Established in 1964 and led by a group of parents and advocates, Pinewood began as one of Minnesota’s first organizations of its kind; serving six adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Cloquet, Minnesota under the name Carlton County Daytime Activity Center. In the fall of 1969 and with a growing enrollment of sixteen adults, the program moved to a large brick home in Cloquet and became known as The Patterson House.
As time went on and enrollment continued to grow, an Executive Director was hired in 1974 to begin the process of obtaining funding for a larger, more suitable building. With support from the local community and families of enrollees, the doors to our current building opened in June of 1975 and we became known as Pinewood Learning Center. In 1990, we adopted the name Pinewood Cloquet, Inc.