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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...

  • County talks of 'breaking bread' with Band

    Brady Slater|May 24, 2024

    Members of the Carlton County board and the Fond du Lac tribal council are scheduled to meet in June. The entities meet twice annually, and the topic of how the county ought to host the meeting came up during the board’s March 14 meeting in Carlton. When Fond du Lac conducts the meetings, attendees are greeted with a catered meal. Historically, that has not been the case when the meetings are hosted by the county. “When they come here, we get them donuts and strawberries,” said county coordinator Dennis Genereau, who sought state guida...

  • Commissioner reflects on decision to step away

    Brady Slater|May 17, 2024

    Dick Brenner knows how to win an election. Eight of them, amounting to 32 years on the Carlton County board alone, to go with 17 years as a Cloquet school board member. "I have a philosophy," he said. "When you run you have to have a visible name and the best way to do that is to put out lawn signs. I had over 500 lawn signs in my district. Particularly, you need to get all the corners." Brenner also knocked on doors in his district twice each campaign season, receiving sandwiches, cookies and...

  • Letter: Please, put youth before greed

    May 17, 2024

    I just finished reading the May 3 edition of the Pine Knot. I reside in Florida now but lived and worked most of my life in Cloquet. I was very disturbed by the business article written by Brady Slater, entitled, “Tribe projects include cannabis.” I worked for more than 20 years as a guidance counselor at Washington and Churchill elementary schools in Cloquet. As part of my job duties, I taught students about drug education, peer pressure, decision making, and consequences for actions. I have taught thousands of Cloquet kids during my car... Full story

  • Bad River Band keeps fighting for rights

    Jana Peterson|May 10, 2024

    The Thunder Film Fest welcomed a regional celebrity to its screening of the "Bad River" documentary Saturday afternoon at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Mike Wiggins Jr., former chairman of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was the guest of honor and featured in the movie. "Bad River" tells the story of the Wisconsin- based Bad River Band and its ongoing fight for sovereignty - not only its recent legal battle over the 70-year-old Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and the threat...

  • College gets cannabis training funding

    May 10, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced 19 workforce development grants totaling over $2.9 million to eight Minnesota educational institutions that are partnering with Minnesota businesses to develop and deliver customized workforce training programs. Grantees expect to train more than 4,000 workers through these programs. Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College received a $30,654 predevelopment grant for a partnership with Fond du Lac Band Cannabis Corp., a startup company opening a cannabis cultivation...

  • After 32 years, Brenner won't seek board seat

    Brady Slater|May 10, 2024

    Longtime Carlton County commissioner Dick Brenner announced Tuesday he will not seek another term on the county board. Brenner is serving his 32nd year on the board, dating back to 1992. Prior to that he served on the Cloquet school board. "I am not running," Brenner said during the board's monthly committee of the whole meeting. "I've been hounded about it. I am done at the end of December." "I'm happy for you," board chair Susan Zmyslony said. Brenner resides in Cloquet and serves District 1,...

  • Letter to the Editor: I second the support for newspapers

    May 10, 2024

    I would like to echo the remarks made by Mark Cline’s recent letter calling for support of our local newspaper, the Pine Knot News. We are fortunate to have a local paper to help us keep informed of local happenings and events. The Pine Knot has an excellent, competent and friendly staff. This is evidenced by the many awards that they have received. The recent articles on the status and description of the new county jail, the status of the Cloquet Forestry Center, future building plans for the Fond du Lac band among other stories are very i... Full story

  • Tribe projects include cannabis

    Brady Slater|May 3, 2024

    A renovated hotel and casino, a new tribal justice center and a cannabis facility near the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Interstate 35 are among the projects in development by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The cannabis facility follows the direction of three other tribes - the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Red Lake and White Earth nations - since marijuana was legalized in the state in August 2023. Caleb Dunlap, spokesman for the Fond du Lac Band, declined to... Full story

  • Legislators won't back forestry center bills

    Jana Peterson|May 3, 2024

    Although University of Minnesota administrators say the transfer of the Cloquet Forestry Center is essentially a done deal, Carlton County legislators say they won't vote for bills proposed in the Minnesota House and Senate that would support the land transfer to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In response to questions posed by the Pine Knot News, Rep. Jeff Dotseth (R-Kettle River) and Sen. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) both said they would "not support" any measures to move this... Full story

  • CAFD zeroes in on house fire prevention

    Noah Beardslee|Apr 26, 2024

    Jason Eckenberg and Adam Swanson walked through the home of Cloquet resident Ed Enlund on a routine home safety visit Monday. The Cloquet Area Fire District firefighter/EMTs took note of which rooms needed smoke alarms, pulled out a ladder, and got to work. "I'd say it improves my living spaces and probably my life - more my life than living spaces," Enlund said. The lifespan of a smoke alarm is about 10 years. The CAFD's home safety visit program and American Red Cross's Home Fire Campaign... Full story

  • FDLTCC free film festival features 'Bad River'

    Apr 26, 2024

    Touted as "the future of indigenous cinema," the Thunder Film Fest offers a free day of indigenous film May 4 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. The day begins with a free breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony and a sneak peek of an international documentary and Q&A with Ojibwe and Karelian casts until noon. At 1 p.m. is the community showcase, a local short film competition. The recently released documentary film "Bad River" starts at 3 p.m. Chronicling the W... Full story

  • Search continues for missing man

    Apr 19, 2024

    After weeks of searching, Fond du Lac Reservation Mahnomen neighborhood resident Peter Michael Martin is still considered missing. The 31-year-old Fond du Lac Band member was last seen and heard from March 8. He is described as approximately 5-foot-10, 185 pounds with dark brown eyes. He has a small scar on his forehead and a number of tattoos across his left and right arms, shoulders and chest. Anyone with tips or information on Martin’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Fond du Lac Police Department at 218-878-8040, or the St. Louis C... Full story

  • Thunderbird marks first book release

    Apr 19, 2024

    Animikii Mazina'iganan: Thunderbird Press, with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, will celebrate the release of "Fur Trade Nation: An Ojibwe's Graphic History" by renowned artist Carl Gawboy 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. The well-known artist and Bois Forte Band member uses more than 800 pen and ink drawings, connecting historical records and art, oral traditions, Western and Indigenous scholarship, family history and contemporary artisans, to tell the important story of the fur trade...

  • Commissioners get education in opioids, soil conservation

    Brady Slater|Apr 19, 2024

    The Carlton County board is often audience to presentations on everything from treating invasive spongy moths to what the county's housing needs look like. Recently, the board heard a pair of presentations from local officials: an annual report from the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District on April 2 at the committee of the whole meeting, and another April 9 about how the county is spending its portion of opioid settlement money. The information-gathering sessions proved fruitful, presen...

  • Fond du Lac expands search for man

    Apr 5, 2024

    The search continues for Peter Michael Martin. The 31-year-old Fond du Lac Band member was last seen and heard from March 8. He is described as approximately 5-foot-10, 185 pounds with dark brown eyes. He has a small scar on his forehead and a number of tattoos across his left and right arms, shoulders and chest. On Monday, April 1, the Fond du Lac Band activated a full Emergency Operations Center process, requiring resources from all divisions across the tribal nation to support the search and rescue efforts for Martin. This allows search effo...

  • Road projects list is a long one

    Brady Slater|Apr 5, 2024

    A five-year plan for roughly 64 miles worth of paving and other road and bridge projects was outlined to the Carlton County board on Tuesday. The tentative list of projects presented to the committee of the whole included only a half-mile of roadway reconstruction work this summer, on 22nd Street from Washington to Prospect avenues in Cloquet, along with a number of repavement projects moving forward. The longest stretch, 9 miles of County Road 6 to Barnum, is scheduled for 2028 and will...

  • More than 700 vote in Fond du Lac primary

    Apr 5, 2024

    Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa members voted on tribal council members Tuesday, April 2, narrowing the field of primary candidates to two each for the general election on June 11. The top two vote getters in each race will advance. Current chairperson Kevin Dupuis Sr. will face Bruce Savage in June. Incumbent Wally Dupuis and challenger Michelle Debolt will face off for the District 1 (Cloquet) seat, and incumbent Roger Smith will face Earl Otis for the District 3 (Brookston) seat. The unofficial vote tallies for chair and district...

  • Obituary: Sonya Marie Skoglund

    Apr 5, 2024

    Sonya Marie Skoglund, 54, of Cloquet and a proud member of the Fond du Lac Band, passed away March 30, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Sept. 12, 1969, to Clara Northrup and Vernon Skoglund. Sonya grew up on Boulder Lake at the Silver Fox Lodge, where she enjoyed swimming, camping and playing pool in the bar, all while making lifelong friends. Sonya graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1987 and went on to earn two... Full story

  • Search continues for missing man

    Mar 29, 2024

    Although the weather halted searches this week, Peter Michael Martin remains a missing person. The 31-year-old Fond du Lac Band member was last seen and heard from March 8. He is described as approximately 5-foot-10, 185 pounds with dark brown eyes. He has a small scar on his forehead and a number of tattoos across his left and right arms, shoulders and chest. Anyone with tips or information on Martin’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Fond du Lac Police Department at 218-878-8040, or the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office at 218...

  • Search continues for missing man

    Mar 22, 2024

    Wearing fluorescent yellow vests and armed with whistles and broomsticks to help them comb through brush and other terrain, volunteers fanned out last week in search of 31-year-old Peter Michael Martin. Martin was last seen and heard from on Friday, March 8. A Fond du Lac Band member who grew up in the Reservation's Mahnomen neighborhood, Martin graduated from Albrook High School in 2011. A news release described Martin as approximately 5-foot-10, 185 pounds with dark brown eyes. He also has a s... Full story

  • Fond du Lac Band searches for missing man

    Pine Knot News staff|Mar 15, 2024

    A search was underway Wednesday morning on the Fond du Lac Reservation for a 31-year-old Native American man last seen and heard from on Friday. Peter Michael Martin is considered a missing person, according to a Fond du Lac Band news release. A search and rescue effort began at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, March 13, using police and volunteers combing the Mahnomen neighborhood. The search-and-rescue effort was being coordinated out of the Brookston Community Center at 8200 Belich Road in Cloquet.... Full story

  • Band and DNR share news on deer, moose

    Mar 8, 2024

    It was nothing but good news coming from the Fond du Lac Resource Management Division last week, as the Band announced a stable moose population, as well as favorable results in a sampling of the local deer herd for chronic wasting disease. The CWD test results, announced on social media, showed the disease was not detected in any of 161 samples provided by the Fond du Lac band and state-licensed hunters or collected roadkill from Minnesota 1837- and 1854-ceded territories and the FDL...

  • Jottings from Janis: Climate change taps into maple syrup season

    Mar 8, 2024

    In Carlton County, there are folks who harvest and process the sap that brings us the local flavor of delicious maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple candy we've come to expect each spring. This year - with the frogs already waking up because the weather is warmer heralding an early spring - the trees should be ready to tap. However, the trees are trying to bud in the warmer than usual weather. When asked whether climate change would affect maple syrup products this year, some people say it's... Full story

  • On The Farm: Organic farmers gather

    Sandy Dugan|Mar 1, 2024

    The path to healthy food systems is a convergence of many tracks beaten by Indigenous elders, ambitious innovators, eager youth, and patient visionaries. Midwest farmers are in the vanguard with gatherings such as the Marbleseed conference, the region’s premier event for organic agriculture, which took place in La Crosse, Wisconsin Feb, 22-24. Over 1,400 people gathered to share ideas and experience. Three speakers at the general session gave new energy to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Ben Hartm...

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