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 By Pine Knot News    News    July 7, 2023

Rugged Spruce: the place for golf and music

Jim and Colleen Myhre purchased what was then 29 Pines golf course just before Labor Day 2020, renamed it Rugged Spruce and - though Jim had just retired - life got very busy. The purchase wouldn't... Full story

 By Advertorial    News    June 16, 2023

Business Spotlight: Third Base Bar

Knowns as the Carlton Municipal until 1982 (when Paul Carpenter and Mike Balow purchased and renamed it), the Third Base Bar changed hands in 2011 with new owners Ryan Osvold and Aaron Hanson coming... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 14, 2022

Newish pawn shop aims to attract travelers

When Cory Drickhamer pulled in for the start of business at the MarksMan Trading Post one day earlier this week, there was a customer right behind him. Within moments, the pawn shop had five more... Full story


Photo studio owner inspired by place

One of Amy Louhela's favorite places is Jay Cooke State Park, and that is often the setting for her clients at Amy Louhela Photography. "I go to Jay Cooke every day," said Louhela in an interview in... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 30, 2021

Atkins funeral home is sold

Atkins Northland Funeral Home may have new owners, but don't expect any big changes, said Bob Atkins, who officially sold the business in May. "Very little will change with the ownership transition,"... Full story

 By Mike Creger    News    July 30, 2021

Filings indicate shakeup at Cloquet car dealership

Public-record filings are indicating that there may be another shakeup in the direction of Cloquet’s only new car dealership, and its one-time owners have filed for bankruptcy. June filings with the Minnesota Secretary of State office shows that C...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021

CMH Wound Clinic wins award

For the third year in a row, the Advanced Wound Clinic at Community Memorial Hospital was awarded the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Advanced Wound Clinic achieved o...

 By Pine Knot News    News    May 7, 2021

Cloquet MCCU receives marketing award

The Cloquet branch of Members Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) was recognized recently with a CUNA Diamond Award for its distinctive lobby design and aesthetics. Hosted by CUNA Marketing & Business...

 By Parnell Thill    News    April 9, 2021

When life gives you lemons ... sell coffee

On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at 5:20 p.m., Kathie Kemi, resident of Esko and Cloquet since age 8, was told she had a mass on her pancreas. As the stranger/doctor looked into her eyes and spoke the... Full story

 By Steve Korby    News    April 2, 2021

Big Lake golf course has new owner group

Golf has survived the pandemic, albeit with a few changes in Carlton County the past year. After some pandemic unknowns, the Cloquet Country Club, the Moose Lake Golf Club, and Pine Hill Golf Club... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 29, 2021

Casino tested by pandemic

It's not quite business as usual at the Black Bear Casino Resort, but general manager Dan LaPrairie said staff are working hard to stay open and keep people healthy during the pandemic. So far, so... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    January 1, 2021

Sappi builds on 'people, planet and prosperity'

Locally, nationally and internationally, Sappi has been working hard at sustainability practices and people are taking notice. In February, Sappi North America received the SEAL Business Sustainabilit... Full story


Toy collection fills squad cars

The Cloquet Police Department held its fourth annual Stuff the Squad Dec. 16 outside the Cloquet L&M Fleet Supply and Walmart stores, where people were invited to fill the squad cars with new,...


Operation Round Up nets more than $53,000

Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up trust board recently approved $53,497 in assistance to various community programs during its quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s trust board rev...


Enbridge buys holiday meals for workers

To thank the men and women who are building Line 3 and the communities all across the right of way, Enbridge purchased more than 3,600 gift cards from northern Minnesota restaurants, totaling more than $90,000. “We wanted to find a way to give back t...


Lake Country Power offers money for school

The Lake Country Power rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2021. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over four years to help pay for college or...


Bringing rubbed grub to Moose Lake

Dinel and Lance Hollerbach were asked to smoke a whole hog for a birthday barbecue years ago, but they didn't have a smoker that was big enough. "One man said that he had a big roaster," Dinel said...

 By Jamie Lund    News    November 13, 2020

Home bakers find business sweet spot

There may not be any bakeries left in Cloquet, but that doesn't mean there aren't some fabulous bakers around. "The gooey salted caramel center wrapped up in the moist chocolate cake with caramel... Full story


Frandsen hires new Cloquet bank president

Mark Lanigan has been named Bank President of the Frandsen Bank & Trust Cloquet office, effective Aug. 12. Lanigan, a native of Waterloo, Iowa has more than 30 years of banking experience, the last 19...


Mischke hired at National Bank of Commerce

National Bank of Commerce continues its growth and expansion with the addition of a new associate, hiring Roger Mischke as vice president-commercial banker. Roger is from Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He has a bachelor of science degree from Kent State...

 By Shannon Genereau    News    July 31, 2020

New business striving to fill thrift store gap

A new store is doing its best to fill the gap left by the departure of the popular Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores in Cloquet. The Highway 45 Thrift Store opened in June. The for-profit stor...

 By Jana Peterson    News    July 17, 2020

Black Bear casino goes smoke-free

Effective Wednesday, Black Bear Casino Resort is 100-percent smoke-free inside the building. Guests may still smoke outside. General manager Dan LaPrairie said the Reservation Business Council made... Full story


Bike biz turns 10

While the Carlton and Jay Cooke State Park area is known for its recreational trails, many people who would like to experience the beauty of these trails by bicycle may not be aware of a great resourc... Full story


Nantiques shop open for curiosity seekers

With people looking for opportunities to get out of the house and find something new, interesting and safe to do, a local shop with some decidedly dated inventory may prove to be a fun and worthwhile... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    News    May 15, 2020

On the Mark: Past economic challenges offer lessons

Through interviews, we’ve been learning about Carlton County’s small-business challenges with COVID-19 social distancing requirements and mandatory shutdowns of many kinds of businesses. Here’s a look...


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