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OUR VIEW: Changes at cable access a mixed bag

City council meetings are now livestreamed, but sometimes transparency comes at a cost. In this case, CAT-7, Cloquet’s cable access channel, has lost its studio and its full-time coordinator. That’s a shame, especially since, for years, CAT-7...

 

HARRY'S GANG: Prosecutors need some muzzling

The law fascinates me, which is probably why I became a lawyer. I don’t do much criminal defense anymore, but my oldest brother Tom does; he’s a “prominent” criminal defense lawyer in Houston. We often share stories about our practices, and...

 
 By Chris Gass    Opinion    July 19, 2019 

Volunteering is part of a strong community

The season of giving. When is it? I’d argue that the season never truly ends, as giving can be, and should be, year-round. One can give in many ways, through either resources or time; each is import... Full story

 

A guide to letters to the editor

The Pine Knot News encourages readers to participate on these pages. Let your voice be heard by following these basic guidelines: • Letters to the editor should be kept to under 300 words. Longer pieces could be considered for a guest commentary.... Full story

 

Letter: Line 3 is a safe fix

What is going on with this state? At one time we were considered a leader in technology, medicine and education. Now it appears that our leaders cannot make the tough decisions needed to keep this state a great place to live and work. It’s been...

 
 By Dave Chmielewski    Opinion    July 19, 2019 

GUEST VIEW: Let common sense prevail on school buildings

Only about 45 people out of a total of nearly 800 students and hundreds of staff attended the Carlton-Wrenshall consolidation discussion meeting July 9. It was a meeting filled with optimism and... Full story

 

Our View: Elected leaders need to be clear on votes

Votes — or rather the lack of any vote at all — by Carlton County commissioner Tom Proulx on several resolutions during the June 24 county board meeting had us scratching our heads here at the Pine Knot News. After all, what does it mean when an...

 

Harry's Gang: History is a trip at the library

The Cloquet library is a godsend to parents in the summer. No sooner did we walk in last week than several kids greeted Tommy and Patrick, apparently friends of theirs from school. Soon, the girls...

 
 By Jodie White    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Letter: Reading tutors are vital

While students in our area are enjoying summer break, I’m thinking ahead to the start of the new school year. I’d love every student to have one-on-one support, but school districts simply don’t have the resources. Fortunately, Cloquet, Barnum...

 

Guest commentary: It's a run and so much more

An avid runner, I have participated in a lot of 5K runs over the years. The Cloquet Sawdust 5K may be one of the hardest ones I have ever done, but it’s also one of the best. With its killer hills...

 
 By Parnell Thill    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Notes from the small pond: Pondering the genesis of evil can leave one 'awake'

Awake. Verb, intransitive verb. (A person can “awake,” as in Wake Up [verb], or a person can be awake, as in: “I’m awake [intransitive], so turn off the alarm.” These states are mutually...

 
 By Scott Bakken    Opinion    July 12, 2019

Letter: Why not raise the voting age?

A recent Harry’s Gang column in the Cloquet Pine Knot News addressed the topic of who should be allowed to vote. Most of the article focused on criminal activity as it pertains to voting rights being restricted. What I found interesting was the...

 

Our view: The Fourth still means something

Another year, another year older. Our country turned 243 yesterday, and it was a day spent celebrating what we like to call the greatest country in the world. Blessed with rich natural resources, fruitful farmland, mountains and valleys, the United...

 

Harry's Gang: Time to think about new jail

For years, I’ve been asking candidates for sheriff (there’s been only one for more than a decade) and county board how they feel about a new jail. I get to do this because “Harry’s Gang...

 

Our View: Cheers and jeers

Cheers: To the Cloquet Fourth of July committee and coordinator Alyson Leno, for putting such tremendous effort into planning and executing the Cloquet Fourth of July celebrations. Enjoyed by thousands, many won’t even realize the work that goes...

 

Harry's Gang: Who should be able to vote?

For years, the only people eligible to vote were male property owners. Yet humanity flourished. In America, women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. Blacks were given the right in 1870 but many act...

 
 By Patty Murto    Opinion    June 28, 2019

Letters: Public access channel is vital TV

I’m convinced that the city administration is absolutely purposely limiting Harry’s Gang’s observations of the happenings of the city of Cloquet on public accesss television. They turned us off while investigating and firing police officers,...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    June 28, 2019

On the mark: Whet your cinematic sensibilities this weekend

I like films that stretch me. Bring me to new places and cultures, present surprising solutions to daunting problems. Films that make me think, films that avoid violence, films that explore love and...

 
 By Dan Reed    Opinion    June 28, 2019

The County Beat: Raiding sales tax funds isn't sustainable

More than four years ago, then county highway engineer Mike Tardy sold a half-percent sales tax levy to upgrade county roads (those identified by a number above 100). He said that extra revenue was needed for major repairs, sometimes a complete...

 
 By Ruth Reeves    Opinion    June 28, 2019

Letters: Public beach info is available online

Regarding Pete Radosevich’s “Harry’s Gang” column last week, we think your readers should know that Cloquet Community Education has a Facebook page for The Beach at Pinehurst Park. If we need to close due to weather or for other purposes,...

 

Our View: Pitch in for our fab Fourth traditions

Every year, Cloquet puts on quite a spectacular Fourth of July celebration. But it’s a lot of work, and while most of the volunteers do their work with a smile and a positive attitude, they are always shorthanded, especially on the day of the event...

 

Harry's Gang: Treasured pond could use tweaks

Now that summer has arrived, The Beach at Pinehurst Park is open and ready for swimmers. Or is it? The City of Cloquet spent millions to renovate Pinehurst Park to make a clean, safe swimming facility...

 
 By Jordan Allen    Opinion    June 21, 2019

Hands-on lesson in government is an eye-opener

Government. When you hear the word, oftentimes your brain goes directly to the United States capital, Washington D.C. When you hear the word “government,” you may also immediately think of...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    June 21, 2019

On the mark: You've graduated ... now it's time for your job fit

Moving beyond high school to a lifetime of work is not easy. In high school, most things are dished up for you. You have some choice over subjects you study. You may have worked part-time, and you...

 

Our view: City council takes right election turn

Recently, newly elected Cloquet councilor Dakota Koski announced that he must resign his seat, as he is moving out of his ward and will no longer be eligible to serve. First, congratulations to Dakota, who is buying his first house. And cheers to him...

 

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