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Our view: Support our local businesses all year

Cloquet mayor Roger Maki cited several interesting numbers in his recent proclamation of Small Business Saturday. In short, small business makes up a significant part of the economy. So we need to support local business not only this Saturday, but... Full story

 
 By Nathan Barta    Opinion    November 25, 2022 

Time is right to guard against gerrymandering

Election 2022 has come and gone. When members of Congress and the Minnesota State Legislature take their seats in January, they will officially be representing the new districts drawn in the 2021-22 r...

 
 By Mike Creger    Opinion    November 25, 2022 

Taking a nostalgic slide

Corey was standing a few feet from the sled run when she spoke — one hand on her hip, her other mittened hand trying to wisp away the strands of hair run renegade from under her cap. “Are you the announcer, or something?” She was 8. She often...

 

Francy that: An unwanted holiday guest lurks

Last spring, after months of following Covid-19 guidelines, we completed a road trip to South Carolina. Many activities were outdoors or in buildings that required masks. No Covid symptoms upon our...

 

Guest column: Being neighborly includes everyone

I'll be honest, I'm too young to have had Mister Rogers on my television growing up. Some of you may be in the same boat as me. Just because he is long gone from our screens, though, doesn't mean we...

 

Letters: Thanks for valuable election coverage

I want to thank the Pine Knot News for your strong commitment to the democratic process. Your coverage of events and candidates leading up to election day was thorough and unbiased. Your voter guide was the most informative publication on candidate...

 

Letters: Civics 101: How we control crime

In civics classes, individuals are taught the separation of powers in government. However, separation of powers expands beyond the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches. Let’s explore other areas where there is separation of powers...

 

Vikings ... it's complicated

I’m not sure if even Fran Tarkenton could have consoled me as I hid in the closet. Of course, he was at that time on a plane returning from a Vikings loss in Washington. It was in the early evening on Nov. 30, 1975 — a gloomy, wet gloaming...

 

Guest view: Moving forward means finding common ground

I don’t know about you, but I [wasn’t] inclined to make many predictions about the outcome of the midterm elections this year. There’s one prediction, though, that I think is safe: After the...

 

On the Mark: Cromwell gets a makeover

If you’ve been driving through Cromwell on Minnesota highways 210 or 73 these past few months, you’ll have seen the remarkable infrastructure redo taking place. The Minnesota Department of...

 

Letters: Cemetery offers opportunity

I was born and raised in Carton County. Though I now live far away, I would like to be buried in the area where most of my family members are buried. However, most township cemeteries are open only to residents. And, many township cemeteries are...

 

Our View: Sales tax is a good idea

When Carlton County residents go to the polls on Tuesday, they will find one or more questions requiring a “yes” or “no” vote. All voters will see the simple “County Question” asking voters to weigh in on paying for the new Justice...

 

Guest Column: Gratitude is all around us

The Costume and Candy holiday is over and we’ve turned the calendar to November. Our thoughts naturally turn to deer hunting, furnace repair and gratitude. Some years ago, during a dark time in my mind, I read about the practice of gratitude. What...

 

Letters: Sales tax isn't fair

Increasing the sales tax to fix the Pine Valley park and hockey shelters is not fair to everyone. It’s totally ridiculous. I, for one, have never used Pine Valley facilities, nor ever plan on it. To put more tax burdens on us who are already...

 

Letters: Vote 'yes' to sales tax

Pine Valley is the crown jewel of Cloquet’s parks. It is my most favorite park. I go skiing, running, and biking at the park. But it needs some loving support, which is why I support the 0.5% sales tax for Pine Valley and the accompanying 0.5%...

 

Our view: Election fatigue expected, but stay vigilant

There’s a familiar phrase you hear often this time of year, right along with “Winter? Already?” and “What are you going to be for Halloween?” The one we are talking about is “I can’t wait until it’s all over.” Elections can be... Full story

 

Notes from the Small Pond: Bad dreams

It’s when you vaguely realize that you’re dreaming that it gets the worst — when you recognize it’s your fault, that you gave birth to it/are presently birthing it, that somewhere in there,... Full story

 

Letters: Vote for someone who will cooperate

When it is time for us to exercise our civic duty and vote each Election Day, we all need to take time to decide which candidates will receive our precious votes. It is our duty to gather accurate information, weigh that with our beliefs, and cast ou...

 

Letters: Graham will bring new ideas to board

I am writing to urge voters to bring fresh energy to the Cloquet school board. A review of candidate profiles as published in the Pine Knot News reveals the three incumbents are many years beyond having their own children in our schools. The two...

 

Letters: Stauber's votes tell the truth on priorities

The latest issue of The Electrical Worker, the official publication of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, is titled “The Year of the Union Worker — Extraordinary Legislative Victories to Create Union Jobs for Decades.” Within...

 

Letters: Support for Maki and Radosevich

I believe Roger Maki has given our city good leadership as mayor during his term. Roger came into the mayor’s office during a challenging time in our city government. He brought stability to our city council. He then had to be the leader during the...

 

Letters: When is enough, enough in Wrenshall?

There seems to be a cancer consuming the taxpaying residents within the Wrenshall school district. In this writer’s opinion, it’s been caused by the current superintendent: with three failed referendums at more than $10,000 apiece, $35,800 and...

 

Letters: Dotseth lacks ideas beyond party

Last week, I read the Local Election Guide for 2022 from the Pine Knot News and was struck by a sense of flashback. I was amazed that Jeff Dotseth’s profile and approach to the questions posed were pretty much the same as the last two times that...

 

Letters: Vote for trustworthy Maki for mayor

This is a letter urging the citizens of Cloquet to re-elect Roger Maki for mayor of Cloquet on Nov. 8. Roger has been a close family friend for over 37 years and a previous employer of mine. He is very committed to our community of Cloquet and has...

 

Letters: Outside money a worry in 11A race

Pete Radesovich has chosen the high road in his campaign efforts as well as relying on local volunteers and honest communication with voters. I applaud him for this. However, his opponent has opted to try to buy a seat in the legislature with...

 

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