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 By Rebekah King    News    June 23, 2023

School board: Fun Days dance card is full

On Monday, June 12, the Esko school board heard a presentation from the Esko Hockey Association about hosting the Esko Fun Days street dance at the district’s sports complex next to the football field. The hockey group is looking to relocate the e...


Esko eschews 'Eskomos' moniker

By unanimous vote of the school board Monday night, the Esko school nickname will no longer be "the Eskomos" as of June 30. The change, which has been urged for at least three years by some in the...

 By Rebekah King    Sports    May 12, 2023

Group floats sports dome

The Thomson Township community is once again coming together to support local sports, this time in hopes of raising enough money to build a multisport dome. Over 10 years ago, the Thomson community came together and raised over $400,000 to put turf...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 12, 2023

More chime in on Eskomo nickname

Esko parents are continuing to show up and show their support for changing the school district’s Eskomos nickname. At the Esko school board’s meeting Monday, two parents and a representative from the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports spo...

 By Rebekah King    News    May 5, 2023

Thomson Board moves ahead with road paving project

The Thomson Township board of supervisors is moving forward with the East Riverside Road paving project that residents have been pushing for since 2019. The board approved a bid for the paving project at their meeting on April 27, 2023, for... Full story

 By Rebekah King    News    April 14, 2023

'Eskomos' mascot comes under fire again

The Esko school board is once again being asked to consider changing the school mascot's "Eskomos" nickname. The call for change from some community members comes as the Minnesota State Legislature is...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 17, 2023

Residents question large budget 'surplus'

Thomson Township residents voted to approve a 3.91-percent tax levy increase for 2024, despite significant pushback from a few residents at the annual meeting Tuesday. At the end of 2022, Thomson Township was left with a fund balance in its general...

 By Rebekah King    News    March 17, 2023

Board approves fitness center plan, payment

The Esko School Board approved its 2022-2023 revised (and largely unchanged) budget of $16.14 million at its monthly meeting Monday, March 13, along with final funding and construction plans for the...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 24, 2023

Thomson Township: Shared road hearing delayed, sewer rates go up

After tentatively scheduling a date for a follow-up public hearing on the proposed private road and private shared driveway ordinances at their first February meeting, the Thomson Township board of supervisors decided to take the date off the...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 17, 2023

Esko fitness center moves forward

The Esko school district is one step further along in its plans to build a new fitness center for students and community members, following the school board’s approval of an initial construction plan and budget. The district’s construction planning c...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 10, 2023

Township schedules second hearing on private roads and driveways

The Thomson Township board of supervisors has scheduled a followup public hearing on the proposed private road and private shared driveway ordinances for 5 p.m. March 9. Following a large turnout for the initial public hearing — with many township r...

 By Rebekah King    News    February 3, 2023

Thompson Township residents question proposed township road, driveway rules

A set of ordinances presented to Thomson Township residents last week has people talking, and not all of them are in favor of more government control over their properties. At issue are two proposed...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 27, 2023

Hearing set on sewer rate increase

The Thomson Township board of supervisors had a short agenda for its meeting Jan. 19. The board rescheduled a public hearing to set rates for sewer service in order to allow time to work out the details for changes to commercial businesses in the...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 20, 2023

Esko board backs online classes for snowy days

Snow days may soon be a thing of the past in Esko. Esko school board members approved the district’s eLearning day policy — basically having school online instead of canceling classes for a snow day — as presented by superintendent Aaron Fisch...

 By Rebekah King    News    January 13, 2023

Sunnarborg appointed to Thomson board - again

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors appointed David Sunnarborg to fill the vacancy on the board at its meeting Jan. 5, following more than four months of an empty seat and controversy surrounding the original appointment process....

 By Rebekah King    News    December 23, 2022

Esko levy to rise 5%

The Esko school board approved the 2023 tax levy with a 5-percent increase at their meeting Monday, Dec 12. The board previously approved the 5-percent increase, which is the maximum amount allowed, for the preliminary levy in September. The total...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 16, 2022

Board hits reset on appointment process

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is once again accepting applications for an open seat on the board. In an effort to self-correct after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled this...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 9, 2022

UPDATED: Board appoints familiar face as supervisor

Editor's note: On Dec. 8, appointee David Sunnarborg resigned his new position so the board could rewind its selection process after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled that they had violated open meeting law when they illegally closed a...

 By Rebekah King    News    December 9, 2022

Supervisor resigns as Thomson Township resets appointment process

The Thomson Township Board of Supervisors is once again accepting applications for an open seat on the board. In an effort to self-correct after the Minnesota Department of Administration ruled this month that the board violated open meeting law... Full story

 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 P... 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 a d...

 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 in... Full story


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