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  • Voters opt for new FDL leader

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Two of three incumbents were upset in Tuesday's elections for leadership of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Bruce Savage will be the new chairman of the Reservation Business Committee, defeating two-term incumbent Kevin Dupuis Sr., by 52 votes, 478 to 426. Earl Otis defeated Roger Smith 104 to 69 for District 3 (Brookston) representative. District 1 (Cloquet) incumbent Wally Dupuis defeated Michelle DeBolt, 343 to 233. All three were elected to four-year terms that will begin in...

  • Broadband buildout begins

    Brady Slater|Jun 14, 2024

    Erik Peterson does what he loves, consulting for grassroots advocacy in agriculture, the environment and social justice. It finds him regularly doing work with people all over the world, including as far away as Australia. All of it he does from his home off North Cloquet Road in Esko, since 2009. For some tasks, he's got to make sure his wife is not on the computer, so that his internet connection through telephone lines isn't disrupted. It was years before the Petersons learned that not all... Full story

  • Reading, math tutors needed

    Jun 14, 2024

    Fewer than a third of Minnesota students achieve grade-level proficiency in literacy and math, making individual support more important than ever. Reading Corps, Math Corps, and Early Learning Corps are looking for tutors all across the state to serve in area schools and preschools beginning this August. Tutors are fully trained and will serve on-site at a local school 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. Using scripted activities, tutors meet with students individually and in small groups to practice essential skills. Prior teaching experience isn’t r...

  • Invasive beetle found on reservation

    Jun 14, 2024

    The Fond du Lac Resource Management Department confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the Fond du Lac Reservation boundaries last month. Signs of emerald-colored beetle were found on the north side of Houle Road on the eastern edge of the Reservation. EAB is an invasive forest pest known for its devastating impact on ash trees. Although the infestation is currently small, with only a few individual trees showing signs of infestation, it is likely that there are more affected...

  • New Esko fitness center opens

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    More than 100 people turned out Monday to tour the recently completed Esko Fitness Center. The response was very positive, said Esko superintendent Aaron Fischer. A large two-story blue and gray structure attached to the south side of the school building, the space contains a variety of fitness equipment and lots of natural light, including a view of the baseball field outside. Some of the equipment is personalized. Bright blue weight benches say "SISU" in gold lettering while the weights...

  • Wrenshall superintendent contract is renewed

    Brady Slater|Jun 14, 2024

    The Wrenshall school board meeting Monday featured one of the more enthusiastic votes a board can give. Each of the five members exclaimed their affirmative vote to extend the contract for part-time superintendent Jeff Pesta. In doing so, the members lightly razzed the administrator about his loquacious manner — getting their money’s worth as far as the number of words he uses, they said. But thorough, detailed explanations were necessary to help get the district out of a $300,000-plus deficit last year. In accomplishing that, as well as ini...

  • Closed for Juneteenth

    Jun 14, 2024

    Carlton County office will be closed Wednesday in honor of the Juneteenth Holiday. This includes County Courthouse offices, County Government Services Building, County Transportation Department, Human Services, Public Health, Motor Vehicle License Bureau, Veterans Service Office, and the University of Minnesota Extension Service/Carlton County. The Hwy 210 Transfer Station will be open Wednesday. Cloquet City Hall is also closed Wednesday and the U.S. Postal Service....

  • July Fourth volunteers wanted

    Jun 14, 2024

    Volunteers needed to help set up at Veterans Park starting at 5 p.m. July 3 and tear down starting at 9 a.m. July 5. On the Fourth, help is needed with face painting, wiffleball, parade line-up, garbage pickup and more. Call Jana or Ivan at 218-878-9332 or 218-213-1231 or stop by the Pine Knot office at 122 Avenue C and make a plan.... Full story

  • Sign up for Nixle

    Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet area residents who want to receive text messages or emails with public safety news should register with the Cloquet Police Department’s Nixle service. Nixle was created for local law enforcement, designed to notify the public of community updates, public advisories and emergency alerts. To sign up for notifications and alerts using the Nixle messaging system, text the city’s zip code (55720) to 888777 and follow the prompts, or follow the link https://local.nixle.com/register. Nixle also offers an anonymous tip line for the public to...

  • Consolidation talks on ice this summer

    Brady Slater and Ted Lammi|Jun 14, 2024

    An impasse between the Carlton and Wrenshall school boards is threatening consolidation efforts by the districts. The Carlton school board reached a consensus at its working session Monday to not have further discussion with Wrenshall until August at the earliest. An email later this week between superintendents - obtained by the Pine Knot News through a public records request - confirmed the Carlton position. "(B)ecause sending letters back and forth to each other doesn't seem to be getting us...

  • Cromwell chief is fired

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Longtime Cromwell Wright Area Fire District chief Lucas Goodin is no longer with the department after being dismissed by the CWAFD board earlier this spring. In response to a public data request from the Pine Knot News, attorney Donald Erickson shared that Goodin was dismissed as chief and a member of the fire district for several reasons, including: • Payroll and timecard theft: Goodin was accused of signing into his time card electronically and then changing the time to an earlier start time, on at least four occasions, added time that he w...

  • Man faces arson charges

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    A 60-year-old Mahtowa Township man was charged with arson after allegedly setting a barn on fire following a dispute. Dennis James Jurek was charged in Sixth District Carlton County Court Tuesday, June 11, with first- and second-degree felony arson, felony first-degree damage to property with foreseeable risk of bodily harm and three gross misdemeanor charges of physically assaulting and interfering with a police officer. According to the criminal complaint, at approximately 9:52 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Fond du Lac and assisting law enforcement...

  • Cleanup begins at Superfund site in Esko

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    Two parking lots in downtown Esko are the site of the latest Superfund cleanup in Carlton County. The site in Esko amounts to the Post Office and its lot, plus another lot used as an auxiliary student parking lot by Esko High School during the school year. Similar to the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station in Cloquet, dry cleaning chemicals are the main culprit. A building on the site that was first a creamery, then a coin-operated dry cleaner, was demolished in the 1980s. Chemicals used in dry...

  • Thomson Town board deals with basic upkeep

    Noah Beardslee|Jun 14, 2024

    In a bid to fight erosion around the Northridge Park pavilion, the Thomson Township board of supervisors voted to install gutters on the park building at last week’s board meeting. The move is part of ongoing improvements to the pavilion, such as upgraded indoor lights and a security light approved at the end of last month, and new tables and chairs approved last October. A study to improve the park, kickstarted the end of last year, is on hold due to FEMA floodplain guidelines, supervisor Dave Sunnarborg told the Pine Knot. The gutters will c...

  • Cloquet Honor Rolls

    Jun 14, 2024

    Cloquet High School Second semester honor rolls. A Honor Roll Grade 9 Olivia Aldridge Ella Anderson Olivia Battaglia Ava Belgarde Carley Bjerkness Devin Cary Halie Chartier Jayten Clark Franklin Cossey Kayla Covington Noah Cunningham Hailee Defoe Joseph Dillon Daisie Gustafson Amaija Halli Eli Heehn Averie Hoffmann Lovissa Hughes Kyra Kramer Emma Lamere Isaiah Langer Jordan Linder Theresa Loisel Makenzie Lynch Rana Majerle Brendan Malloy Matthew Mangan Cecelia Moench Tenique Moose Cadence Niemi Jacob Parks Adalynn Pecore Aubrey Perrault Ariel... Full story

  • College Notes

    Jun 14, 2024

    The University of Minnesota Duluth announced its dean’s list for spring semester for students with grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Students on the list from the area include: Barnum: Andrew Korioth, Madeleine Manahan. Carlton: Rochelle DeLovely, Maxwell Moors, Ezekiel Palmer, Myah Struck, John Waltjer, Haley Willet. Cloquet: Benjamin Bauer, Nathan Clement, Korah Crane, Alexis Goranson, Nick Kallevig, Caley Kruse, Jordan Leimer, Emma Macdonald, Casey Marciniak, Brynn Martin, Camden Pollard, Garrett Pollard, Madison Preteau, Jordyn R...

  • A look at the Tamarack mine

    Brady Slater|Jun 7, 2024

    Pull into Tamarack, 36 miles west of Cloquet on Highway 210, and it’s easy to locate the publicly traded mining company that wants to extract nickel from deep beneath the grassy swamps that surround the town. Visible from the city park, what’s notable about Talon Metals headquarters is that it’s located in a small yellow house. Across from the office on Warren Street, there’s an open garage where workers process the company’s core samples. For a mining company, it looks an awful lot like a co... Full story

  • Alarm saves animals

    Jana Peterson|Jun 7, 2024

    Alert neighbors heard smoke alarms and called 911 last week, leading to the rescue of two dogs and a number of cats, along with the prevention of much-more serious fire damage. Cloquet Area Fire District firefighters were called to a possible structure fire at approximately 2 p.m. May 29 on the 300 block of Second Street in Cloquet. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the first level of a two-story home, but the homeowner wasn’t home. They quickly located the fire and e... Full story

  • Civil War veteran honored

    Jun 7, 2024

    Charles "Carl" Oswell, the last Civil War veteran buried in Carlton County, was honored in a ceremony at the Atkinson Community Cemetery on Saturday, June 1. Born in Oslo, Norway, in 1847, Oswell enlisted into Company C of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Feb. 15, 1865. He served in Georgia and mustered out on July 8 in Savannah, Georgia. He and his wife, Juliana, moved to the Twin Lakes area in Carlton County in 1900. They raised eight children. He died at age 90 in 1938,... Full story

  • The Beach opens Monday

    Jun 7, 2024

    Weather permitting, The Beach at Pinehurst Park will open Monday, June 10 in Cloquet. The sand-bottomed public pool is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Daily admission is $5. Season passes are $109 for families, $59 for individuals and $169 for group homes and childcare and are available for purchase at The Beach or the Community Ed office at the middle school. To find out about weather closures, like "The Beach at Pinehurst Park" on...

  • County launches new land, tax site

    Jun 7, 2024

    Carlton County is now using the Schneider Geospatial’s Beacon product for land assessment and tax information. Beacon is an interactive public access website that allows users to interact and view county information, public records, and the county’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in one place. Carlton County’s web portal features a public site that includes important property taxation and assessment information, in-depth search capabilities and property reports. There is an interactive map of the county’s GIS data and aerial photogr...

  • MinnesotaCare payments restart

    Jun 7, 2024

    Thousands of Minnesotans covered by MinnesotaCare need to start paying monthly premiums again this summer to keep their insurance. Monthly premiums were paused during the pandemic. About 46,000 Minnesotans with lower incomes who rely on MinnesotaCare should watch their mail for a bill from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Enrollees must pay their premium by the due date on their bill to avoid losing coverage. The first bill is due June 13. Although MinnesotaCare premiums are returning, some Minnesotans will continue to pay no...

  • Former Cloquet resident may get new murder trial

    Estelle Timar-Wilcox|Jun 7, 2024

    MPR News A man convicted of killing a Minneapolis teenager will need to be re-tried, after the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a guilty verdict in the case. In January 2023, Cody Fohrenkam, a former Calrton County resident was found guilty of fatally shooting 15-year-old North High School student Deshaun Hill in 2022. Fohrenkam was sentenced to more than 38 years in prison. In an appeal of the jury’s verdict, Fohrenkam argued that he was unconstitutionally detained for an interrogation early in the investigation of the case. P...

  • New owners, renovations coming to senior high-rise

    Jana Peterson|Jun 7, 2024

    Larson Commons is getting a new lease on life. All the pieces for the renovation of the seven-story senior high-rise building by new owners clicked into place during the Cloquet city council meeting Tuesday. That’s when councilors approved a housing program for Larson Commons along with the eventual issuance of $9.37 million in tax-exempt bonds, which will be used to pay for renovations and programming. The bonds will be paid back by the new owners, Steele Properties, LLC, which has experience across the country with affordable housing d...

  • Union cites needs for sex offender program

    Mike Creger|Jun 7, 2024

    David Clanaugh, director of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees Local 1701 union, talked with a group gathered Sunday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. It was a rally to raise awareness about work conditions at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program facility in Moose Lake. Clanaugh said there is "serious workplace staffing, retention, and safety issues" at the facility, where he coordinates volunteer service. The rally included delegates and some officeholders from the M... Full story

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