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 By Brady Slater    News    June 2, 2023 

USG plant celebrates 100 years

Touring the USG mill in Cloquet this week, Jenna Leger met every encounter with a greeting and a smile. She inquired about employees' families, vacations and lives in general. She knew them all not... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Outdoors    June 2, 2023 

PHOTO: Dinner is served

Mark Cline stopped by an osprey nest in Carlton just in time to witness a food delivery. He said the little ones aren't big enough to be seen over the edge of the nest yet. The nest is in the middle...


Our View: Thumbs up, thumbs down

THUMBS UP to the free tree and brush pickup currently being offered by the city of Cloquet. The city council agreed in May to contract with Cloquet-based 3D Construction to help clean up trees damaged by heavy winter snow. The contractor began Tuesda...

 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    June 2, 2023 

Harry's gang: Town hall returns; come on in

I hope some of you can join us at the “town hall” meetings we’re holding around Carlton County next week. The first is Tuesday, June 6 at the Moose Lake Brewing conference room, and the other... Full story

 By Carol Klitzke    Happenings    June 2, 2023 

Letters kept soldiers informed

Last Saturday a small group gathered in Hillcrest Cemetery to recognize a family of heroes: the Edward and Mabel Kennedy family of Cloquet. The Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet is named after...

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Freshman wonder wins title

Lumberjacks tennis player Ethan Lavan has had a strong season. Last Thursday, he capped off the regular season by laying claim to the Section 7A individual championship ... as a freshman. Lavan is... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    June 2, 2023 

Revival rally isn't enough for Eskomos

The Section 7AA softball tournament opened May 23 with Esko pulling out a convincing 12-1 victory over Two Harbors. That was the first of many games for Esko over the next week as they tried to get a... Full story


Obituary: Blanche Mae "Sue" Karjala

Blanche Mae "Sue" Karjala, 90, of Cloquet passed away May 25, 2023, at Essentia Health Miller-Dwan, with her family by her side. She was born on March 29, 1933, in Jamestown, North Dakota to Herman... Full story


Obituary: Anthony J. Mullen

Anthony J. Mullen, 60, passed away after a long battle with cancer on May 26, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Yelda; parents, Patricia and Jerome; siblings, Michael Andrew and Elizabeth Meseke;... Full story


Obituary: Duane Gurneau

Duane Gurneau, 90, of Lakeville, Minnesota, passed away on Dec. 16, 2022. Duane was born Nov. 1, 1932 in Cloquet, where he resided for 37 years. He played football in high school, in the bygone era... Full story


Obituary: Donna Mae Baker

Donna Mae Baker, 91, of Cloquet passed away May 24, 2023 at Barnes Care Assisted Living in Esko. She was born to Stanley and Martha (Shurcek) Tillman. Donna was united in marriage to Jerome Baker on... Full story


Obituary: Patricia Caroline Johnson

Patricia Caroline Johnson, 89, of Elk River passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Guardian Angels by the Lake with her daughters by her side. Patricia was born Sept. 14, 1933, to Joseph and Sena (Madsen) Weckert. She was born and raised in Cloquet, a... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Calendar    June 2, 2023 

Church Services

Bethany-Bethlehem Lutheran Parish Bethany Lutheran Church 5660 Hwy 210, Cromwell 218-644-3640, [email protected] Worship 10:30 a.m., includes Sunday School Online recording posted on Facebook following 10:30... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Calendar    June 2, 2023 

Community Events Calendar

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Community chess club 3:30-5 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. Also June 9, 16 & 30. SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Carlton County farmers market 9 a.m. to noon, in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Hwy 33 S., Cloquet.... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Calendar    June 2, 2023 

Senior Lunch Menu

Arrowhead Senior Nutrition Menu: Friday, June 2 Pork chow mein, pudding Sat-Sun, June 3-4 Closed, frozen meals available Monday, June 5 Special of the Day Tuesday, June 6 Cauliflower and cheese soup, Ham and cheese sandwich, cookie Wednesday, June 7... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 26, 2023

Countywide Memorial Day services set

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... Full story


Local projects see benefits from legislative session

Both legislative bodies approved a capital investment package to fund infrastructure projects around the state Monday, just hours before the session adjourned. It included funding for three District...


Harry's Gang: Traditions hold on holiday

I’ll bet many of you are clearing brush this weekend. I know my family will be. If city residents pile all our brush on the side of the roads within the Cloquet city limits, the city will come by... Full story


Our View: Mascot name change is inevitable now

The writing is on the wall, as plain as the nickname Eskomos and accompanying igloo are on the school walls, floors and uniforms of Esko sports teams. The state has spoken, and nicknames appropriating terms regarding Native peoples are no longer allo... Full story


From the Intern: It's good to be here for the summer

My name is Edward Schulstrom, and I am the new summer intern at the Pine Knot. I have always been a member of the Carlton County community since I was born on my parents' farm in 2003. As a farm kid,... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 19, 2023

Board removes HRA director

The Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority’s board of commissioners fired the agency’s executive director on Friday, May 12. Residents in facilities run by the HRA received word that Debra Shaff was “no longer employed” after a...


10,000 trees headed this way soon

Pine Knot News advertising director Ivan Hohnstadt had a tree-mendous idea three years ago. “Let’s give away 10,000 tree seedlings to celebrate the Pine Knot News being named the most outstanding... Full story


Harry's Gang: An ode to AM radio

Gilligan and his pals relied on it to keep (relatively) sane. Fortunes have been made, legacies created, ordinary people turned into superstars. It’s been central to many movies and at least two bel... Full story

 By Brady Slater    Sports    May 19, 2023

Local college athletes shine in track meets

Freshman soars at college meet Cloquet native and 2022 graduate Olivia Jameson finished a standout conference meet earlier this month at De Pere, Wisconsin May 5-6. A freshman architecture major from... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    May 12, 2023

Sales lot owner dispute continues with city

The conflict between an outspoken business owner and the Wrenshall city council spiked again last week, when the council voted to send a letter informing Jeff Bloom he was out of compliance with city...


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