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Members of a Restorative Justice Circle start by passing around a speaking stone and just talking about their week. Volunteer Patsy Bergh, from left, holds the stone and everyone’s attention, including RJ Coordinator Paul Mickelson and fellow volunteers Cherie and John Sibik, who were part of the first RJ Circle as victims of a burglary and continue to volunteer their time because they like the program so much. Jana Peterson/
Restorative Justice takes a different path to hold young offenders responsible
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Inside Pine Journal

The Moose Lake Area boys hockey program has come a long way in two short years.

Esko and Hermantown boys basketball coaches pose for a picture before Thursday's Coaches vs Cancer game. The basketball doubleheader including games between Esko and Hermantown girls teams raised $1,200 for cancer research. Dave Harwig/

ESKO—In his 17 seasons at Esko, Mike Devney has coached plenty of important boys basketball games, but perhaps last Thursday was one of his most meaningful games yet.


the Cardinals’ girls basketball team topped Polar League neighbor Barnum 64-46 in their home opener Monday night.

Cloquet alumnus Dillon Johnson passes to a Thunder teammate during Tuesday night’s game against the Leech Lake Tribal College Lakers. Johnson scored 12 points in the Thunder’s 88-75 loss. Jamie Lund/

A positive coach, Laura Sylvester usually speaks of her Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College women’s basketball team wearing a smile. And after winning on Tuesday, it couldn’t have ...

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team tied and lost its two games last week to move to 1-8-2 on the season.

Over the past week, the Minnesota Wilderness made two donations to great charities.

Eskomos (from left) Karlie Kulas (3), Jamie Hanson, Kailee Kiminski and Kailee Katt erupt in cheers after then-senior guard Erika Shady makes the go-ahead three-point shot in the Minnesota Class AA high school girls basketball quarterfinals this past March in Minneapolis. Seniors Bailey Mudek, Ashley Bergerson and Kailee Kiminski all return from the team that placed third at state last season. File Art

The Broncos came through with a barging second-half comeback over the Eskomos, as the visitors vaulted on a 15-4 run never to look back in their 50-48 win Monday at ...

Cloquet's Mataya Warbalow grabs a rebound between Proctor's Kelly Kruger and Lexie DeWall during the Lake Superior Conference jamboree at Duluth Denfeld. Dave Harwig/

Coach Jeff Ojanen, now in his seventh year coaching at Cloquet, leads his Lumberjacks into the girls basketball season with barely enough experience to field five spots on his lineup. ...

CEC's Derek Bloom (2) and Hermantown's Tanner Kimball battle for a loose puck during Tuesday night's high school hockey game. Dave Harwig/

The Hawks crushed the ’Jacks with long-range shooting and a better work ethic, finding the range four times in the second period and forcing running time 16 seconds into the ...

Wilderness forward Niklas Lehtimaki scores against the Austin Bruins in the second period of Friday night’s home game. Jamie Lund/

The Minnesota Wilderness has come through a difficult portion of its schedule playing well — and facing down adversity in the process.

A total of 14 Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder football players earned Minnesota College Athletic Conference All-Division honors for the 2014 season.

The Thunder ...

Former Cloquet High School student Westin Michaud has committed to playing NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College in the 2015-16 season.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe boys basketball teammates Lester Williamson (left), Jordan Diver and Antonio Flores celebrate ecstatically as the Ogichiaa won the Section 7A championship over South Ridge last March. All three players, amongst others, return for fast-paced FDL this winter, as the small tribal school hopes to return to the Class A state tournament. File art

It was the state’s highest-scoring team that couldn’t put the ball in the basket during the Ogichidaa’s 70-60 defeat to Nevis last Friday.

Esko boys basketball Coach Mike Devney signs an autograph for a young fan at Esko High School last March, in celebration of the Eskomos' Class AA state championship win over Annandale. Devney, in his 16th season, returns again for his Eskomos team determined to leave their own legacy this winter. File art

After graduating three 1,000-plus-point scorers from their school’s only state championship boys basketball team last season, one might presume Esko is rebuilding.

The following students were named to the 2014 7AAA All-Section football team:

Esko — Seniors Fauston Wirtz, Matt Bolgren, Daran Tan and Ryan Bodie, and juniors Jaxson Turner ...

Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season.

Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and ...

The Wilderness return home after playing the last eight of nine games on the road to host the first place Central Division Austin Bruins for two games this Friday and ...

Five local swimmers took part in last week's Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the University of MInnesota — the first time Cloquet-Esko-Carlton had been represented in the event ...

The following students were named to the 2014 7AAAA All Section football team:

First Team

Cloquet — Seniors Nate Weets, Kyle Klatt, Nick Niemi, Brady Obeidzinski, Jeroam ...

Anyone who knows Tom Lenarz understands his most-treasured college football team is Texas A&M, but in the pros, he’s a fan of his home-state Minnesota Vikings.

And as ...

Esko junior Turner Gregg tackles New London-Spicer's Wyatt White during Saturday's Class AAA state football quarterfinal in St. Cloud. The Eskomos lost 52-27. Dave Harwig/

Wildcats offensive coordinator Chad Gustafson watched his offense overwhelm the Eskomos for 637 total yards en route to a 52-27 victory in a Class AAA state quarterfinal during a partly ...

Conditions didn’t help the Cardinals, as they turned the ball over five times in a 16-8 Minnesota Nine-Man football quarterfinal loss to Kittson County Central last Friday night in Bemidji.

Carlton libero Delila Orlowski runs down a ball for a dig during Thursday's Class A state quarterfinal match against Mayer Lutheran. Dave Harwig/

Despite a gaudy 27-7 season record, a state tournament win for the Bulldogs was the squad’s ultimate goal.

The Lake Superior Conference announces the following Cloquet athletes have been named to the 2014 Football All Conference Team:

First Team – Seniors Kyle Klatt, Nick Niemi, Nate ...

Jaxon Turner keeps ahead of the crowd as he races down field towards the goal line in the first minutes of the Section 7AAA championship game against Two Harbors at UMD Thursday night. Jamie Lund/

Esko downed the Two Harbors Agates last Thursday night in the Section 7AAA final. The Eskomos play No. 3 New London-Spicer (9-1) in a Class AAA state quarterfinal at noon ...

Moose Lake/Willow River football team with the Section 7AA championship trophy.  Dave Harwig/Find more photos at WWW.VIEWTHROUGHMYLENS.NET

Fifth-ranked Moose Lake-Willow River (9-1) rolls on to play Holdingford (8-3) in a Class AA state quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Brainerd High School. Read all about their 7AA ...

Due to the snowstorm, the Carlton County Historical Society will reschedule its program about the Swinging Bridge planned for Veteran’s Day to Tuesday, November 18 at 1:00 pm at its museum at 406 ...

The 17th annual trick-or-treating event at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet saw a steady stream of little princesses, ladybugs and many more fun costumed children to the delight of ...

To the Editor:

Winning isn't everything as demonstrated by Tierney Winter from WEM-JWP and Kailee Kiminski from Esko at the state cross country meet. It was the most touching good ...

Esko’s Kailee Kiminski runs ahead of the crowd at the Norwood cross country meet earlier this year. Jed Carlson/

Cross country runner Kailee Kiminski has a strong kick to her race’s finish, but in her last season of high school running, perhaps the Esko senior’s determination is even stronger.

The Lake Superior Conference announces the following athletes have been named to their respective 2014 All Conference Teams:


First Team — Sophomore Isaac Boedigheimer ...

For the second time in five years, the Cloquet volleyball team has won the Lake Superior Conference championship.

Eighth-grader Makayla Suominen continues to impress in the swimming pool, setting a pool record in a Tuesday meet at Two Harbors.

Moose Lake-Willow River sophomore Bryceton Butkiewicz gets a block from teammate Sam Coil to help get past Tanner Aho of Two Harbors during Thursday's 20-14 Rebel victory. Dave Harwig/

Brad Fossum got in the way of Two Harbors' Hail Mary heave, and his midfield interception secured Moose Lake-Willow River's 20-14 victory over the Agates in a Great Polar White ...

Cloquet speedsters Isaac Boedigheimer and Anja Maijala again were victorious last Thursday, as the pair of CHS sophomores secured Lake Superior Conference individual titles at Chequamegon Bay Golf Club in ...

Lumberjacks eighth-grader Kendra Kelley scores the winning goal against Two Harbors last Thursday in overtime, much to the dismay of Agates goaltender Samantha Dewey, who made a valiant attempt to stop Kelley's shot on net. Jamie Lund/

Rachel Morrison, a Cloquet senior, scored her first- and last-ever career goal in Cloquet-Carlton's 4-1 defeat at host Zimmerman in a Section 7A girls soccer quarterfinal affair last weekend.

Cloquet-Carlton’s Mikayla Baker (right) races to head off Esko's Karlie Kulas. Sunset, rainbow and fog created a pink light as the Cloquet girls soccer team met up against Esko Thursday evening after a day of clouds and rain. Jamie Lund/

The Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team took down its county rival Esko for the second time this season last Thursday, extending their current win streak to five consecutive games heading ...

Jessica Stanslaski (No. 13) of Carlton blocks the ball during Tuesday's game against Esko at the Carlton gym. Carlton defeated Esko 3-1. Clint Austin/Forum News Service

CARLTON—Although Barb Soukkala said her Carlton volleyball team doesn’t run set plays, it was only fitting the Bulldogs buried their last kill off the hands of Jess Stanslaski.


Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis will talk about Minnesota ghosts and the unexplained at Cloquet Public Library on Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to all ...