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  • Voters opt for new FDL leader

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Two of three incumbents were upset in Tuesday's elections for leadership of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Bruce Savage will be the new chairman of the Reservation Business Committee, defeating two-term incumbent Kevin Dupuis Sr., by 52 votes, 478 to 426. Earl Otis defeated Roger Smith 104 to 69 for District 3 (Brookston) representative. District 1 (Cloquet) incumbent Wally Dupuis defeated Michelle DeBolt, 343 to 233. All three were elected to four-year terms that will begin in...

  • Broadband buildout begins

    Brady Slater|Jun 14, 2024

    Erik Peterson does what he loves, consulting for grassroots advocacy in agriculture, the environment and social justice. It finds him regularly doing work with people all over the world, including as far away as Australia. All of it he does from his home off North Cloquet Road in Esko, since 2009. For some tasks, he's got to make sure his wife is not on the computer, so that his internet connection through telephone lines isn't disrupted. It was years before the Petersons learned that not all... Full story

  • Experience here leads to state crown

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Ellie Evenson is not your typical beauty queen. Crowned Miss Minnesota for America Strong on June 2, the Cloquet grad wrestled her senior year at Cloquet High School and portrayed a delightfully wicked witch in the "Wizard of Oz," the school fall musical in 2022. Evenson would also say the Miss Minnesota for America Strong is also not a stereotypical pageant. Part of the Mrs. America organization - which also includes Mrs. America World and Mrs. World - participants are encouraged to be... Full story

  • Closed for Juneteenth

    Jun 14, 2024

    Carlton County office will be closed Wednesday in honor of the Juneteenth Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public Health, Motor Vehicle License Bureau, Veterans Service Office, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service/Carlton County. The Hwy 210 Transfer Station will be open Wednesday. Cloquet City Hall is also closed Wednesday and the U.S. Postal Service....

  • Sign up for Nixle

    Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet area residents who want to receive text messages or emails with public safety news should register with the Cloquet Police Department’s Nixle service. Nixle was created for local law enforcement, designed to notify the public of community updates, public advisories and emergency alerts. To sign up for notifications and alerts using the Nixle messaging system, text the city’s zip code (55720) to 888777 and follow the prompts, or follow the link https://local.nixle.com/register. Nixle also offers an anonymous tip line for the public to...

  • Senior day is a blowout success

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    The senior citizens turned out early for the fifth annual Cloquet Senior Day, and found lots of vendors, food trucks and information waiting for them. Almost 30 vendors lined the walkways southeast of the picnic shelter at Veterans Park, offering everything from jewelry and cookware to cleaning services and free newspapers, plus a wide array of booths simply offering information about local resources for more than 150 seniors, plus plenty of free swag for the taking. WKLK's Dwight Cadwell...

  • Cleanup begins at Superfund site in Esko

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Two parking lots in downtown Esko are the site of the latest Superfund cleanup in Carlton County. The site in Esko amounts to the Post Office and its lot, plus another lot used as an auxiliary student parking lot by Esko High School during the school year. Similar to the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station in Cloquet, dry cleaning chemicals are the main culprit. A building on the site that was first a creamery, then a coin-operated dry cleaner, was demolished in the 1980s. Chemicals used in dry...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jun 14, 2024

    The Cromwell community thanks Terry and Peggy Olson and family for putting up all the American flags on veteran graves for Memorial Day. Remembering our veterans with flags is a great tradition. Take time to fly the flag on Flag Day, June 14. Several area folks motored to Pine River on June 8 to celebrate Ryanne Schultz’s graduation from high school and college. Ryanne got a two-year community college degree along with her high school diploma, all while working part time in her junior and s...

  • Weather and missed putts hurt Cloquet at State

    Steve Korby|Jun 14, 2024

    Steve Korby [email protected] The Cloquet High School boys golf team competed in the Class AA Minnesota State Golf Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lumberjacks finished seventh in the eight-team field. Cloquet had won the section tournament on six straight occasions and has placed higher at state, including a championship in 2021, but this year the top teams from around Minnesota played better over two days in a rain-shortened event. The tournament was held, again, at the Ridges At Sa... Full story

  • Future bright for 'Jacks after State

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 14, 2024

    The Cloquet Lumberjacks top boys finisher at last weekend's Class AA Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls track and field state meet was Andrew Shepherd, who was ninth in the 800-meter run. The state meet ran last Thursday through Saturday at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Shepherd was also part of the 4x800 relay team which finished 13th, along with Calvin Snesrud, Emmett Prosen and Evan Rothamel. "Shepherd is going to be awfully fun to watch in his next two seasons," said... Full story

  • Cloquet's Lavan splits matches at State

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet-Esko-Carlton tennis player Ethan Lavan continues to make an impression on the statewide tennis scene. After capturing the Section 7A boys tennis title for a second straight season, Lavan played in the Minnesota state tennis tournament at Read-Sweatt Family Tennis Center last week. "Ethan is just one of those players who don't care how people look at him," said CEC coach Derek Johnson. Lavan came out in impressive fashion and won his first-round match easily before bowing out in the... Full story

  • Cloquet Honor Rolls

    Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet High School Second semester honor rolls. A Honor Roll Grade 9 Olivia Aldridge Ella Anderson Olivia Battaglia Ava Belgarde Carley Bjerkness Devin Cary Halie Chartier Jayten Clark Franklin Cossey Kayla Covington Noah Cunningham Hailee Defoe Joseph Dillon Daisie Gustafson Amaija Halli Eli Heehn Averie Hoffmann Lovissa Hughes Kyra Kramer Emma Lamere Isaiah Langer Jordan Linder Theresa Loisel Makenzie Lynch Rana Majerle Brendan Malloy Matthew Mangan Cecelia Moench Tenique Moose Cadence Niemi Jacob Parks Adalynn Pecore Aubrey Perrault Ariel... Full story

  • College Notes

    Jun 14, 2024

    The University of Minnesota Duluth announced its dean’s list for spring semester for students with grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Students on the list from the area include: Barnum: Andrew Korioth, Madeleine Manahan. Carlton: Rochelle DeLovely, Maxwell Moors, Ezekiel Palmer, Myah Struck, John Waltjer, Haley Willet. Cloquet: Benjamin Bauer, Nathan Clement, Korah Crane, Alexis Goranson, Nick Kallevig, Caley Kruse, Jordan Leimer, Emma Macdonald, Casey Marciniak, Brynn Martin, Camden Pollard, Garrett Pollard, Madison Preteau, Jordyn R...

  • Church Services

    Pine Knot News|Jun 14, 2024

    Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] www.esko-apostolic.org Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all ages 11 a.m. coffee & fellowship Services on Esko Apostolic YouTube channel Bethany/Bethlehem Lutheran Parish www.bethanybethlehem.org Bethany Lutheran Church 5660 Hwy 210, Cromwell 218-644-3640 bethany55726@ yahoo.com Worship 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School Women’s bible study 9:30 a.m. first Wed. Bethany Beacons women’s ministry 9 a.m. sec... Full story

  • Community Events Calendar

    Pine Knot News|Jun 14, 2024

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Moose Lake Public Library book sale and vendor and craft sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Riverside Arena, 20 Earl Ellens Dr., Moose Lake. Also 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Community Chess Club 3-4:30 p.m. Fridays through the month, Cloquet Public Library. The Tri-Community Food Shelf is open 3-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 5597 Highway 210, Cromwell. Serving Cromwell, Tamarack and Wright residents. “Who Gives a Hoot?” 7-7:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Meet at the River Inn Visitor Center for this program on how nature built a better mou... Full story

  • Obituary: Edward "Skip" Philip Pelerin Jr.

    Jun 14, 2024

    Edward "Skip" Philip Pelerin Jr. was born on April 14, 1936, to Edward Philip Pelerin Sr. and Cecelia Catherine (Douglas) Pelerin on the White Earth Reservation. Skip graduated from Cloquet High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country for four years as a radio airborne operator in the Korean War. Following his service, he met Mary Jo Gooler, and they were united in marriage on May 14, 1960, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota. Skip and Mary Jo... Full story

  • Obituary: Ellen Lorraine Lane

    Jun 14, 2024

    Ellen Lorraine Lane, 91, of Cloquet, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024 at her home. Ellen was born on October 27, 1932 to Anthony and Anna Vafias in Perch Lake Township, near Carlton, MN. She was married to LeRoy Lane. Ellen was the owner of Cloquet Transit and LCS Coaches for many years. She attended Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, Journey Christian Church and was in the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy J.E. Lane. "I want you to know that there is... Full story

  • Obituary: Elvie Marie Latvala

    Jun 14, 2024

    Elvie Marie Latvala, 91, of Cromwell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She was born at home on September 21, 1932, to Carl and Alvina Maijala of Tamarack, Minnesota. Elvie attended the Patrick School in Clark township (a.k.a. the Red Brick School) and McGregor High School. She married Lauri Latvala on March 31, 1949, and was a traditional homemaker for a number of years. She graduated from the American School of Correspondence in 1962 and from the University of Wisconsin,... Full story

  • Obituary: Mary Jane Diver

    Jun 14, 2024

    RC JP Mary Jane Diver, 73, of Cloquet passed away on June 6, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on July 5, 1950, to George and Emma (Reed) Diver. Mary Jane gained a second family with the staff and other residents at Pine Ridge Homes, where she resided for many years. She was always up for an adventure and loved to observe the goings-on of those around her. Mary often spent time beading bracelets and other items and loved to barter her work for her f... Full story

  • Obituary: Darlene A. Mattinen

    Jun 14, 2024

    Darlene A. Mattinen, 80, of Goodland, Minnesota, passed away June 2, 2024, surrounded by family at St. Luke's Medical Center in Duluth. Darlene was born in 1944 to LeRoy and Isabel Erickson in Shafter, California. She grew up in the Cloquet area, graduating from Cloquet High School. After high school, Darlene became a licensed practical nurse. She met the love of her life, Tom, through their parents, and the pair was married on Aug. 31, 1963. Darlene worked as an LPN in various places,... Full story

  • Obituary: Jan Prevost

    Jun 14, 2024

    Jan Prevost, 81, of Cloquet passed away peacefully June 6, 2024, after battling pancreatic cancer. She was born Sept. 25, 1942, to John and Dorothy (Shovein) Lightfoot in Cloquet. She married Thomas Prevost on Sept. 26, 1964. Throughout the years, Jan worked for First National Bank, North American Cable Company, Schafter’s Jewelry and Johnson Company. She also served as a guardian ad litem, on the board of directors for the Pine Ridge care center, and was a member of the Red Hat Society. In h... Full story

  • Obituary: Russell Schmidt

    Jun 14, 2024

    Russell Schmidt died May 25, 2024, at VitaCare Living in Proctor. Russell was born June 24, 1939, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Nathan (Kerryn); stepchildren, Julie Toland (Randy) and Mark Tusler (Melanie); brother-in-law, Richard Nordean (Lois); sister-in-law, Elaine Schmidt; brother Bill; grandchildren, Jordan Toland, Jerad Toland, Taylor Schmidt, Zoe Schmidt, Alissa Kiefer, Jack Kiefer, Maddy Tusler, Marissa Tusler and Bennett Tusler; great-grandchildren, Lennix Toland, Aziley Toland, Rylen Toland,... Full story

  • A look at the Tamarack mine

    Brady Slater|Jun 7, 2024

    Pull into Tamarack, 36 miles west of Cloquet on Highway 210, and it’s easy to locate the publicly traded mining company that wants to extract nickel from deep beneath the grassy swamps that surround the town. Visible from the city park, what’s notable about Talon Metals headquarters is that it’s located in a small yellow house. Across from the office on Warren Street, there’s an open garage where workers process the company’s core samples. For a mining company, it looks an awful lot like a co... Full story

  • Alarm saves animals

    Jana Peterson|Jun 7, 2024

    Alert neighbors heard smoke alarms and called 911 last week, leading to the rescue of two dogs and a number of cats, along with the prevention of much-more serious fire damage. Cloquet Area Fire District firefighters were called to a possible structure fire at approximately 2 p.m. May 29 on the 300 block of Second Street in Cloquet. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the first level of a two-story home, but the homeowner wasn’t home. They quickly located the fire and e... Full story

  • Civil War veteran honored

    Jun 7, 2024

    Charles "Carl" Oswell, the last Civil War veteran buried in Carlton County, was honored in a ceremony at the Atkinson Community Cemetery on Saturday, June 1. Born in Oslo, Norway, in 1847, Oswell enlisted into Company C of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Feb. 15, 1865. He served in Georgia and mustered out on July 8 in Savannah, Georgia. He and his wife, Juliana, moved to the Twin Lakes area in Carlton County in 1900. They raised eight children. He died at age 90 in 1938,... Full story

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