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 By Anne Lundquist    People    August 16, 2019 

Cloquet author finds stories from home

Author Tim Jollymore continues to evolve. He grew up in Cloquet in the 1950s and '60s and held many different jobs from tree planter to traveling salesman to corporate manager to teacher. He moved...

 By Pine Knot News    People    August 16, 2019 

Bemidji State honors list

Nicholas Niemi from Cloquet earned dean’s list honors from Bemidji State University at the end of the spring 2019 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 GPA during the...

 By Pine Knot News    People    August 16, 2019 

Cloquet students on U of M list

The following students from Cloquet were named to the 2019 spring semester dean’s list from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis: Mikayla Baker, a senior in science and engineering; Courtney Beaupre, a senior in liberal arts; and Sophia...



Charles Louis Robnik was born at 2:47 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, weighing in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Proud parents are Adam and Joanna Robnik of Barnum. Charlie... Full story


Mahtowa is home for 'Farm Family of the Year'

The Gustafson family of Mahtowa has been named Carlton County's 2019 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota Extension office. The Gustafson farm began 115 years ago as a registered...

 By Jana Peterson    People    August 9, 2019

Walking and watching

Cloquet’s Dan Lundberg and his grandson, Luke, 4, wrap up a walk that looped through Cloquet’s West End and down Cloquet and Industrial avenues. Lundberg walks roughly five miles a day through...

 By Ann Markusen    People    August 9, 2019

On The Mark: Family history runs through our reunions

I've long admired the way some area families are so locally present. Hosting a reunion requires little more than picking a date, sending out the word and preparing food. Since the last Stillwater reun...

 By Anne Dugan    People    August 2, 2019

From The Wrens Nest: Brickyard Days are upon us

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Brickyard Days is here! The official festivities are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, but there will be reunions and revelry throughout the whole...

 By Chris Hill    People    August 2, 2019

On Faith: What Is Better?

I have been hearing from a number of discouraged people lately. They don’t want to watch the news, or check in on Facebook and other social media, or read the paper sometimes because of the anger...

 By Pine Knot News    People    July 26, 2019

Education notes

Kassidy Steen of Cloquet was named to the 2019 spring semester dean’s list at St. Cloud University. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0...

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 26, 2019

One-of-a-kind car makes the rounds

Indiana resident Pete Peterson drove his 1939 Dodge Phaeton from Indiana to Cloquet last Wednesday to visit family, but decided to enter his one-of-a-kind convertible in the Rendezvous car show... Full story


Risdons celebrate five generations

The Risdon family got together earlier this month to celebrate five generations with patriarch Gene Risdon, of the Rock Place in Cloquet. Clockwise from top left are granddaughter Kary Ley,...

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 19, 2019

A wild 'Jeopardy!' ride

Carlton's Ed Kavanaugh remembers coming in from the field and finding his son, Sam, in front of the TV, intently watching "Jeopardy!" and playing along with the contestants, clicking a pen each time... Full story


Cromwell-Wright News

Well, it’s here. Wright will celebrate its 54th annual Wrong Days in Wright this weekend. For those of you who have come many times, you know the routine. For those of you who may be coming for the... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 12, 2019

Color Run race includes tribute to Cloquet man killed in crash

Five years ago, family and friends of Cole Drechsler came together at the Cloquet Rotary’s Color Run to walk for Cole, a bright and vibrant young man who had passed away three days before. The 2013...

 By Lee Harris    People    July 5, 2019

Kingdom Builders built on people and doing God's will

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will...

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 5, 2019

Spotlight, please

Two-year-old Gavin Ott photobombed this picture of a group of Carlton County U-12 softball players - including his two big sisters - by jumping in front of the camera and softly whispering "cheese"...

 By Jana Peterson    People    July 5, 2019

The fourth was with us

Nick Wright places an American flag above a giant basket of petunias on Avenue C Monday in preparation for the July Fourth holiday, as he and other city workers made their way through the West End...

 By Caleb Swanson    People    June 28, 2019

Knot intern to work ad side

Hello, readers, my name is Caleb Swanson and I am an intern at the Pine Knot News this summer. My parents are Chris and Natalie Swanson. My job is to work with my friend Jordan, the other intern...

 By Jana Peterson    People    June 28, 2019

Parade grand marshals are dedicated to vets

When Lil LaVoy and Carl Schenk were asked to be the grand marshals in this year's veterans' celebration parade on July Fourth, LaVoy said her first reaction was "why?" "What did we do?" she said. The...

 By Emily Swanson    People    June 28, 2019

Food Sources: Berry farm keeps pace with new owners (with recipe)

You might have read about the results of the Blandin Foundation's Rural Pulse survey - it's sweet news about us and our neighbors. More than eight in 10 folks (84 percent) living in our part of rural...

 By Jana Peterson    People    June 21, 2019

Landon's final bow

A crowd of several hundred people — many of them teenagers and young adults — gathered in the Cloquet High School auditorium Friday afternoon to pay tribute to Landon Hall, a 23-year-old CHS... Full story

 By Jordan Allen    People    June 21, 2019

Welcome Pine Knot's latest hire

Hello, Pine Knot News readers. My name is Jordan Allen and I will be an intern for the newspaper this summer, writing stories and taking pictures around the community. Although born in Lafayette,...

 By Anne Lundquist    People    June 21, 2019

Teen specialist keeps his charges busy at library

If you walk in to the Cloquet Library on a weekday between 4-5 p.m., you’ll notice the library is full of teens. Last fall, Cloquet Public Library hired Justin Dinger to be its youth services...


After 63 years, Marge Stillwell still loves to play the pipes

Seated at the console of the beloved pipe organ she has played for more than six decades, Marge Stillwell paused for a moment. Her mind rolled through the catalogues of favorite music and fondest memo...


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