Construction is underway on a $5 million-plus project for RAM Mutual Insurance Company that will nearly double the company's work space. It's a move that, in president Steve Knutson's tongue-in-cheek phrase, means "some of the employees won't have to take Vitamin D anymore to see the sunlight."
“Carlton County’s a fantastic place,” she said. “With a great highway system — I-35 and Highways 61, 33 and 210 — and six railroads, excellent schools and close proximity to the Duluth-Superior port and airport, it’s poised for growth.” The Esko business park was built via a $1.75 million bond issue ($250,000 of which was used for township sewer improvements), a $200,000 economic development grant from Carlton County (to acquire property adjoining township land) and a $350,000 state bonding appropriation engineered by Rep. Mary Murphy.
The alliance raises funds to support all Esko youth and high school sports. In the past year, it sponsored the Bob Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament, the Section 7 cross country meet, the Jack Johnson Coaches Classic basketball tournament and the recent Esko Showcase track and field invitational.
Cadreau, incidentally, is believed to be the only person born in Carlton County to reach the major leagues. In his one game for the White Sox — the last game of the 1910 season — he shut out the Detroit Tigers for five innings before being taken out in the sixth after allowing two runs. The Tigers won 2-1 and Chouneau, as he was known, was charged with the loss.