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  • Senior Dining (Feb. 26-March 5)

    Feb 26, 2021

    Arrowhead Senior Nutrition menu: Friday, Feb. 26 Boiled Dinner, frosted cake Sat-Sun, Feb. 27-28 Frozen meals available Monday, March 1 Glazed ham balls, fresh fruit Tuesday, March 2 Roast pork dinner, strawberry cheesecake cup Wednesday, March 3 Sloppy Joes, fruit Thursday, March 4 Ham dinner or alternative entrée (call 24 hours in advance to order), fresh fruit Friday, March 5 Chicken hashbrown casserole, cookie Call the Senior Center, 218-879-5870, from your car for curbside meal pickup. Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.... Full story

  • Events calendar

    Feb 26, 2021

    Sunday, Feb. 28 Music with Two for the Road 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Cloquet VFW. 218-210-7793 or 879-5717. Tuesday, March 2 Antique appraisals with Steve Wesely of Cresent Auctioneering 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at the Fires of 1918 Museum, Moose Lake. Sponsored by the Moose Lake Area Historical Society. Please bring no more than two items. Donation of $3 per person appreciated; no charge for members. Masks required. 218-485-4159, 485-4234 Wednesday, March 3 Senior dance at the Cloquet VFW 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 with the Chmielewski... Full story

  • This week in history

    Pine Knot News|Sep 18, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 18 1902 Aurelia Wheeldin, one of the earliest female African American boxers, is born in Minnesota. She would study music at Macalester College, earn recognition as a world female champion bantamweight, and eventually move to New York City and perform in musicals at the Apollo Theater. Sept. 19 1865 Gov. Stephen Miller announces that gold has been found near Vermilion Lake, based on a rock collected by state geologist Henry H. Eames....

  • This week in history

    Pine Knot News|Sep 11, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 11 1971 The first Minnesota Renaissance Festival opens at Lake Grace in Jonathan. One of the largest of its kind, the festival now operates from a permanent encampment near Shakopee. The 2020 run was canceled as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Sept. 13 1930 Duluth’s municipal airport is dedicated, and a crowd of 15,000 attends the ceremony and air show. Sept. 14 1996 The first NorthShore Inline Marathon is held in Duluth. The Rollerblades brand of inline skates is a Minnesota c...

  • This week in history

    Pine Knot News|Sep 4, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Sept. 4 1908 A forest fire burns Chisholm, causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving 6,000 homeless. 1939 Duluth’s Incline Railway makes its final trip. Built in 1891 for $400,000, it had carried passengers up Seventh Avenue from Superior to Ninth Street, a distance of 2,749 feet. Sept. 6 1889 Bob Younger dies in the Minnesota State Prison at Stillwater, where he was serving a life sentence for his role in the Jesse James/Cole Younger gang’s Northfield bank raid on Sept. 7, 1876. F...

  • This week in history

    Pine Knot News|Aug 28, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. August 28 1977 Lake City’s Ralph Samuelson, the “father of water-skiing,” dies. In 1922 Samuelson had successfully tested water skis on Lake Pepin, having fashioned the skis by boiling and curving the tips of boards purchased at a local lumberyard. Aug. 31 1929 The Foshay Tower is dedicated in Minneapolis. Hiring John Sousa to write and perform a march for the occasion, Wilbur Foshay throws a splendid grand-opening party, a final display of extravagance before the 1929 crash and subse...

  • This week in local history

    Aug 7, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. Aug. 7 1915 Towed by the Ottumwa Belle, the last log raft passes from Minnesota and into Iowa. It was the last of just two runs on the river for the season. The sawmills along the river soon cease operations as the lumbering era draws to a close. At the peak of the timber industry in Minnesota and the region in the 1880s, some 500 rafts of white pine came down the Mississippi each month. Aug. 8 1857 An organized baseball team is organized and for the first time in Minnesota, a baseball...

  • This week in local history

    Jul 24, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. July 24 1998 Pitcher Ila Borders of the Duluth-Superior Dukes is the first woman to win a men’s regular season professional baseball game. . July 25 1990 The U.S. Senate votes 96-0 to denounce David Durenberger for “reprehensible” conduct as a senator. Durenberger is censured for financial misconduct, including evading the limit on outside earnings. July 27 1972 Kidnappers abduct Virginia Piper, wife of investment banker Harry C. Piper Jr., from her home. The Minneapolis woman is relea...

  • This week in local history

    Pine Knot News|Jul 17, 2020

    The Carlton County Historical Society recently posted a photo on Facebook of past Lumberjack Days wood medallion buttons in its collection. The annual event began in the late 1970s and eventually dwindled out of existence after a few decades. It was held at various times, sometimes at the end of June and other times in mid-July. It was tied to the Fourth of July for a long time until the Fourth took on its own traditions in Cloquet. The historical society, located in the Shaw Memorial Library...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jul 10, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. July 11 1999 Duluth’s state representative Willard Munger dies of liver cancer at age 88. He had served in the Minnesota House since 1955 and was known as Mr. Environment for his reputation as a pioneer, leader and activist in environmental legislation. The Willard Munger State Trail, which runs through Carlton County, is named in his honor. July 12 1829 Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor ends his command at Fort Snelling, which had begun May 24, 1828. He would later lead the U.S. Army i...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jul 3, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. July 3 1863 Minnesota’s first railroad fatality: a train strikes a wagon driven by Captain Abraham Bennett and his son at the Como Road crossing in St. Paul. There had been talk of building a bridge at the site but, ironically, Bennett himself had opposed it. His son recovered. 1941 Charles Haralson dies in Excelsior at the age of 78. The first resident superintendent of the University of Minnesota’s Fruit Breeding Farm (now the Horticultural Research Center) at Excelsior, the Swe...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jun 26, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. June 26 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II open the St. Lawrence Seaway in an official ceremony in Montreal. The seaway connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, making Duluth and other lake cities international ports. June 27 1977 Elizabeth Congdon and her nurse are murdered at Glensheen mansion in Duluth. In a sensational trial, Congdon’s son-in-law, Roger Caldwell, is convicted of the murders and sentenced to life but faulty evidence leads to a retrial a...

  • This week in state history

    Jun 19, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. June 19 1852 Congress passes a resolution changing the name of St. Peter’s River to a form of its original Dakota name, Mni Sota, or Minnesota. It is translated as “waters that reflect the sky,” “sky-colored waters,” or “muddy water.” The river had been known to the French as “St. Pierre” (and to Anglophone Europeans as “St. Peter”) for 150 years, with increasing use of “Minnesota,” since the days of the explorer Pierre Charles Le Sueur. June 20 1887 William A. Hazel, an African America...

  • This week in state history

    Jun 12, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. June 12 1946 The Minnesota Historical Society accepts a grant from the Weyerhaeuser family to establish the Forest Products History Foundation. Initially located in St. Paul, the foundation evolves into the international organization known as the Forest History Society. Now located in Durham, North Carolina, the society's mission remains the same: to preserve and interpret the documents of forest and conservation history. Weyerhaeuser compa...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Jun 5, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. June 5 1885 The Western Appeal (later the Appeal), the first Minnesota-published African American newspaper to gain national readership, premieres, edited by Frederick D. Parker. June 6 1945 Just after 5 a.m. a fire was discovered at a farm home near Mahtowa. Vivian Doan, aged 28, was found dead in the home along with four children, Dorrayne, 8; Laurene, 5; Darlene Kay, 2; and Danny, about two months. The father, Robert Doan, later signed a confession stating that he had beaten to death...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|May 29, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 29 1916 James J. Hill, the "Empire Builder," dies in St. Paul. A man of enormous influence, he moved to St. Paul in 1856 from his native Ontario, began work in the shipping business, and became owner of the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad companies. His interests were widespread: he helped develop the Iron Range, had a fleet of ships on the Pacific Ocean, pushed for modern farming techniques in the Northwest, and...

  • This week in state history

    May 22, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 22 1888 Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington, the "Father of the Skyscraper," patents a construction method involving a steel skeleton that allows structures to be built to any height. He referred to them as "cloudscrapers." May 23 1857 Twelve counties are created. Six are named for individuals important to the state's history: Aitkin is for William A. Aitkin (also spelled Aitken), who ran an American Fur Company post on Sandy...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|May 8, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 8 1910 Governor Adolf O. Eberhart declares Minnesota's first Mother's Day holiday. 1924 Ships idled in ice in Duluth's harbor begin to break free after stranding passengers and cargo for three days. May 9 1921 Daniel Berrigan is born in Virginia on the Iron Range. His brother Philip was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Two Harbors. The Berrigans, once called "rebel priests" in the early 1970s on the cover of Time magazine, learned protest from...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|May 1, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. May 1 1933 Prompted by Gov.Floyd B. Olson, the Minnesota legislature passes an emergency law stopping farm foreclosure sales. The Great Depression and the dust bowl had hurt farmers throughout the nation, and they had responded to foreclosures by organizing the Farmers’ Holiday, which attempted to stop the sale of farm products until prices rose. May 3 1959 After passing through the St. Lawrence Seaway, which had opened on April 25, the British freighter Ramon de Larrinaga becomes the f...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Apr 24, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 24 1956 The first baseball game is played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The Wichita Braves beat the Minneapolis Millers, 5-3. April 25 1924 A race to break the world record for the longest distance traveled in a hot air balloon ends in Rochester as the winner, W. T. Van Orman, lands the Goodyear III just under the world record distance (1,179.9 miles). The race had begun in San Antonio, Texas, and the three top finishers...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Apr 17, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 17 1990 The Minnesota State Lottery begins selling instant tickets. Within four months, sales reach $100 million. 1997 The Red River crests at 39.5 feet, 22.5 feet above flood stage at Fargo, breaking a 100-year-old record. Continuing into Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on April 21, the flood pushes water levels to 54.2 feet, 26.2 feet above flood stage. The worst flooding in the area in over a century, it causes more than $1 billion in damages and displaces 47,000 of the 50,000...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Apr 10, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 11 1680 Father Louis Hennepin, exploring the Mississippi River north from Illinois by canoe, is captured by a group of Dakota. During his captivity he sees the Falls of St. Anthony, which he names for his patron saint. On July 25, Daniel Greysolon, the Sieur Du Luth, would arrange for Hennepin’s release. April 12 1937 Dennis J. Banks is born on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. An activist for indigenous rights, he would be one of the founders of the American Indian Movement in 1...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Apr 3, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. April 3 1970 A former Greyhound bus station in Minneapolis opens its doors as a music club, the Depot. Twelve years later it would be renamed First Avenue by Steve McClellan, the booking agent for the club, and Jack Meyers, the club's financial manager. A cornerstone of the city's music scene, First Avenue has hosted local and national acts and was featured in Prince's movie "Purple Rain." April 4 1893 The Minnesota state flag is adopted,...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Mar 27, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 27 1905 The Aerial Bridge, spanning the Duluth shipping canal, carries its first passengers across the harbor inside a carriage suspended from the bridge framework. The system would be replaced with a lift bridge in 1930. March 28 1992 William Maupins, Duluth’s prominent civil rights leader, dies. He served as president of the Duluth NAACP chapter, and, when a black family was prevented from moving into a Duluth neighborhood, he launched the campaign that led to a city f...

  • This week in state history

    Pine Knot News|Mar 13, 2020

    Historic Minnesota events with anniversaries this week. March 14 1919 Humorist Max Shulman is born in St. Paul. An author and Hollywood screenwriter, he is best remembered for creating the character Dobie Gillis. Shulman died in 1988. March 15 1927 The Arrowhead Bridge across the St. Louis River opens, linking West Duluth to Superior, Wisconsin. 1941 Thirty-one Minnesotans, mostly unsuspecting motorists caught on the roads, die in a blizzard, the second killer snowstorm of the season. The deaths exceeded 60 in the region as the storm barreled...

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