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Child dies from Covid-19

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Monday that a child under age 10 from southwestern Minnesota died from complications from Covid-19. While Covid-related deaths in children are rare, they can occur even in otherwise healthy children.... Full story


Vaccination clinics open and ready

Carlton County Public Health and Human Services is scheduling appointments for upcoming Covid-19 vaccination clinics, including a first-dose clinic at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 615 12th St. in Cloquet, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Please call 2... Full story


Students, Covid back at school

Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer said people are "overwhelmingly glad" to be back in in-person classes at school, following an extended period of distance- and hybrid learning. Fischer shared a... Full story


Wrestling event tied to Covid-19

Participants from Carlton County are included in a warning about an outbreak of Covid-19 cases associated with a Minnesota youth wrestling tournament held in South Dakota in late March and early April. The Minnesota Department of Health and... Full story


Register for Carlton County vaccine clinics

To view upcoming clinics and registration links for COVID-19 vaccine clinics through Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, please visit the Carlton County COVID-19 Hub ( Currently, Carlton County Public... Full story


Shots trend high in county

Carlton County seniors are winning the war on Covid, one shot at a time. As of Tuesday, 94 percent of Carlton County residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine,... Full story


County, band team up to jab hundreds

People streamed in and out of the convention center at Black Bear Casino Resort last Thursday, eager to take another step toward a post-pandemic life. By the end of the day, another 455 residents of... Full story


Vaccination throttle is wide open

In a major milestone for the state’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy, all Minnesotans 16 and older are now officially eligible to be vaccinated — regardless of age, location, occupation, health... Full story


Local vaccination options abound

Vaccinations went into high gear in Carlton County this week thanks to a joint vaccination clinic held by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Carlton County on Thursday, April 1, after this issue of the Pine Knot News went to press.... Full story


College offers a food boost

In a repeat of a successful Thanksgiving food distribution last November, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College employees handed out spring bundles to current college students on March 26. Student... Full story


Tribe finds Covid successes

Fond du Lac medical director Dr. Charity Reynolds had trained for public health emergencies as an undergraduate, during medical school and in her residency. "We trained for public health disasters... Full story


Decline continues in county Covid-19 case rates

Rates of Covid-19 in Carlton County continue their steady decline, with six cities around the county showing a zero increase in cases from March 11-18, including Carlton, Cromwell, Esko, Holyoke, Kettle River and Sawyer. Cloquet saw an increase of... Full story

 By Mike Creger    COVID-19    March 19, 2021

Hitting the skids on Covid

For a year I've been begging Stockholm syndrome to kick in. To get used to the Covid-19 pandemic holding us hostage. Find a groove and take it through the murky tunnel. Find that a world turned... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    March 19, 2021

Baseball, gatherings and weddings make a come back

By John Enger / MPR News Almost exactly a year after they were put in place, Minnesota is easing back some of its COVID-19 restrictions, taking another step toward some semblance normalcy into the...  Website


Covid relief brings millions to area

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed last week by Congress and President Biden isn’t only sending $1,400 checks to many middle- to lower-income Americans, it also includes $360 billion for state and local governments that have had to cut... Full story


A year of living pandemically

You could almost hear a delirious giggle accompanying Annette Christian's email sent with an assortment of assembled jigsaw puzzles she and husband Butch, above, have done over the past many months... Full story

 By Dan Reed    COVID-19    March 12, 2021

County approves Covid grants

A total of 54 local small businesses and nonprofit organizations were approved to receive the latest round of Carlton County grants, courtesy of Covid-19 county relief money provided by the State of... Full story

 By MPR News    COVID-19    March 12, 2021

MN vaccine eligibility expands beyond seniors to younger people, some essential workers

Tim Nelson / MPR News The state will hit its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Minnesotans age 65 and older weeks ahead of schedule, and is rolling out Covid-19 vaccines to a wider array of people. Gov. Tim Walz announced the expanded guidelines in... Full story

 By Dan Reed    COVID-19    March 12, 2021

Mass vaccinations are rolling in Barnum

It has been a whole year since this plague of Covid-19 first crept into the Northland, and the days of mass vaccination have finally arrived. It is new, and yet not so new to me. I was a product of a... Full story


Calling for vaccinations

For two weeks in a row now, Carlton County has put out alerts letting people know there are openings for vaccinations at their weekly vaccine clinics and asking them to call 218-499-6310 to register for an appointment. Public information officer... Full story


Vaccines available at CMH for more groups

Covid-19 vaccines are now available for the following essential frontline workers at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. You do not need to be a CMH patient to receive the vaccine. That group... Full story

 By Rebekah King    COVID-19    March 5, 2021

As vaccinations rise, some vacillation

Although first responders in Minnesota got to jump to the front of the line for the Covid-19 vaccine, some have said "no" to getting vaccinated despite their elevated risk of contracting and... Full story


Options grow regarding shots

• In Cloquet, Community Memorial Hospital has a vaccination registration form on its website, or call 218-879-1271. The form allows residents to register their interest but not to schedule an appointment. The hospital will notify people who have... Full story


UPDATED: Public health announces COVID vaccination openings

Currently, there are openings for upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Carlton County, for the week of 3/8-3/12. This information is subject to change quickly. Carlton County Public Health continues to provide vaccines for Phase 1a, E-12 and Chil... Full story


State offers "vaccine connector" website

Tim Nelson MPR News Minnesota is launching a new “vaccine connector” website to help line people up with Covid-19 shots. The site includes a questionnaire, asking enrollees for their address, age, occupation, medical history and other data that...  Website


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