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Cloquet-Esko-Carlton player Logan Dushkin tries to poke the puck away from alumnus Westin Michaud, a senior at Colorado College, during the annual alumni versus high school games Dec. 24. Pine Journal file
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Keone Anderson runs the anchor leg during the 4x800 relay at the Polar Vortex meet. (Dave Harwig/Pine Journal)
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Terry Heggemeier uses electronic pruning shears to trim grapevines in his vineyard in Blackhoof Township. (Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal)
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This vape shop in Cloquet would be affected if the county passes a new "Tobacco 21" ordinance in Carlton County. The legal age to purchase is currently 18. Jamie Lund / Pine Journal
County attorney to draft vaping ordinance
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Wrenshall's Eli Krisak makes a tackle on Carlton's Kaleb Siiter during a 9-man football game in September at Jim Erickson Field. Pine Journal file
Carlton, Wrenshall football co-op advances
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Cromwell-Wright’s Taya Hakamaki (1) does a reverse layup in the Cardinals' game against Deer River in the Section 7A tournament March 5. (Pine Journal file)
Hakamaki commits to UMD
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Investigation exonerates 2 Cloquet employees
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'Marco Polo' show Friday benefits Encore Center expansion
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From left: Oak Ridge Boys members Joe Bonsall, tenor; Duane Allen, lead vocals; William Lee Golden, baritone; and Richard Sterban, bass. Photo courtesy of Jon Mir
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Cromwell-Wright sixth-grader Tucker Korpi draws his bow during an archery tournament Saturday, March 23, in Cromwell. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

The gym at Cromwell-Wright High School was eerily quiet Saturday, March 23, despite the dozens of kids roaming around and even more parents and spectators watching.

The National Archery in ...

Kierra DeFoe, Lindsey Dunaiski, Daisha Bosto, School Resource Officer Erik Blesener, Marlee Castellano and Mercedes Bednarek pause for a photograph after lunch, Tuesday, Feb. 19. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

"Hey, Officer Blesener, how are you?" one student asks as she walks by. Blesener fist-bumps with another student as he continues his walk through the halls.

School Resource Officer Erik ...

Norman Granholm's photo from the 1957-58 school year. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune)

It all started a couple of months ago when my editor texted me and asked if I was interested in doing a story about history.

My immediate response was an ...

Ellie Regas, 14, of Carlton completes her riding performance course on a closed track near the Wood City Riders grooming barn. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

The snow dropped on the region in the past few weeks was a welcome change for the Wood City Riders, a Cloquet-based snowmobile club.

The snow also meant the club ...

Forest Lake peewee coaches question referee Kevin Kangas about a call made. Most of the time, the coaches are respectful of the referees' explanations, but once in a while, a coach will yell at a referee and get kicked out of the game. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal


Hockey isn't just a game — it's a way of life for some.

"When hockey is over, the passion doesn't just leave you," Jestina Vichorek said.

The 28-year-old has ...

AJ House (right) and Shannon Taylor of Cromwell-Wright High School were tasked with making a concrete boat in an engineering and design class. Andee Erickson / Pine Journal

Two groups of students in a Cromwell-Wright High School engineering and design class each had to build a boat that floats while holding two students.

The twist? The primary material ...

Gavin LeBlanc (right) polkas with Shirley Tremblay at the Cloquet VFW dance Dec. 15. LeBlanc, who celebrated his 18th birthday there, credits his grandfather with instilling a love for polka in him. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

Going dancing for an 18th birthday celebration isn't unusual.

An 18-year-old celebrating at the Cloquet VFW's weekly polka dance, however, is another matter, but Silver Bay's Gavin LeBlanc isn't an ...

The Carlton County Transfer stations recycles unwanted electronics for $9 per item. Andee Erickson / Pine Journal

Jeff Bergeron, who has worked at the Carlton Recycling Shed for three years, shared some of the most common recycling "don'ts" he sees residents mistake for "dos."

Plastic flower pots, ...

Deborah Spears stands near her Cloquet home, where she hopes to construct a Pay It Forward Pantry. Residents experiencing hunger can access food from the pantry without leaving their neighborhood. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

A Cloquet woman is hoping to jumpstart an innovative — and lower profile — way to address hunger in the community.

Deborah Spears wants to construct Pay It Forward Pantries ...

Tony Jurek was a prisoner of war from 1950-1953 in Korea. The then-18-year-old spent 33 months as a POW before being released when the war was over. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

A small round table covered with a white tablecloth and a place setting for one sits quietly in a corner by itself at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979. The table ...

Some might find it hard to believe that the tiny town of Automba was once a lumber boomtown with a railyard a half-mile long and quarter-mile deep, and three ...

A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo

Editor's note: This is the George Milczark 1918 fires story, as related by Frank Milczark on Oct. 6, 1970. The story was first published in the Moose Lake Star Gazette ...

Cloquet may have suffered the greatest financial losses in the Fires of 1918, but Moose Lake and the surrounding small towns in southern Carlton County paid a much dearer cost ...

Survivors of the 1918 fires dig a mass grave for fire victims in and around the Moose Lake area. Although the photo says 450 victims, not everyone was buried in the mass grave and some remains were likely never found as the fire burned so hot. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society

Editor's note: Twenty-year-old Tony Hanson sent a letter to his sister Alice after the fire, telling how he and the rest of the family survived the fire that destroyed Moose ...

Many Thomson Township residents escaped the fire via a DW&P train from the Harney depot, pictured here. Jennie Kinnunen Sota (1897-1981) remembered the train blew its whistle continually throughout its rescue attempt, hoping to guide people in the darkness. Contributed photo

A new book on the 1918 fire in Thomson Township was sparked by a mystery, according to resident, writer and former teacher Phil Johnson.

"We wanted to get a better ...