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 By Jana Peterson    News    September 25, 2020 

Graffiti spikes across Cloquet

The Cloquet skatepark is the latest vandalism location in the city after it was spray-painted with messages last weekend. It is one of many places - including businesses and bridges - found to be...

 

Clarification

The Level 3 sex offender notification for Rory Northrup that ran on Page 3 of the Sept. 11 issue of Pine Knot News said that Northrup would be living on Sunnyside Drive. After that issue of the newspaper went to press, the Cloquet police department...

 

County Covid-19 cases still rising

After a slowdown last week, positive COVID-19 cases in Carlton County increased rapidly over the past week, rising from 219 total cases on Sept. 16 to 246 on Wednesday, Sept. 23. That’s a jump of 27 in a week, versus nine the week before. The rise...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    September 25, 2020 

Flu vaccine clinic offered by county

Carlton County will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic for the entire family from 12-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Carlton County Transportation Building. No fees will be collected at the clinic. The...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    September 25, 2020 

Suicide memorial walk will be virtual

For the first time this year, the annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk will not involve a large gathering of family and friends of people who have died by suicide. Because of the pandemic, instead the walk will be “virtual.” People are...

 

Thomson board considers Covid money for internet

Finding ways to create better internet connectivity was front and center during the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors meeting last week, along with determining how to spend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    September 25, 2020 

Airport Announces Expansion

Economic Development Administration chief of staff Dana Gartzke touts the public and private partnership that is bringing a substantial investment and future jobs to the Cloquet Airport. Gartzke...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    September 25, 2020 

Suicide remains a large concern

Suicide remains a top public health concern in Minnesota. “Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Minnesota and tenth nationally,” said North East Minnesota Suicide Prevention Coordinator Ali Randall. The coronavirus pandemic could be pu...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    September 25, 2020 

Health survey deadline hits

The 2020 Bridge to Health Survey will be wrapping up soon, and anyone who received a survey in the mail is asked to fill it in and return it as quickly as possible so that their answers can be counted. A second copy of the survey will be sent out to...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    September 25, 2020 

Duluth hosts free saliva testing site

The Minnesota Department of Health opened a pilot saliva testing site on Wednesday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The testing site will be the first of its kind in Minnesota, offering free saliva tests to any Minnesotan who believes t...

 

Esko rolls with pandemic wave

First there was one. Now there are seven cases of Covid-19 at the Esko schools, and nearly three dozen students were quarantined as of last week. The Esko school board held a special online meeting...

 
 By Anne Dugan    News    September 25, 2020 

Wrenshall News: Cabbage is king this year

This was a surprisingly difficult growing season for a lot of our crops on the Food Farm. It was dry early in the growing season, then the first real rain we got was full of hail. This fall has...

 
 By Andrew Krueger    News    September 25, 2020 

Once lost ...... now found

As the crew muscled yet another railroad car off the stern of the ship and into the murky depths of Lake Michigan, Capt. Peter Kilty of the Pere Marquette 18 may have breathed a sigh of relief. It had...

 

Former county attorney disbarred

Former Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler was disbarred Thursday, Sept. 10 by the Minnesota Supreme Court for professional misconduct because he failed to disclose known police misconduct when he...

 

Sentence is 5 years for drug sale death

A Hermantown woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week after pleading guilty to third-degree murder for selling methamphetamine to a Moose Lake woman who died afterward. Dawn Marie Clemons, 41, apologized to Leah Michele Olsen’s family...

 

Keep signs off right-of-ways

As political campaigns increase their efforts toward the Nov. 3 election, it’s important to know and follow the state laws regarding placement of signs off of state property and only on land where the landowner has agreed to its placement. The... Full story

 

Former Carlton teacher in court

Former Carlton teacher and girls basketball coach Robert Kent Pioro appeared in Carlton County District Court Wednesday afternoon for an omnibus hearing, which is the next step in the criminal process. Pioro, though his attorney Mikkel Long, entered...

 

Brothers offer music, stories

The Sons of Norway rescheduled a free performance by the Sutter Brothers for this weekend. Bring your own chair and find a good spot outside the Oldenburg House in Carlton 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19....

 

Flu vaccine clinic offered by county

Carlton County will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic 12-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Carlton County Transportation Building. No fees will be collected at the clinic. Bring your insurance card for...

 

Roadside cleaning warriors

Both the Carlton Area Lions Club and the state of Minnesota are celebrating 30 years of the Adopt a Highway program this year. The Lions Club is one of 475 groups that have been with the Minnesota... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    September 18, 2020

Carlton, Wrenshall schools report smooth starts

Reports to the school boards at Carlton and Wrenshall this week showed that the two small districts had relatively drama-free starts to the year despite intense pressure due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols. In Wrenshall, the major hitch remains the...

 

Cloquet OKs early budget, levy

Cloquet city councilors approved the city’s preliminary budget and property tax levy for 2021 on Tuesday night, setting the maximum levy increase at 4 percent, for a total levy of $3,164,750. The co...

 

Latest Covid victim: warming houses

The city of Cloquet will not open three of the city’s four warming houses this winter due to pandemic health considerations. However, all four outdoor ice skating facilities — at Sunnyside...

 

Obituaries: Dorothy Elsie Seppala

Dorothy Elsie Seppala, 89, of Cloquet died Sept. 12, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Barnum. She was born March 10, 1931, in Sandstone, the youngest child of John and Elsie Withoff. Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Cloquet High School. She ma... Full story

 

Not your typical back to school days

Katie Wilkinson was standing outside Churchill Elementary School before the doors even opened Wednesday, a pink gaiter pulled high over her nose, happily waiting for school to begin. "I'm so... Full story

 

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