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Our View: Kudos to schools for vo-tech leaning

It’s encouraging to see our local schools recognize that their primary purpose is educating our children for their future. That means different things to different people, of course. The prevalent attitude of preparing children for college is...

 

Harry's Gang: Lawsuits are the American way

I’ve always liked Scott Holman, the former Cloquet detective who is now suing the city and others after being fired from the police department. I mentioned to former mayor Dave Hallbeck the other...

 
 By Guest View    Opinion    January 24, 2020 

Guest View: Make school choice debate about vision of democracy

The "Our View" article last week, titled "Private schools fade away," is confusing. The main problem discussed in the article is that private schools in Cloquet have struggled to maintain enrollment...

 

Our view: Private schools option fades away

Carlton County public schools do a stellar job. In addition, for many years, there have been options available for those who preferred a private, religious-based education. In the late 1970s, the Faith Christian School offered evangelical Christian...

 

Harry's Gang: Even nice guys are given the once-over in today's society

It’s not easy being a man in these enlightened times. Recently, my family spent the day skiing at Spirit Mountain. I was in court, so I joined up with them later in the day. A mile before the...

 

Letters to the editor: Rudy Law is here to stay

We enjoyed reading Pete Radosevich’s column about Cloquet law firms and sole practitioners over the years, and appreciate his kind words about us. Yet when he writes “I suspect” this or that will happen, his opinion unfortunately could lead rea...

 

Letters to the editor: A missed opportunity?

About four years ago, when Minnesota Highway 33 was being reconstructed, the entrance from Big Lake Road into the Pinetree Plaza was moved a bit further up the hill. This made vehicles entering the parking lot head directly for an island consisting...

 

Our View: Published notices are democracy 101

Many of the local school districts, cities and the county itself are taking care of business now at their annual meetings, when the various elected officials choose their leaders for the year, set meeting dates, and also designate official banks and...

 

Harry's Gang: Law firm merger is another blow to hyper-local business

I read in the last Pine Knot News of 2019 that the Rudy Law firm merged with Fryberger in Duluth, and will now be known as Rudy, Gassert, Yetka, Pritchett, and Helwig, a Fryberger Law Firm Practice...

 

On the Mark: This handy man is my handyman

My husband, Rod Walli, often and confidently says in Finnish: "Voin Korjata mitaan." It means "I can fix anything." He's not bragging. Just expressing confidence. I'm drafting at home. Morning light...

 

Letter to the editor: Making war is not our choice

“Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war ...

 

Our View: Help us balance the conversation

There are only two teams in the championship game, and people root for one team or the other, but rarely both. It’s that way in politics, too. And, just like sports, the game just isn’t as interesting when there’s just one team. So, we’ve...

 

On the Mark: Resolving to talk politics

Like most of us, I generally make a limited number of New Year’s resolutions. Mostly they are personal: getting more sleep, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. This year, 2020,...

 

Take care of those UFOs in 2020

Over the last few decades, like many others around the world, I have listened to the “gurus” and have spent the end of every year planning my New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. Some years I am able to keep the resolution momentum...

 

Our View: Let's have another good year in news

In just a few days we’ll welcome 2020, a bright New Year that promises certain prosperity and success for all. We at Pine Knot News are sure to have an exciting, news-filled year. And we’re certainly excited to share it with you. There’s a...

 

Harry's Gang: Taking a look back at the year that was

I love reminiscing. A good story, well-aged, being told and re-told, brings out the nuances that develop like fine wine and cheese. Details emerge that didn’t exist in the original story. But no...

 

GUEST VIEW: Your local paper holds power accountable

Good government depends on a system of checks and balances. Those who govern and those who administer the government know they are answerable to the citizenry of the community. Citizens hold... Full story

 

On the Mark: Japan offers insight on practical urban living

A kinder, gentler community life. That's how I'd describe Kyoto, Japan. I'm here for probably the sixth or seventh visit, including the fall I taught at Ritsumeikan University. Probably community...

 

Our View: The Bentleyville legacy lives on

It’s a distinctly 21st-century phenomenon: Bentleyville Tour of Lights was born in Carlton County in 2001 and is now a huge, nationally recognized Christmas season event in Duluth’s Bayfront Park. It’s a lovely setting for the amazing display o...

 

Harry's Gang: Black and white issues are still not black and white

The Minnesota Board of Pardons is planning to issue its first ever posthumous pardon to a black man convicted of rape in Duluth. Many of you already know the story: In 1920, six black circus workers...

 

Facebook Feedback

Kevin Olesen of Wrenshall replied on the Pine Knot Facebook page to Dave Chmielewski’s Dec. 6 column advocating for people to support a two-site solution in the upcoming Carlton/Wrenshall survey: Nailed it. ... without a positive outcome on the...

 

Our View: Raising taxes becomes a burden

Rarely does a government body tell us: “We have enough money. We don’t need so much next year.” No, taxes usually go up. And when they do, it’s inevitable that people complain. Last week, the city council voted to increase Cloquet’s...

 

Harry's Gang: Use of noncompete clauses falls under state scrutiny

You probably know about noncompete clauses from sports and broadcast performers. For example, after Kerry Rodd left KDAL radio in Duluth, (the “formerly great radio station,” as it is sometimes...

 

Our View: A 'thank you' to our public workers

Cops and firefighters are a special breed. When crises erupt, they run into the danger while normal people like us run away and prefer to watch from afar. Public works crews have a similar spirit....

 

Harry's Gang: Impeachment is a process

There’s so much misinformation over the impeachment proceedings, I thought it might be helpful to explain the process using more common terms and an analogy that should make sense to most of us....

 

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