Articles from the December 15, 2023 edition

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Boards lean toward consolidation

A new dawn for Carlton and Wrenshall schools appears closer than ever before, after Carlton school board members on Monday talked about moving ahead with consolidation. Carlton board members softened their position on a one-site-only plan Monday,...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 15, 2023

County takes role in future elk return

Remote Carlton County land west of Cloquet will be used to hold wild elk during the establishment of a herd, beginning as soon as 2026, following a vote by the county board Tuesday. “They’re not ask...


PHOTO: Bumper sticker winner

Sandy, from Wrenshall, was spotted with a Pine Knot News bumper sticker when she was at Bearaboo in Cloquet. She received a $25 gift certificate to Carmen's. Pick up your bumper sticker today at our...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 15, 2023

Residents will have voice on policing

Moose Lake residents will help decide whether to maintain the city’s police force or contract with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office for the city’s policing needs. The city scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 24, and will also solicit publi...


Survey is open for park improvement plans

Speak now, Esko residents, or forever hold your peace. The Thomson Township board of supervisors wants to hear from you regarding future development of Northridge Park. Township residents have until Jan. 5 to respond to questions in an online survey...


4.79% levy increase driven by valuations

The Cloquet school board approved a maximum levy increase Monday after a Truth in Taxation meeting that had no input from the public. Taxpayers can expect a 4.79-percent increase in the school portion of their taxes for the year 2024. District...


Pinewood offers sense of purpose, friendships, fulfilling work

It began with a group of parents in the early 1960s looking for something - places to go, things to do - for their grown children, all of them adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.... Full story


Police look into gunshot holes

The Cloquet Police Department responded Dec. 7 to a report of a residence struck by bullets in the 10 block of 14th Street in Cloquet. The shooting is believed to have occurred the night before. Police discovered several bullet casings and at least...


Recycle holiday lights at transfer station

It’s free to dispose of your unwanted or no longer working holiday lights at the Carlton County Transfer Station located at 1950 Highway 210. Rope lights, extension cords, appliance cords and telephone cords are also accepted. The transfer station i... Full story


She was 'ready to be with Gordy'

The Northland lost its most famous fry cook last week, when Marilyn Lundquist died at age 94, having spent two-thirds of those years working the grill at her family's Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. "She... Full story


Esko board makes plans for new flexible learning center

Now that the new Esko school fitness center is nearing completion, school district officials are focusing on another big question: What to do with the 3,800 square feet occupied by the current...


County, Fond du Lac cooperation earns praise

Carlton County earned one of six outstanding achievement awards for exhibiting excellence and innovation at the annual conference for Minnesota's 87 counties earlier this month. Carlton County was...


Election judges needed in city

The city of Cloquet is calling on eligible residents to serve as election judges for the 2024 Presidential Nominating Primary on March 5, Primary Election on Aug. 13, and General Election Day, Nov. 5. Cloquet election judges are paid $12-$14 per...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 15, 2023

Official clarifies 'boycott' hunt comment

Boycott the deer hunt? That was a suggestion from Carlton County commissioner Gary Peterson last week, during a widely attended meeting in Carlton about wolves and their supposed impact on the...

 By Jordan Rau    News    December 15, 2023

Extra fees drive assisted living profits

Jordan Rau KFF Health News Jon Guckenberg's rent for a single room in an assisted living cottage in Cloquet was $4,140 a month before adding in a raft of other charges. The facility, New Perspective... Full story


Notes from the small pond: Sitting ...

One of the things people say in the receiving line at funerals is "If there is anything we can do, please let us know ...." So, we did. We let you know. And we will continue to do so. Drowning people... Full story


Letter to the editor: Stauber wants to divide at any cost

Rep. Stauber is on the wrong side of nearly every issue today, in my opinion. From wolves to MAGA to the United States Postal Service, he ignores the facts and plays to his base. An understandable political tactic, but very disingenuous and... Full story


Online Feedback

The Pine Knot News Facebook page is the only place we allow comments on stories, which often provide insight or lead to other stories. Or just bring joy because the story is appreciated or advanced the community good. And then there are the times tha... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 15, 2023

Esko settles down, drubs Cloquet

The start of last week's basketball game between Esko and Cloquet was not what Esko coach Derek Anderson anticipated. "We came out and got three fouls and had five or six turnovers right away," said... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Thursday, Dec. 7 Girls Hockey CEC 2 Hibbing/Chisholm 1 Boys Hockey Denfeld 5 CEC 4 MLA 3 WSFG 2 Girls Basketball Crosby-Ironton 72 Esko 58 Cromwell-Wright 77 McGregor 26 North Woods 62 Carlton/Wrenshall 25 Boys Basketball Cherry 93 Barnum 60... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 15, 2023

Lumberjacks hold off pesky Cardinals

Anticipation was high in the Cromwell High School gymnasium Tuesday when Cloquet and Cromwell-Wright girls basketball teams met on the hardwood. The Lumberjacks came into the game with a 4-0 record, w... Full story


Wilderness come out ahead against Fairbanks

The Minnesota Wilderness maintained their first-place pace last weekend, winning twice before dropping the finale to visiting Fairbanks, 2-0, on Sunday. The Wilderness won in dominant fashion, 5-0, on Friday, and stole a 1-0 shootout win Saturday,... Full story


Cloquet legend enters hockey hall of fame

It may have started in northern Minnesota, but Jamie Langenbrunner's hockey career has taken him across the country and around the world. But Wednesday, Dec. 6 brought him right back to northern... Full story


Korby's Connections: Retired Cloquet coach, teacher shares his story

Ken Schloer has been a retired Cloquet coach and educator for more than 20 years, and I recently visited with him to find out what drove him to having such a successful teaching and coaching career.... Full story

 By Erin Bates    News    December 15, 2023

Cloquet Community Ed gets water safety grant

There was a little extra cleaning and TLC last August in the Cloquet Middle School pool. It was completely drained, scrubbed and some on-deck painting was completed as well. In addition to the almost...


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