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Have pond, but no skating … for now
October 1, 2015 - 6:56pm
Commission places Sandpiper project on hold after court decision
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Teachers union fights lack of pay for graduate work
September 25, 2015 - 9:55pm
Members of the German Thunderbirds Motorcycle Club pose with the some of the Duluth and Knife River Thunderbirds Club members Sunday evening in Cloquet on their way to a going-away dinner in Mahtowa. Jamie Lund/
German Thunderbird bikers visit Minnesota
September 27, 2015 - 8:53am
Jesse Davis (from left, portraying “Rick”), Sean Biskey (as Tom) and Harold Haapoja (as Bill) rehearse for the County Seat Theater Company’s production of “Making God Laugh,” which opens Friday night. Contributed Photo
County Seat Theater to present ‘Making God Laugh’
September 25, 2015 - 5:17pm
Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit Esko schools
October 1, 2015 - 1:20pm
To the Editor:Cloquet Police appreciate support
October 1, 2015 - 1:33pm
Multiple markers had grass cleared away from them at the Hilltop Cemetery in Carlton last week by Northern Bedrock workers. Some of the stones that have sunk in over the years will be dug up and have fill added underneath them to raise them to level. Jamie Lund/
Carlton cemetery resurrected
September 26, 2015 - 1:20pm
Community input, help wanted to fight heroin and other drug problems
September 26, 2015 - 8:14am
In the face of tragedy, parents choose joy … and write about it
September 24, 2015 - 4:31pm
Carlton senior Ryan Adams carries the football against South Ridge during Friday night's nine-man game. Dave Harwig/
FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Experienced Panthers blank Bulldogs
September 25, 2015 - 4:48pm
Wilderness goalie Chase Munroe looks over his shoulder for the puck as teammate Tony DeVito attempts to free his arm from Nikita Drazdou of Fairbanks in the first period of Friday’s intense game against the Ice Dogs at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. Jamie Lund/
Wilderness begin building this year’s team
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Inside Pine Journal

Are you a senior living at home? Do you need your yard raked this fall? Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc. is partnering with several area churches to provide leaf ...

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The sun beamed down on the sixth annual Mutt Strut at Veterans Park in Cloquet on a perfect Saturday morning.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds lifted their ...

CROMWELL—Talking with Bailey Gibbs and Bailey Gronner, they seem just like any other teenage girls.

Around the halls of Cromwell-Wright School, you’ll see them hanging out with friends. ...

Esko junior Karlie Kulas takes aim at the net halfway through the second half of the matchup against Chisago Lakes on Saturday afternoon. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after two five-minute overtime periods. Jamie Lund/
, Esko midfielder Ashley Zezulka attempts to head the ball into the Chisago Lakes net during the second half of Saturday’s game in Esko. Jamie Lund/, , , ,

Esko junior Mandi Dincau (8)  tries to get possession of the ball from Rachelle Hallberg of Chisago Lakes during the second half of Saturday’s game in Esko. Jamie ...

Garden harvest is in full swing and gardeners are finding time to be even more precious. Days are getting shorter and there's a little nip to the air in ...

On Friday, July 31, the first annual Bean Bag Tournament took place. Created for bean bag lovers and Cloquet football enthusiasts, this tournament was “a blast,” said Cloquet’s Steve ...

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“We pitched well at times, and we defended well at times, but not consistently. That is the next step for these players as they prepare for high school baseball.”

Arrowheads stems and leaves rise out of the water. Note the leaf shape. Photos by Larry Weber
, Note the three white petals on these arrowheads that bloom above the water.

Northland Nature
By Larry Weber

The second annual Cloquet Color Run presented by the Cloquet Rotary Club will take place at Pine Valley in Cloquet on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Check in time is 8:15 ...

Zebra mussels confirmed in Clearwater Lake, Ruth Lake; Red River also added to infested waters list

Molly Fineday drives a hit to the outfield for the MN Blast 13s during the USSSA State Tournament at Braun Park on Saturday. Dave Harwig/
, Josie Steen pitches for the MN Blast U-14 team during Saturday's USSSA State Tournament at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/
, Shelby Peil drops down a bunt for a single for the MN Blast U-14 team Saturday during the USSSA State Tournament at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/

Cloquet’s Braun Park played host to 34 softball teams from around the state last weekend in the USSSA’s “Northern State Tournament.”

Eight champions were crowned in the event ...

Brookston’s Cole Watkins (3) makes it safely back to third base as Esko’s Ryan Bourgeault grabs for the ball. Dan Saletel/
, Brookston’s Cole Watkins makes a leap for the ball while Esko runner Darin Davidson sneaks by safely at first base. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal
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Esko and Brookston played an extended American Legion baseball game on Monday evening in Esko, in which the hosts rallied to beat Brookston 2-1 over eight innings in a finely-played ...

The American Legion Boys State announced the winners of the 12 mayoral races across the program. Robert Sobczak of Cloquet was elected as the mayor of the fictional Boys ...

Barbara Ramey is a survivor; one to keep moving forward. Being the recipient of help through the years, Ramey likes to give back.

Charlie Adamczak of the Moose Lake Outlaws  tags out Jacob Neumeger at third base during Tuesday's matchup against the Nashwauk-Keewatin Taconite. Dan Saletel/, Teddy Ryan of the Moose Lake Outlaws pitches against the Nashwauk-Keewatin Taconite Tuesday. Dan Saletel/, Moose Lake Outlaws catcher Jesse Granfors scrambles to get the ball while a Nashwauk-Keewatin Taconite player is able to slip in to home base Tuesday night. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal, Moose Lake Outlaws’ Joey Whited takes a crack at the ball during Tuesday's matchup against the Nashwauk-Keewatin Taconite. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

Being that Brad Fossum will play college baseball next spring at Concordia University in St. Paul, you could say the Moose Lake-Willow River stalwart is getting a head start ...

Braun Park proved its worthiness last summer, so the United States Specialty Sports Association will again host its Minnesota youth fastpitch softball northern state tournament at the pristine Cloquet ...

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Text by Lucas Tomhave
Photos by Lucas Tomhave and Joey Gotchnik
For video highlights of the Northland Frisbee Invite, check out

Stuart Nelson (left) and Rich Brummer (right) smile with Al Lindner at the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge fishing tournament held May 30 on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minn. Lindner hosts the annual tournament. Contributed Photo

Stuart Nelson once thought that Minnesota Teen Challenge was kid stuff.

“When I heard the name, I thought about kids rappelling across rivers at summer camp,” Nelson said. ...

Miranda Kelley pitches for the Cloquet U-12 softball team sponsored by USG during Saturday's Ashley Abrahamson tournament at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/ 
, Brynn Martin gets a hit for the Cloquet U-12 softball team sponsored by Community Printing during the Ashley Abrahamson Tournament on Saturday at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/

CHAMPIONS! The all Cloquet-based Minnesota Blast 14s softball team celebrates their championship title Sunday evening at Braun Park after winning the U-14 Tier 1 division at the 16th Annual Ashley ...

Gavin Takkunen of Cloquet (24) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run during Tuesday night’s game against the Post 71 Cubs from West Duluth. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal
, Cloquet Gavin Takkunen slides in safely at third base during Tuesday night’s game against the Post 71 Cubs from West Duluth. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal
, Cloquet pitcher Brandon Conklin gets ready to deliver a pitch during the opening inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Post 71 Cubs from West Duluth. Conklin went on to strike out several batters. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

With a roster of 18 players, Cloquet American Legion baseball Coach Steve Johnson doesn’t have the easiest job.

However, his teenagers in purple and white have been finding ...

To the Editor:

This upcoming school season Cloquet High School will offer three new extracurricular activities: robotics, one act play, and trapshooting. So, if the robots are on the loose, the trap ...

Seven-year-old Santi Anich lines up a practice putt at the Black Bear Golf Course. He plays on the newly formed PGA Junior Golf League. Jamie Lund/
, Alisha Broneak watches Zoey Peacock line up a putt as the girls practice before a league game at Black Bear Golf Course Saturday afternoon. This is the first league for both of the girls. Jamie Lund/

To sign up for the PGA JLG next summer, go to, click register, find Minnesota, and then find Black Bear Golf Course. Or call the course at 218-878-2485.

Hunter Roberts of Cloquet gets a hit against Rebels pitcher Teddy Ryan during their 2-0 win over the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels on Friday. Matthew Moses/, Cloquet's Brandon Conklin tags out Teddy Ryan of Moose Lake-Willow River during a rundown between third and home on Friday. Matthew Moses/, , ,

Brandon Conklin’s fastball has been clocked as high as 89 miles per hour on the radar gun, but the hard-throwing Cloquet senior worked even faster on the mound last ...

Cloquet junior Anders Pertler returns the ball during a first doubles match on Saturday against Virginia in the Section 7A semifinals. Pertler and his partner, Daniel Stevens, lost the match 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, but the team defeated Virginia 4-3 to advance to the championship against Hibbing. Contributed Photo

It was a great season, but for the Cloquet boys tennis team, the end was surprisingly painful.

The Lumberjacks finished just one team win short of qualifying for ...

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The girls team got three victories from sprinter Kendra Kelly, a conference record pole-vault from Rachel Macaulay, and roared to victory by 26 points over second-place Hermantown. The boys got ...


Soon the spring wild flowers will fade in the shade and their space will be taken by these abundant and lush ferns that now unfold their fiddleheads, providing more ...

"They're my guys, they've been there since day one — I can't just abandon ship," said Weller, who now attends all home games, but cannot travel on long road trips ...

The Cloquet boys tennis team got a nice boost from its first-ever Section 7A seeding meeting.

The Lumberjacks are seeded second in the nine-team section, making them a ...

Kelsey and Travis Winter of Wrenshall, Minn., announce the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Rose Winter, born at 5:39 a.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Community Memorial Hospital ...

What do being part of the solution, keeping good company, and getting the warm fuzzies all have in common? They are all attributes of the volunteer opportunity at Friends ...

The Cloquet High School Personal Finance team, including students Christian Pritchett, Gabe Berg, Isaac Blinn, and Austin Nelson, are congratulated for their second-place finish at the Decathlon Championship by sponsor Kent Johnson of Sit Investment Associates. Contributed Photo

Cloquet Senior High School took second place at the Minnesota State Personal Finance Decathlon Championship on April 28 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Mounds View High School ...


Cassie Wimmer and Hannah Johnson, both seniors at Wrenshall High School, placed first in their events in the State Business Professionals of America (BPA) Conference held March 12-14 in ...

Cloquet junior Robby Sobczak concentrates while he returns the ball during the No. 1singles match against Duluth Marshall Monday afternoon in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/, Cloquet junior Joey Gotchnik serves the ball during a competitive first doubles matchup against Duluth Marshall Monday afternoon at Cloquet. Jamie Lund/, Cloquet senior Christian Pritchett leaps up to return the ball against Duluth Marshall during a game of first doubles Monday afternoon. Jamie Lund/

The Section 7A tennis team playoffs begin next week, and there’s a new team fighting for a spot at the top.

Coach Derek Johnson believes that his Cloquet ...

Moose Lake-Willow River catcher Jesse Granfors tags out Duluth Marshall's Tyler Cummins at the plate during Monday afternoon 8-0 Rebel loss. Dave Harwig/
, Moose Lake-Willow River senior Eric Prachar hits during Monday afternoon's baseball game against Duluth Marshall. Dave Harwig/

Being a baseball, basketball and football player for Moose Lake-Willow River throughout his entire high school career, Brad Fossum has had his share of joyful moments as a Rebel. ...

Mallory Thibault has been pitching a softball since fifth grade, so even though she started Tuesday's game against Esko has a hitter only, she showed her effectiveness in the ...

, Cloquet senior Mason Brenner tags out Duluth East's Nathaniel Benson during a rundown with teammate Chase Keye during Monday afternoon's baseball game at Mettner Field. Dave Harwig/
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“Every loss stings — we expect to win,” Takkunen said. “We’re still getting the kinks out, but the way you play at the start of the year is nowhere near ...

Twelve-year-old Karsten Fetter of Esko competed in the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) National Championships March 29 through April 4 in Colorado. The young snowboarder has progressed significantly this year with a lot of help from his Head Coach Jonathan Schmidt and Coach Jake Carlson, both with the The G Team at Spirit Mountain, dad Joe Fetters said. Contributed Photos, ,

For Karsten Fetter of Cloquet, the Olympic Games are a definite goal. And since he is only 12 years old, it’s good to have that goal determined so early. ...

Jesus, played by Seth Bergstedt, uses a game of Pictionary to get his lesson across in New Wine’s production of the 2012 revised version of “Godspell.” Jamie Lund/, Hailey Ulvi, Mary Pelletier, Rebecca Lund and Rachel Macaulay of New Wine sing "Day by Day" with the cast singing background in the group’s production of “Godspell.” Jamie Lund/, The New Wine cast acts out the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (back, from left) Claire Palmquist, Hailey Ulvi, Adam Graves, Morgan (front) Marlee Clemens, Seth Bergstedt, Philip Smoczynski, Hazel Erickson (foreground) Trenton Johnson as Lazarus is carried away by angel George Stein. Jamie Lund/, ,

GO SEE IT ... Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1000 Washington Ave., Cloquet. Tickets are $10 ...

Dr. David Luehr (left) of Cloquet receives a plaque recognizing his 37 years of leadership in the Northland's medical community from Integrity Health Network CEO/President Jeffrey Tucker. Contributed Photo

David Luehr, MD, FAAFP, has retired after 37 years of practicing family medicine at Raiter Clinic in Cloquet, and four years as Chief Medical Officer for Integrity Health Network ...

Esko senior Austin Carlson tags out Proctor's Jake Malec on a stolen base attempt during Friday's baseball game. Dave Harwig/, Esko sophomore Ryan Bourgeault catches a fly ball in right field during Friday's game against Proctor. Dave Harwig/,

After scoring 25 runs in two victories in as many games to begin this spring’s baseball season, Esko exploded out of the gates to show their powerful offense can ...

Moose Lake-Willow River sophomore Ally Bode swings the bat for a hit against Carlton on Thursday in Willow River. Dave Harwig/, Moose Lake-Willow River catcher Morgan Prachar tags out Carlton's Alaina Bennett at the plate during Thursday's softball game. Dave Harwig/
, Carlton's Grace Macor pitches against Moose Lake-Willow River in Willow River on Thursday. Dave Harwig/

Ally Bode admitted she didn’t get the best view of the final play at last Thursday’s softball game between Moose Lake-Willow River and Carlton, but when the Rebels sophomore ...

Cromwell-Wright High School is sending four students — Cody Whiting (from left), Cloe Forland, Olivia Warpula and Lucas Johnson — to the 2015 State Speech Tournament at Lakeville North High School on Friday. Photo contributed by Coach Brian Schilling

Cromwell-Wright earned fourth place out of 21 teams at the Section 7A Speech Tournament held Friday, April 11, at Eveleth High School. Blackduck was the Section champion and Duluth Marshall ...

Esko’s Carissa Anderson ducks under a pitch as Cloquet catcher Jade Benko is able to control the ball at home plate. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal, Cloquet’s Mak Langenbrunner looks to tag Esko’s Carissa Anderson at second base. Anderson was called safe at the bag on this play. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

Area high school softball round up

Barnum's Thomas Ziegler slides into third base ahead of the tag attempt by Carlton's Josh Dallman during Tuesday's baseball game. Dave Harwig/
, Carlton's Evan Gray throws a pitch for the Bulldogs during Tuesday's baseball game in Barnum. Dave Harwig/

Area high school baseball roundup


This year's One Book, One Community book selection is unique in having been chosen by library users. It's also unique in that the author is a local writer.

Lake Country Power is calling on co-op members and community organizations to volunteer for the cooperative’s annual Project GreenTouch. The state park clean-up day will be held from 10 ...

Cloquet seventh-grader Trevor Olson leans in for the ball during a game of "popcorn” while Tyler Hart, captain of the Minnesota Wilderness hockey team and popcorn teammate, watches. Olson was the last one on his team to get out of the ame. Jamie Lund/
, The Cloquet boys tennis players break into teams for a game of popcorn for tennis practice Thursday afternoon, with the help of a few Wilderness hockey players. Daniel Stevens (from left), Tyler Cline of the Wilderness, and Tylor Roseth watch as Justin Kolodge hits the ball back to the other team. Jamie Lund/, Niklas Lehtimaki keeps his eye on the ball after he hit it back towards the other team in a practice game of “popcorn.” Lehtimaki is one of several members of the Minnesota Wilderness hockey team who joined the tennis team for a fun practice on Thursday afternoon. Jamie Lund/,

New Cloquet boys tennis coach Derek Johnson expects his team, which dropped the “Esko-Carlton” from the program name along with a drop to Class A for this season — to ...

Cloquet baseball assistant coach Eric Hagen works with pitchers Mason Brenner (left) and Brandon Conklin (right) during practice on Thursday. Dave Harwig/ , Cloquet catchers Chase Keye (front) and Austin Workman work on pop-up drills during Thursday's practice at Mettner Field. Dave Harwig/

Pine Journal reporter Tyler Korby takes an in-depth look at the Lumberjacks baseball team and hits the highlights of other Carlton County high school baseball teams.

Minnesota Wilderness forward Robb Stautz fires a shot on net in front of Coulee Region's Dominik Florian during Friday night's NAHL hockey game at Northwoods Arena. Dave Harwig/
, Minnesota Wilderness forward Michael Covach looks for a rebound in front of Coulee Region goaltender Adam Carlson during Friday night's NAHL game at Northwoods Arena. Dave Harwig/

To Meat Loaf, two out of three wasn’t bad. For the Minnesota Wilderness, two out of three wasn’t quite good enough.

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The Eskomos enter this spring’s track and field season all smiles, much because they finally have a place to call home. It’s shiny, it’s new and most of all, it’s ...

Cloquet softball Coach (center) Ron Tondryk and assistants Kerry Rodd (left) and Joel Korby talk to the Lumberjacks before Tuesday afternoon's scrimmage vs Esko. Dave Harwig/
, Cloquet softball pitcher Kaylee McMillen throws during Tuesday's scrimmage with Esko at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/
, Cloquet softball shortstop Makayla Langenbrunner makes a throw during Tuesday's scrimmage with Esko at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/
, New Esko softball coach Brenna Zavodnik gives instructions from the third base coach’s’ box during Tuesday’s scrimmage with Cloquet at Braun Park. Dave Harwig/

Abbey Wangen and her Cloquet softball teammates warmed up in the Braun Park outfield Tuesday, a big change from the past two seasons when, if they had practiced outside on ...

Cody and Katie DeMenge of Cloquet, Minn., announce the birth of their son, Xander Allen DeMenge, born at 8:57 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2015, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. ...

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More than 3,000 people attended the the Cloquet Area Home, Business and Sports Show last Friday and Saturday at Black Bear Casino Resort.

Over 60 business booths attended ...

Cloquet sophomore Isaac Boedigheimer is out in front again this season, winning the 1,600-meter-run during the season-opening Proctor Invitational last Thursday held at the indoor track at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Boedigheimer helped the 1,600-meter-relay team take first place, too. Journal File Art, Evan Erickson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, who took 10th place at State last spring, won the shot put competition at UWS Thursday with a 45-foot, 11-inch toss. Journal File Art

Taking a few minutes away from his warm-up jog at Monday’s Cloquet track and field practice, Isaac Boedigheimer said last year’s Section 7AA meet at Zimmerman was an unforgettable ...

At  age 16 and in her fourth year on the varsity, Cloquet sophomore and distance runner Anja Maijala (front, in a photo from last year's track season)  is one of the elders on the girls track team. Journal File Art

Carrying two backpacks, a couple pairs of shoes and a change of clothes all at once, Anja Maijala hustled her way from the classroom to Cloquet track and field ...