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 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 T... 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, p...

 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 Stosk...

 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 and...

 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 5...

 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 a...

 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, s...

 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 Rob...


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