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Harry's Gang: Road trip rules add to fun times

The holidays were fun, with so many relatives at our house that no one really wanted it to end. So, after Christmas, my sisters invited Tommy, 16, to drive back to the Cities with them. He jumped at... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Opinion    January 5, 2024

Korby's Connections: Learning outside

Reviewing the recent home mailing from the Cloquet Educational Foundation, I recalled an exceptional environmental learning experience with my son at Wolf Ridge Center in Finland, Minnesota. It was... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Give ground for common good

Years ago, the United Way of Carlton County was in a bit of a pickle. Potlatch had just been sold to Sappi; there were layoffs and uncertainty, and the annual United Way campaign was in jeopardy. A... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: It's good to hear from back home

I lived in Carlton then Cloquet for over 30 years. Then my job took me to the Twin Cities where I have resided since. I have family in your area so visit occasionally. I love it “up there.” Every week I look forward to the mail so I can receive... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: More 'we' needed in discourse

Opinions are as unique as fingerprints. Everybody has one, and every one is different, even if only slightly. In politics, we gather together based on our opinions, much like metal shavings around a... Full story

 

Thumbs up, thumbs down

Welcome to the final newspaper of 2023. For the first time in our five-year history, the Pine Knot News will be closed for a week, taking off the final week of the year, meaning there will be a two-week gap until the publishing of the Jan. 5 edition.... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Cold finally leads to inside baseball

Obviously, it has been a strange winter. I didn’t (but could have) rake leaves in Cloquet on Dec. 18. There was no snow, but it was too windy. It’s wacky. The Rugged Spruce Senior Golf League in... Full story

 

Notes from the small pond: Sitting ...

One of the things people say in the receiving line at funerals is "If there is anything we can do, please let us know ...." So, we did. We let you know. And we will continue to do so. Drowning people... Full story

 

Letter to the editor: Stauber wants to divide at any cost

Rep. Stauber is on the wrong side of nearly every issue today, in my opinion. From wolves to MAGA to the United States Postal Service, he ignores the facts and plays to his base. An understandable political tactic, but very disingenuous and... Full story

 

Online Feedback

The Pine Knot News Facebook page is the only place we allow comments on stories, which often provide insight or lead to other stories. Or just bring joy because the story is appreciated or advanced the community good. And then there are the times tha... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: A few life lessons from Rotary Club

I recently had the fun of chatting with some members of the local Rotary Club. Rotary, for those of you who don’t know, is a service club of local professionals and business people, whose mission se... Full story

 

On The Mark: New septic install is no small feat

The Walli family home, just northwest of the city of Cromwell, required a septic system redo, which has consumed our lives for some time. The project called for both intelligent labor and impressive... Full story

 

State symbols ripe for change

What good is a state flag? According to flag expert Lee Herold of Rochester, Minnesota, a good flag creates a distinctive brand. Ideally, Minnesota's flag should also create unity, representing our... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Parents create royal dilemma

There seems to be a cultural crisis facing Barnum that threatens the very existence of the city and its high school. The crisis? Kids at the school this fall elected two boys as the top homecoming... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Stay on the band wagon

Shut your eyes, picture it's the Fourth of July or Labor Day in Cloquet. It's parade time. The veterans have passed by, now here comes the music. You recognize the familiar trailer, with its red,... Full story

 
 By Al Alm    Opinion    November 17, 2023

Guest view: Support your local hospital

I was saddened when I learned that Sunnyside nursing home was going to be closed. But I was not surprised, since they had been operating at a loss for many years. Reimbursement was not keeping up with expenses so the inevitable was bound to happen.... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Thinking outside the box with housing

There’s a real need for housing in Cloquet. It seems to me, slowly but surely, the central part of the city is deteriorating as more and more people move out to the larger lots available on the... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Ahlgren served the city well

Bruce Ahlgren Park. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I’ve been suggesting to anyone who will listen that we should be naming our public parks and facilities after the public servants who... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: These scribbles can be priceless

An autograph can become valuable, but most people usually don’t collect them for the money or as an investment. They collect these cherished documents and put them somewhere in their personal... Full story

 

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Notes From the Small Pond: Horatio's Witness

This really happened ... On a bright, azure-sky Christmas day, 2003, my wife and I corralled the kids and the dog and strode out into the snowy landscape to find a good place to take a Christmas card... Full story

 
 By Sean Hall    Opinion    October 27, 2023

Rick's arrows live beyond his death

We worked at the same place for six years, but in different areas, so hadn’t met. Plus, I lived in Cloquet and he lived in Superior. Then I decided to take up archery hunting and a co-worker said to me, “You should talk to Rick Brill, he is a... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Halloween excitement builds

It won’t be long before I can relax during the last few weeks of October, maybe get some yardwork done before the snow flies, clean the car, take a leisurely walk in the woods in our neighborhood.... Full story

 

From the editor: Learning lessons from Sunnyside

The recent announcement that Community Memorial Hospital will close its Sunnyside Health Care Center came as a shock. The longtime nursing home serves some of our most vulnerable elders, and got high... Full story

 

Harry's Gang: Got an idea for the West End?

People keep asking me what I’m doing with my building in the West End. It’s the original Barr Brothers funeral parlor on the corner of Avenue C and Vine Street. Most recently, it was the home of... Full story

 

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