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  • Filings for office close

    Brady Slater|Jun 7, 2024

    The candidate filing period for political races subject to a primary election ended on Tuesday, yielding a ballot with more than a few surprises. In Cloquet, councilors Lara Wilkinson, Iris Keller, Kerry Kolodge and Lyz Jaakola will all run unopposed, barring a write-in campaign mounted against any of them, on the Nov. 5 ballot. In Carlton County, the commissioners’ races are a tale of three different outcomes. To replace outgoing Dick Brenner in District 1, representing west Cloquet, Scanlon and Sawyer, Sarah Plante Buhs and Caleb Dunlap will...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jun 7, 2024

    I was able to attend the Floodwood’s graduation on May 31. This class has been very special to me, as I have subbed for them since kindergarten. When you are a substitute teacher, you follow them all the way through their school years, and many of them become special friends. I’d like to share the following poem with them and all our area seniors: To the Class of 2024: I’m glad I was your teacher, and I will miss you so. I can’t believe the end is here. I hate to let you go. Remember all the...

  • Esko boys, girls rule Section 7A meet

    Kerry Rodd|Jun 7, 2024

    Section 7A is one of the largest sections in the state for track, with 22 teams with boys and girls competing to qualify individually for the week's state track meet. A plethora of Carlton County talent was headed south to St. Michael Thursday through Saturday after the May 30 section meet at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Esko won top honors in both the boys and girls divisions with the Esko girls narrowly squeaking by Two Harbors by a point and the Esko boys with an easy victory over the... Full story

  • Church Services

    Pine Knot News|Jun 7, 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 7, 2024

    FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Community Chess Club 3:30-5 p.m. Fridays through the month. Carlton VFW Post 2962 hosts a meat raffle 6 p.m. Fridays, and bingo 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 218-384-3794 Barnum Spring Fever Days through Sunday. For more, visit the Barnum Community Club social media sites, including Facebook. SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Carlton County Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 19, in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Senior dance 1-4 p.m., Cloquet VFW, with music by Two for the Road. Potluck, $10 cover. 218-210-7793 or 218-391-... Full story

  • Obituary: Elvie Marie Latvala

    Jun 7, 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

  • Legislative effects still uncertain locally

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    Since the chaotic end to the 2024 legislative session on May 19, folks back at home have been trying to figure out exactly what it all means. Local ambulance services expect to see some of the short-term emergency aid for rural EMS, but exactly how much is still uncertain. Steve Risacher, who serves on the board for the Cromwell-Wright Area Fire District, said they’re pleased something passed, but they still don’t know what it involves for the ambulance service there. How to gain access to it, and what it’s going to be used for, is still pendi...

  • Political filings end Tuesday

    May 31, 2024

    The filing period for elected offices closes Tuesday, and there were some notable additions throughout the past week. Sarah Plante Buhs filed to run for Carlton County board, seeking the District 1 post being vacated by Dick Brenner after 32 years in the seat. Buhs is currently a member of the Cloquet school board, and is executive director of the United Way of Carlton County. The District 1 seat represents west Cloquet, Scanlon and Sawyer. For Cloquet City Council, incumbent Lara Wilkinson filed to return in the at-large council seat. The...

  • Our View: Care to roll up your sleeves and run?

    May 31, 2024

    The window to run for public office closes at the end of the business day on Tuesday, when the two-week candidate filing season comes to a close. Running for local office is a big decision. A proper campaign to introduce or refamiliarize oneself with voters takes both time and fundraising for things like lawn signs. An election victory means modest or scant compensation in most cases, and comes with loads of responsibility. It requires the office holder to study and be informed on matters, and spend oodles of time in meetings and visiting with... Full story

  • Esko teams lead the way in subsection

    Kerry Rodd|May 31, 2024

    Esko teams dominated the Section 7A south subsection meet last Thursday in Crosby-Ironton as 12 boys teams and 11 girls teams hit the track with hopes of moving athletes on to the Section 7A finals Thursday in Duluth. Esko won the boys title with 135 points while Barnum and Crosby-Ironton tied for second with 92 points. Moose Lake/Willow River was fourth and Carlton/Wrenshall placed fifth. The Esko girls had 141 points and took top honors. Crosby-Ironton and Two Harbors tied for second with 97... Full story

  • Grads cherish one last moment

    Jana Peterson|May 31, 2024

    At the start of the fourth quarter of the school year, Wrenshall English teacher Joel Swanson drew a 13-foot line on the classroom whiteboard, representing the lives of this year's seniors from kindergarten through senior year. Both Wrenshall valedictorians Jack Riley and Lexis Swanson spoke about it in their commencement speeches Friday afternoon. "He marked out the last three inches of that 13 feet - the time we had remaining as students here. He told us not to take those three inches for... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    May 31, 2024

    Wednesday, May 22 Softball Section 7AAA Cloquet 7 Grand Rapids 4 Baseball Barnum 12 South Ridge 9 Esko 10 Cloquet 0 Crosby-Ironton 6 ML/WR 3 Thursday, May 23 Baseball ML/WR 23 Cook County 8 ML/WR 12 Silver Bay 8 Cherry 8 Barnum 1 South Ridge 7 Hinckley-Finlayson 0 Cromwell-Wright 5 MIB 4 Grand Rapids 8 Esko 0 Softball Section 7AAA Rock Ridge 2 Cloquet 0 Hibbing 4 Cloquet 1 Section 7AA GNK 4 Esko 2 Esko 8 Aitkin 3 Rush City 6 Barnum 5 Barnum 5 Hinckley-Finlayson 2 Section 7A Cherry 4 Carlton/Wrenshall 3 Carlton/Wrenshall 3 Cromwell-Wright 2... Full story

  • Rebels stand alone in sections

    Dwight Cadwell|May 31, 2024

    Moose Lake/Willow River is the only local team left as the Section 7 girls softball tournaments are winding down to state tournament time. After beating Cherry in a semifinal Tuesday, the Rebels advanced to the Section 7A championship for the third consecutive season. ML/WR opened the section tournament May 23 in Grand Rapids with an 8-0 victory over North Woods following a bye in the opening round of the playoffs. After the win over the Grizzlies, the Rebels topped Ely, 5-1. ML/WR had defeated... Full story

  • Area teams stay alive in early playoff rounds

    Dwight Cadwell|May 31, 2024

    The Section 7 boys baseball playoffs got into full swing Tuesday. Lots of local eyes were focused on defending Class AA state champion Esko as they opened 7AA play with victories over Two Harbors and Greenway-Nashwauk/Keewatin (GNK), scoring 25 runs in two shutout victories. Esko rolled through the regular season, dropping only two contests: one to section rival Duluth Marshall and the other to Grand Rapids. Jackson Peterson stuck out six batters in the 12-0 win over the Agates. Jamis Halverson... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 31, 2024

    Our sympathies to the family of longtime Wright resident Edna Samuelson, 91, who passed away on May 18 in Duluth. A funeral was held for her on May 24. The volunteers at the Villa Vista/Cardinal Court were thanked at a breakfast on May 22. They were treated to egg bake, muffins, fruit, coffee and juice. There are many ways to volunteer at our care facility, just stop in and ask if you can be of help in any way or take the time to visit the residents. As most of you may have noticed, the...

  • Memorial Day ceremonies set for Monday, Sunday

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2024

    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting and decorating cemetery graves or holding family gatherings. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. Local honor guard members and other veterans groups treat Memorial Day — and their stops at various cemeteries — as a sacred duty. Cloquet Combined Honor Guard Captain Rich Chassé said... Full story

  • Hail to the graduates!

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2024

    Cromwell-Wright kicked off the Carlton County high school graduation season last Friday, May 17, ending the ceremony with a spray of confetti. Many of the other graduations in the area are scheduled for today, with more next week. Starting on Page 25 of issue of the Pine Knot you will find the graduation section, with details on graduation ceremonies and photos of the members of the Class of 2024. Beginning on Page 9, find out what honors seniors received in Cloquet and Esko. The Pine Knot... Full story

  • In softball playoffs, weather is an opponent

    Dwight Cadwell|May 24, 2024

    With rain looming Tuesday, proactive school officials rescheduled Section 7 softball action for Monday afternoon to keep things set for semifinal action on Thursday. Several local teams had byes in the opening round of action in both sections 7A and 7AA. In Class AA, Moose Lake/Willow River, South Ridge and Proctor had byes as the top teams in their respective sections, while Esko, Carlton/Wrenshall, Cromwell-Wright, and Barnum all opened victoriously on Monday afternoon. Section playoffs contin... Full story

  • Filing for elected office has started

    May 24, 2024

    The filing period for elected offices opened this week, and two Cloquet city councilors are already on the list to run again. Ward 4 councilor Kerry Kolodge and Ward 3 councilor Iris Keller both filed affidavits of candidacy at City Hall on Tuesday. The Ward 3 race is for two years only. Keller was appointed to fill the seat until the next election when former councilor Chris Swanson moved outside of Ward 3; this election will determine who represents Ward 3 for the remainder of that four-year term. Other Cloquet City Council positions up for...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 24, 2024

    As of May 15, I have completed all my cancer treatments. The staff at the infusion center at St. Luke’s gave me an unexpected sendoff. They gave me a small lap quilt, a “St. Luke’s Survivor” hat pin, a certificate of completion, and sang “Happy Graduation to You.” Now my cancer journey is complete, barring any more health issues. This past year has gone by fast, but at the time I was getting chemo and radiation, it seemed like I would never be done. Again, my sincere thanks for all the prayers...

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    May 24, 2024

    Thursday, May 16 Baseball Esko 15 Mora 4 Cromwell-Wright 14 McGregor 5 Two Harbors 8 Carlton/Wrenshall 2 BOYS Lacrosse Rocori 15 CEC 8 Softball South Ridge 26 McGregor 1 Carlton/Wrenshall 15 Floodwood 3 Cloquet 6 North Branch 3 Friday, May 17 Softball Bemidji 1 Cloquet 0 ML/WR 10 Denfeld 0 Cherry 6 Barnum 0 Baseball Pequot Lakes 13 ML/WR 5 Esko 11 Pequot Lakes 5 Esko 12 ML/WR 1 Rock Ridge 8 South Ridge 3 Laporte 10 Carlton/Wrenshall 6 Roseau 4 Cloquet 3 Rush City 1 Barnum 0 Saturday, May 18 Baseball Cloquet 7 Proctor 3 Cloquet 2 Hibbing 0...

  • District celebrates $7 million project

    Brady Slater|May 17, 2024

    A chance to celebrate roughly $7 million in improvements to the Cromwell-Wright School brought out students and community members Monday. Cromwell graduates Tracey Goranson, 62, Pauly Granholm, 65, and the Koivistos - Ken, 77, and Sue, 74 - gathered on the edge of the student body, bright blue skies overhead. "It's exciting to see the progress," Goranson said. "It's been a long time coming," Granholm added. "I've been looking forward to this, to see the expressions of the kids," Ken Koivisto...

  • Photos: History made at college graduation

    Amber Nichols|May 17, 2024

    Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College included a bit of history as the first bachelor of science degrees for elementary education were handed out in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center May 9. There were 148 graduates who crossed the stage. Joradan Paulson, Nahin Gatica Cruz and Shana Aubid were the education graduates. There were 219 degrees earned in total....

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    May 17, 2024

    Thursday, May 9 Baseball Hibbing 9 Cloquet 1 Cromwell-Wright 10 Barnum 9 Cherry 11 ML/WR 1 Softball Cloquet 5 Grand Rapids 0 Silver Bay 8 Carlton/Wrenshall 4 ML/WR 8 Aitkin 4 South Ridge 15 MIB 2 Boys Tennis CEC 5 Duluth Denfeld 2 Friday, May 10 Softball Esko 12 Denfeld 4 Rush City 2 Esko 1 Princeton 2 Cloquet 0 Cloquet 7 Chisago Lakes 6 Rush City 7 Barnum 0 McGregor 14 Carlton/Wrenshall 0 ML/WR 19 Cherry 7 South Ridge 5 Hinckley-Finlayson 0 Baseball ML/WR 10 Two Harbors 0 Barnum 14 Two Harbors 3 Esko 10 Roseau 0 Carlton/Wrenshall 9 McGregor 3... Full story

  • Obituary: Eleanore Ehmann

    May 17, 2024

    Eleanore Agnes Ehmann, 102, passed away peacefully May 7, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in Cloquet to Alexander and Mabel (Brunette) Laveau. Eleanore moved to Cromwell at the age of 5, and graduated from Cromwell High School. The family then returned to Cloquet. Eleanore was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where she served on one of many Circles. She was employed at Walmart as a greeter for 19 years. Eleanore cherished every spontaneous... Full story

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