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 By Alyssa Bloss    News    February 16, 2024 

Attend free rain garden workshop Thursday in Cloquet

Would you like to beautify your yard with showstopping flower blooms and grasses while protecting our lakes, streams, attracting songbirds, hummingbirds, and beneficial pollinators like bees and... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    February 16, 2024 

Citizen input mixed on Forestry Center plans

Close to 100 people gathered Tuesday to talk about the future of a place they all love, the Cloquet Forestry Center. Although University of Minnesota representatives presented the transfer of the...

 

Agency on Aging offers webinar series

The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging announced the launch of a series of webinars aimed at providing valuable information and resources for community members and professionals, beginning Feb. 27. Learn about Minnesota’s multisector plan on aging,...

 

"Escape the Vape" video challenge

Middle- and high school students across the state of Minnesota are being invited to participate in a contest to help educate their peers on the dangers of vaping, with the chance to win up to $500 for students and $500 for their associated school or... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    February 16, 2024 

Vape detectors approved

In an effort to quell a vaping epidemic in Cloquet high school and middle school bathrooms, the Cloquet school board voted unanimously Monday to purchase a vaping detection system at a total cost of $21,699. The school district is purchasing 14...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 16, 2024 

Board holds off on wolf resolution

The Carlton County board pumped the brakes on a resolution lending support for delisting the gray wolf as a federally endangered species during its meeting Tuesday. The proposed resolution would have featured letters sent to federal legislators,...

 
 By Ted Lammi    News    February 16, 2024 

Carlton mulls the finances of consolidation

Public finance advisers Ehlers told the Carlton school board on Monday that a consolidation with Wrenshall would be close to revenue-neutral with only a slight decrease in state aid for the new combined school district. Aaron Bushberger, Ehlers...

 

Northland Foundation grants

The Northland Foundation awarded nearly $2 million in grant funds in the last quarter of 2023 to benefit people and communities in its geographic service area. The lion’s share of grant dollars, $1,175,000, was awarded through the Northland...

 

Mushroom foraging webinar coming

In a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 21, a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society will discuss edible mushrooms that grow in Minnesota and how foraging for mushrooms, after learning how to do so safely, can be a fun and healthy way to find delicious...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    February 16, 2024 

AEOA Adult Education: One person's success story

Pranee left her home country, Thailand, to come to the United States so her son could receive the best education possible. Additionally, she hoped to improve her English speaking, reading, and... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 16, 2024 

Moose Lake chooses sheriff's office, disbands police

Following a packed public hearing last month on policing in Moose Lake, the end of the city's police department unfolded in comparatively quiet council chambers on Wednesday. The council and mayor... Full story

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Backlash is strong, unrelenting on Hwy. 33 intersection plans

Cloquet residents converged at the public library Feb. 1 to address the future of what one resident called "the superhighway" through town. The resounding message: no more roundabouts on Minnesota...

 

Pine Knot reaps a pile of awards

The past week has been bittersweet in the Pine Knot News office as its staff said goodbye to the traveling Mills Trophy that marked the newspaper as the best weekly in Minnesota the past three years.... Full story

 

Moose Lake loses police officers

Interim police chief Chad Pattison was granted special authority in Moose Lake after the three-member department saw the resignation of two of its officers last month. Both officers resigned in the wake of a public hearing last month to determine if...

 

Assisted Living Report Card is live

Minnesotans shopping for assisted living can now turn to a valuable new resource for help. The state’s new Assisted Living Report Card (alreportcard.dhs.mn.gov/) allows consumers to look up assisted living residences and find comparative ratings...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Union gets 3-year deal with Sappi

The largest private sector union in the city of Cloquet ratified a new contract last week with the Sappi paper mill. United Steelworkers Local 1163 completed a three-year deal with the company that includes a 10.5 percent pay increase over the life...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Forest center fate is subject of meeting

It’s been a year since the University of Minnesota made public its administration’s plans to likely give the 3,400-acre Cloquet Forestry Center to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa....

 

USG plant receives $300K state grant

Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced more than $7.8 million in funding for seven business expansion projects statewide, including $300,000 for the USG Interiors plant in Cloquet. The Cloquet...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    February 9, 2024

Council ponders Highway 33 proposal

Cloquet City Councilors know where the Wood City Riders stand on potential plans for Minnesota Highway 33, after an hour-long presentation by club president Chris Rokke. They appeared to agree with...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Board tackles wolves, celebrates safety

The Carlton County board appears on the verge of joining the chorus against wolves. During its committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, the board advanced a resolution that would position the county...

 
 By Brady Slater    News    February 9, 2024

Boards create consolidation committee

Aiming at consolidation as soon as the 2025-26 school year, the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts have formed a joint committee to lead the process. The consolidation committee will meet regularly along with additional monthly joint sessions of...

 

Making education better with the Blue Jean Ball

The Cloquet Educational Foundation's 22nd Blue Jean Ball brought a large crowd to Black Bear Casino Saturday to put the fun in fundraising. Close to 350 people attended this year's event - most of...

 

Wrenshall School honor rolls

Wrenshall Schools Quarter 2 A Honor Roll Kiara Ankrum Bryce Bartczak Drew Bartczak Gavin Beetcher Soyure Beetcher Vera Brown Marissa Carlson Willow Cash Kyler Clarke Brie Hoglund Annabelle House Angel Hughes Taylor Hulgan Brysen Jessup Jack Johnson... Full story

 

Barnum Schools Honor Roll

Barnum Schools Quarter 2 A Honor Roll Grade 7 Jacob Bernhardson Morgan DeCaigny Rachel Dinger Avery Graftaas Landon Hosmer Hailey Ikola Caitlin Johnson Lindy LeDoux Clover Moerke Ella Nyquist Kamryn Pearsall Carli Stevens Addison Webb LeeRoy Wyatt Gr... Full story

 

Free school meals prove popular

Minnesota Reformer More than 70 perent of Minnesota voters — including majorities across every ideological and demographic category — say they approve of the Legislature’s decision last year to provide free school meals to all students, regardl...

 

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