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 By Jana Peterson    People    December 6, 2019 

Wanted: Bell ringers

While the Salvation Army's Red Kettle fundraiser runs only through the weeks leading up to Christmas, the proceeds pay for local social services programs for the entire year, according to David... Full story

 By Pine Knot News    People    December 6, 2019 

Governor visits cloquet mill

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz visited the Sappi mill in Cloquet last month for conversation and a tour. Interim Sappi mill manager Tom Radovich said mill leadership wanted to talk to Gov. Walz about forest... Full story

 By Jana Peterson    People    December 6, 2019 

Pearl Harbor still echoes, 78 years on

Some memories never fade. Don Long remembers the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 like it was yesterday. The Barnum High School 1939 grad had been at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station in Hawaii for about only two... Full story


A touch of Sweden at Carlton County farm

Shoppers for Christmas trees can experience a Swedish Christmas in Minnesota at the Jansson Tree Farm of Gunilla and Goran Jansson north of Mahtowa just off of Highway 61 at the end of Carlson Road....


Volunteer spotlight

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for those 55 and over. One of the great things about this program is that one can use skills and interests developed over a lifetime for the benefit of...


With help, a legacy of land is created along the Nemadji

Most people want to leave a legacy, to know that their lives mattered, to leave their mark on the world, a contribution of some sort to future generations. But many don’t consciously think about what they want their legacy to be or how to build... Full story


Band member had a shot in Major League Baseball ... in 1910

More than 100 years ago, a member of the Fond du Lac band pitched six innings for the Chicago White Sox … the same year he was deemed “unqualified” to play for the Cloquet baseball team. His... Full story


The buck stopped here

Larry Slater shot this 10-point, 210-pound buck in Carlton County Nov. 14 while hunting in the Mahtowa area, where his family and friends have hunted for decades. Share your Big Buck photos and...

 By Kerry Rodd    People    November 22, 2019

County athletes make college commitments

Kiana Bender, Dea DeLeon and Taylor Nelson may attend different local high schools, but the trio have at least two things in common. The first is that all three play hockey for the...


Time Out With Tyler: Sports fill my soul; and I'll fill these pages

In my 17 years of living, I’ve had a hard time finding anything that interests me for very long. School, boring. Reading, boring. Waterparks, boring. Shopping, boring. Hikes, boring. Watching movies, boring. Someone shooting an off-balance,...

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 15, 2019

WRENSHALL NEWS: Raptors Zywicki named coach of the year

Wrenshall coach Jeremy Zywicki was recently named coach of the year for the 9 Man North White district of the Minnesota State High School Football League for his work this year with the new... Full story


Spreading joy

Theresa and Connie Wappes get ready to ship seven boxes recently. The "Boxes of Joy" project at Queen of Peace Catholic Church filled over 111 boxes of toys and gifts for children in need across the...


A day to honor veterans, the flag and more

The folks at Aspen Arms celebrated Veterans Day with a visit from members of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard, who conducted formal ceremonies and later joined many of the veterans and residents who l... Full story


Sing along with Autumn Voices

Autumn Voices is looking for retired men and women who like to sing. The group began in 1976, and continues today with people who love to sing. Practice is every Monday 10-11 a.m. at the Senior dining center in Moose Lake. They have nine gigs in... Full story


Mary Lee celebrates six decades of teaching gymnastics, dance

First, you experience great surprise, and then awe, as you see a child springing into the air, turning, flipping, and landing on their feet. Next, an involuntary "Wow!" springs from your own throat.... Full story

 By Mike Creger    People    November 8, 2019

PART 2: Community rallied behind blind couple

When Jack Thornton carried his wife Joyce over the threshold of their new home on Jan. 23, 1955, the newlyweds weren’t alone. A thousand people stood outside and cheered as they entered the...


Q-and-A with 'The Wayves'

Cloquet High School grads Riley Into and Landon Langenbrunner are aiming to make it big in the music world, but they aren't taking what many consider the traditional route. They aren't playing bars... Full story


Artist spotlight: Photographer Mark Cline exhibits at The Knot

Photography was one way Cloquet area resident Mark Cline dealt with an enormous personal setback. As a 55-year-old married father, he received his first serious DSLR camera in 2007, shortly before...


Artist spotlight: Photographer Vern Northrup exhibit at the Knot through December

Fond du Lac Band member Vern Northrup began photographing during his work as a Bureau of Indian Affairs wildland fire operations specialist working on Native lands across the U.S. “When I was a...

 By Anne Dugan    People    November 1, 2019

Wrenshall news: Farmers cool their carrots

Dave Hanlon was succinct. "Its just a stupid amount of carrots." That's how Hanlon, from the Food Farm in Wrenshall, describes our record-breaking harvest this fall. In the last two weeks we've... Full story


Jessica Lange connects with her way home

Words are sparse in Cloquet native Jessica Lange's latest book of photography, simply titled "Highway 61" and featuring photographs taken along the highway from the North Shore to New Orleans. "I... Full story


Guest Columnist: Off the beaten road comes revelations

Before the dawn of the Interstate Highway System, the federal government invested in paved roads that traversed the continental United States, coast to coast, north to south. Some of these roads -... Full story

 By John Napoli    People    November 1, 2019

On Faith: Despite social media and politics, love your neighbor

We find ourselves a year away from the presidential elections but already the lines of division are having a strong effect on the American society. Here are just a couple examples of what I have seen...


A Halloween story

Editor's note: Lauren Soukkala, age 10, of Barnum submitted this frightening and fun tale of a Halloween gone weird to the Pine Knot News. We typed up the story mostly as submitted - adding a little...


On the Mark: Fun with family is like great background jazz

One of my favorite vintage jazz songs is “All the Things You Are,” Jerome Kern’s 1939 composition with Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics. It floats down the keyboard: B-flat, E-flat, A-flat, G7 — challenging for a piano player. It was on my mind l...


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