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  • Obituary: Chad Timonen

    Jun 7, 2024

    Chad Richard Timonen, 43, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, passed away at Fairview Ridges Hospital on March 28, 2024, with his family by his side. Chad was born June 14, 1980, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and was raised in Beaver Township. He graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1998. Chad worked in various industries, including farming, the railroad, truck driving, logging, over-the-road heavy haul, driving tow trucks and, most recently, for Castle Rock Contracting &... Full story

  • Obituary: Benjamin McLain

    Jun 7, 2024

    Benjamin R. McLain, 38, of Superior, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly on May 29, 2024. Ben was born June 19, 1985, in Cloquet to Dee (Blunt) and Brian McLain. He was employed at various places over the years and always liked to keep busy. Ben was a jack of all trades and master of none. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family and friends; ice fishing was his favorite, and he always drilled more holes than necessary. Ben loved to cut wood and would often supply family neighbors... Full story

  • Obituary: Charles Williams

    Jun 7, 2024

    Charles Edward Williams, 73, of Duluth passed away on May 3, 2024, at Hilltop Healthcare Center. He was born Jan. 9, 1951, in Duluth, the son of Edward and Hazel (Schultz) Williams. Charles graduated from Cloquet High and served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a cab driver for Yellow Cab in Duluth for many years. Visitation: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, June 12 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Inurnment service will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Pine Knot... Full story

  • Obituary: Warren Elmer "Andy" Anderson

    Jun 7, 2024

    Warren E. "Andy" Anderson, 88, of Cloquet passed away June 4, 2024, at his home. He was born May 9, 1936, in McGregor, Minnesota, the son of Elmer and Mary (Meacham) Anderson. Andy graduated from Cloquet High School in 1954 and from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1958. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cloquet and enjoyed woodworking, fishing and traveling. Andy was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette, and a granddaughter, Amanda. He is survived by his wife, Sandra... Full story

  • Esko baseball fights its way back to State

    Jun 7, 2024

    They did it the hard way, but the Esko baseball team is the 2024 Section 7AA champion again. The defending state champs fell to Marshall Wednesday 9-0 but climbed back into the championship game and won a trip back to State. They had to beat Marshall two games in a row Thursday to do it, but Esko came through when it mattered most, winning 10-3 and 4-2. Read all about it in next week's Pine Knot News.... Full story

  • 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

  • Pine Thoughts: Home, sweet group home

    Brady Slater|May 31, 2024

    Earlier this week at the group home, we experienced a harrowing moment. One of our residents fell from bed, screaming he was hurt. Lying tense on the floor as we assessed his condition, his vocalization turned to a new refrain, “I’m afraid!” We felt so bad for him. We know him well, and understand his history of traumatic falls. We consoled and comforted him until he calmed. The Cloquet Area Fire District paramedics were able to assess him, deem him unharmed, and help return him to bed. Our resident shared a cathartic conversation with Jorda... Full story

  • Obituary: Carol Sedor

    May 31, 2024

    Carol Lou Sedor, 90, of Cloquet passed away May 22, 2024. She was born Aug. 7, 1933, to Oscar and Elaine (Anderson) Berg. Carol graduated from Cloquet High School. She was married to Donald Sedor on Aug. 3, 1957, and they were blessed with four children. Carol was a true caregiver to her family, always working hard to provide for them and make sure their needs were the priority. Throughout her life, she was so grateful to see her family grow, and treasured the opportunity to spend time with her... Full story

  • Obituary: Caroline Elmer

    May 31, 2024

    Caroline Ruth Elmer, 85, of Cloquet passed away May 16, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, with her daughter Denise by her side. Caroline was born July 16, 1938, the daughter of Eino and Jennie Paarni. She was raised in Cloquet along with her two siblings. Caroline owned her own beauty shop in Cloquet and retired after managing an apartment complex in Brainerd. During her lifetime she enjoyed downhill skiing, social time with friends, furniture refurbishing and knitting clothes for... Full story

  • Obituary: George Henschel

    May 31, 2024

    George Louis Henschel, 85, passed away Jan. 15, 2024, at his home in Gilbert, Minnesota. He was born to George and Lottie (Gallup) Henschel on Feb. 11, 1939, in Duluth. George loved life, his family and his canine family members. He loved old cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, camping and trailering with his RV and fifth wheels to Texas, Arizona and Nevada. He wanted to see many places and to experience many new adventures throughout his life. You could see George throughout the years in... Full story

  • Obituary: Maurice Bandle

    May 31, 2024

    Maurice Fred Bandle, 96, lifelong resident of Wrenshall, passed away on May 28, 2024, at his home. He was born on Dec. 20, 1927, to Fred and Laura (Matten) Bandle. He graduated from high school in 1947. During his school years he was employed with the Great Northern Railroad, and he went on to work at Potlatch in Cloquet for over 40 years before retiring. Maurice was united in marriage to Luella Ruhnke on Sept. 2, 1950, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wrenshall, where he was a member until its... Full story

  • 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

  • Photo: Knot found

    Jana Peterson|May 24, 2024

    Carlton's Ben and Deb Croft (that's Ben in the picture) received a gift certificate to Outdoor Advantage when they were spotted in a Cloquet parking lot earlier this month with a Pine Knot News "I Think Knot" bumper sticker. Pick up your own sticker at our office at 122 Avenue C in Cloquet and maybe you'll win a gift certificate.... Full story

  • A letter of advice to our graduates

    May 24, 2024

    Dear Graduates, Congratulations to the Class of 2024 on your graduation from high school. It is an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourselves. Please know that your community and loved ones are proud of you, too. As you go off to jobs, college, the military, trade school, work, a gap year (or two) or however you choose to begin adulthood, we’d like to offer some words of advice. While some of them seem cliche, that doesn’t mean they’re not sincere or based in reality. 1. Enjoy the moment, because you never know what’s coming next. W... Full story

  • Cloquet announces annual scholarships, awards

    May 24, 2024

    Cloquet High School held its awards convocation on May 8 and announced the following award and scholarship winners at the school, including those pictured on Page 9 of this week's Pine Knot News The George and Helen C. Medich Family Medical Scholarship: Kiley Issendorf Floy Gilman Scholarship: Grace Swanson Noah Feehan Memorial Scholarship: Owen Brenner and Mason Sundquist Cloquet Area Eagles Club Scholarship: Willow Putnam and Clara Wheale Bausch & Lomb Science Award: Josh Bleskacek Lake... 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

  • 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...

  • Moose Lake man guilty of sexual assault

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2024

    A 32-year-old Moose Lake man is in Carlton County Jail awaiting sentencing following a guilty plea in March to felony criminal sexual conduct. The charge is related to a 2023 incident involving a vulnerable 15-year-old girl. Justin Eugene Arbuckle pled guilty March 6 to third-degree penetration of a victim under 18 — impaired/incapacitated/helpless. The victim is on the autism spectrum and requires use of an individualized education program in school. She was considered vulnerable, “easily manipulated,” and in need of supervision, accor... Full story

  • Signals win the day on Hwy. 33

    Jana Peterson|May 17, 2024

    Roundabouts are off the table, state officials told residents at a May 9 informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 33. The estimated $3.2 million project will include complete reconstruction of the four-lane highway from Big Lake Road to the north side of the St. Louis River Bridge. Replacement of the intersections at Carlton Avenue and Cloquet Avenue with enhanced signal lights was revealed Thursday as the recommended "preferred concept," said Angie Bolstad,...

  • Knot Pining: Binded by the lights

    Mike Creger|May 17, 2024

    OK, kids — go get your placards and bullhorns and be prepared to shove “OK, Boomer” at me. We live in a world with way too much information. It overwhelms. It freezes us. It rules us. It just makes things so dumbly different. The last time I wrote about an amazing Northern Lights experience seems like a lifetime ago. The last time I saw the aurora act like it did last week was in the 1990s. I’m not exactly sure when, because I’m old. (Shakes fist.) I was in my 20s, and, as those of that age are wont to do, I was walking home with some visi... Full story

  • Raptor could be listed with record strikeouts

    Dwight Cadwell|May 17, 2024

    The Raptors softball team has submitted paperwork to the state association and national federation for pitcher Abby Mitchell to be enshrined as the state record holder and shared national record holder for strikeouts in a seven-inning game at 24. Mitchell recorded 24 strikeouts in a 3-0 loss against Hinkley-Finlayson April 12 at Chub Lake Park in Carlton. Every out achieved by the Raptors in the game was by strikeout. (Three batters reached first base on passed ball strikeouts.) The team is... Full story

  • Obituary: Dr. Roger Erdahl

    May 17, 2024

    Former Esko teacher Dr. Roger Erdahl, 75, passed away peacefully at his home in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sunday, May 12, 2024, after a bravely fought battle with brain cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and leaves behind cherished memories and a legacy of kindness. Roger was born on Dec. 26, 1948, in Benson, Minnesota. He graduated from Glenwood High School, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Marlene. He proceeded to get his undergraduate degree... Full story

  • Obituary: Carl Jensen

    May 17, 2024

    Carl Raymond Jensen, 87, of Carlton passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024. He was born July 3, 1936, in Askov to Raymond and June Jensen. Carl was the second of six children in his family. Carl graduated from Askov High School and went to work at Elliott’s Meats. He also worked part-time at Frank’s Market, was a mail carrier, and taught at Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Carl and his seven children enjoyed having horses and going to horse shows. This was one of his happiest times. He also e... 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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