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History: Paving the way to Cloquet's future

Not so much a mystery this week. It was called the “Comeback of Cloquet,” and people here celebrated in style 100 years ago this month. While it may seem odd that a whole community came out to celebrate a street construction project, that’s...

 

Stage set for classic Christmas ghost story

The County Seat Theater Company will bring "A Christmas Carol" to the stage again, but a more spirited and fanciful version, featuring a swirling, dancing chorus of ghosts who weave through this... Full story

 

Artists work in the shadows

When Thomlin Swan moved to a home on the Fond du Lac Reservation in early 2021, the theater artist was astounded by the lack of visible Ojibwe culture within the city of Cloquet, "despite having a... Full story

 

Twists coming on the road to Oz

There will be no place like Cloquet High School to see the production of the popular "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend. A cast and crew of nearly 80 students will bring Oz to life with the familiar and... Full story

 

Esko High School innovates with 'Our Town'

The Esko theater department turned back the clock to the turn of the century on Thursday night for their debut of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Our Town." Set between 1901 and 1913 in the... Full story

 

Carlton resident returning to Ukraine despite risks

Carlton resident Galyna Tuttle is headed to Ukraine next week for the second time this year. Born and raised in the now war-torn country, Tuttle is bringing more medical supplies, warm clothing and... Full story

 

Legacy lives in beadwork and in book

For many of us, the opportunity to tell people how much we admire them or recognize their accomplishments slips away when that person passes from this life. Ozhaawashkogiizhigokwe Janis Fairbanks...

 

Pine Knot seeks artists' submissions

The Pine Knot Gallery is calling for September/October exhibit pieces featuring cityscapes and townscapes. All genres considered: photos, paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and more. Please send applications to Ann Markusen at markusen.umn.edu... Full story

 
 By MPR News    Culture    August 26, 2022

Appetites: Predicting the Minnesota State Fair hits and misses

The Minnesota State Fair is upon us, and all of that food can be daunting. So we called on Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine food writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl to get us prepped for what to eat — and also what to avoid. For you, what makes an ideal...  Website

 

Cloquet grads push women's health to center stage

A new musical created by two Cloquet High School alumni sets a spotlight on women's health along with the pitfalls of navigating a complex healthcare system through the lively, upbeat lens of musical... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    Culture    July 15, 2022

'One of the most beautiful sights'

The weather was perfect Saturday for the Fond du Lac veterans' powwow - held for the first time in three years after a pandemic hiatus. First into the circle Saturday were the Eagle flags, each one... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    Culture    July 8, 2022

It's dramatic aging at County Seat

The County Seat Theater is full of life this summer as nearly 150 young actors put on their best act. The summer youth theater camp program is nearing the end of its four-week session on musical...

 

History mystery: What is it?

Suzanne VanHoever, an administrative assistant at the Carlton County Historical Society, sent us a picture of this item found there. “We have no idea what this is,” she said. “It’s made of... Full story

 

Middle school mural mounted at last!

With assistance from Cloquet area artist Adam Swanson, Cloquet Middle School students created this colorful mural, as featured in the May 6 issue of the Pine Knot News. The finished outdoor mural is... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    Culture    June 17, 2022

Photos: Libraries boom with sounds of drums

Naomi Guilbert (pictured here in Cloquet) and Hiroshi Koshiyama, professional Japanese taiko drummers, perform an original song called "Covid drive-thru," which Koshiyama said was inspired by a... Full story

 

Free Range Film Fest returns to traditional slot

If the movies weren’t enough, next week’s Free Range Film Festival in Wrenshall will have a twist: live music. The Denfeld Honors Quartet will provide music at intermission Friday, June 24 and... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    Culture    June 3, 2022

Unrequited 'something' at heart of latest comedy

Things are moving quickly at the County Seat Theater these days. Opening today in person and with view-on-demand is the comedy "Jerry Finnegan's Sister." It's been a busy few weeks for the community...

 
 By Jana Peterson    Culture    May 20, 2022

Offering a musical lesson

Duluth musician Gaelynn Lea not only performed for the entire student body at Washington Elementary last Thursday, she had a conversation with them: 250 students at a time in two sessions. "How many... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    Culture    May 20, 2022

Indigenous grants help with cultural projects

The Northland Foundation recently awarded seven Maada’ookiing grants. The Maada’ookiing board met in March to review and approve awards. Maada’ookiing (“the distribution” in Ojibwe) is a Northland Foundation program to strengthen relationsh...

 
 By Anne Dugan    Culture    May 20, 2022

Wrens Nest: Artist finds inspiration in the everyday

Jake Tremble moved to Wrenshall a year ago in June with his girlfriend, Claire, and dog, Gracey. The couple had been living in Duluth, and he had been training as a classical painter at the Great... Full story

 

Stories from 'the old ones' fill new book

With the publication of his new book, "We spoke of many things," Carlton County historian, playwright, journalist, businessman and political activist Dan Reed completed what was really a lifelong... Full story

 

Portraits are focus of latest PKN exhibit

With Ann Carlander's help and Annie Dugan's encouragement, Knot Gallery curator Ann Markusen put out a call for portrait art for the April/May exhibit, and a variety of area artists responded. One,... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    Culture    April 8, 2022

On The Mark: Portraits with a camera

Ivy Vainio's large-scale photo prints of Anishinaabe elders grace our multicolored brick wall at the Pine Knot News office, a striking introduction to a portrait exhibit which opens today, April 8,... Full story

 

County Seat Theater to present 'Suite Surrender'

The County Seat Theater Company will present what general manager Joel Soukkala calls a "diva-licious farce" beginning Thursday, April 14, after a Covid-19 case pushed the debut back from the planned...

 

The challenge? Searching for the best beer

File this one under "It's a tough job, but someone has to do it." The tough task? Judging beer. Last weekend, the Northern Ale Stars Homebrewers Guild hosted a competition in Duluth where 149 entries...

 

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