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 By Jana Peterson    News    April 3, 2020

Displays offer light in dark times

Amidst all the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, there's a movement afoot to make life more fun, more beautiful, or both. Suddenly, there are bears - of the stuffed variety or...

 By Mike Creger    News    April 3, 2020

Churches find ways to connect

Can you imagine pastors Jeff Walther and Tom Brinkley preaching from the roof of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko on Easter Sunday? Below them in the parking lot are parishioners in their cars...

 By Jana Peterson    News    April 3, 2020

With shortage of masks, some turn to homemade

As the coronavirus marches across the United States and Minnesota, officials have been telling the public to leave the N95 masks to healthcare providers on the front lines of the pandemic. For the res...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Playgrounds closed in Cloquet

The city of Cloquet closed all its outdoor play structures on Wednesday, including playgrounds, the skatepark and other athletic facilities as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. City administrator Tim Peterson said the decision...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Rural Barnum home hit by fire

A house fire in Barnum Township Sunday put three people in the hospital for smoke inhalation, and destroyed the home, killing several pets that were inside. According to a press release from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call...

 By Pine Knot News    News    April 3, 2020

Scammers prey on stimulus bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorizes stimulus payments to those who qualify. As a result, scammers may target Minnesotans and try to steal their personal information. Government agencies, including the IRS and the...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020 

Schools: Virtual classrooms, real meals

The order Wednesday by Minnesota governor Tim Walz that schools remain closed and transition to distance learning through May 4 didn't surprise many educators, since they were told to be ready for... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

School meals, apps are a go in Wrenshall

In Wrenshall, superintendent Kim Belcastro updated the school board this week on where the district was since the closure order March 15. “I will admit it did feel like the last week of school for the students,” Belcastro wrote in her memo about... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Plea: Keep sewer pipes unclogged

Don’t even think about flushing that down the toilet. Western Lake Superior Sanitary District officials warn residents and businesses about the hazards of flushing any products except toilet paper....

 By Dan Reed    News    March 27, 2020 

More county buildings, offices close

The workings of government have changed as the pandemic spreads at an unknown rate throughout the nation. Physical participation in Carlton County meetings and whether any County building should be open to the public were two of many public safety... Full story

 News    March 27, 2020 

LISTING: How to access county, court services during pandemic

Local governments have closed many offices to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic and governor's orders, although vital staff continue to work in buildings and from home and can be... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 27, 2020 

Future of CAT7 remains up in the air

CAT7 TV must have at least seven lives. Following a year (2019) when the community access television channel was black almost as much as it was broadcasting, the station is black again following the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Sawyer cabin damaged by fire

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Carlton County dispatch received a call from a resident in the 3100 block of Maple Drive in Sawyer, stating that their neighbor's seasonal cabin was on...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Kettle River lights Christmas tree

The Kettle River Christmas tree lights have been turned on again to provide a light of hope during these darkening days of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ma ’n’ Pa Kettle Days committee, with the electrical support of the Federated Co-op of...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Digital age creates eye strain

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home. According to an American Optometric Association’s 2015 survey, 58 percent of adults surveyed have experienced digital eye strain or vision p...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Medicare staying put in county

Medicare Cost plans are not going away for 21 counties in the state, including Carlton County. Medicare Cost plans provide additional coverage to help pay for expenses that original Medicare doesn’t cover, and they are administered by private...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

MNsure slot is open for uninsured

MNsure announced a 30-day special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance, in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The enrollment period began Monday, March 23, and runs through...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Hospital notes: Raiter welcomes new administrator

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet welcomes Ronald Alston, the new practice administrator for CMH Raiter Family Clinic and Specialty Clinic. Alston is originally from Washington, D.C. and moved to Rochester, Minn., following high school...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

Hospital notes: Primary, sports doctor joins CMH

Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet welcomes Dr. William Haug, who has joined the CMH Emergency Services department. Dr. Haug is a native of Grafton, North Dakota and graduated from University of...

 By Jennie K. Hanson    News    March 27, 2020 

Wright/Cromwell news

This week we have settled into the realization that everything is canceled except grocery shopping, critical medical appointments and emergency travel. At least folks seem to be paying attention and...

 By Ann Markusen    News    March 27, 2020 

On The Mark: Tromping in a pandemic

Hoping, dear readers, that you are finding it a kind of strange gift to be shut out of most social events and gathering holes. At first, I discovered the joys of just staying home, cleaning out the...

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 27, 2020 

DNR keeps outdoors available despite changes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in accordance with guidance from state health officials, is postponing, adjusting, and canceling a variety of public events, including open houses, safety education training, interpretive naturalist...

 By Dan Kraker    News    March 27, 2020 

Getting away up north? Not so fast

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a travel advisory at its meeting in Grand Marais, requesting that seasonal or second homeowners stay home for the time being....

 By Pine Knot News    News    March 20, 2020

Census invitations are here, please respond

About 95 percent or about 143 million households in the country have received an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes the past week. The Census Bureau says the materials can help the public know what to expect and...

 By Jana Peterson    News    March 20, 2020

Schools scramble for off-campus options

Cloquet schools superintendent Michael Cary woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday, March 15 to numerous messages on his cell phone. Five hours later, the rest of the state got the message that Minnesota Gov. Tim...


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