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Our view: These pages are for every viewpoint

This is an opinion page. Most weeks you will find an editorial, under the header “Our View” about a subject the newspaper staff have agreed we should take a stand on, comment about, applaud, or all of the above. There’s always a “Harry’s...

 

Harry's Gang: Come back, Brian, the city needs you

They say you can’t go home again, but it sure would be nice sometimes if some people did. For example, former Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger served Cloquet for over 18 years ...

 

On the Mark: Trade debates should include democracy goals

It’s puzzling how President Trump’s erratic trade initiatives aren’t prioritizing good relationships with democratic countries and nudging autocratic countries, like China and Saudi Arabia, to...

 

OUR VIEW: Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to multi-use pathways. The concrete pathway along the south side of Washington Avenue will help encourage kids to walk, and ride bikes and skateboards to both the Cloquet middle and high schools. The pathway along Big Lake Road connecting the...

 

HARRY'S GANG: Hey, Coach! Enjoy this court ruling

I have a lot of respect for coaches; they are mostly parents or teachers who take on the task of guiding children through soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and a dozen more sports popular with kids these...

 

LETTER: Is it a trail to nowhere in Scanlon?

At the June and July city council meetings in Scanlon, Mayor Annette Bryant talked for 45 minutes about getting a trail, which will cost more than $400,000. She had Carlton County engineer JinYeene Neumann at the July and August meetings trying to pe...

 

LETTER: Addition to library is essential

This is an exciting time for residents of Cloquet and the surrounding area. Our public library has been awarded a grant of $784,000, contingent on the City providing the balance of construction costs. That is no small change, and a great savings to...

 

Our View: School merger is a no-brainer

Did you hear that crowd roar in Carlton last Friday night? Funny how things work out when you just put heads together and do the logical thing. That’s what began to happen last fall when Carlton and Wrenshall football coaches saw they had a...

 

Harry's Gang: Our parks should be used - a lot

Cloquet Ford, one of the community’s prominent high-profile small businesses, has held a sales event at Veterans Park in Cloquet a couple of times in the past, but when it went to reserve the park...

 

Our View: Labor had rocky road last century

The following are excerpts from a piece done by Ryan Reft, a historian at the Library of Congress. It provides a taste of what Labor Day meant to Americans during World War I. In 1917, as detailed on Page 1 of today’s Pine Knot News, Cloquet...

 

Harry's Gang: Immigration policy deserves better

I’m fascinated at how political the immigration issue has become in America. The fact is, the issue is much too complicated to be solved easily, and all sides are not too far apart. But it’s just...

 

Letters: Street work is a cruel joke

To say I’m p.o.’d is an understatement. Carlton County didn’t plan very well. I see no benefits for the taxpayers. No more street parking, streets too narrow, sidewalks too wide, and losing lawn and driveways. Where are people supposed to park...

 

Intern Musings: Finding extracurricular balance

With school just a few days away, schedules are suddenly becoming packed with both school and extracurriculars. While a seven-hour school day is a necessary part of every student’s day,...

 

Letters: Harold story was due for a super fundraiser

We wish to thank Timothy Soden-Groves and The Pine Knot for sharing the story of “Harold” Ankrum with us and other Pine Knot News readers. We moved to the Carlton area in 2017 and knew no one. So, when our vehicles needed servicing, we asked at...

 

Our View: No complaints about customer service

One of the benefits of smalltown life is the excellent customer service we enjoy from our local stores, shops and workers. Whether it’s a clerk at the gas station, a carpenter or plumber for your home, a nurse at the clinic, or mechanic at the...

 

Harry's Gang: When is a milkshake not a milkshake?

I took a bribe the other day. And I’ve been a little uneasy about it ever since. For politicians, there are some pretty strict laws against bribery, and for good reason. A small bribe can be pretty...

 

Letters: Gun control ideas create more questions

Responding to last week’s column on gun control, I have a few questions. The answers have to be exact. How do you identify and stop the “mentally” ill? Who determines (under a red flag law) that someone is a danger? Tell me which mass shooting...

 

Guest View: Ignorance, ineptitude, and influence: the I's have it!

Well, local governments of both Cloquet and Thomson Township have again proven their ability to stay ignorant, inept, and “peddling” influence; this, specifically in regard to CAT-7. Cloquet’s administrator was recently quoted in the Pine Knot...

 

Letters: Let's keep electing a local auditor/treasurer

At the last Carlton County board of commissioners meeting (Aug. 13), the commissioners voted to approve a resolution changing the office of auditor/treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. If that becomes official in a few weeks, then any...

 

Public contacts

Carlton County Board of Commissioners District 1 Commissioner Dick Brenner, Chair 218-879-5572, [email protected] District 2 Commissioner Marv Bodie, Vice Chair 218-879-2085, [email protected] District 3 Commissioner Thomas... Full story

 

On The Mark: Outstanding whodunit shows always entertain

I’m not a TV watcher. Movies are often too long for that last hour before falling asleep. In recent years, we’ve watched two whodunit series, available on Netflix, that stand out for their excelle...

 

Our View: Cheers & Jeers

A look at the good and bad in the area this month: Cheers: To good folks at Kingdom Builders Ministries who organized the annual Wood City Music Festival last week. It’s a positive event for our city, an excellent use of Veterans Park and draws...

 

Harry's Gang: City hires should be lasting

The “Help Wanted” sign is out again at City Hall. Not only does Cloquet need to hire a new police chief, we also need to find a good city administrator. Those are two of the most important city po...

 

Letters: Stop bear hunting, save the Sasquatch

Now that we have the insane wolf hunting stopped, what about adopting a sane policy regarding the unnecessary bear hunting season? ... And while we’re at it we might take notice of the beauty of our woods and lakes and rivers while they’re still...

 
 By Tim Krohn    Opinion    August 16, 2019

Guest Commentary: Passing on Enbridge donation sets a bad example

At last Wednesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 4:3 to refuse a $1,000 donation from Enbridge to help defray expenses for the city’s National Night Out event at Veterans Memorial Park and also any future donations. I am, among other...

 

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