Articles from the December 22, 2023 edition

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Creating, giving: Hazel's Christmas spirit

Allow Hazel her moment. Allow her to consider herself one of Santa's elves. She certainly fits the bill. This holiday season, Hazel Aili stuffed the donation box at South Terrace Elementary with 19... Full story


Free Christmas dinner returns

All Carlton County residents are, once again, invited to enjoy a free Christmas meal 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Dec. 25 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1000 Washington Ave. in Cloquet. The Christmas menu features... Full story


Cloquet musician pens Duluth rock 'n roll book

As a teenager growing up in West Duluth in the 1970s, music really mattered to James Wiita, even more than school sometimes. He's been revisiting those times in recent years, as he researched and... Full story


He's got an 84-year-old Rudolph relic

Pine Knot subscriber Billy Anderson shared his own piece of Christmas history: an original "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" book. Handed down to him by his grandmother, Claudia Johnson, the book was... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 22, 2023

Housing issues rise as priority in '24

For a minute, the demolition field outside of a home on Third Street in Cloquet made it appear as if an explosion had taken the porch clean off. Come to find, it was the work of Lagom Restoration, of... Full story


'It's never OK to murder, even if you're doing it to help'

Given the choice between watching his wife continue to suffer or ending her life, Raymond Julian told the courtroom that he chose to honor her request to die. He would do it again, given the same... Full story


Photo: A big tribute

The Esko Fire Department marked the passing of one of their own by hanging an enormous American flag between two ladder trucks outside Nelson Funeral Home Friday morning. Esko grad Scott Allan... Full story


State flag, seal are a done deal (mostly)

Run it up the flagpole: Minnesota will have a new flag with a shape that resembles — well, itself — along with an eight-point North Star and a single, light blue block to the other side. The State...  Website


Obituary: Shirley E. Thompson

Shirley E. Thompson, age 69, of Esko, passed away Monday, December 18, 2023, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born September 1, 1954, in Duluth, the daughter of Charles and Delores... Full story


Nordic skiers making do, minus the snow

The third weekend of December saw green grass and puddles at Pine Valley, where pine trees loom above a network of trails. There was no sign of the usual ski jumping and Nordic skiing that keep the... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    December 22, 2023

Raptors' opening win streak snapped

The Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors had some momentum going into the inaugural boys basketball season for the paired schools, reeling off four straight victories in wins over Cook County, East Central,... Full story


We can all help the watersheds

For much of the history of this country, rivers, lakes and waterways served as our sewers. That is until the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire for the 13th time in 1969. This prompted the passage of... Full story


Wrenshall schools levy set within $4K of last year

The Wrenshall school board approved a 2024 levy nearly identical to its previous figure, $1,513,112 — some $4,557 less than the current levy. Superintendent Jeff Pesta called it a “negligible reduction,” during Monday’s Truth in Taxation...

 By Ted Lammi    News    December 22, 2023

Carlton looks to hire elementary principal

Carlton schools superintendent Donita Stepan plans to relinquish her role as elementary principal at South Terrace Elementary and focus solely on her superintendent duties. Stepan wears two hats now, part of an arrangement conceived earlier this...


Recycle your Christmas tree, Xmas lights

Carlton County residents are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees during Treecycling, a free program with drop-off locations throughout the region. Christmas trees, like yard waste, are banned from landfills in Minnesota. Dispose of trees properly b... Full story


Holiday break at the Knot

The Pine Knot News office will be closed the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. We will not produce a paper that week, and encourage readers to take their time perusing the special North Pole News section in this week’s paper. Obituaries... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 22, 2023

Unpacking the county levy, up 3.99%

More people phoned Carlton County to complain about tax increases than attended the Dec. 12 Truth in Taxation hearing. More than 30 people called the county to deliver messages about “unsustainable” increases, or to say, “you’re taxing us... Full story


Grant will help city manage EAB-infested trees

At the final meeting of 2023, Cloquet City Council members prepared for 2024. They selected the Pine Knot News as the city’s official newspaper, approved standing rules and selected at-large councilor Lara Wilkinson as the acting mayor again, to...


Fire District: Fire and ambulance levies to increase

Property tax levies will increase in 2024 after the Cloquet Area Fire District board unanimously approved the tax and budget changes at Wednesday night’s meeting. The fire levy and ambulance levy will increase 2.99 percent and 2.83 percent,...


Harry's Gang: More 'we' needed in discourse

Opinions are as unique as fingerprints. Everybody has one, and every one is different, even if only slightly. In politics, we gather together based on our opinions, much like metal shavings around a... Full story


Thumbs up, thumbs down

Welcome to the final newspaper of 2023. For the first time in our five-year history, the Pine Knot News will be closed for a week, taking off the final week of the year, meaning there will be a two-week gap until the publishing of the Jan. 5 edition.... Full story


Korby's Connections: Cold finally leads to inside baseball

Obviously, it has been a strange winter. I didn’t (but could have) rake leaves in Cloquet on Dec. 18. There was no snow, but it was too windy. It’s wacky. The Rugged Spruce Senior Golf League in... Full story



Thursday, Dec. 14 Girls Hockey MLA 3 Duluth 2 Boys Hockey International Falls 5 MLA 4 (OT) Girls Basketball South Ridge 69 McGregor 30 Hinckley-Finlayson 72 Carlton/Wrenshall 31 North Woods 60 ML/WR 58 Boys Basketball Carlton/Wrenshall 79...


Bombers best Rebels

Entering Tuesday night’s girls basketball game, both Barnum and Moose Lake/Willow River sported the same record: one win and four losses. With the schools just 8 miles up the road from each other,... Full story


Girls hockey: Visiting Mirage blank Lumberjacks

Izzy Fairchild helped the Proctor/Hermantown Mirage jump out to an early lead in the first period and go on to a 4-0 win Tuesday night over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in... Full story


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