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Sobczak traveled to Cádiz, Spain this summer to live with a family and give English lessons to Nacho (10) and Miguel (11). He lived with them, ate meals with them, and celebrated holidays with them for a month, all in exchange for English lessons with the boys.
OUR NEIGHBORS: Opportunity awaits for this willing, young man
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The Cloquet football team practices a variety of drills early Wednesday morning. “Keep your feet moving,” the coaches kept repeating for this drill, where one unfortunate player had to try to move imposing freshman Jerome Henagin. Jamie Lund/
Lumberjacks, Eskomos kick off the fall
5 hours 22 min ago
An aerial photo of the Cloquet Business Park along Highway 33 north of town shows the business park after the construction of the Cloquet Home Center and before the construction of the Daqota Systems building. Contributed Photo
Outlook is optimistic for economic development in Carlton County
5 hours 24 min ago
Matt Anderson, Brady Hall and Caden Lindvall present their design ideas for the proposed Cloquet skatepark, which would be located in the southwest corner of Athletic Park. Jana Peterson/
Skateboarders brainstorm on park design options
August 28, 2016 - 8:19am
Carlton County’s Joseph Kotiranta gets the crowd involved as he sings “Mack the Knife,” originally recorded by Bobby Darin in 1959. Kotiranta is one of the three acts that will represent Carlton County at the Minnesota State Fair talent show. Jamie Lund/
County fair puts homegrown talent on display
August 27, 2016 - 11:44am
After sluggish start, Esko Industrial Park growing
August 20, 2016 - 9:44am
Jay Cooke State Park announces 125th anniversary celebration
August 26, 2016 - 3:30pm
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Fond du Lac Basketball league brings the community together
August 22, 2016 - 7:41am
Wood City ROCKS
August 21, 2016 - 9:46am
The project at Fauley Park is coming along. The sidewalks have been poured and the picnic table has been used several times in the last few weeks since the work began. Jamie Lund/
CLOQUET CITY COUNCIL: Council debates how and where to spend on parks
August 20, 2016 - 12:35pm
Candidates file for local city, school board and township offices
August 20, 2016 - 8:29am
Cloquet grad to discuss latest murder mystery book
August 19, 2016 - 1:31pm
Family, food and fun begins at the Carlton County Fair
August 19, 2016 - 1:22pm
Gordy Lundquist of The Warming House greets Verna Dzick and her staff person Jason Peterson. Lundquist makes a point to stand at the ramp and greet each of the senior citizens as they roll up to get their ice cream at the annual wheelchair stroll. Jamie Lund/
Sunnyside residents take annual trek for treat
August 19, 2016 - 1:27pm
CLOQUET SCHOOL BOARD: New middle school is on track
August 19, 2016 - 12:37pm

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Esko’s Justin Ketola will go from playing goalie for the Junior Islanders to the American International College this year. Contributed Photo

"Justin was one of the few goaltenders in all of junior hockey over the last two years that you count on to steal a game," Islanders coach Dan ...

Caroline's Carts are special shopping carts for children and adults with disabilities who have outgrown a regular shopping cart.

“Baseball has been in my family my whole life, so it’s a dream to play in college,” Emanuel said. “But we have some unfinished business here. We want to go ...

Corrina Alexy and Christian Skutevik proudly hold the trophy they won at the Business Professionals of America state competition. Jamie Lund/

The duo had to find companies to sponsor the team, design a logo, look at the customers and their needs, decide pricing strategies and more.
The biggest surprise for ...

The fungus grows on the faces and wings of hibernating bats, repeatedly rousing them from hibernation and causing them to burn through their fat stores. Dehydrated and without food, the ...

Corinne Scott (right) with her National Diabetes Prevention Program classmates, including Georgette Sarkela (left) and Roberta Mudek (center). All three completed NDPP and lost a combined total of more than 100 pounds. Healthy Northland photo.

One in three Americans has prediabetes, and 90 percent of them don’t know it. To raise awareness of prediabetes and offer those diagnosed a proven path to better health, ...

A bat at the Lake Vermilion/Soudan Underground Mine State Park shows the telltale fuzzy white growth of fungus observed on bats infected with white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats. Officials confirmed that several hundred bats at the park have died since January of WNS. Contributed Photo

Although the disease is transmitted primarily from bat to bat, people can inadvertently carry fungal spores to other caves on clothing and caving gear.

South Ridge senior Jake Carlson dunks over Floodwood senior Tanner Heggedahl while winning the dunk contest as part of Monday's Polar League All-Star game in Esko. Dave Harwig/

The 6-foot-3 Carlson crammed in a thunderous jam — soaring over Floodwood’s 5-foot-7 Tanner Heggedahl — to win the boys’ dunk competition as a portion of the Polar League All-Star ...

Wrenshall senior Delaney Kittel scores a layup during Monday's Polar League All-Star game in Esko. Dave Harwig/

Although the 5-foot-11 righty connected often in the contest, her team — which also included the Cardinals’ Teana Hakamaki and Chelsea Swatek — couldn’t keep pace, as the Polar League ...

The United Way of Carlton County will hold its annual Hot Dish Cook-off from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Northeastern Saloon on Dunlap Island in west end ...

The Esko Subzero Robotics team is hosting a Chili Feed fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Esko cafeteria to help raise money for their trip to ...

Problems with 911 service are affecting parts of Carlton County this evening.

"Phones within Carlton County exchanges of 485, 389, and 384 near the Moose Lake, Barnum, Blackhoof and Mahtowa ...

Have you ever wanted to own a Sami purse or pouch? You can learn to make your own at the "Traditional Sami Purse/Pouch Workshop" from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, ...

It wasn’t the language or the culture of the Scandinavian country that Cloquet’s Aidan Ripp found most surprising as he competed in the Nordic Combined event at the FIS ...

To the Editor:

The Cloquet Educational Foundation extends a huge thank you to the 425 diners who attended the 15th Annual Blue Jean Ball Saturday, Feb. 6, and ...

Cloquet Middle School students who competed in the MATHCOUNTS Arrowhead Chapter Competition at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Feb. 9 include (back row, from left) Abby Smith, Cade Anderson, Josh Sanders, Nate Bong, Dom Jones, Lexi Norrgard and Coach Arne Maijala, and (front) Brylee Kiminski and Lucy Sinkkonen. Contributed Photo

Cloquet Middle School students brought home a lot of hardware from their recent MATHCOUNTS competition, according to their proud coach, Arne Maijala.

Maijala, a 20-year math teacher, teaches ...

Pine Journal sports writer and columnist Tyler Korby drops the ceremonial puck at Friday’s Minnesota Wilderness game against the Coulée Region Chill. The Pine Journal sponsored the game and Korby was celebrating the newspaper’s first-place win in sports reporting in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.” Jana Peterson/

As an aspiring 5-year-old Mite player growing up in Minnesota in the early 1990s, I once had a hockey career.

Yet after countless crying fits as I ...

Pine Journal sports writer and columnist Tyler Korby drops the ceremonial puck at Friday’s Minnesota Wilderness game against the Coulée Region Chill. The Pine Journal sponsored the game and Korby was celebrating the newspaper’s first-place win in sports reporting in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.” Jana Peterson/

As an aspiring 5-year-old Mite player growing up in Minnesota in the early 1990s, I once had a hockey career.

Yet after countless crying fits as I ...

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Thomas Heren makes his second run at Giants Ridge at the state alpine meet on Wednesday. Steve Kuchera/Duluth News Tribune

Esko freshman Thomas Heren earned all-state recognition with a 12th-place finish in the Minnesota State Alpine Ski Meet held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Giants Ridge.

Heren turned in ...

Heavy coverage under the net doesn't deter Barnum’s Emily Miletich (25) from going in for a shot. Dan Saletel/

And although smiling and joyful afterward Monday, Miletich (who admittedly enjoys scoring) said there are more meaningful things that the humble kid cares about. Like her teammates.

According to the criminal complaint filed in District Court, Thompson admitted to starting the fire in two separate interviews — once with a deputy and once with an investigator.

In her eight years organizing the Geo Bee, CMS’ Deb Peterson said she’s never seen a student run the table like Line. She first met Line in fifth grade, and ...

Roger Tillman stands next to the 22 ½ foot snowman he built in the pasture near his home, which is located one mile south of Kettle River on Highway 73. Tillman said folks are welcome to come and take a photo with his giant snowman, which stands 22 1/2 feet tall. Photos contributed by Roger Tillman, , ,

“You’ll be surprised at what an old man can build on his days off,” said Roger Tillman with a chuckle, adding that he got help building his giant snowman from ...

Judge Leslie Beiers talks with the first Carlton County Drug Court graduate in a ceremony Jan. 6. “It’s an honor for me as a judge and a person to watch these people who are participants in our court enter into long-term recovery,” Beiers said. It’s really neat to watch these people repair their relationships, get their children back, go back to school, regain their driver’s licenses and get jobs. … We’re having pretty darn good success. I just wish we could take more people.” Contributed Photo

On Jan. 6, Joe became the first Carlton County Drug Court graduate in a celebration that had people laughing and crying in the fourth floor courtroom. It was the first ...

Free dental care will be available to kids who need it during the weekend of Feb. 5-6, according to a news release from the Minnesota Dental Association.

Dentists ...

A group of Carlton County residents is looking into creating a history museum for the Carlton County Fair.

The group is in search of any sort of memories ...

Barnum's Mason Agurkis scores 2 of his 10 points in the Bombers 45-36 win in Esko on Friday night.  Teammates Chris Carlson and Drake Weets also scored 10 points each for Barnum. Photo by Dave Harwig/Find more at

One can commend Barnum senior Mason Agurkis for trying to win the opening tip-off against boys basketball’s towering Adam Trapp last week against arch-rival Esko.

After all, the ...

Natalee (from left), Shaily, Teana, Andrea, Taya and Amanda Hakamaki all play girls basketball for Cromwell-Wright. The three sets of sisters, all cousins, live within 40 acres of each other and have honed their skills at Taya and Teana's homemade, heated and painted indoor basketball court. Tyler Korby/

A former Cloquet basketball player myself, I decided to lace up my black Nike high-tops and play a couple games of lightning with the six. Needless to say, I didn’t ...

. Our health care program is really second-to-none in Indian Country across the United States. And that's evident in both what we do in Fond du Lac but also in ...