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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Lands reclaimed, Cloquet's new massage option, Esko football preview and more

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Sacred land on Wisconsin Point was signed back over to the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe during a ceremony Thursday
Sacred land on Wisconsin Point was signed back over to the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa during a ceremony on Thursday morning, Aug. 18, at Black Bear Casino in Carlton.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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CLOQUET — The Carlton County Fair was held over the weekend, and we've got a bunch of great photos for you to check out .

As someone who showed pigs at the fair as a kid, I have to say the photos of children with their animals bring back memories. Although, I can't remember a time when one of the pigs nuzzled my chin like Jerick Laveau's calf did on Aug. 18 . What a sweet moment! That's one of my favorite photos of the bunch.

One programming note: We won't have a newsletter next week because I will be on vacation. We'll pick things up again Sept. 8. Be sure to visit pinejournal.com in the meantime to keep tabs on the latest Carlton County news.

Here are this week's headlines:

Sacred lands reclaimed

Superior Mayor Jim Paine, right, hands the signed land deed to the sacred site on Wisconsin Point over to Kevin Dupuis, Chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, during the Reclamation Ceremony
Superior Mayor Jim Paine, right, hands the signed land deed to the sacred site on Wisconsin Point over to Kevin Dupuis, chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, during the Reclamation Ceremony on Thursday morning, Aug. 18, at Black Bear Casino in Carlton.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa celebrated the return of sacred burial grounds on Wisconsin Point and at St. Francis Cemetery in Superior on Aug. 18.

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Bob Miller, a descendant of Chief Joseph Osaugie, spoke of hearing "amazing stories" from his grandmother and uncle about growing up on Wisconsin Point.

“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for this moment,” Miller said. “I wish my grandmother was here. She told me that if we ever got part of the point back, she would be the first one to move out there, to go back out where she used to live as a child.”

Targeting relaxation

Lacuna massage
Owner Kimberly Christine poses under the canopy in the newly-open Lacuna Massage in Cloquet on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Dylan Sherman / Cloquet Pine Journal

Cloquet has a new massage therapy business. Lacuna Massage offers Ayurveda, Swedish and therapeutic massage by appointment at 1111 Cloquet Ave., Suite 1.

Kimberly Christine opened the business in July, decorating the space in a beachy theme.

"Everyone loves the beach, everyone loves to escape to the beach," she said. "That is why I chose this concept."

Well rounded

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Esko junior Makoi Perich, left, and senior Nolan Witt. Both are two-way starters hoping their team will see the inside of U.S. Bank Stadium come November. Last season, Perich rushed for 644 yards, while Witt rushed for 903 yards.
Amy Arntson / For the Pine Journal

After going 11-1 in 2021, the Esko Eskomos return most of the team that lost to the eventual state Class AAA champion Dassel-Cokato last season.

“We’re fast, we’re explosive and we’re strong,” said Makoi Perich, pictured above at left. “We’ve got a little bit of everything.”

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Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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