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Articles from the December 27, 2019 edition

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  • Skating tradition holds in Cloquet

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    It was all in good fun as a friendly game of hockey ebbed and flowed at the Pinehurst Park hockey rink Sunday night. Everyone just kind of showed up, said Travis Berg, who was only watching Sunday due to a concussion from playing high school hockey. The informal pickup game included several past and present Lumberjacks hockey players. The boys soccer team was also well represented. It was, after all, a pickup game - just like Minnesotans have always played for generations with sticks, pucks,... Full story

  • Winter clothing donations wanted

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    The men’s Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge campus is in need of winter clothing, including hats, scarves, coats, boots, gloves and more in sizes medium through XX large. Donations can be used, but must be clean and in good condition. Drop off donations at Common Ground Coffee Bar and Deli at 103 Avenue C in Cloquet until Jan. 3.... Full story

  • Even winter has gardening to-dos

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Carlton County Extension While some consider January and February to be a gardener’s “off season,” there’s actually plenty to do and see in the winter for the average gardener. The following are some tips and activities to get you through the bitter cold months and to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. Pruning The best time to prune most trees and shrubs is late winter or the dormant season. Pruning changes the form and growth of a plant. Pruning can also be considered preventive maintenance for both insect and disease damage. Many prob...

  • Sappi chooses locally

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    Tom Radovich is the new managing director at the Cloquet Sappi mill. The title is new, but the face is a familiar one, as Radovich has been interim mill manager for about three months and has worked at the Cloquet site since 1994, when he got an internship. Radovich is excited to lead the local mill but acknowledged that the job comes with responsibilities. "It's such an important business to the community, to so many people: not just the ones who work here, but secondary suppliers, truckers,... Full story

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this coming week. Dec. 30 1977 Legendary sports broadcaster Halsey Hall dies in his Minneapolis home at age seventy-nine. Known for his cigar-smoking, whiskey-drinking style, Hall was broadcaster of Twins games for many years and the first to use the phrase “holy cow” during a broadcast. He also coined the adjective “golden” to describe the University of Minnesota’s sports teams. Jan. 1 1893 Workers nail the final spike in the 818 miles of track stretching from Pacific Junction, Montana, to Everet...

  • Cloquet celebrates with communal Christmas dinner

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    Santa's helpers were busy in Cloquet Wednesday, serving Christmas dinner to hundreds of community members who either came to Zion Lutheran Church to enjoy the communal Christmas dinner or enjoyed ham, meatballs, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and more delivered straight to their doors. Because they had such a great volunteer turnout this year, anyone who came was served a sit-down meal after they helped themselves to various appetizers, said Vivi Johnson. The Johnson family is a driving... Full story

  • Cloquet tubing hill closed for good

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    As noted in the most recent issue of the Lumberlog by Cloquet Community Education, the Cloquet parks commission voted earlier this year to close the hills at Pine Valley to tubing “due to safety considerations and an aging tow rope system.” Pine Valley will continue to be home base for Cloquet kids’ ski jumping and Nordic skiing, as well as the CEC Nordic ski team. If you love tubing, visit Mont du Lac Resort’s brand-new Outta Bounds tubing park, which includes four speed lanes, two children’s lanes, and two custom lanes that careen through t...

  • Pine Knot holiday hours in effect

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    The Pine Knot News will go to press early for the New Year’s holiday. That means deadlines will come early for the Jan. 3 issue. For the Jan. 3 issue, please email letters to the editor, press releases and other editorial submissions to news@Pine KnotNews.com by noon Saturday, Dec. 28 and advertising requests sent to ads@Pine KnotNews.com by noon Sunday, Dec. 29. Call or stop by with any questions on Monday, Dec. 30. We will reopen Jan. 2-3. The Pine Knot offices will be closed Dec. 31 t... Full story

  • County lowers levy increase to 2.9 percent

    Dan Reed|Dec 27, 2019

    At its final meeting of 2019, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners set the property tax levy increase at 2.9 percent, shaving 1 percent from the preliminary levy set in September. This is the smallest increase in the levy for many budget cycles. “I am pleased that we came in at that figure,” board chairman Dick Brenner said. “A 2.2 precent wage increase for county employees this coming year, rising insurance costs and added staff in the sheriff’s office for state-mandated jail coverage all put pressure on the new 2020 budget.” The vote...

  • Santa spotted

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    Cloquet's Dan Lundberg made his annual Santa walk Monday and said he got a lot of positive responses from folks, and one rude response from a disgruntled child who didn't get what he wanted yet....

  • Esko keeps plugging along on future plans

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    With five chapters written (but not in stone), the process of creating the new “2040 Comprehensive Plan” for Thomson Township is nearing completion but there’s still time to give feedback on the future vision for the township. Comp plan steering committee and planning commission members along with Township supervisors met with MSA planning consultants Dec. 10 to discuss the latest draft of the plan, which outlines the community’s goals and objectives for future land use in the nearly 40 square miles of land that make up the mostly rural t...

  • Federal smoking age to rise

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion spending package that included a measure to raise the age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21. The tobacco provision makes it a violation of federal law to sell tobacco to anyone under 21, and applies to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges. The law is not immediate; it will go into effect in the summer of 2020 across the country. According to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 19 states had already raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. Youth tobacco...

  • City seeks election judges

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Election judges play an important role in administering elections. The city of Cloquet is looking for election judges for the 2020 elections including the Presidential Primary on March 3, the Primary elections Aug. 11 and the General Election on Nov. 3. (The Ward 3 Special Election will be held Feb. 11.) Anyone who is interested in working as an election judge, please contact Kris St. Arnold for more information at 879-3347, or visit the elections page on the city website at www.cloquetmn.gov....

  • Carlton, Wrenshall school survey coming soon

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    The Carlton and Wrenshall school boards will be reaching out to residents of both school districts in the coming weeks to gather input regarding school district consolidation. Both school districts have significant facility needs and residents from both districts — including the Community Advisory Committee formed by the Carlton district in 2017 — have previously encouraged both school boards to explore consolidation. The survey will ask residents to weigh in on consolidation as well as a proposed two-site consolidated school option that lea... Full story

  • Rudy Law to join Duluth law firm

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Attorneys and staff of Cloquet's 47-year-old Rudy Law Firm will become part of the Duluth-based Fryberger Law Firm, effective Jan. 1, 2020. On that date, the Cloquet firm will be known as Rudy, Gassert, Yetka, Pritchett & Helwig, a Fryberger Law Firm Practice Group. Rudy attorneys and staff will continue to operate out of offices at 813 Cloquet Avenue. "We have long respected the superb work done by the Rudy Law Firm and are looking forward to using that experience to complement and strengthen...

  • Lions provide vision screenings

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Larry Penk, George Saarela and Dick Singpiel from the Carlton Lions Club complete a vision test for a Carlton student. The Lions use a vision screener that evaluates nine different areas of vision. The Carlton Area Lions Club has provided this screening to preschool-first grade students in the Carlton, Esko and Wrenshall schools. The screening device is funded through the Lions International. Their goal is to provide this screening to all schools within Carlton County. "Thank you to the Carlton...

  • New Blankets for newborns

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    Meggan Ranta of Northwoods Credit Union and Larissa Sheff, a registered nurse at Community Memorial Hospital, show off 12 handmade baby blankets for newborns at the hospital's birthing suites. Employees at the credit union spent their noon hours and time outside of work to make the quilts as part of CUForward Day in October. They also paid for all materials used in the blankets. Contributed photo...

  • Our View: Let's have another good year in news

    Pine Knot News|Dec 27, 2019

    In just a few days we’ll welcome 2020, a bright New Year that promises certain prosperity and success for all. We at Pine Knot News are sure to have an exciting, news-filled year. And we’re certainly excited to share it with you. There’s a national election, where we’ll either choose a new President or keep the current one. And there are issues that interest us all from immigration to national defense, taxation, global warming and gun rights, from the Super Bowl to the World Series, along with the latest important gossip from Hollywood and the...

  • Harry's Gang: Taking a look back at the year that was

    Pete Radosevich|Dec 27, 2019

    I love reminiscing. A good story, well-aged, being told and re-told, brings out the nuances that develop like fine wine and cheese. Details emerge that didn’t exist in the original story. But no amount of reminiscing can turn past predictions into correct predictions. If the prediction was wrong, only history will matter. Here’s what I mean: Nationally, I predicted last year that President Trump would not likely be impeached. That’s because I thought such a move would be very bad for the count...

  • GUEST VIEW: Your local paper holds power accountable

    Reed Anfinson|Dec 27, 2019

    Good government depends on a system of checks and balances. Those who govern and those who administer the government know they are answerable to the citizenry of the community. Citizens hold government accountable through the information they are provided by the watchdogs who make up the Fourth Estate — the press. Often in our small communities we elect good people who then hire competent and good-intentioned civil servants. Our governments run smoothly, taxes are reasonable, and services are p... Full story

  • On the Mark: Japan offers insight on practical urban living

    Ann Markusen|Dec 27, 2019

    A kinder, gentler community life. That's how I'd describe Kyoto, Japan. I'm here for probably the sixth or seventh visit, including the fall I taught at Ritsumeikan University. Probably community life in Tokyo and Osaka is denser, faster and more impersonal than in Kyoto, but not as fast and furious as New York City or Los Angeles. For the past five days, Rod and I have walked many of the narrow streets around our guesthouse. Traffic is gentle, for many reasons, even on four-lane arterials....

  • CEC takes advantage of home tracks

    Jana Peterson|Dec 27, 2019

    There's no place like home. Dorothy said it first, but the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys Nordic team proved it by placing five boys in the top 10 during the varsity race Thursday as the Lumberjacks hosted their only home meet of the season. The race start area at Pine Valley was a field of white awash in activity for hours Thursday, Dec. 19. More than 360 skiers in grades 7-12 warmed up, raced, cheered each other on and then enjoyed homemade goodies in the ski chalet at the woodland park. CEC head... Full story

  • Lumberjacks best Rebels again

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 27, 2019

    Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Moose Lake Area had a rematch of girls hockey on Friday night in Moose Lake. A little over a month ago, the Lumberjacks came away with a 2-1 victory in Cloquet. Friday night the 'Jacks dominated the shot clock and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the young Rebels squad. CEC's first line scored three of their five goals and picked up a total of seven points. Kiana Bender had two goals, Taylor Nelson added a goal and two assists for three points and Dea DeLeon finished with... Full story

  • Bombers drop Panthers

    Kerry Rodd|Dec 27, 2019

    After a tightly played first half, the Barnum boys basketball team found a little something extra in the second half to take the game against South Ridge in Culver Thursday night. Barnum held a slim 20-19 halftime edge, then pulled away to a 60-51 victory by outscoring the Panthers 41-32 in the second half. Joe Peterson led Barnum in the scoring department with 20 points, along with Ty Asperheim, who had 17 points. Many of the Bombers' points came in transition in the second half as they... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Sometimes, sports heroes come to you

    Steve Korby|Dec 27, 2019

    Have you ever had the opportunity to meet your childhood or, for that matter, adulthood hero? It could be a political or religious leader, a rock or TV or movie star, a sports legend, or maybe even an astronaut. Someone, if you were to meet face-to-face, you would be so awestruck by that observers would have to tell you to please close your mouth? What makes a person a hero? Of course, people generally honor their parents and other family members, local clergy and elected officials, and even... Full story

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