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Food train gets some statewide love

When the Covid-19 pandemic started, lots of people thought it might be over in a few months, but it's still going strong. So is the B&B Market's "food train." Started in late March by a single...


It's the best ending possible for baby left at fire hall

Carlton ambulance director Erik Bergstedt sure is happy he was working at the Carlton fire hall on Sept. 29. That's the day a woman walked in carrying an infant in a blanket. She told Bergstedt the...


Line 3 nears the finish line

The Enbridge Energy Line 3 dominoes are falling, as various agencies sign off on the project to replace the existing pipeline. Last week the Line 3 project received approval of a water quality certification from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency...


Guilty plea entered in Kettle River assault case

A Wisconsin man accused of attacking two men with his fists and a roofing jack pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced Friday, Nov. 13. Jeffrey Allen Louks, 35, of Washburn, Wisconsin was originally charged with first-degree assault, great...


Tech and art will team up in a 'fab lab'

Cloquet High School is one step closer to a 21st-century Career and Technical Education space. Project planners from Architectural Resources Inc. presented Cloquet school board members with an...

 By Jamie Lund    News    November 20, 2020 

Cafe tosses pie at pandemic

When the state was ordered to shut down in March, the majority of Cloquet's roughly 30 restaurants adapted by offering curbside service. When the lockdown ended, new social distancing regulations...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Former county attorney has died

Longtime Carlton County attorney Thom Pertler died Monday after falling ill during a trip this fall. Pertler worked for the Carlton County Attorney’s office for more than 23 years, starting as an assistant county attorney under Marv Ketola, and...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 20, 2020 

Community Thanksgiving coming soon (delivery or pickup only)

In spite of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the annual community Thanksgiving dinner will go on ... in a Covid-conscious way. All meals will be delivered or picked up from this year's home base at the... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Library closed again

The Cloquet Public Library closed to the public until further notice on Thursday, Nov. 19 in response to the increase in Covid-19 cases in the region. The library will still offer curbside pickup of requested materials in the lobby as well as kids...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 20, 2020 

Carlton looking at school options

The Carlton school board voted Monday night to hire a company to provide construction cost estimates on transforming South Terrace Elementary into a facility that could serve three more grades, up to grade 8, or serve all students through 12th...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Police find man who fled jail

On Tuesday, local law enforcement located a man who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center on Friday, Nov. 13. Keith Cochise Bellanger, 33, was being transferred to the secure wing of the facility when he took off on foot from the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Lighting contest, Bentleyville begin

This Saturday the lights at Bentleyville turn on for driving tours ($10 per car) but the grand Duluth lighting display isn’t the only place showing its Christmas spirit in the Northland. Voting for the Christmas Lighting Challenge also begins this...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 20, 2020 

Cloquet will pursue new sales tax

Two city recreational facilities could get some much-needed work in a few years if the city of Cloquet is successful at passing a new sales tax. During Tuesday's virtual meeting, Cloquet city...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 20, 2020 

No actions after teacher investigation

An investigation sparked by allegations targeting past and present Cloquet school district staff on social media has been completed and will result in no disciplinary action by the district, superintendent Michael Cary told the Pine Knot News on Mond...

 By Jana Peterson    News    November 20, 2020 

Guilty plea filed in Midway Road crash case

Rodney Drake Scandin Jr., 36, pleaded guilty late last month to five felony charges of criminal vehicular operation, after admitting he had been drinking when he caused a crash that injured five people on Midway Road in late June. According to the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Submissions sought for literary review

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's English department is calling for submissions to enter in the ninth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the college's annual anthology of creative...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Light donation accepted for trails

The City of Cloquet has accepted a $225 donation from Brent Smith to pay for the costs of renting a lift to replace the lights on the 2.5K ski trail at Pine Valley. City administrator Tim Peterson said the former ski coach and longtime community...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Labor Temple apartments OK'd

With blessings from Cloquet Planning Commission, the city council approved an addition to the Northwoods Credit Union building at 902 Stanley Avenue and a conditional use permit for development of...

 By Elle Swanson    News    November 20, 2020 

Wrenshall news

The City of Wrenshall is running a wellness challenge in an effort to get community members outside and moving. The idea was conceived in a brainstorming session with the new parks/community...


Wright/Cromwell news

The lucky winner of this year’s quilt made by the Cromwell Area Cardinal Quilters, a patriotic “Quilt of Valor,” is Glenn Solomon, who now lives at Cardinal Court. Congrats to him, and thanks...

 By Pine Knot News    News    November 20, 2020 

Council to add delinquent utilities to taxes

During the Nov. 17 meeting, Cloquet City Councilors approved adding a longer-than-usual list of delinquent city utility bills to the tax rolls for the listed properties. This allows residents a longer time to pay the bills without penalties, said... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    November 13, 2020

History mystery not quite resolved

There’s good news and no news regarding the two History Mystery photos from last week. David Haugen submitted pictures of a fireplace sitting alone in a woods in Cloquet and a “gondola cable... Full story


Winter parking is in effect

Judging by the number of cars parked on the street overnight for Tuesday’s winter storm, a number of residents didn’t get the message that winter parking is in effect now through March. That means overnight parking is not allowed. From November...


Don't plow snow into a right of way

The Carlton County Transportation Department reminds everyone that the act of plowing snow onto or across a public roadway is a safety hazard and a violation of Minnesota Statute 160.27, subdivision 5, punishable as a misdemeanor. The likelihood of...

 By Dan Reed    News    November 13, 2020

Board approves changes to probation programs

The Carlton county board made moves to end the county's participation in the Sentence to Serve program and hire a probation officer to be responsible for Intensive Pretrial Release at its meeting Monday, where commissioners Gary Peterson and Mark...


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