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Our View: Build community with a snow shovel

We encourage residents to clear the sidewalks in front of your houses and businesses as soon as possible after a snowfall this winter. Sure, it’s a chore, but when you consider all those who rely on the sidewalks to move throughout your...

 

Harry's Gang: Wither the no-school snow day? Say it isn't so

Nothing seems to make a child happier than waking up to a snowfall and hearing their parents say, “School’s been canceled today.” But those days are numbered. Soon, snow days may be a thing of...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    November 27, 2020 

On The Mark: Family memories bring comfort this holiday

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on family history. Covid affords us, regrettably, more time to do so. To pore over old photo albums, view what our parents and grandparents and great-uncles...

 

Letter to the editor: Gov is not a god

To Gov. Walz: Your attempts to control the lives of the citizens of Minnesota are deplorable. In an effort to “protect” people from a virus which presents little threat to the majority of the healthy population, you’ve trampled on the rights...

 

Letter to the editor: Let Line 3 move on

The reason history is so important to us is that it allows people to remember, learn, and understand from what has already happened. You can look throughout our history and see when lessons were not learned and things were unfortunately repeated. So...

 

Letter to the editor: School activities win

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone involved in a successful fall season of extracurricular activities at Cloquet High School. Thank you to Dr. Cary, Steve Battaglia, Tim Prosen, other district administrators, and the Cloquet School...

 

Letters to the editor: Schools must choose

This year’s election ballot had four choices for three positions on it for the Wrenshall school board. Upon responses by these applicants to questions published in the Oct. 2 issue of this newspaper, this taxpaying citizen abstained from voting for...

 

Guest View: Make sacrifices to help everyone

Rick Breuer is the CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet and wrote this for the Pine Knot News. This is a hard time for all of us. Last spring, many of us prepared for what we thought would be massive numbers of Covid patients. That never...

 

Harry's Gang: So-called voter mandates are subject to interpretation

While the latest election was pretty decisive (about 51 percent for Biden, 47.3 percent for Trump), the fact remains that nearly half the voters preferred the Republican candidate over the eventual...

 

On the Mark: Companionship of cousins is a blessing

I feel lucky to belong to a huge extended family on both my parents' sides. I'm an "only girl" with two brothers. Our first, second and third cousins have made up for that. I just spent part of a...

 

Francy That: Newspapers have another life in novel home projects

As I wrapped my canna lily bulbs in newspaper to prepare them for winter storage, it dawned on me that I have taken the multi-purpose factor of already-read newspapers for granted. We have explored...

 

OUR VIEW: Don't lose sight of Covid wave that is upon us

Another presidential election cycle has come and gone. We'd like to bask in the glow of public engagement we witnessed in the past few months as nearly three out of four people of voting age in Carlto...

 

Harry's Gang: There are worse things than the Electoral College

I’m one of the few people I know willing to state that the Electoral College is still a useful way to choose a president. The absurdity that a candidate can win the popular vote and still lose the...

 

On The Mark: Exploring the Buddhist way

It’s surprising how important Buddhist beliefs and practices have been to evolving world communities and their ability to live together in peace and mutual respect. I first learned about Buddhism...

 

Notes from a small pond: 2020 ... is not so 20/20

The ever-shortening sprint from Halloween to Christmas is on and, with it, the annual retrospection is underway, the tradition of reviewing the year inching ever earlier like the retail Christmas...

 

Our View: Careful goes along with quaint

Living in a small town certainly has its advantages over big cities, but sometimes we become complacent to the reality that crime does, in fact, happen here, too. That’s why we are encouraging residents to keep their garages and vehicles locked,...

 

Harry's Gang: A fond farewell to the pizza business

I’ve operated a pizza restaurant longer than I’ve had children, but it’s time to say goodbye (to the pizza place, not the kids). I opened Eskomo Pizza Pies in the old Cloquet Co-op building in... Full story

 

On the Mark: Online options are a saving grace during pandemic

Since Covid-19 crept into our communities, many of us have descended into a strange solitude. Neighbors, co-workers and merchants whom we love to patronize hunker down the way we do: behind closed doo...

 

Our View: Not that you need the push ... Vote

There’s just a few things we expect from citizens in American: respect the law; pay your taxes; and vote. We feel that voting is the most important of those expectations. That’s because your vote will control who will be deciding which laws and...

 

Harry's Gang: Let's hope we get what we want after Election Day

It seems that, with the elections just a few days away, much of the conversation we hear involves politics and candidates. We've divided our nation so deeply I fear it will take a miracle, or maybe a...

 

It's nice to have a local paper

We know as citizens of Carlton County that we are very fortunate. We live in one of the most bucolic domains of nature populated with magnificent forests, crystal clear streams, and multiple lakes...

 

We can't tax ourselves into better times

The Carlton and Wrenshall school districts made a joint effort to obtain funding from the State of Minnesota but it didn’t make the cut in this year’s bonding bill. This funding — called...

 

Our view: Election voices easily heard in 2020

Candidates for public office participated in a forum this Wednesday night, organized by the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by our little newspaper along with WKLK Radio and CAT-7 (which will be soon operated by Pine Knot News, but... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Don't dismiss the value of choosing your judges

Seven of the area’s judges are on the ballot this year, running for re-election for six-year terms. There are no contested elections this year in our area. Every incumbent judge is running... Full story

 

Letter: Brenner's done 28 years of good works

Dick Brenner has served the District 1 of Carlton County as commissioner for 28 years. We have known Mr. Brenner for all of those years and recognize his positive contributions to the county, school district, environment and public health.... Full story

 

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