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UPDATE: Bomb threat discovered at Esko School


The search of the Esko School following a Tuesday afternoon bomb threat has been completed. No explosive devices or suspicious items were located.  The school property has been released to school officials. School will resume as normal tomorrow. 

The incident is still under investigation. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 12:25 p.m., a written bomb threat was found in the Esko School.  All students K-12 were immediately evacuated to St. Matthews Church. The outdoor temperature at the time was only 12 degrees. All students were declared safe and accounted for, according to Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake.

Law enforcement from Thomson Township, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Cloquet Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the FBI, along with the Esko Fire Department, responded to this incident.  Bomb detection dogs are being utilized in the investigation. 

"The safety of the students and staff are of highest priority," said Lake. "We will get to the bottom of this and find whoever made the threat. This is a very serious crime."

Investigators are looking for the person or persons responsible for this threat.  Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

The Thomson Twp Police Department wishes to thank the parents of the students for patience and cooperation during a stressful incident.