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 By Max Thibault    People    April 12, 2024 

She's always known she would fly

Sammi Olson is a Cloquet native who lives in Minneapolis and is a pilot for Delta Air Line's regional carrier Delta Connection. She graduated as Sammi Proulx from Cloquet High School in 2017. She'd...

 By Jana Peterson    People    April 12, 2024 

Postmaster delivers through the ages

Cloquet Postmaster Todd Manisto retired April 3, 30 years and one day from his first day as a city carrier in the city of Cloquet. It's been a rewarding career, but increasingly busy as he climbed... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    March 29, 2024

Korby's Connections: It's 'so long' for now with Bill at the golf club

Bill Manahan, longtime Cloquet Country Club golf professional and manager, has accepted the general manager position with the beautiful The Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course on Lake Vermilion... Full story


Road to recovery leads to book

Recovering from any addiction can be a struggle and the journey looks different for everyone. Cloquet native and now author Doug Norgren said priority and passion fueled his successful recovery.... Full story

 By Brady Slater    People    March 22, 2024

A wry goodbye

Jobs? Greg Bernu has had them. "This is the best job of my life and I've had a lot of them," said Bernu, who spent the last 16 years as the Carlton County land commissioner. "It was a lot better than... Full story

 By Matt Kohl    People    March 22, 2024

On Faith: Easter offers reflection on our joys and sorrows

As someone who has attended my fair share of funerals, I have often found them to be bittersweet. Funerals can be joyful, as they are frequently filled with wonderful stories about our loved ones, encounters with long lost relatives, good food, and... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    March 8, 2024

Look for some new faces on the Pine Knot staff

Three University of Minnesota Duluth journalism students are getting a taste of the small-town newspaper world with the Pine Knot News this spring through a first-ever micro-internship experience.... Full story

 By Carolyn Ripp    People    March 1, 2024

Business Spotlight: Creating space at The Nest in Cloquet

We practice yoga for many reasons. Some of us come to the mat to find a community connection. Some people come for the strengthening and balance that yoga provides, while others come for help with... Full story


For leap year babies, age is a numbers game

In one school year in the 1940s, in rural Moose Lake, there were five sets of twins riding a bus to school. This is testament from Jim Eckman, who, with his twin brother Chuck, belonged to one of... Full story


Other local leap year babies share their stories

Finally legal Marlys Kilen of Cloquet will celebrate her 21st birthday on Feb. 29. "I'll be at an age when I can start to drink," chortled Kilen, who will be 84 years old. Growing up in Lakefield, in... Full story


For Janae, it's all smiles ... and a crowning moment

The smile on Janae Sjodin's face was everything. But then someone must have said, "But wait, there's more." Wrenshall High School principal Michelle Blanchard called it all "surreal," like "something... Full story


A Friday night for royalty

It was a royal night of homecoming for schools on opposite ends of Carlton County last Friday.... Full story


Quilting group gets award, cash

The Lake Country Power electricity utility selected the Lakeside Quilters of Tamarack as the winner of its annual Touchstone Energy Community Award. The co-op chose to recognize the group as its membe...


How history can flow through one man

Over the years, Cloquet resident Clarence Badger has told stories of playing basketball at the old Civic Center where the fire station now sits. He shared photos of his uncles returning from World... Full story


Kidney donor raises elevation and awareness

For Cloquet's Julie Samuelson, even climbing a volcano in Guatemala can feel like home. "It got pretty serious, dealing with elevation and when the weather turned to crud," she said. "It was kind of l...

 By Steve Korby    People    January 12, 2024

Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

It's hard to believe, but Noah Parker has been the CEO of a thriving Highway 5, Carlton County seasonal business for 10 years ... after all, he's only 23. "I was 13 and asked my dad if he could give... Full story


Remember when junior national ski jumping was held in Duluth?

Pine Knot News subscriber and two-time state ski jumping champion (1966, 1967) Rick Nelson stopped in recently with an obscure item for show and tell. It was a Northwest Paper Company notebook, comple... Full story


Creating, giving: Hazel's Christmas spirit

Allow Hazel her moment. Allow her to consider herself one of Santa's elves. She certainly fits the bill. This holiday season, Hazel Aili stuffed the donation box at South Terrace Elementary with 19... Full story


Cloquet musician pens Duluth rock 'n roll book

As a teenager growing up in West Duluth in the 1970s, music really mattered to James Wiita, even more than school sometimes. He's been revisiting those times in recent years, as he researched and... Full story


Photo: A big tribute

The Esko Fire Department marked the passing of one of their own by hanging an enormous American flag between two ladder trucks outside Nelson Funeral Home Friday morning. Esko grad Scott Allan... Full story


She was 'ready to be with Gordy'

The Northland lost its most famous fry cook last week, when Marilyn Lundquist died at age 94, having spent two-thirds of those years working the grill at her family's Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. "She... Full story


On Faith: It was God who pulled off the ultimate heist

Have you ever seen the movie, “Oceans 11”? If you haven’t, you should. It stands as one of Hollywood’s better renditions of a heist movie. Its characters set out to do the impossible — to rob the shared vault of three casinos on a fight night, wh...


MCCU retiree receives award

Retiring Members Cooperative Credit Union learning and development manager Kathlynn McConnell was honored recently by the Minnesota Credit Union Network with a Credit Union Builder Award. The award...


Photo: A bead on fun

Churchill Elementary fourth-graders in Jessica Gagne's class learned beading this month. Here, the kids are making bracelets they designed themselves. Pictured from left are Franny Langer, Tucker... Full story


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