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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Primaries, car shows, parades and more

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The chrome front bumper of 1957 Ford creates reflections reminiscent of a fun house mirror during the Gordy’s Hi Hat Curbside Classic Car Show on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Cloquet.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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CLOQUET — Primary Election Day has come and gone and we've got lots of results for you, including from Minnesota Senate District 11, the 8th Congressional District and the governor's race .

That's just the tip of the iceberg — here are the rest of this week's headlines:

Nostalgia galore

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Terry Irvin of Duluth watches as John Marsaa of Duluth checks fluids under the hood of his 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 during the Gordy’s Hi Hat Curbside Classic Car Show on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Cloquet.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

More than 150 vehicles were on display at the annual Curbside Classic Car Show at Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Jake Przytarski caught up with John Kuikka of Wrenshall, whose 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible won the "Gordy's Choice Award" in honor of the restaurant's late founder.

Kuikka originally purchased the vehicle in Texas back in 1986, and spent the next two years acquiring the parts and rebuilding it using his extensive knowledge of cars.


“I did the whole car myself—body, paint, interior. I’ve done car work all my life, so it’s been a hobby," he said.

Eskomos reunite

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A float commemorating 100 years of Esko Schools sits at rest on East Highway 61 during the Esko Fun Days parade on Saturday.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

People came from near and far during Esko Fun Days to celebrate 100 years of Esko graduates at the all-class reunion.

Organizer Gretchen Maslowski spoke about how many people have deep roots in the community. She said a classmate has a granddaughter starting school at Esko this fall who will be the fifth generation in the family to attend.

"That is amazing to me that there are so many generations right here in town," she said.

Be sure to check out the video included with the story, as well!

Headed West

Reese Sheldon (1) of Cloquet pushes off Austin Mooers (7) of Proctor while running with the ball during game action at Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Proctor.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Cloquet's Reese Sheldon verbally committed to play football for the North Dakota State University Bison on Thursday, Aug. 4

The senior, who plays quarterback and linebacker for the Lumberjacks, fielded offers from Division II Augustana and Minnesota Duluth before ultimately landing on NDSU.

"That’s been a goal my whole life, my whole life I’ve wanted to play Division I football," Sheldon said. "My family and everybody else around me has kind of helped me along the way. It’s a cool thing to think about.”


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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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