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Articles from the December 24, 2021 edition

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Schools navigate Covid shifts

After seeing Covid-19 cases climb precipitously this month, Wrenshall school district officials sent students an early Christmas present — letting kids out of school five days early — in hopes of... Full story

 
 By Rebekah King    News    December 24, 2021

Residents, board fight back on fire district taxes

Thomson Township residents and its board of supervisors are still unhappy with the proposed tax increase levied by the Cloquet Area Fire District. After attending the truth-in-taxation public hearing and the monthly CAFD board meeting earlier this...

 

history mystery solved!

An alert reader sent us his discovery after seeing this photo printed in the Dec. 3 issue of the Pine Knot News. Sean Sundquist said he recognized it as a shot of what was known as the Outlaw Bridge...

 

Music legend honored

Marge Stillwell has been giving the gift of music at the Presbyterian Church in Cloquet for more than six decades, and last week a group of musicians decided to return the favor. They held a birthday... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    December 24, 2021

With school saved, massive cuts loom

It was difficult to hear the pleas from students, parents and other district residents begging the school board to keep Carlton High School open. They were talking through masks and the speakers hangi... Full story

 

Former coach gets a year in jail

The victim spoke first in Thursday’s sentencing hearing for the former Barnum girls basketball coach. She talked about how she fell in love with basketball at age 12, and how the sport is forever tainted by her experience. She shared how her...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    December 24, 2021

New jail funding and land is secured

Unanimously, the Carlton County board of commissioners approved the sale of $10,000,000 worth of bonds to pay for early planning and early construction costs of the new jail/justice center to be built just south of Olsonville at Carlton Junction. In...

 

Cloquet grad in Olympic trials

Cloquet Class of 2019 grad Aidan Ripp is competing in the U.S. Olympic Team trials in Lake Placid today, hoping to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics in China in February. Ripp, a... Full story

 

Former Pedro's building debated

After repeated attempts to contact the owners of the building that formerly housed first Mexico Lindo, then Pedro's Mexican restaurant, Cloquet City councilors voted Tuesday to declare the historic...

 

Board rolls back budget, stiff tax increase

After a month of hearing from irate taxpayers in mostly Thomson Township, the Cloquet Area Fire District is right back where it started 12 months ago. Following the CAFD Board vote Wednesday at the...

 

Wish list is at $8 million; paying for it is up in air

At a special meeting Dec. 7, the Barnum school board approved, by a 4-3 vote, specific facility maintenance projects totaling more than $8 million. However, board members tabled anything to do with funding those projects this week. Some of the items...

 

Our View: Past is prologue in this season

We can’t say it any better, so, for Christmas, we again share with you the prose poem, “Desiderata,” written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. The title itself means things that are desired or wanted, in this case, desired qualities of the soul and of...

 

Harry's gang: From our family to yours, a letter on our past year

Greetings from the Pine Knot News family in Carlton County. It’s been quite a year for the family, so we’re excited to share this with our friends and extended family during this holiday season.... Full story

 

On The Mark: Economic development thrives in Carlton County

Carlton County workers and businesses are receiving economic development support through funds provided by the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)....

 

Hot stove burns red for Twins fans

Santa Claus came a few weeks early, bringing presents for Minnesota Twins fans. First was the news that Byron Buxton had signed a long-term million-dollar contract. The talented but oft injured... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: Carlton board didn't support anything

The Carlton school board vote taken Monday, Dec. 20, on the proposed grade 9-12 tuition agreement with Cloquet did not result in a vote of support for the school and community — as it appears at face value — but rather a vote to dissolve the...

 

Letter to the editor: Thanks for story on relative, plaque

My family and I would like to thank John Prouty, Jim Meikle, and the Pine Knot staff for their part in looking up information on our uncle Sig. It occurs to me that Sig may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which was not... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: Take the fluff out of infrastructure bill

Regarding the Dec. 10 Harry’s Gang column by Pete Radosevich about U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber and his vote against the infrastructure bill last month: Maybe, just maybe, Pete Stauber wanted a vote of true infrastructure (roads, bridges). What... Full story

 

With rapid spread, a clamor for tests

With travel expected to be near pre-pandemic levels, the demand for Covid tests - as well as vaccinations - are up across the board. The fast-spreading omicron variant adds urgency. State health... Full story

 

Obituary: Nancy L. Mrosla

Nancy L. Mrosla, 67, of Carlton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born July 26, 1954, in Gilbert, the daughter of Peter and Siiri (Nevalainen) Nissinen.... Full story

 

Obituary: Shirley Ann Saaristo

Shirley Ann Saaristo, 76, of Cloquet passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 in her home with her loving family by her side. She was born July 13, 1945 in Cloquet to Carl "Hank" and Irene Glade... Full story

 

Obituary: Richard Walter Lundquist

Richard W. Lundquist, 74, of Esko passed away Dec. 17, 2021, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. He was born September 17, 1947, in Alexandria, the son of Raymond and Ruby (Schwartz) Lundquist. Richard... Full story

 

Obituary: Cliford John Gallup

Cliford John Gallup, 70, of Wrenshall passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 in The North Shore Estates in Duluth. He was born Sept. 25, 1951 in Cloquet to Eugene and Marie Gallup of Wrenshall. He is... Full story

 

Obituary: Arthur D. Line

Arthur D. Line, 90, of Cloquet passed away Dec. 21, 2021 at Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton, after a courageous battle with cancer of the tongue. He was born March 15, 1931 in Cromwell to James and... Full story

 

Death Notices

Mary Linda Mettner, 72, of Cloquet passed into eternal life Nov. 9, 2021. Due to Covid-19, the memorial service scheduled for Jan. 15 at Zion Lutheran Church has been postponed. Nelson Funeral Care, 218-879-3225 Dorothy Arlyne Lisignoli, 91, passed... Full story

 

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