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Business SPOTLIGHT: Pine Knot News

The Pine Knot News observed its fifth anniversary at the end of October rather quietly, because staff members at the independent locally owned newspaper were busy working. From humble beginnings in... Full story

 By Joe Bowen    News    November 24, 2023

Business grant to help the 'underestimated'

A rebranded and expanded regional program hopes to help Northeastern Minnesota entrepreneurs who are Black, Indigenous, military veterans, or women. The Driving Access to Wealth & Networks (DAWN)...



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



Cloquet Mattress & Furniture, located at 1207 Cloquet Avenue, is a small business located in the heart of Cloquet. We specialize in furnishings for smaller spaces with an eye for quality and price... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 13, 2023

Stock Tire keeps rolling with new owner

A longtime Cloquet business has a new owner with a familiar face. Scott Nelson purchased Stock Tire from his boss, Steve Stavang, in August. Nelson had worked as a mechanic there for four years and is...


Business Spotlight: Carlton Area Lions Club

The Carlton Area Lions Club has been serving the Carlton area since 1972 and is one of 49,000 Lions clubs around the world. Members of the all-volunteer Carlton area club have resided in all corners... Full story


New game store in play in West End Cloquet

Ten-year-old Cyleiona Almenares made three trips to Cloquet's new game store on the first day it opened at 305 Broadway St. On trip No. 2, she carefully counted out her change to pay for Demon Slayer... Full story


Dollar store stakes a claim in Barnum

Sometime in winter 2024, the city of Barnum will be less of a food and retail desert than it is. Dollar General is moving onto Main Street, with construction already begun on a store which figures to...


Business Spotlight: Burger's Shoes, Cloquet

From Carmen LaPlant Owner, Burger's Shoes September means so many things to me: the end of summer, the start of fall, and another year of small business ownership. While September marks two years of... Full story



Hagen Construction & Remodeling, LLC is a relatively new business name in Carlton County. But owner Bart Hagen is no stranger to the area. Barnum is Bart's hometown. Bart and his family returned... Full story


Business SPOTLIGHT: Carmen's Bar & Restaurant

Carmen's Dry Dock West opened in May 1997, originally a sister company to the Dry Dock on Midway Road, by Carmen Lindstrom-Zezulka and Michael Van. Their goal was to have a bar and restaurant with a h... Full story


Business Spotlight: TJ's Country Corner MAHTOWA

TJ's Country Corner is the hub of the Mahtowa community and a business that's hard to pigeonhole. Owners Renee and Glenn Gaffney love the support they receive from the community and they like to help... Full story


Cloquet Country Club turns 100

Established in 1923, the Cloquet Country Club golf course is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this summer. Festivities last weekend included special food and drink, live music, a nine-hole... Full story


Business Spotlight: Carlton County Historical Society

At the very center of a panoramic photo of Cloquet taken before 1918 stands a substantial stone building. A bank? A theater? A store? Nope. The prominent building is the public library, completed in... Full story

 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...

 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...

 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


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