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 By Ted Lammi    News    May 24, 2024 

Districts exchange letters on merger

During a break in consolidation committee meetings, Carlton and Wrenshall school boards have continued to negotiate via written communications. The most recent letter came from the Carlton board May 14 in response to Wrenshall’s April 8 proposal t...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 24, 2024 

The Jack bar to change hands

Come July 1, Cloquet's most popular downtown bar, The Jack, will be changing hands. Longtime owner Adam Bailey is selling to brothers Ryan Lindstrom and Zach Zezulka, owners of Carmen's Bar &... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 24, 2024 

After 12 years, city planner Cottingham retires

City planner and zoning administrator Al Cottingham received a round of applause during Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting - a meeting he hopes will be his last. Cottingham is retiring June 6,...

 
 News    May 24, 2024 

Cloquet announces annual scholarships, awards

Cloquet High School held its awards convocation on May 8 and announced the following award and scholarship winners at the school, including those pictured on Page 9 of this week's Pine Knot News The... Full story

 
 News    May 24, 2024 

Esko announces scholarships earned by seniors

On May 5, a large group of Esko High School seniors were awarded a variety of academic scholarships from local agencies and foundations, including the Esko Educational Foundation. Principal Greg... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    May 24, 2024 

New CAAEP principal hire is made

On May 13, the school board voted to accept the employment of Dr. Marcia Nelson as CAAEP principal Connie Hyde’s replacement at a salary of $111,576. “Dr. Nelson is being recommended due to her strong background and experience as a school pri...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    May 24, 2024 

County talks of 'breaking bread' with Band

Members of the Carlton County board and the Fond du Lac tribal council are scheduled to meet in June. The entities meet twice annually, and the topic of how the county ought to host the meeting came up during the board’s March 14 meeting in C...

 
 News    May 24, 2024 

Filing for elected office has started

The filing period for elected offices opened this week, and two Cloquet city councilors are already on the list to run again. Ward 4 councilor Kerry Kolodge and Ward 3 councilor Iris Keller both filed affidavits of candidacy at City Hall on Tuesday....

 
 News    May 24, 2024 

Closed for Memorial Day

Most government offices including Cloquet and Carlton County will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 27. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services,...

 
 By Noah Beardslee    News    May 24, 2024 

Sports courts coming to Esko

The Thomson Township board of supervisors joined Esko Community Education, the Esko school district, Esko Hoops Club and several other businesses and organizations contributing to the construction of...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    May 24, 2024 

Moose Lake man guilty of sexual assault

A 32-year-old Moose Lake man is in Carlton County Jail awaiting sentencing following a guilty plea in March to felony criminal sexual conduct. The charge is related to a 2023 incident involving a vulnerable 15-year-old girl. Justin Eugene Arbuckle... Full story

 

MPR NEWS: It was a fast and furious session end

The Minnesota Legislature stumbled toward a tumultuous end late Sunday night in a chorus of shouting and snap votes in a final day sure to damage the ability of the parties to work in concert in the future. Lawmakers wrapped up their last day of...  Website

 
 By Gail Olson    News    May 24, 2024 

Farmers Market News

The Carlton County Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 1 in front of Premiere Theatres in Cloquet. This season we're joined by a new generation of farmers and producers offering a wonderful variety... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 17, 2024

Signals win the day on Hwy. 33

Roundabouts are off the table, state officials told residents at a May 9 informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Minnesota Highway 33. The estimated $3.2 million project will include...

 

Beware I-35 construction

Travelers on Interstate 35 between Hinckley and Duluth should expect traffic delays due to several construction projects this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Drivers will encounter single lane, head-to-head traffic ju...

 

Diabetes fundraiser on Monday

The ninth annual Burgers & Bikes & Beer fundraiser hosted by the Sweet Spokes Cycling Team for the American Diabetes Association is 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at The Rendezvous Sports Bar & Grill in Cloquet. Free to attend and open to everyone, family... Full story

 

Mosaic art take-and-create kits available

Public libraries in Cloquet, Carlton and Moose Lake will be providing mosaic art take-and-create kits through May. This art experience, created by Chisholm artist Rebekkah Anderson through Diletto, combines the art of storytelling through both...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    May 17, 2024

District celebrates $7 million project

A chance to celebrate roughly $7 million in improvements to the Cromwell-Wright School brought out students and community members Monday. Cromwell graduates Tracey Goranson, 62, Pauly Granholm, 65,...

 
 By Ted Lammi    News    May 17, 2024

Carlton wants to stick with 2025 consolidation

The Carlton school board, fresh from sending a four-day school week proposal to the state for approval, returned to the issue of consolidation with Wrenshall. At Monday’s working session, superintendent Donita Stepan was directed to answer a Wrenshal...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 17, 2024

Esko makes space for fitness, learning

Esko school board members set an open house for the new fitness center for 4-6 p.m. June 10. Expect to see lots of "Esko" and "Sisu" logos decorating the space, located on the south side of the...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    May 17, 2024

Township tackles sewer issues, approves apartments

A larger-than-expected pipe helped unjam a planned apartment project being held up by sewer capacity issues in Thomson Township. Josh Evans, an assistant engineer with the township’s contracted engineering company, AE2S, had recommended a halt on a...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    May 17, 2024

Sheriff addresses Moose Lake staffing

A notice on social media last week from the Moose Lake Police Department indicated that the office would no longer be “open on a daily basis.” It was the sort of thing that can cause consternation in a community. In February, the city contracted with...

 

Business Spotlight: Serenity wellness, Cloquet

Is your digestive system not working the way it should? Do you struggle to lose weight or eliminate daily, get bloated easily, react to certain foods or feel tired and run down? Are your periods a... Full story

 
 By James Wiita    News    May 17, 2024

Cloquet teacher earns trip to explore Iceland

Kim Broman has dreamed of a National Geographic-type of adventure ever since becoming a second-grade teacher. This summer, she will fulfill that dream after being awarded a Grosvenor Teacher...

 
 By Amber Nichols    News    May 17, 2024

Photos: History made at college graduation

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College included a bit of history as the first bachelor of science degrees for elementary education were handed out in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center May 9....

 

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