Articles from the December 30, 2022 edition

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Holiday meal honors longtime volunteer

The dining hall and kitchen at Cloquet's Zion Lutheran Church were filled with the Christmas spirit Sunday, as volunteers and community members came together to celebrate. Joanne Lehrke was dressed... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 30, 2022

A look back on the year that was

As 2022 came to a close, Rep. Mike Sundin left the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul one last time on Wednesday. But not before the Esko Democrat cleared out his office after 10 years as a... Full story


History Mystery: He was on the scene of big fire

Kermit Nielsen of Cloquet had some interesting recollections spurred by the Dec. 16 History Mystery item about a pulpwood fire at Northwest Paper in April of 1963. News reports at the time said a ligh...


Cold, ice, wind lead to accidents

The wet snowstorm that fell on the region two weeks ago - causing many headaches with power outages - was followed by subzero temperatures and howling winds just before Christmas, making for slick...


All is quiet on fire service taxes front

What a difference a year makes. Last December, nearly two dozen upset Thomson Township residents attended the Cloquet Area Fire District truth-in-taxation hearing, many of them to address the board about a more than 300-percent increase in their...


Christmas Lighting winners announced

The 2022 Christmas Lighting Challenge results are in and the community has chosen their favorite homes and businesses in Duluth, Superior, Cloquet and Hermantown. Hundreds of votes are in and over 10,000 people viewed the online map leading up to... Full story


County holiday hours

All Carlton County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public H... Full story


Pine Knot closed Monday

The Pine Knot News office at 122 Avenue C in Cloquet will be closed Monday, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday, reopening Tuesday for normal business hours....


DNR warns slush weighs down ice

This month’s snowstorm that dropped heavy, wet snow across much of the state has significantly affected ice conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Slush adds weight to the ice and its effects can be unpredictable. I...


Beware pests in holiday greenery

Holiday greenery and Christmas trees bring joy throughout the season, but they can also hide dangerous hitchhikers. Diseases and invasive species can make their way into our landscapes on trees and boughs brought into Minnesota from other states. To...


Family business carries on after fire

A fire in rural Cloquet has left North State Services garbage haulers - often referred to as "the one with the pink bins" - scrambling, but determined. "We take it day by day," said Lynnette Hansen,... Full story

 By Dan Reed    News    December 30, 2022

Board raises county levy 6.55%

Budget discussions for the 2023 Carlton County fiscal year finally culminated at the board of commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 27 with a 4-0 vote for a 6.55-percent increase in the county’s property tax levy. Commissioner Tom Proulx was absent. A p... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    December 30, 2022

Cloquet football coach arrested on DWI charges

Cloquet High School head football coach Jeff Ojanen faces a pair of impaired driving charges filed Tuesday in Sixth District Court in Carlton. Ojanen had been arrested and finger-printed by Cloquet police early in the morning on Dec. 23 and was...


New year, new laws start up

The following are select new laws passed during the 2022 session — and one from 2021 — of the Minnesota Legislature that take effect Jan. 1. Commerce • Annuity sales law updates best interest standards in annuity sales to help protect consu...

 By Dan Reed    News    December 30, 2022

County board approves pay increases

County commissioners set the salary rates, per-diems, meal reimbursements and mileage for the next year at its final regular meeting of the year Tuesday. Department heads, confidential, and other non-union employees received a 2.75-percent increase... Full story

 By Kirsi Marohn    News    December 30, 2022

Environmental reviews required on more projects

Minnesota's environmental review process will now require developers of new highways, industrial plants, livestock feedlots and large housing developments to calculate their project's carbon footprint...  Website


Seasonal projects

'Tis the season for making, at least at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. While school was not in session, the Thirteen Moons Extension Program, Ashi-Niswi Giizisoog, and the Environmental...


Our view: Public notices must stay in papers

As a hyper-local newspaper, the Pine Knot News is a lean and keen newspaper. There are no unnecessary additives or sweeteners in the product you enjoy each week. And that includes the back of the paper, often filled with public notices. These...


Getting through a stroke

Stroke. I never thought I'd be speaking from experience, but I had a stroke on Oct. 7. It was frightening, but, so far, I haven't become disabled. While we're publishing more than two months later, I... Full story


Obituary: George E. Hughes

George E. Hughes, 96, passed away Dec. 23, 2022, at New Perspective in Cloquet. He was born Jan. 24, 1926, in Crow Wing, the son of Loren and Ellen (Kile) Hughes. George had resided in the Cloquet... Full story


Obituary: Cheri Crane

Cheri Crane, 92, tap danced her way to heaven to sing with the angels on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Aitkin County, the second of five girls. She grew up in the Kimberly an... Full story


Obituary: Lois Marie Johnson

Lois Marie Johnson passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, after a 10-year courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. She was born April 22, 1952, in Duluth, the second daughter of Oscar and... Full story


Randall "Randy" D. Luing

Randall "Randy" D. Luing, 71, of Cloquet passed away in his home on Dec. 25, 2022. He was born May 18, 1951, in Mahtowa, the son of Kenneth and Isabelle (Patton) Luing. Randy graduated from Moose... Full story


Death notice: Vernon Johnsen Jr.

Vernon Johnsen Jr. Dec. 30, 1957 - Dec. 27, 2022 Vernon Johnsen Jr., 64, Carlton, Minn., died Tuesday, Dec. 27, in his home. Visitation: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2023 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko. Visitation will... Full story


Applause for the newly ordained

Laura Mills Anderson was ordained Dec. 17, surrounded by friends, family and an extended church community who came together at Cloquet's Zion Lutheran Church to celebrate with joyful ceremony the... Full story


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