroll at MNsure.org by Dec. 15 to ensure you start the new year with the security of health coverage,” said MNsure CEO Nate Clark. “If you need help finding a plan that fits your needs, our MNsure-certified brokers provide free, in-person...

  • Bulldogs triumph in tight game against Wrens

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Dec 14, 2018

    CARLTON-There's an old saying when rivals meet in sports "you can throw the records out the window." For the most part that adage holds true whenever Carlton and Wrenshall do battle on the basketball court. On Friday night, the Bulldogs got a 30-point performance from Jacob Santkuyl and rode that effort to a slim 52-50 win over the Wrens. "Jacob had an outstanding performance, and the best part about it all was that he suffered a dead leg halfway through the first half and was still able to...

  • Eskomos topple Lumberjacks in backyard rivalry

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Dec 14, 2018

    Esko never looked back on the way to a 59-45 win over Cloquet in boys basketball Friday night. The nextdoor neighbors played in Esko with the Eskomos jumping out to the 35-26 halftime lead behind strong defense and timely shooting. "We knew Cloquet would be physical and attack the rim on the drive," said first-year Esko coach Derek Anderson. "Our defense needed to be in the right spot. We knew they'd be aggressive going for rebounds as well." Trevor Spindler and Camden Berger led the Eskomos...

  • Lumberjack boys pick up elusive first win

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Dec 14, 2018

    ST. PAUL-The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team picked up its first win of the season Saturday night as the Lumberjacks defeated the Eagan Wildcats 5-3. CEC was playing its second weekend doubleheader in the Twin Cities this season and was searching for the first win after a 4-3 loss Friday to Bloomington Jefferson at the Bloomington Ice Garden. Landon Langenbrunner scored twice and added an assist in the two-goal victory Saturday. The Lumberjacks - who have one of the toughest schedules in...

  • Lady Lumberjacks skate toward success

    Dwight Cadwell|Dec 14, 2018

    With Tuesday's 3-1 defeat of the Duluth Northern Stars, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girl's hockey team is currently only one win away from matching the win total over each of the past two seasons. CEC - which won only nine games in each of the last two seasons - is now at eight wins and still has 14 games remaining on this year's schedule to match and improve on their win total. Considered a young team with only three seniors as part of the 17-player varsity roster, coach Courtney Olin thrilled...

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