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Our View: On Pertler, take good with the bad

It’s never pleasant to see someone going through troubled times, especially when such troubles are splayed across the newspapers for all your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to see. In those situations, it’s not too hard to forget that the...

 

Harry's Gang: Both genders deserve value of Scout lessons

I got a fishing merit badge as a Boy Scout, not because I loved to fish and had grown up fishing. No, I precisely got the merit badge in spite of growing up without fishing, and having little idea of...

 

Letters to the editor: When voting, think about needs here

We have the opportunity to elect for the first time in more than 50 years a state senator who actually lives in Carlton County. The last time that happened, the district included Carlton, Aitkin and Crow Wing counties and we were represented by...

 

On The Mark: Scarecrows bring a fall flair to Cromwell

If you've driven through Cromwell this past week, you'll have glimpsed the 10 scarecrows lining the main street downtown. Because the usually annual Harvest Fest had to be canceled, the Cromwell Area...

 

Letters to the editor: Signs are there: Our political climate stinks

During the past two weeks, a number of political signs put on private property have been stolen by persons unknown, but I’m guessing they are of the opposing political party. In talking with the Cloquet Police Department, it is a criminal offense...

 

Our View: Lawn signs are free speech; don't deny it

Politics has always been rough-and-tumble, but there’s no reason why we can’t disagree on politics yet still respect each other’s viewpoints. Or each other’s property rights. We at the Pine Knot News have been getting reports of damage to... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Masks are about human life, not political scoring

I am shocked how many people refuse to wear masks based on political beliefs. I recall a few years back when a nudie bar opened in Scanlon. The outrage! As I remember, a group of local people went...

 

Happy 233rd birthday, U.S. Constitution

In 1829, approaching the end of his life, James Madison penned these powerful words in retrospect and in awe of what he helped create: "The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution...

 

On The Mark: There are always surprises when putting garden to bed

Three nights of frost propelled us into motion. Our roomy veggie garden still had lots growing in it: squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, chard, kale, basil and other herbs. Green beans that have bee...

 

Our View: 'Fake' news doesn't live on these pages

Chatter on social media led to a story in a recent Pine Knot News about posts and the subsequent Cloquet school district administration investigation. We are cautiously encouraged that the community takes such information seriously. It is hard to...

 

Harry's Gang: Forfeiture laws squeeze those who have little left

Criminals should not benefit from their crimes. If a jewel thief is arrested with the stolen diamonds, he shouldn’t be able to keep the jewels. That’s just crazy, right? On the other hand, a... Full story

 

On The Mark: DFL makes best of Labor Day

Labor Day turned out windy and rain-free but cold - 57 degrees in Cloquet's Veterans Park. Lots of people showed up for chili, music and rousing speeches in front of a cheeky sign saying to "elect an...

 

Our View: Labor Day is a part of us

Cloquet and Carlton County have thrived on the back of labor since the first sawmills appeared at Knife Falls in the 1880s. It’s still an important presence in our community even after all this time. Last year, the annual Labor Day parade...

 

Harry's Gang: Don't take driving for granted

I’ve hired quite a few pizza delivery drivers over the years, mostly high school boys, but sometimes girls and adults. But, mostly, my delivery drivers are young. The first question I ask during...

 

Letters to the editor: Washington Avenue project is dumb and dangerous

Whoever thought of last year’s Washington Avenue project obviously doesn’t live on this street or own a business. Numerous times my neighbors and I have been almost run over either by trying to cross or get the mail. Putting in center turn lanes...

 

On The Mark: Cromwell-Wright plan uses small school size to its advantage

Over the past month, our area schools have had to redesign their spaces and curricula to cope with Covid-19 and submit their plans to the Minnesota Department of Education. Thanks to the size of the...

 

Notes from the small pond: Designated Maniac

When everyone’s drunk or getting there on a Saturday night and you’re not, there’s an island you inhabit where the intense loneliness of being surrounded by other humans stings less than during...

 

Letters to the editor: Political tinkering must stop

Here we go again. We don’t need draconian measures to “fix” the postal service. What we need is to quit voting for Republicans until they sign a pledge to give up their harebrained schemes to privatize it. The postal service has worked well for...

 

Letters to the editor: Volunteer, or help firefighters by preparing for fires

According to a 2017 Minnesota Management and Budget report, Minnesota, with 780 fire departments, has the nation’s second-highest percentage — 88 percent — within the fire service that relies on more than 20,000 either paid on call or volunteer...

 

OUR VIEW: Let chickens roost on our democracy

We love civic engagement by citizens, exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. As we’ve stated before, the First Amendment is even more important than the Second. And we’re seeing it in...

 

Harry's Gang: Tone of political debate lacks respect once known

One of my good friends called another of my good friends a “moron” the other day. In public. He’s not a moron; in fact, he’s quite intelligent and accomplished. His sin? He made some very...

 

Notes From a Small Pond: Masks

There’s a spot on the walking path along the north side of the river, west of the trestle, directly across from where my brother works on the trains that bump back and forth between there and...

 

On The Mark: There are better ways to cut prison costs

In early August, the Minnesota Department of Corrections announced the pending closure of two of its prisons due to the state’s budget crisis. Both are among the smallest of our prisons. They are...

 

Letters to the editor: Sign damage shows disrespect for opinions

I just came back from repairing my Trump sign that some Johnny Sneak-up cut up at night. He or she did it in the dark because they are cowards and have no respect for the law. I am a 78-year-old disabled American veteran who worked hard to put this...

 

Letters to the editor: School scramble tests the best of us - thank you

Like many parents, I recently received information from the Cloquet School District regarding the logistics of the multiple models of education students may participate in this school year. All of them present significant challenges and potential...

 

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