Articles from the December 18, 2020 edition

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Throwback station throws in the towel

At the end of 2020 - a year that many would like to forget - Cloquet will lose a long-standing and beloved business when Pete & Sons service station closes. It's been the best year in recent memory fo... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    December 18, 2020

Carlton heading toward consolidation cliff

The Carlton school board this week firmed up its position when it comes to the current standoff with the Wrenshall board and possible consolidation between the two neighboring districts. On Monday, the Carlton board agreed in a committee of the...


History Mystery

How did Alcohol Road in Wrenshall get its name? That's this week's History Mystery question. Alcohol Road is still used as an address for residents and businesses although the road is officially...


State offers some pandemic salve

Minnesota lawmakers passed new Covid-19 assistance legislation for Minnesota workers and businesses Monday night in a special session, and Governor Tim Walz signed the package into law on Wednesday.... Full story


Donor restarts meal giving

Along with the surge in Covid-19 numbers, comes another surge in local giving. For a second time, an anonymous donor has given $4,000 to the Family Tradition restaurant in Cloquet, with the idea of helping both the restaurant and the community. Kenny... Full story


Time for skating?

Cloquet’s local ice skating and hockey rinks are being prepped at Pine Valley, Pinehurst Park, Athletic Park, Sunnyside and the skating ribbon on Dunlap Island. The rink at Pine Valley is ready to go already, after volunteers from the Cloquet Area H...


Bars, restaurants to remain restricted

MPR News With COVID-19 cases moderating — but still high — across the state, and the first doses of a vaccine slowly rolling out, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday he’s extending some of the restrictions on businesses and social gathering annou... Full story


Cloquet officer gets probation for DUI

A Cloquet police officer was sentenced in Carlton County Court Monday after admitting he crashed his vehicle and fled the scene this summer, while under the influence of alcohol. Andrew Michael Murry, 34, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of...


Reservation to keep polling place

A suggestion to move the only Cloquet polling location on the Fond du Lac Reservation got shut down quickly during Tuesday night’s Cloquet City Council meeting. Reservation Business Committee (RBC) Chairman Kevin Dupuis, Jr. spoke out against the pos... Full story


Report: Native women face greater violence

Native American women and girls are far more likely than other Minnesota residents to be victims of homicide, go missing or experience others forms of violence, according to a task force established last year to address the crisis. American Indian...


Levy status across the county

It’s the time of year when local governments are approving budgets for the coming year, and tax levies to go with them. Here’s a roundup of levies passed in the past week: Cloquet School District The Cloquet School Board members approved a 2.1...


District considering return of students

Governor Tim Walz said elementary schools could return to in-person classes on Jan. 18, regardless of county Covid case rates, as long as they adopt a number of strategies to contain the spread of...


Our View: Masks remain the simple solution

News that Sunnyside, Inter-Faith and other senior care centers are struggling with Covid-19 outbreaks makes us question not their procedures, but this: Why are so many people unwilling to take the most basic step and wear masks in public? We wish...


Harry's Gang: Protesting is the American way; depending on how it's done

In a way, I actually enjoy seeing people's continued protests over the 2020 elections. Such a demonstration of civic pride and patriotism is central to the American way. Now, I certainly think they...


Vaccinations are coming; county is ready

Excitement is mounting as approval and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are here. We know these vaccines are effective at preventing people from getting sick, but we don't have enough data yet to indicate whether someone who gets vaccinated could... Full story


There's a magic to outdoor skating

Finally, the lakes froze three or more inches deep. So deep that, with temperatures in the teens or lower, snow did not stick to the surface. It seems magical to me that water I swam and paddled in...


Rodd's Ramblings: Early gift buying is my mantra this year, I think

It’s Christmas and holiday time again and that means the annual ritual of finding presents for family and friends is well underway. Usually I am a last-minute shopper, and by last minute I’m tal...


Obituaries: Alice Arlene Harju

Alice Arlene Harju, 80, of Esko passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Kettle River to Evert and Delphie... Full story


Obituaries: Victoria Catherine Permealia Schwartz

Victoria Catherine Permealia Schwartz, 97, a resident of Alborn for more than 95 years, passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2020, in her home with her family by her side. She was born on Jan. 1, 1923, to... Full story


Obituaries: Linda Shank

Beloved wife and mother Linda Shank, 69, passed away Dec. 5, 2020. Linda was born on Oct. 30, 1951, near International Falls. She called many places home, including South St. Paul, Two Harbors,... Full story


Death notices

James Steven Demenge, 70, of Cloquet passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 11, 2020, in his home. A service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. A video recording of the service will be placed on the funeral... Full story


Local shopping options abound

The holidays are fast approaching and gift buying is in full swing, but don't forget your local businesses as you search for that perfect gift for someone on your list. There is a wealth of unique... Full story


Go local with online options

There are more ways than Amazon and huge national chains to do your Christmas shopping online. The Pine Knot News is offering a free online "Shop Locally" service to all area businesses and shoppers....


Case surge meets vaccine hope at hospital

When the most recent surge of Covid-19 infections hit Carlton County in a big way, the staff at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet had to handle their own surge in patients. CMH CEO Rick Breuer... Full story


State's holiday shows accessible online

A pandemic Christmas means that many shows typically being put on in the region and statewide are now online affairs. From the Pine Knot News and Minnesota Public Radio News, here is a list of...


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