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Cloquet School Board approves levy increase
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Board directors for the Four Seasons Sports Complex and the Cloquet Eagles Club pose in front of the new scoreboard the Eagles Club donated. Pictured front, from left: Tory Cawcutt, Jen Axtell, Daryl Niemi, Wayne Polley, Lisa Young, Jim Zieh, Brian Stohlberg and Jason Smith; back: Dustin Carlson, Brenda Niemi, Marlyn Ninneman, Don Sparring, Keith Toboleski and Chad Vernon. (Photo courtesy of Tory Cawcutt)
Eagles Club donates scoreboard to Four Seasons
December 11, 2018 - 12:47pm
A shrew makes a trail in light snow in the woods. Photo by Larry Weber
Northland Nature: Shrews make trails in the new snow
December 11, 2018 - 1:01pm
Preston Latour, second row, fifth from left, of Cloquet Middle School, sings in the Lake Superior Youth Choir's Concert Choir. Photo courtesy of Derek Montgomery.
Local kids add voices to Lake Superior Youth Choir
December 11, 2018 - 11:43am
Goodwill has been located on Cloquet Avenue for many years. After nearly 30 years in town, the Cloquet location will be closing later in December. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Cloquet Goodwill to close after nearly 30 years
December 10, 2018 - 1:48pm
From left, Cal Prosen, Charlotte Ripp, Josh Sanders, Aidan Ripp, Spencer Hoeffling, Andrea Hille, Benjamin Bauer and AJ Maijala are part of the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Nordic ski program this winter. The Lumberjacks, led by first-year head coach Arne Maijala, have over 100 skiers. Tyler Korby / Pine Journal
Nordic skiing preview: Family ties connect Maijala-led 'Jacks
December 10, 2018 - 4:59am
Autumn Voices sing during a Christmas concert at Inter-Faith in Carlton on Wednesday, Nov.28. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Autumn Voices, started over 40 years ago, joins local singers
December 10, 2018 - 10:35am
Duluth News Tribune file
DNR Report
December 10, 2018 - 12:25pm
LETTER: City of Cloquet employees appreciated
December 9, 2018 - 12:44pm
Dr. Verna Thornton
New physician wants to 'pull out all the stops for Cloquet'
December 8, 2018 - 11:59am
Grace Lavan, seventh-grader at Cloquet Middle School,  practices the soldier scene for "The Nutcracker." She appears in the street scene and as a soldier. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Carlton County dancers perform in 'The Nutcracker'
December 6, 2018 - 1:39pm
Blaaze Gorder, 3, listens as Santa Claus talks to him at the Members Cooperative Credit Union on Saturday, Dec. 1. His sister, Aaliyah Gorder, 5, waits patiently for him to finish. Their grandmother and great-grandmother came from Duluth to bring the siblings to events around Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Photos: 2018 Santa's Home for the Holidays
December 5, 2018 - 5:12pm
Cromwell-Wright's girls basketball coach Jeff Gronner talks to the Cardinals team during a timeout in the game against Barnum on Monday, Dec. 3. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal
Girls basketball: Cardinals ground Bombers
December 5, 2018 - 5:02pm
The Carlton County Transfer stations recycles unwanted electronics for $9 per item. Andee Erickson / Pine Journal
'Dos' and 'don'ts' at Carlton County recycling sheds
December 4, 2018 - 6:09am

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Deborah Spears stands near her Cloquet home, where she hopes to construct a Pay It Forward Pantry. Residents experiencing hunger can access food from the pantry without leaving their neighborhood. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

A Cloquet woman is hoping to jumpstart an innovative — and lower profile — way to address hunger in the community.

Deborah Spears wants to construct Pay It Forward Pantries ...

Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com   Groceries-to-Go volunteers Jane and Dave Wedin meet to discuss their shopping lists at the Kenwood Super One Foods store in Duluth on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The program, which supports local business and helps older adults stay in their homes, has expanded to the Superior Super One Foods store on Oakes Avenue.

A grocery shopping and delivery service for older adults and those who can't get out to shop for themselves is expanding to Cloquet.

Age Well Arrowhead has been offering Groceries-to-Go ...

Tony Jurek was a prisoner of war from 1950-1953 in Korea. The then-18-year-old spent 33 months as a POW before being released when the war was over. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

A small round table covered with a white tablecloth and a place setting for one sits quietly in a corner by itself at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979. The table ...

Vampire Dominic Mondati (left) gives hippie Will Buytaert a scare during the annual Fall Ball at Washington Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)

Washington Elementary School in Cloquet transformed into a kaleidoscope of color and costumes as students and faculty alike dressed up for the school's annual "Fall Ball" Friday, Oct. 26.

Students ...

Cloquet's Skylar Kuss makes a shot on the water wheel hole at Kendahl Miniature Golf on Saturday, Aug. 11, while his father, Jason, looks on. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal

It may take less than an hour to zip around Kendahl Miniature Golf course, but just chat with owner Bill Erickson and you'll hear that the memories made last forever. ...

Joseph (left) and Bret Baker of Cloquet talk about the "flipping" method of casting worms for bass, where the lure is flipped underhanded rather than cast overhand. The father-son duo will fish together dozens of times during the summer. John Myers / Duluth News Tribune

NEAR SAWYER, Minn. — Just minutes into this particular fishing excursion, Bret Baker started the verbal barbs with a backhanded comment about his son Joseph's first largemouth bass of the ...

Some might find it hard to believe that the tiny town of Automba was once a lumber boomtown with a railyard a half-mile long and quarter-mile deep, and three ...

A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo

Editor's note: This is the George Milczark 1918 fires story, as related by Frank Milczark on Oct. 6, 1970. The story was first published in the Moose Lake Star Gazette ...

Cloquet may have suffered the greatest financial losses in the Fires of 1918, but Moose Lake and the surrounding small towns in southern Carlton County paid a much dearer cost ...

Survivors of the 1918 fires dig a mass grave for fire victims in and around the Moose Lake area. Although the photo says 450 victims, not everyone was buried in the mass grave and some remains were likely never found as the fire burned so hot. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society

Editor's note: Twenty-year-old Tony Hanson sent a letter to his sister Alice after the fire, telling how he and the rest of the family survived the fire that destroyed Moose ...

Carolyn Lehikoinen's childhood doll is surrounded of photographs of her through the years, including her first-grade photo in the center next to her high school graduation photo. Lehikoinen learned to sew early in life and made her doll's clothes. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

I Thank Thee Lord

I thank you Lord for the sunshine

After the long needed rain.

Thank you for the birds that sing under my window pane.

Thank you for ...

 

Kids can now learn to read with some of their favorite characters like the Rescue Bots and My Little Pony on the Early Literacy Tablets available now for checkout ...

Many Thomson Township residents escaped the fire via a DW&P train from the Harney depot, pictured here. Jennie Kinnunen Sota (1897-1981) remembered the train blew its whistle continually throughout its rescue attempt, hoping to guide people in the darkness. Contributed photo

A new book on the 1918 fire in Thomson Township was sparked by a mystery, according to resident, writer and former teacher Phil Johnson.

"We wanted to get a better ...

Young people lead Saturday’s ninth annual Suicide Awareness Walk in Carlton, carrying a banner decorated with hundreds of brightly colored ribbons, each one to remember someone lost to suicide over the past nine years of the walk. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com

When asked for whom he was walking during Saturday's ninth annual Suicide Awareness Walk, Chad Mackey's answer was short and sad.

"Too many people," he said.

When Mackey was a ...

Cloquet’s Cody Bauer (top left, bottom right) and Mathew Kayser (top right, bottom left) and Cody Bauer (top left and bottom right) are two lives lost to death by suicide in Carlton County over the past 14 months. They are missed very much by their families and friends. Special to the Pine Journal

Mathew Kayser was a smart kid who loved singing and playing the guitar and piano with family and friends. He was kind, loving and funny. A great soccer player for ...

Cody Bauer (back right) stands with his brother, Andrew Bauer, in a family photo taken not long before Cody died by suicide in January 2017. Smiling family members on the coach include (from left) brother Joseph Bauer, mom Cassie Diver, stepdad Mike Diver and brother Mason Diver, along with the family dog, Ralph. Special to the Pine Journal

Since her son, Cody Bauer, died by suicide in January, Cassie Diver has become a devoted advocate for suicide awareness and suicide prevention efforts. Every day in September, she posted ...

Siblings Charlotte and Aidan Ripp of Cloquet are training with the Nordic combined U.S. Junior National Team. Contributed photo

Nordic combined may be one of the more challenging sports, and two Cloquet siblings are excelling on its biggest stage. Aidan and Charlotte Ripp, son and daughter of Caroline and ...

Cloquet High School Resource Officer Erik Blessener stands watch in the Cloquet High School hallways last fall. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Editor note: This is the second story in a two-part series about gun violence. The first story was published March 15.

Cloquet High School student Jonathan Muhvich is optimistic about ...

Jake Finifrock and family, returning to visit red pine he helped plant when he was 9 years old. Contributed photos

Throughout his adventure-filled life, no matter what he did or where he roamed, Alan Finifrock still made time to care for and manage the Barnum land he acquired many years ...

Tiara Larson exits a smoke filled house during a recent training event for Carlton Fire Fighters Cadets. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

A group of firefighters gear up in their yellow "suits" and get ready to enter a small white house as smoke drifts out. A white Carlton Fire and Ambulance truck ...

Jay Cooke park manager Lisa Angelos talks about the need for work on the historic buildings at the Oldenburg Point picnic grounds, including the water tower and latrine building behind her. Built by the CCC in 1934, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse.

The park's water ...

 

Friends, family and fellow runners came together Saturday in a race for one of their own. Well-known and longtime Milltown Milers runner Jim Hagerl has been fighting stage 4 ...

Rod Walli and Ragui Assaad take a break on Mt. Baldy. Photo by Ann Markusen

It's easy to think of Minnesota state parks as the places where we play and recreate in spring, summer and fall. But many offer winter beauty, lodging and workouts, too.
...

This sign is posted on a door to help direct visitors how to gain access through the new security entrance at Cloquet High School. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Editor note: This is the first story in a two-part series about gun violence in schools. In the March 22, issue, reporter Jamie Lund hears from school administrators, educators and ...

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