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Jottings from Janis: Winter nights are made for storytelling

Last weekend, as they've done for more generations than there are records, Ojibwe descendents gathered for aadizookeng - wintertime storytelling which can be told only at night when there is snow on...


It's a 'Horror' of a show at CHS

Get ready for a horrifying, hilarious and toe-tapping treat, theatergoers, "Little Shop of Horrors" will be presented by Cloquet High School students next week. The horror comedy rock musical tells... Full story


Holy smoke, there's a BBQ restaurant in Cloquet's West End

Walk into the new Holy Smokes Coffeehouse and BBQ at 103 Ave. C in Cloquet, and one is immediately struck by the savory smell of smoked meat and a sense of time gone by. A 100-year-old... Full story


'Deer Camp' will provide laughs at County Seat

Fans of musical theater and deer hunting may be able to agree on one thing: “Deer Camp” is a hoot. Next weekend, the County Seat Theater Company will debut its production of “Deer Camp,” a... Full story


A music album about condiments?

"Now here's a story 'bout Steve Hanson. An Alaskan cowboy that really changed our salad dressin's," sings Xander Ripley-Jaakola in open lyric of his song "Ranch." Only 16 years old, Ripley-Jaakola...


Women playing Hamlet?

County Seat Theater Company will present “Women Playing Hamlet,” a modern comedy about an old tragedy by William Missouri Downs. The show will feature an all-female cast performing multiple roles... Full story


hometown Homegrown musicians

Each year, Carlton County is well represented at the annual Homegrown Musical Festival in Duluth. It's the 25th edition of the weeklong festival that celebrates local music and other arts at venues... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    Culture    May 5, 2023

Fast-paced comedy opens this weekend at Cloquet High School

The Cloquet High School spring play, "Noises Off" is a play within a play, a comedy that gives the audience an inside look at a dysfunctional cast during three different performances, a final dress... Full story


Other plays this weekend

‘Airness’ in Wrenshall Wrenshall’s three-act play will be putting on their performance of “Airness” this weekend. Don’t miss out on some awesome air guitar performances, incredible acting and heart from the cast, and some rockin... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    Culture    May 5, 2023

County Seat takes home regional awards

The County Seat Theater Company recently took their Minnesota “Best of Festival” one-act production of “Tracks” on the road to Salina, Kansas for the American Association of Community Theatre... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Culture    April 28, 2023

Fabric art tells a story

The latest Knot Gallery art show features seven artists, who sew, knit, weave and otherwise create art out of fiber and fabric. Last week we featured three of the artists - this week we introduce... Full story


Community band seeks musicians

The Cloquet Community Band is seeking new members. If you have played an instrument, please check out the band. Practice is 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth St., Cloquet. The band provides sheet music, and you bring... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    Culture    April 21, 2023

Next in the gallery: Fabric arts

The Knot Gallery is taking a different tack for its next display, hosting a fabric art exhibit for May and June. Join fabric artists and Pine Knot News staff for a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m....


Newspapers play important role in ancestry research

Those enticing ads depicting people immigrating to a better life in the USA sponsored by have succeeded in convincing millions of people to submit DNA samples as a means of finding their... Full story


Carlton spring play opens Saturday

Carlton High School thespians will perform "Epic Fail" by Bradley Hayward at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. As the play is described: "Teenagers are... Full story


History mystery

In the 1963 crowd photo of area residents welcoming home Cloquet's state runner-up basketball team, we heard from 1963 graduate Helen (Waldorf) Witte, who noticed herself and others in the lower left...


County Seat earns best show honor at state festival

Attending its first statewide one-act play festival since 2019, the County Seat Theater Company took home top honors this past weekend for its performance of "Tracks," by Peter Tarsi. The Cloquet-base... Full story


Community band seeks musicians

The Cloquet Community Band is seeking new members. If you have played an instrument, please check out the band. Practice is 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth St., Cloquet. The band provides sheet music, and you bring... Full story


Opera brings thrills and trills

When the Little Opera of the North came to Churchill Elementary School Friday, it wasn't only the professional cast members who performed "The Pirates of Penzance." More than 50 students became part...


New one-act will travel between local showings

The County Seat Theater Company is taking audience members along for the ride, as actors present the community theater's Minnesota festival competition piece starting Friday. "Tracks" is a one-act... Full story


Making the most of mojakka

Tim Winker loves living here, and he's always looking for ways to engage his neighbors in his passions. Whether it's car racing, saunas, accordions, or the delicious soup/stew called mojakka, Tim...


History mystery: A notable pitcher

Jim Boyd had a repost on Facebook recently that we wanted to share. Boyd’s page, called “Cloquet, MN-1884 to Present,” is chock-full of historical Cloquet area photos and memories. He shared a... Full story


One-act play earns 'star' at State

Talk about learning from experience. After making their first trip to the state One Act Play Festival last year, the Esko High School cast, crew and directors placed first in the Section 7A competitio... Full story


History mystery

The late Jack Finberg (center) is pictured, at right, training to make "slabs" for the Carlton County Vidette newspaper with two unidentified men. Finberg worked at the Vidette, then took a printing... Full story


Esko one-act to hit state stage

After 21 years without a section win, the Esko High School One Act play is now returning to the State One Act Play Festival Friday, Feb. 10, for the second year in a row. After placing second at... Full story


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