Articles from the December 16, 2022 edition

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Wilderness tandem shares net success

One's from Duluth and the other a waterborne city in Sweden that's about the size of Duluth. They're both 20 years old, but one's got more junior hockey experience than the other. They're basically al... Full story


Hockey leaning toward Class A

After decades of playing in the state’s largest hockey class, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team will likely move to Class A next season. Cloquet High School activities director Paul Riess told Cloquet school board members at their meeting M...


Mill fire was a big loss

John Luomala, a reader in Thomson Township, recently brought in some physical black-and-white snapshots of a fire at a Cloquet lumberyard. Luomala figured he had taken the pictures in the late 1950s...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 16, 2022

Board hits reset on appointment process

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is once again accepting applications for an open seat on the board. In an effort to self-correct after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled this...


Funding will bring better internet service

A city of Cloquet broadband project was among nearly $100 million in internet connectivity grants announced by Gov. Tim Walz last week. Dubbed “the largest single investment in broadband infrastructure in state history” in a city news release Fri... Full story


Paper delivery delayed by storm

In addition to closing schools, the blizzard and severe winter weather also caused a delay in the delivery of the Pine Knot News print issue from the printer to the Post Office. It was nobody’s fault, rather an emphasis on keeping our employees s...


Storm causes power outages

Lake Country Power line crews responded to a growing number of outages on Wednesday during the winter storm, and they were expecting to add to the more than 1,900 co-op members in the region without power as the snow piled up into Thursday The... Full story


'Clear, quality ice' on lakes

Quality ice was being observed throughout most lakes around Cloquet, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its weekly conservation officer’s report. Conservation officer Tony Elwell reported “clear, quality ice was observed on mos... Full story


Covid shots urged for kids

The Minnesota Department of Health this week urged parents to get children vaccinated against Covid-19 and to make sure they and the entire family are up to date as the holidays approach. The push comes just after the Food and Drug Administration... Full story


No overnight parking in effect

Winter parking is in effect now through March, so don’t leave your cars parked on the streets of Cloquet overnight. According to city code, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 t... Full story


Lights challenge on until Dec. 21

Registration for the eighth annual Christmas Lighting Challenge is underway. The contest is free to enter. Voting by the community for both homes and businesses runs Dec. 2-21, with results announced Dec. 22. Register your home or business at... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 16, 2022

Board seeks cuts; Belcastro is retiring

“Do the cuts that you can make right now. The longer we wait the deeper the hole.” — Angela Lind, Wrenshall business manager Superintendent Kim Belcastro announced her resignation during a special meeting of the Wrenshall school board Dec. 8. The m...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 16, 2022

Rising property taxes dominate hearing

About 20 Carlton County residents came to the Truth in Taxation hearing on Tuesday to voice fears of losing their homes under heavy increases in local property taxes. An Eagle Lake summer resident testified she had a 23 percent increase for taxes...


As aid drops, board OKs 6% levy bump

During a special Truth in Taxation hearing Monday, Cloquet school board members unanimously approved a 2022-23 budget of nearly $47 million, including a levy increase of 6 percent, payable in 2023 for the 2023-24 school year. The $7.4 million levy ma...


Grants go toward indigenous projects

The Northland Foundation announced this month the individuals and projects being awarded Maada’ookiing grants. Maada’ookiing (“the distribution” in Ojibwe) is a foundation program designed to strengthen relationships within the indigenous communi...

 By Brady Slater    News    December 16, 2022

Short-staffed post office strives to keep delivering

The United States Postal Service appeared to work quickly to address mail delivery issues in Barnum this week after a social media post raised concerns about service in the area. A Facebook post by a... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 16, 2022

Some hope remains despite bleak financial report

A preliminary look at the Carlton school district audit Monday revealed what board members and administrators expected: expenditures are outstripping revenues, enrollment is stagnant at best, and solutions like dipping into the fund balance and Covid...


Our view: Closed meeting ruling offers lesson

The state’s advisory opinion this month that Thomson Township supervisors violated the Open Meeting Law should be a reminder to all elected officials that closing meetings should be done sparingly and always with strict attention to the law. In t...


Korby's connections: A road trip into the past

This year marked the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation, a milestone that has brought back many memories. Good God, Eisenhower was president when we were born and Nixon was president when...


Letters: I'm disappointed in board actions

After reading the latest articles regarding the process utilized to fill my board seat, I am deeply saddened by the actions of the Thomson Township board. It’s obvious mistakes were made. It appears some of the mistakes were theirs, some the t...


Guest column: Is a 'Wonderful Life' possible today?

Unlike the popular holiday movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” there are few happy endings in the current housing market. The film, most often remembered for a guardian angel, Clarence, was filmed in 1946. It portrays the life of George Bailey (play...


Obituary: Sandra Kay Franke

Sandra Kay Franke, 75, of Cloquet passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born on Oct. 9, 1947, in St. James, Minnesota to Jacob and Mabel... Full story


Death notice: Rachel Eryn (Matuszak) Weizenegger

Rachel Eryn (Matuszak) Weizenegger, 56, of Duluth passed away under hospice care on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. A short contemporary service followed by a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Nelson F... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 16, 2022

Rugged 'Jacks show scoring prowess

To say that Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Shea Walters is excited about this season may be an understatement. Walters thinks this year's version of the Lumberjacks has a chance to be a good... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 16, 2022

Esko finds way vs. neighbor Cloquet

Esko parlayed a strong defensive effort into a 72-55 early season win over Cloquet in Esko on Friday, Dec. 9. "It's always a tough game against Cloquet, but it is fun to play your next-door... Full story


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