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 By Jana Peterson    People    October 18, 2019 

Esko mourns loss of athlete Jackson Pfister

When Esko football player Jackson Pfister collapsed during a varsity game last week and died of heart failure, it shocked and saddened people across the school district, the township, nearby towns... Full story


Remember when?

Remember when the Ben Franklin store was located at the corner of Cloquet Avenue and 11th Street? More recently, a Goodwill store drew shoppers there until its closure in December 2018. The newly... Full story


Mahtowa author publishes new 'homespun' stories

Mary Alice Carlson of Mahtowa has compiled a series of her most memorable stories in “Under the Pine Boughs — Short Stories of Homespun Living.” Carlson will hold her first book signing at the Carlton County Senior Health Fair on Nov. 2, from 9...


Carlton County Jail nurse recognized by statewide group

Holly Compo was recognized in September by the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association as Correctional Nurse of the Year. She was chosen from candidates recommended by jail administrators and sheriffs acros...


Storied softball coaches say it's time to retire

An era came to a close last month when Cloquet softball coach Ron Tondryk handed his resignation letter to activities director Paul Riess, just a few months after the Lumberjacks took third place at... Full story


Wet is wet

You could see it on Josh South's face as the Cloquet senior neared a puddle during the Swain Invitational junior varsity cross country race at Enger Park in Duluth Saturday. He was going to do it. It... Full story


on FAITH: Religious freedom needs a boost

By Charles Haynes / Religious Freedom Center In the turbulent 1960s, John Courtney Murray famously reminded Americans that the Constitution begins with “We, the people,” not “We, the tribe.” Murray, a Jesuit priest, wasn’t papering over...


Cloquet homecoming royalty crowned

Cloquet High School seniors Madi Vermeersch and Trey Harkins were crowned Homecoming Queen and King on Friday, Oct. 4 at Bromberg Field in a time-honored tradition. CHS activities assistant Matt... Full story


Homecoming Traditions

Cloquet and Esko homecoming information....

 By Anne Dugan    People    October 4, 2019

From the Wrens Nest: School building and grounds director makes a difference

Full disclosure: I live with a Wrenshall School board member, Janaki Fisher-Merritt. Most days when he comes home from a late meeting, I brace myself to hear a recap of difficult issues and tough...


i'll take a frosty mug

Remember when what is now the Family Tradition Restaurant was an A&W, complete with frosty mugs and waitresses on roller skates? This photo of the old A&W on Highway 33 North was taken in 1969 ...


Poet shares music and lore of Finnish immigrants

For a woman raised in Minnesota, poet and musician Diane Jarvenpa has gained a pretty decent following in her grandparents' homeland of Finland, where she is known as "Minnesotan Satakieli," or the...


Helping hands: Area churches come together to get the work done

A group of volunteers worked together Sunday for close to three hours to get an elderly woman's various garden plots weeded, especially the one in the backyard that she enjoys seeing out the back...


Q-and-A with new Carlton County judge Rebekka Stumme

It's just another day in a Carlton County courtroom, and Sixth District Carlton County Judge Rebekka Stumme is working her way through the final half dozen cases on that morning's docket. One of the... Full story


As we age, housing arrangements may change

Thanks to the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million in 2020. And, according to the AARP, by 2030 the population of... Full story


Minnesota's Senior LinkAge Line connects seniors to information, resources and help

The Senior LinkAge Line helps simplify complex issues and decisions that seniors, Baby Boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers or those trying to reduce prescription drug costs face every day. Just one phone call to 1-800-333-2433 is all it takes...


ON SPORTS: Bridge leagues thrive in county

What comes to mind when you hear the word "bridge?" For many from Carlton County and northern Minnesota, it may bring visions of the beautiful Aerial Lift Bridge welcoming boats and ships to the...


He lost a toe, but plays on

If Mason Avey could offer one piece of advice, it would be to wear steel toe boots when mowing. Avey learned that lesson the hard way this summer. Two weeks before the football season, the Cloquet Hig...


'Oldtimers' receive annual honors

The Carlton County Labor Day celebration is known for its parade and picnic on Monday, but the fun actually starts a day earlier at the annual Oldtimers Banquet. "This event's main purpose is to...

 By Matt Kohl    People    September 6, 2019

On faith

When I was growing up, one of my favorite fall traditions was to get together with my family and friends at my grandparents' house for our weekly gatherings around their backyard fireplace. These get-...


Thanks for the great summer intern experience

As the final days of summer slowly run out, so does my summer internship with the Pine Knot News. From the first article to my last, I've enjoyed the opportunity to help tell the story of our county... Full story


First and last

Kids celebrate the end of summer and getting back to school....


Losing steam on the past

A stroke and the beginning of Parkinson’s disease had left my father a small fraction of the man he had once been. After church on a rather nice Sunday morning, I casually asked Dad, “How about if we go to the White Pine steam show at McGrath...


Faces to the sun

A field of sunflowers turns the world bright yellow as the flowers follow the sun across the sky. Mickayla Talberg said she drives by the field of flowers near Wrenshall every day on her mail route,...


Author talks about life in Carlton

Carlton native Eric Bergman will talk about writing his book “Addie Braver,” a young adult-adult crossover novel about growing up in a town, based on his own experience growing up in Carlton. A slide show and readings from the book will be...


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