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 By Brady Slater    News    November 17, 2023

Boards convene for building tours

Exploration of a merger between Carlton and Wrenshall school districts left the board rooms behind on Monday, as the two school boards convened to tour facilities between the districts. The two...


Tractor, truck crash injures one

A driver of a pickup was seriously injured Monday night when his 2014 GMC Sierra collided with a trailer of corn pulled by a tractor in Silver Brook Township, forcing a closure of the highway to clean up the corn and clear the vehicles. A 911 call ab...


Winter sowing

The Carlton County Master Gardeners will present a class on winter sowing 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Carlton County Transportation Building, 1630 County Road 61. Cost is $5 at the door, free for 18 and younger. Winter sowing is a simple method of...


Early deadlines for Thanksgiving issue

Pine Knot News deadlines will be moved up one day for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. That means all news announcements, obituaries and legal notices must be received by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Call 218-878-9332 with any questions. The Pine Knot...


Got Christmas lights?

The ninth annual Christmas lighting showcase wants to hear from lighting enthusiasts so they can create a map of area lighting displays to drive by or visit. Folks in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are encouraged to enter their decorated homes and...


Local Christmas trees available

Those searching for greenery and other holiday decorations after the Thanksgiving holiday can visit to find Christmas tree growers and other producers of Minnesota agricultural...


Uncashed tax rebate checks being reissued

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Wednesday it will begin reissuing nearly 150,000 one-time tax rebate checks that have gone uncashed and subsequently expired after 60 days from their August and September issuance dates. The reissued...


Free state entry

For those wanting to escape rampant consumerism, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 24 (aka Black Friday). With the support of the state...

 By Brady Slater    News    November 17, 2023

Debate flares over outside contracts

A Carlton County board meeting flared hot Tuesday, when commissioner Tom Proulx and county staff squared off over the use of contracted social work. Despite a 4-1 vote affirming the use of contracted social workers to address a surge in disability...


Mahtowa man charged with child sex abuse

A 21-year-old Mahtowa man is faced with unrelated charges of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child following new charges after his arrest this summer. Ricky Onefeather Tobolaski, 21, of Mahtowa, was arrested June 16 and charged with... Full story


Student numbers on the rise in Esko

With 1,284 students this year, Esko schools may be at its highest K-12 enrollment ever, superintendent Aaron Fischer told school board members Monday. "That's a lot of students, more than we...



B&B Market has been part of the Cloquet community for 65 years, a one-stop shop for many that offers gas, a full line of groceries, a meat department and catering. Named after founders Bob and Babe,... Full story


Carlton High School Honor Rolls

Carlton High School Quarter 1 A Honor Roll Sixth grade Benjamin Abbott Annika Erickson Donovan Jenne TayLynn Laveau Persephony Matuszak Mackenzie Mullenix Morris Olson Aowyn Rupp Alaina Soukkala Deklin Towslee Kylan Ward Seventh grade Lila Manning... Full story


Esko High School Honor Rolls

Esko High School Quarter 1 Honor Roll Bella Abrahamson Will Abrahamson Emma Adkins Rachel Amireault Adisyn Anderson Simone Anderson Santiago Anich Joseph Antonutti Joshua Antonutti Hank Backstrom Lucye Backstrom Aaron Bailey Ellahna Barnes Lourdes... Full story


Poirier, Leonzal win school board elections

Although Election Day saw many highly competitive and issues-based elections around the country, along with a change of mayor in Duluth, Carlton County had just two school board races on the ballot. Both races — one in Carlton, one in Barnum ... Full story


Santa is coming to Cloquet

The countdown to Santa’s Home for the Holidays has started, with the annual celebration set for the first weekend in December. Events actually kick off the evening of Nov. 30, with Storytime with... Full story


Man convicted of murdering girlfriend and child seeks new trial

Jana Peterson [email protected] A Cloquet man convicted of murdering his pregnant girlfriend and her toddler is appealing that conviction to the Minnesota Supreme Court, on the grounds of prosecut...

 By Mike Creger    News    November 10, 2023

Veterans Day: War, astronauts and big blasts ... Navy vet saw a lot during his service

It may seem odd for a Vietnam War era military veteran to refer to his experiences as "fun," but that's how Jerry Tschida chooses to remember his time in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969. It was... Full story


Clock ticks on Cloquet rezoning plea

A local business owner, his neighbors and the city of Cloquet have at least two more weeks to try to find a solution that would “make more people happy.” Cloquet City councilors voted Tuesday to table a request from business owner Ken Maki to...


No parking overnight during winter months

Winter parking is in effect now through March, so don’t leave your cars parked on the streets of Cloquet overnight. According to city code, cars cannot be parked on the streets or in alleys between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1...


Veterans Day holiday closures

All Carlton County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public Health,...


Fire District seeks board member

The Cloquet Area Fire District is looking for a volunteer board member to represent the City of Cloquet. Candidates must live in the city of Cloquet and commit to a 3-year term. The board meets at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, plus... Full story


Early deadlines for Thanksgiving issue

Pine Knot News deadlines will be moved up one day for the Thanksgiving holiday later this month. That means all news announcements, obituaries and legal notices must be received by 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Call 218-878-9332 with any questions. The... Full story


Don't plow snow into roadways

The Carlton County Transportation Department said the act of plowing snow onto or across a public roadway is a safety hazard and a misdemeanor. The likelihood of a traffic accident or damage to snowplows occurring from a slippery area, frozen rut,...


Report: Wastewater is key contributor of 'forever chemicals' pollution

A new report from an environmental advocacy group says wastewater treatment plants and sewage sludge are key pathways for so-called “forever chemicals” to contaminate Minnesota waterways. The report, by the nonprofit Minnesota Center for Environm...  Website


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