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 By Jana Peterson    News    May 7, 2021 

Making culture a part of graduation

Sometimes you just have to ask. But it never hurts to do a little homework first. That's pretty much what happened with Cloquet High School senior Maya Fairbanks this spring, when she decided to ask...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 7, 2021 

State ruling causes alarm

A recent state ruling regarding the state's open meeting law (OML) and public meetings during the pandemic had area school districts scrambling to make sure they were following the law, and changing procedures if they weren't. The Minnesota Commissio...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 7, 2021 

Seeding the future

Students have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872, when more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska for the first official celebration of trees. Now add research, science and satellite...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021 

Council votes to reduce liquor license fees

After repeated requests from bars and restaurants that were hammered financially by closures and restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cloquet City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reduce liquor license fees by 50 percent for the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 7, 2021 

Divided council overturns project labor agreement

By the narrowest of margins, the Cloquet City Council voted to overturn the city's Project Labor Agreement, as recommended by staff last month. The 4-3 vote came after extensive public comment during...

 By Dan Reed    News    May 7, 2021 

$5 million payback to utilities looms

The latest news regarding Minnesota property tax assessments was good for Enbridge and other utility companies and fairly dire for local governments, who find themselves on the hook for many years’ worth of past overpayments. Carlton County is no...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021 

CMH Wound Clinic wins award

For the third year in a row, the Advanced Wound Clinic at Community Memorial Hospital was awarded the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Advanced Wound Clinic achieved...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021 

Historical society to hold annual meeting in May, reopen in June

The Carlton County Historical Society has seen its fair share of change over the past year, including a new roof and a new director who came and went in that time. Former board president Ed Kavanaugh...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021 

Cloquet MCCU receives marketing award

The Cloquet branch of Members Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) was recognized recently with a CUNA Diamond Award for its distinctive lobby design and aesthetics. Hosted by CUNA Marketing & Business...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Vandals spray anti-Semitic graffiti

Vandals spraypainted a Nazi swastika and a Star of David - a widely recognized symbol of Judaism - on the back of the toilet shelter at Cloquet's Veterans Park last week. The symbols and the letters...


Carlton's comeback kids

Music can have some surprising ways of bringing people together. And now - after several years apart - the Carlton choir is back by popular demand. They're set to livestream their spring choir...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 30, 2021

Rotary Club gives books to students

For several years the Rotary Club of Cloquet has sponsored two local projects revolving around literacy, an important mission of Rotary International. This month a total of 299 third-graders from Churchill, Washington, Winterquist, South Terrace,...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 30, 2021

Census data means Minnesota keeps Congressional seats

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first population data from Census 2020 Monday, showing that Minnesota’s population grew by 7.6 percent to 5,706,494, outpacing most Midwestern states and keeping pace with the national average.The state grew...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

No 'snow day' for first annual Cloquet cleanup

Despite cold (for April) temperatures and a layer of snow that covered the ground, close to 50 people turned out Saturday for an Earth Day cleanup organized by the Boldt Company along with the city...

 By Dan Reed    News    April 30, 2021

County digs into Old Hwy 61 site for new jail

It is now apparent that the construction of a new jail/justice center will be the most significant Carlton County project since the Carlton County courthouse was built in 1922. County coordinator...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Cloquet school district looks post-pandemic

As the school year winds down to a close, Cloquet school administrators and board members began signaling changes for the next school year Monday. In actions taken every spring, board members approved terminating 10 long-term substitute teacher assig...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

MSOP psychologist charged with criminal sexual misconduct

A psychologist at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake was arrested last week for allegedly engaging in sexual relationshp with two clients over the past four years at the treatment facility. Michelle Dawn Brownfield, 38, was...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

Science fair crowns its superstars

In just over two weeks, 600 finalists from around the world will gather for the Regeneron International Science and Engineer Fair to dazzle scientific experts with their projects and compete for... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 30, 2021

It's all about learning, says science fair mentor

The kids aren't the only ones who were recognized at the 84th annual Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair this spring. Cloquet science fair mentor and computer programming whiz William Bauer... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 30, 2021

Get your July Fourth questions answered here

After July Fourth celebrations were canceled en masse last summer due to the pandemic, community members are looking forward to some sort of celebration of our nation’s birthday this summer in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 23, 2021

Students march against injustice

The same day that a Minneapolis jury was hearing closing arguments in the case of a police officer accused of killing a Black man, nearly three dozen Carlton High School students walked out of school...


Chauvin verdict one step toward 'true justice,' state leaders say

Even as people flocked to downtown Minneapolis Tuesday to celebrate the guilty verdict in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin, many of Minnesota’s elected leaders vowed the state’s fight for racial justice wouldn’t end with this cas...  Website


Artists wanted

After a yearlong delay due to the pandemic, the "West End Flourish" is once again back on track to celebrate arts and community. The project aims to revitalize Cloquet's West End business district... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

Earth Day cleanups Saturday

Although April 22 marked the actual Earth Day and the 51st year of the annual event, there are plenty of opportunities to do your part this weekend, on your own, with family and friends, or in a... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 23, 2021

Lake Country Power elects new board members

A community of cooperative members “plugged in” — literally — to Lake Country Power for a virtual annual meeting held via Zoom videoconference Thursday evening, April 15. More than 125 members and guests heard about working through the...


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