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 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...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 18, 2022

Esko board looks ahead to more normal times

The Esko school board is looking ahead to the 2023 school year, with Covid-19 cases slowing down for the district and the end of the current school year in sight. As of Friday, March 11, there were only two active Covid-19 cases documented by K-12 st...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 11, 2022

Thomson Town Board approves 3-percent levy increase

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors heard annual reports from community leaders and discussed taxes at the annual township meeting Tuesday, March 8. The board approved the proposed 2023 tax...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 25, 2022

Esko robotics shoots for world competition

The Esko SubZero robotics team is preparing for its biggest season yet. The team of more than 40 Esko students has been hard at work since early January, constructing a robot to compete at the Lake... Full story


Esko actors reach state stage

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Esko One Act play team took its show to the state competition Friday. Before the team loaded their trailer and drove to St. Paul, their classmates and... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    February 11, 2022

Esko School Board divided on Covid

In a room packed full with nearly 40 parents and teachers, the Esko school board chose to not alter the district’s current Covid-19 mitigation strategies despite tense discussion between board members at their meeting Monday, Feb. 7. As of Monday,...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 11, 2022

'Beware phone scams,' says deputy

Don’t trust every phone call from an unfamiliar number. That was the message Carlton County Sheriff’s Office deputy Randy Roberts had for Thomson Township residents and the board of supervisors at the board meeting Thursday, Feb 3. According to...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 28, 2022

Esko votes to end its mask mandate

While other area schools and cities are heightening Covid-19 protocols, the Esko school board voted Monday to pass a set of guidelines that would allow the removal of mandatory masks on Feb. 7. With a 3-2 vote at the regular meeting Jan. 24, the...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 28, 2022

Board votes to reappoint Paulson to CAFD, changes snow removal policies

Talk of the Cloquet Area Fire District continued at the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, Jan. 20. In past discussions about CAFD board representation, it was unclear whether the township’s representative had to be an elected...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 14, 2022

Supervisor angered by theft allegations

The new year brought a leadership change for the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors, and a heated discussion of the way allegations against supervisor Jason Paulson were handled by township attorney David Pritchett. Reorganization was the first... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    January 14, 2022

Esko board raises substitute pay, reacts to federal mandate

Like many school district officials across the region and state, Esko school board members adopted a policy this week requiring all district employees to either be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks and test weekly. Board members did...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 24, 2021

Residents, board fight back on fire district taxes

Thomson Township residents and its board of supervisors are still unhappy with the proposed tax increase levied by the Cloquet Area Fire District. After attending the truth-in-taxation public hearing and the monthly CAFD board meeting earlier this...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 10, 2021

Township reacts to nearly fourfold jump in ambulance tax levy

A substantial hike to 2022 Cloquet Area Fire District taxes for ambulance-district-only properties only has Thomson Township residents in an uproar. Township chair Terry Hill is frustrated with the... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    November 26, 2021

Thomson Township: Fire call means expensive cleanup

The Esko volunteer fire department has sent seven sets of turnout gear to a specialized cleaning company after a messy call on Thursday, Nov. 18. This mutual aid call involved 50-100 gallons of spilled petroleum that coated 25 sets of gear in total,...

 By Rebekah King    News    November 12, 2021

Club provides update on snowmobile trail

Wood City Riders Snowmobile Club president Chris Rokke updated the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors on the progress of a new local snowmobile trail at the board meeting Nov. 4. According to Rokke, all 127 landowners that are potentially...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 29, 2021

Snowmobile trail talks continue

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors and community members continued discussion about the Wood City Riders Snowmobile trail at their meeting Thursday, Oct. 21. The board received a large response from the community after approving the trail in...

 By Rebekah King    News    October 15, 2021

Supervisors take on road projects before season ends

Thomson Township board supervisors are taking a look at some township roads before winter begins. At its Oct. 7 meeting the board voted to pay for preparation work on Hillside Road so that it can be repaved by the end of 2021. Residents along the...


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