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Our View: You may not get it, but why take a risk?

It’s difficult to see the effect COVID-19 has had on our county. Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. People are staying home. But people are getting creative to stimulate their need for social interaction: using social media, teddy bear...

 
 By Jana Peterson    Opinion    April 3, 2020

From The Editor: We'll stay on top of the news

Like many of you, the coronavirus pandemic has brought plenty of questions and extra stresses to our office and our homes since the governor began taking measures to try to limit the impact of a...

 

Letter to the editor: Use this time for good

For many of us, the normal routines of work, life, and play are sidelined. Which means more free time or new situations (kids home all day, for example). The natural reaction is to resent all this. It’s a total pain, brings about new inconveniences...

 

Harry's Gang: A stimulus now churns into debt fovever

It’s been called the “Overnight Recession” by some economists. Just weeks ago, the economy was humming along. Suddenly, stock values dropped; people are out of work; and economic uncertainty is...

 

Lay cornerstones in the community

Our town, your town, my town. There are many small communities with a history which are questioning the future. Public television in Duluth recently aired the documentary “This Town,” which...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Our View: Choose pandemic resources with care

We live in an era of overwhelming information. And you’ve heard it before in this current micro-era of divided politics: Be careful where you get your news. Perhaps you are. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to remain in a comfortable bubble where your... Full story

 
 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Harry's Gang: History shows we've endured

Winter started early, with snowstorms over Thanksgiving I wasn’t expecting. No one was, really. Over 2 feet of heavy, wet snow that clogged the streets caused most of us to “shelter in place...

 
 By Pine Knot News    Opinion    March 27, 2020 

Letters to the editor: Donate to local relief fund

For more than 60 years, the United Way of Carlton County has been fighting for the health, education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in every community in Carlton County. As we collectively navigate our way through these uncertai...

 

Column: Offering support as we distance ourselves

We all know that a key to our health and well-being in this pandemic is "social distancing." While I can feel totally helpless against an enemy that is invisible, powerful, global and doesn't care a...

 

OUR VIEW: Business needs our help in time of need

Local businesses are the first ones to jump in when needed by the community, whether to donate to a local fundraiser, sponsor a youth athletic team, or support community activities. Yet, many forget the contributions of local business when a crisis...

 

Harry's Gang: Skeletons can rattle for a while

I plan to keep working until I can collect my full Social Security benefits. Or, at least until something I did 20 years ago comes back to ruin my career. I know most of us are focused on...

 

Letters to the editor: One more thing to do in times of uncertainty: Get outside

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we are being asked these days to do some things to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the illness. Wash your hands. Social distance. Work remotely if you can. Stay home if you are ill, and keep your...

 

The Political Account: Coronavirus is testing our liberties as well

In a time of uncertainty and disruption — at a level not experienced since World War II — I think we need to take a step back and ask ourselves a very important question: Where should the line be...

 

Guest commentary: I'm Finndian and proud of it

I walked out of the Washington Elementary school gym, my head held high. My dance was beautiful. I walked into my kindergarten classroom and watched as all the kids scrambled to take their seats. They were all squirrely and ready to be set free. I...

 

Guest commentary: Public's right to know is a continuing battle

The media is definitely not your enemy. Far from being the enemy of the people, day in and day out we take our role as the Fourth Estate seriously and work hard to protect your right to know, making public records requests and attending public meetin...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    March 20, 2020

On The Mark: Viral upheaval hits this corner of Carlton County

What a week. News of the coronavirus has altered our pathways, habits, spending and sociability. Just last Thursday evening, we were hosting visitors to The Knot Gallery, serving food and drink and... Full story

 

Our View: On new tobacco rule: What's the point of it?

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners passed a revised tobacco ordinance last month, and we have a question: Why bother? The new ordinance prohibits the sale of tobacco and vaping products to people under the age of 21, which a federal law...

 

Harry's Gang: Cable channel isn't dead yet

After the Cloquet City Council fired Eric Lipponen, the CAT-7 cable TV coordinator, I have been asked repeatedly: Is CAT-7 dead? Will "Harry's Gang" ever come back? I am encouraged by the comments, ac...

 

Harry's Gang: You can't read here

Not everyone is welcome at every library, apparently. Surprised? I was. I love to read. In fact, if I could sequester myself in the library and have no other responsibilities, I would try to read everything in the place. I particularly love...

 

Our View: Junior hockey games in Cloquet are a gift

We were reminded last week of all the reasons we love the Minnesota Wilderness, Cloquet's Junior Hockey League team. The Pine Knot News sponsored Saturday's game, in part because our advertising manag... Full story

 

Contact your elected officials

Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District Barb Dahl - District 1 [email protected] Russ Kurhajetz, District 2 [email protected] Bob Fox, District 3 [email protected] Kim Samuelson, District 4 [email protected] Rick...

 

Our View: Pine Valley Regional Park sounds good

Although there are some of us who'd love to keep Pine Valley our own little secret, it's too much of a good thing not to willingly share with the world. Which is why we applaud efforts by Tim Krohn, t...

 

Harry's Gang: Can anyone find the middle?

It’s fun to strategize the run for President. On one hand, we have an incumbent who is wildly popular with his base supporters, and intensely reviled by others. On the other hand, we have a group of...

 

Stop the consolidation tax merry-go-round

After three failed referendums in Wrenshall school district — the last one by a larger majority than the previous — School Perceptions survey results are in: showing 80 percent in favor of consolidation of the two failing school districts. This...

 

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