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 By Rebekah King    News    November 25, 2022 

Candidates for open board seat interviewed

The Thomson Township board of supervisors interviewed finalists for its vacant board seat on Nov. 17, after nearly three months without a full board. The three candidates, Eric Rish, Gary Bonneville, and David Sunnarborg, were asked a series of...

 By Rebekah King    News    November 25, 2022 

Coach carousel discussed

The Esko school board approved all winter sports team coaches and their stipends at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, but not without discussion from the board about the direction the coaching staff has taken over the last few years. With more parent...


Incumbents win handily in Esko area

There will be no new faces on the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors following the 2022 midterm election, as all three incumbent candidates were re-elected to their spots on the board. The board’s current chairperson, Ruth Janke, defeated... Full story


Thomson Township: Candidate interviews set, selection process questioned

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors announced plans to finally interview finalists for its vacant board seat, as the process for selecting those three final candidates is under scrutiny by the state of Minnesota. The board will select one...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 28, 2022

Board OKs new policing contract language

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors approved terms of a new law enforcement contract with the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, extending services provided to the township for another three years. The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office assigns...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 21, 2022

Esko candidate forum has passion, pride from candidates

The seven candidates running to fill three open Esko school board seats in the Nov. 8 midterm election spoke directly to community members at a candidate forum event earlier this month. The Oct. 11 event was hosted and moderated by Esko’s Parents i... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    October 14, 2022

Plans for new Esko fitness center unveiled

The Esko school district is planning a few projects that will give students and the greater community an opportunity to stay active year-round. The Esko school board has been working on plans for a... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    October 14, 2022

Township seeks to avoid future sewer emergencies

The Thomson Township board of supervisors is continuing to seek improvements for the township’s sewer system in order to prevent future emergency repairs, like the one in late July 2022 on Highway 61 in front of the Esko school. At their meeting... Full story


Esko board approves maximum levy

Esko board approves maximum levy The Esko school board held a special meeting Monday, Sept. 26 to approve the proposed levy payable in 2023. The board was not able to vote on the levy at its normal meeting on the second Monday of the month because...


Thomson Township: Needed sewer rate increases explained

Thomson Township officials hosted a sewer rates presentation Thursday, Sept. 8, to allow the township engineer Joe Jurewicz to explain why he is recommending an increase in rates for upcoming years. When Jurewicz and the Thomson Township board of sup...


Esko teachers, students embrace return to 'normal'

At their first meeting of the new school year, the Esko school board heard good news from district administrators. Principals Greg Hexum and Brian Harker told the board Monday, Sept. 12 that there is excitement in the building like never before. With...

 By Rebekah King    News    August 26, 2022

Thomson Township supervisor applications due Sept. 1

Thomson township supervisor, Jason Paulson, gave some final statements to the board and the community at the Thomson board meeting Thursday, Aug. 18. Paulson had announced his resignation from the board, and his position on the Cloquet Area Fire...

 By Rebekah King    News    August 19, 2022

Esko board plans new fitness center

A quiet summer for the Esko Public Schools has allowed administrators and school board members to move forward with plans for a few school improvement projects that will begin construction during the...

 By Rebekah King    News    August 12, 2022

Paulson too busy, resigns from board

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is looking for a township resident to fill a vacancy on the board following the resignation of one of its most active members. Jason Paulson announced his...

 By Rebekah King    News    July 15, 2022

Cloquet offers broadband partnership

Broadband availability is a hot topic once again in Thomson township, with the Cloquet broadband committee seeking to include an underserved area of the township in their proposal to provide better broadband options to more households in Carlton...

 By Rebekah King    News    July 15, 2022

School forest plans grow

The Esko school district’s plans to create a school forest for students has blossomed into a bigger project that the whole Esko community can become involved in. Steve Krueger, a teacher at Esko,...

 By Rebekah King    News    June 24, 2022

Supporters push for upgrade to Esko basketball courts

Dreams of new outdoor basketball courts in Esko could soon become a reality. According to Matt Berger, a former basketball coach, player and trainer, the outdoor courts in Esko have been well-loved by the community over the years. But now, summer...

 By Rebekah King    News    June 17, 2022

Esko schools plan renewed focus on sportsmanship

The Esko athletic department is developing a new sportsmanship initiative to help educate and encourage athletes, along with establishing guidelines and consequences for actions that don’t “represent who Esko is.” Activities director Chad...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 27, 2022

Thomson board considers sewer rate hike

Residents of Thomson township are looking at higher sewer rates for the first time in more than 20 years. Following many discussions about the township’s sewer system’s needs and the cost to maintain the system, township engineer Joe Jurewicz...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 13, 2022

Road work approved

The Thomson Township board of supervisors approved crack sealing and restriping for both the town hall building parking lot and the fire department’s parking lot, along with other roads throughout the township, during their meeting Thursday, May...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 13, 2022

Seniors soak up a bonanza in scholarships

Esko students, from kindergarteners to the senior class, have a lot to be proud of, according to school principals and superintendent Aaron Fischer. High school principal Greg Hexum reported to the Esko school board at its meeting Monday that high...

 By Rebekah King    News    April 29, 2022

Roadwork and sewer rates are on the rise

The spring season has Thomson Township board members and township engineer Joe Jurewicz busy planning improvement projects. The Riverside Road project, which has been discussed by the town board and community members since early 2021, was approved...

 By Rebekah King    News    April 15, 2022

Thomson: Hwy. 61 plan gets support

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors voted to sign a letter of support for Carlton County’s planned reconstruction project for County State Aid Highway 61 at its meeting on April 7. Following a presentation by county engineer JinYeene Neumann...

 By Rebekah King    News    April 15, 2022

Esko schools: School forest idea grows

The beginning of spring has left Esko students itching to get outside. With the approval to create a school forest by the Esko school board and a solar panel project continuing to be developed, the district is excited to give students more...

 By Rebekah King    News    April 1, 2022

County asks support for two-lane Hwy. 61, trail

Carlton County is looking for the approval of Thomson Township organizations to move forward with planning the proposed County State Aid Highway 61 reconstruction and trail project, but the community organizations are not ready to give their stamp...


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