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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...

 By Euan Kerr    Culture    December 3, 2021

Robert Bly, county's poet neighbor, dies at 94

Minnesota poet, teacher and men's movement founder Robert Bly was a major figure in American literature for decades who drew adulation and controversy. Bly died Nov. 21. He was 94. Born in 1926, he...


County Corner: Bly was a welcome and welcoming presence here

The passing of Robert Bly, a well-known poet and author of "Iron John," brought back many memories for me as a longtime reporter and resident of the Moose Lake area. Bly lived in the Twin Cities area...


Art show features two local photographers

People who appreciate great photography and the great outdoors are invited to attend the opening art reception for two local photographers from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Pine Knot News office... Full story


County Seat offers Texas-size holiday show

The County Seat Theater Company will present the comedy “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas" at the Encore! Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. “Growing up in a small town sparked long ago holiday memor... Full story


U.S. Poet laureate inspires local work

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will make a virtual visit to Carlton County next week, and local artists and writers have been preparing for her appearance. Harjo is a writer and performer of... Full story


When Pinehurst was the epicenter of fun

Pinehurst Park looms large in my memories of growing up in Cloquet during the 1940s and 1950s. Daily life during that post-Depression Era meant every penny had to be accounted for. Families had to... Full story


Agate Encores concerts return

The Agate Encores special concert series is back. In recent conversations with local residents, one of the things that people have missed most during our past year of Covid shutdowns is live musical...


CAT-7 adds local podcast, theater and horror to lineup

Watch the County Seat children’s theater production of “When Silents Was Golden” on CAT-7. For the month of August, the cable access channel is showing videos of weeks 3 and 4 of the children’s theater production at 3 and 6 p.m. Mondays,... Full story


Call for submissions: Bringing Joy

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will visit the Northland Oct. 18, 2021. Through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Bringing Joy Committee will create an e-book dedicated to... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    June 11, 2021

Shooting Stars celebrates two decades of keeping step

Shooting Stars Dance students were alternately giddy, nervous or bored Saturday morning, as they waited for the spring recital to begin at Cloquet High School. There were tears from a couple of the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    May 21, 2021

Pandemic pause, reset

The past 14 months have been a rollercoaster ride for 2011 Cloquet graduate and full-time musician Tony Petersen, from a rock 'n' roll tour of Europe to riding out the pandemic in Minneapolis. When... Full story


'Cut!' keeps it lighthearted

After the fall musical was canceled because of the pandemic and the One Act play was entirely online - including rehearsals - director Darrell Davey was determined to make sure every student who... Full story


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