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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


CEC diver soaks in State

The first Lumberjacks diver to go to State since 2005, Esko junior Rilee Durovec took 20th place at the Minnesota State High School League Class A Swimming and Diving meet last week....


On Faith: Finding some good in our weedy existence

Why do bad things happen to good people? A couple of years ago, Andrea and I started a vegetable garden. Since then, we've learned at least one thing: we're pretty lousy gardeners. Or, at least, I... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    People    November 10, 2023

Cloquet grads make waves in gaming world

Stormhaven Studios, maker of the "Embers Adrift" online video game, is operated by three members of the Cloquet High School Class of 2005: John Gust, Seth Anderson and Wade Larson. "North of the... Full story


There's a new church in Esko

Seven years after it was purchased in 2016, a prominent property in Esko is nearly ready for its big reveal. "We're basically starting over," said Mike Blanchet, who, with his spouse and fellow... Full story


Promotion: Another sticker winner

Marylyn Wefelmeyer was the recipient of a gift certificate to CreativEdge Designs in Carlton this week. Wefelmeyer was spotted traveling with an "I Think Knot" bumper sticker, supporting her favorite... Full story


4-Hers show off horse skills

Eight 4-Hers from Carlton County participated in the Minnesota 4-H state horse show Sept. 15-18 on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. There were 608 participants from across...


ON FAITH: Evil can strike anywhere; stay vigilant

I am not sure about you, but the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel this past weekend woke me up. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, I was concerned about terrorist attacks. But more recently that concern has dissipated. First of all, because... Full story


4-Hers clean up in State Fair animal barn

Carlton County had 17 entrants among the 4-H members from across Minnesota who showcased their animals at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 2,562 animals were shown. The best entries from county...


Welcome back!

The month of September is always an exciting time of year, filled with all kinds of returns. Throughout this month, our schools have been filled with returning students, faculty, and staff while our... Full story


4-Hers find success at Minnesota State Fair

Carlton County had 18 young people participate in the Minnesota State Fair encampment this year. The 4-H program offers programming throughout the 12 days of the fair, serving more than 5,500...


Happy 100!

Lorraine Hansen turned 100 years old on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Sunnyside Health Care Center feted her with a beer and pizza party that included friends and family and other residents. The birthday girl is... Full story

 By Brady Slater    People    August 18, 2023

Another bumper sticker spotted

We're celebrating another loyal reader of the Pine Knot News this week as Kayla MacDiarmid and her children, Olivia and Trayce, were the recipients on Saturday of a $25 gift certificate to B&B... Full story


Cloquet history lessons found at family reunion

Close to 40 descendents of George Stearns Shaw stood on the steps of the Carlton County Historical Society on Saturday morning to celebrate the library their ancestors built not once, but twice, on... Full story


Cloquet artist second in DNR stamp contest

Stuart Nelson of Cloquet entered an acrylic painting of a walleye in the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stamp contest. His work finished second to Bemidji artist Sam Larsen’s acrylic depiction. There were 11 submissions in the w...


On faith: Messed up family dynamics can change

My congregations have been reading from the book of Genesis this summer and focusing on the story of Jacob. Some might know Jacob from songs about "climbing Jacob's ladder." Others might recognize... Full story



Billy Anderson of Cloquet is the latest winner in the Pine Knot News bumper sticker promotion. Anderson chose a $25 gift certificate from Pine Knot advertiser Outdoor Advantage as his reward for...

 By Brady Slater    People    July 14, 2023

Church remodel aims to ease way to 'encounter Christ'

A new accessible entrance and buildout of a youth center are the focus of a significant expansion at a prominent church in Cloquet. Journey Christian Church associate pastor Fred Goldschmidt called...

 By Brady Slater    People    June 16, 2023

Family walks tall together

For 6-year-old Aiyana Tegels, Wednesday was no ordinary day. She underwent surgery in St. Paul to remove corrective apparatuses from her legs that she's worn since late February. Expected to help... Full story

 By Ann Markusen    People    June 9, 2023

On The Mark: Wright native is worth celebrating

Often, lifetime residents bring joy, humor and learning to their communities. Two weeks ago, Cromwell-Wright area residents celebrated the life and work of Margaret Webster. Born and raised in...

 By Steve Korby    People    June 2, 2023

Korby's Connections: Meet the new Cloquet children's librarian

Cloquet children's librarian Morgan Reardon grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, about a 90-minute drive from Cloquet and a stone's throw away from Lake Superior. Boating, swimming, fishing and playing on...


July Fourth committee seeks volunteers

The Cloquet Fourth of July committee is looking for community-minded volunteers to help organize and/or work the community’s largest annual event. Many hands make light work, and this event could certainly use a few more hands, whether it's s... Full story


Senior takes big step toward future career

Nastasija Harris has always dreamed of being able to build things — big things, like a house. The Cloquet High School senior took the first steps toward making that dream come true by taking c... Full story


Hammitt awarded emeritus status posthumously

Stephanie Hammitt, late president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, was posthumously awarded president emeritus status by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and... Full story


From the Intern: It's good to be here for the summer

My name is Edward Schulstrom, and I am the new summer intern at the Pine Knot. I have always been a member of the Carlton County community since I was born on my parents' farm in 2003. As a farm kid,... Full story


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