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Dale Lennartson was awarded the Carlton County EMS Lifetime Achievement to celebrate his 36 years of dedication to the Esko Fire Department. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
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Inside Pine Journal

These hats are by Wear Knit in Cloquet specifically for the Super Bowl. Contributed photo

Cloquet's connection to the Super Bowl LII comes through a quiet little business located behind the Washington Car Wash.

Wear-a-Knit has been supplying local high school and youth sports teams ...

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.

Barnum's Emily Miletich makes a layup during the Bombers' game with Mesabi East in the Esko Coaches Classic.  Miletich scored her 2000th career point in Barnum's tournament opener against Heritage Christian Academy on Thursday, Jan. 18. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

With well over 2,000 points produced in her decorated girls basketball career at Barnum, Emily Miletich will soon be crowned the small school program's all-time leading scorer.
Yet it ...

A group of golden retrievers frolic happily at Jean Duluth Dog Park last month. Many pet owners coordinate play dates on dog park Facebook pages in advance.  Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Cloquet resident Cory Martinson presented the Cloquet City Council in November with 330 signatures on a petition for support of building a dog park in the city.

Martinson presented his ...



Kids, grandparents and everyone in between enjoyed tapping along to Esko's Jazz I and Jazz II bands Friday, Dec. 8. Concert, big band ...

A Wild Turkey searches for and feeds on seeds under the snow. Larry Weber photos

Like many others who spend the entire cold season in the Northland, I put out food for birds. Unlike some of the local avian feeders, I do not keep the ...

Jim Northrup III poles through a wild rice bed on the Fond du Lac Reservation in this 2013 photo. Ivy Vainio/Special to the Pine Journal

Soudan resident Bob Tammen says he canoed in the St. Louis River south of Aurora and saw wild rice growing, but when he went downstream, the iron levels increased in ...

Bo Setterquist stands in a Nordstrom store he managed before he had to resign after being diagnosed with ALS. Special to the Pine Journal

Life doesn't always go as planned. Bardon "Bo" Setterquist can attest to that.

Setterquist, 57, lived the good life. He loved his job at Nordstrom, playing basketball and walking his ...

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/

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 ...

Mark Behrends (left) goes over plans with workers from Fond du Lac Forestry who were hired to do select clearing on 11 acres of Behrends' aspen forest. Behrends was named SWCD's 2017 "Outstanding Forest Conservationist." Special to the Pine Journal

Part II

Last week, the Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) introduced three of your Carlton County neighbors who were presented SWCD 2017 Conservation Awards. In this ...

Crew members of Superior Construction work on installation of wood structures in the new stream channel. Carlton SWCD honored Superior Construction with the Contractor Conservationist Award for stream restoration projects on the Stone's Elim Creek property as well as a similar project on a Deer Creek tributary. Special to the Pine Journal


We've all heard that you may not be able to change the whole world, but you can change your little part of it. Desmond Tutu, South African ...

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 ...

Ram Insurance President Steve Knutson stands in front of a sign showing how the new insurance building (being constructed behind him) will look when it's finished. Davis Helberg/Special to the Pine Journal

By early next year, Esko's largest private employer will have a new home and, finally, some elbow room.

Construction is underway on a $5 million-plus project for RAM Mutual Insurance ...