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 By Pine Knot News    News    May 26, 2023 

Countywide Memorial Day services set

Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting and... Full story

 By Brian Bakst    News    May 26, 2023 

Whirlwind legislative session ends

Minnesota lawmakers finished a momentous session Monday night by passing the final elements of a new $72 billion two-year state budget and shaking loose a record-setting construction projects package that was stalled for months. It was a year in...  Website


Local projects see benefits from legislative session

Both legislative bodies approved a capital investment package to fund infrastructure projects around the state Monday, just hours before the session adjourned. It included funding for three District...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 26, 2023 

Cloquet school district tackles homelessness, in all its forms

As a high school senior, Dylan Lauer lived at his girlfriend's home, a fact that categorized him as homeless at the time. One of Lauer's parents had relapsed into addiction and been jailed, sending... Full story

 News    May 26, 2023 

Highway 210 construction starts May 30

Contractors will begin construction work on Minnesota Highway 210 west of Carlton on Tuesday, May 30. The highway will be fully closed 0.2 miles west of Interstate 35 over Otter Creek, a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release said. The...

 News    May 26, 2023 

Free tree, brush pickup in Cloquet

Starting Tuesday, May 30, local contractor 3D Construction will begin driving every street within Cloquet city limits to pick up brush, tree branches and tree trunks (in pieces no longer than 5 feet) from the roadside as part of the cleanup efforts... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 26, 2023 

Financing in place for Cloquet athletic complex redo

As contractors began the work of disassembling parts of the Cloquet High School track and football field this week, Cloquet school board members approved the sale of $2.7 million in bonds Monday to...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 26, 2023 

MSOP attacker pleads guilty

A former inmate of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake pleaded guilty Monday to attempted second-degree murder. Just over three weeks after viciously attacking a security counselor at the facility, Nicolas Ladell Aron-Jones,...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 26, 2023 

Man pleads guilty to disseminating child porn

A Cloquet man pleaded guilty to four felony counts of disseminating pornographic work of a minor under the age of 14 on Wednesday in Sixth District Carlton County Court. James Thomas Tuttle, 31, agreed to the plea deal in exchange for a sentence of...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 19, 2023

At 125, Sappi flexes resilience

The 125th anniversary of the Sappi mill in Cloquet will bring a company picnic in August, and another surprise following a quarter-century drought. "For the first time in 25 years we're actually... Full story

 By Taylor Warnes    News    May 19, 2023

74 grads walk in college ceremony

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College celebrated this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11, with 74 of this year's 131 graduates walking the stage. Dr. Arne Vainio... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    May 19, 2023

Board removes HRA director

The Cloquet/Carlton Housing & Redevelopment Authority’s board of commissioners fired the agency’s executive director on Friday, May 12. Residents in facilities run by the HRA received word that Debra Shaff was “no longer employed” after a...

 By Ted Lammi    News    May 19, 2023

Carlton commits to innovative curriculum

Carlton school board members voted unanimously Monday on a path forward that appears to be unique in Carlton County. At its regular board meeting, superintendent-elect Donita Stepan summarized the new finalized strategic plan. She envisions making...


10,000 trees headed this way soon

Pine Knot News advertising director Ivan Hohnstadt had a tree-mendous idea three years ago. “Let’s give away 10,000 tree seedlings to celebrate the Pine Knot News being named the most outstanding... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

City of Cloquet: Free pickup of brush begins after Memorial Day

As residents continue to clean up trees damaged by heavy winter snow, Cloquet city councilors voted Tuesday to help its citizens dispose of that debris. Starting May 30, local contractor 3D...


It's 'No Mow May' in Carlton County

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners has declared “No Mow May” in the county, to protect bees and other pollinators. In May, many bees are coming out of hibernation and need flowers to feed themselves and their babies. The main purpose of... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

Investigators examine Bergquist Imports fire scene

The Cloquet Area Fire District brought its ladder truck to the Bergquist Imports complex again Monday, but there was no fire. This time investigators were taking aerial photos of the roof of the...

 By Brady Slater    News    May 19, 2023

Wrenshall school board achieves end of cuts

While the Wrenshall school board has yet to seal a contract with its proposed superintendent for next school year, Jeff Pesta was nonetheless in the audience at Monday’s board meeting. “We are in negotiations right now,” board chair Nicole...


Agencies can apply for emergency food and shelter grants

Carlton County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security under the Emergency Food and Shelter Board Program. Carlton County has been chosen to receive $5,987 from the State Set-Aside and $6,441.00... Full story


Lake Country Power director election results

Lake Country Power director election results were announced at the annual membership meeting in Cromwell on April 20. Districts 4 and 8 held a special election to fill a two-year vacancy. The other three districts will fill three-year terms.... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 19, 2023

Cloquet man accused of criminal sexual conduct

A Cloquet man was charged last week with seven counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting a juvenile. Bradley Loren Owens, 40, was charged and appeared for a remote hearing in Sixth District Carlton County Court on May 11. He faces...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 12, 2023

Sjodin family support stays strong

An estimated 1,500 people showed up for the Sjodin family Saturday, packing the Four Seasons Sports Complex and Event Center in Carlton to demonstrate their support for 18-year-old Janae Sjodin,... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    May 12, 2023

Students pedal bikes for more than a joy ride

An enrichment day last week for Queen of Peace Catholic School found a large group of students bicycling through the Historic West End of Cloquet. The goal was to teach students the rules of the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    May 12, 2023

Celebrating expansion at airport

When Bill Stone started Venture North Aviation at the Cloquet Airport in 2009, it was just Stone and one airplane in a one-room office at the airport. As of last week, Stone announced Venture North...


Road work back on Cromwell

Contractors resumed construction on Minnesota highways 210 and 73 in Cromwell on Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. Remaining work on the $3.7 million project includes sidewalk and entrance installation, culvert and storm...


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