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 By Steve Korby    People    March 24, 2023 

There are many facets to this star

I got on the phone to find out more about Cloquet High School senior Ellie Evenson, who was involved in the first year of girls wrestling at Cloquet. Evenson broke barriers and brought confidence to... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Opinion    March 10, 2023

Korby's connections: Dart leagues hit their mark

After a couple of years off due to the Covid pandemic, the competitive retiree dart league has returned to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet. The league resumed in late fall, but now...


Cherry basketball star comes to Cromwell

Oh, there have been a few, but not that many. I tried to think back on who would be on the all-time list of Division I college boys basketball prospects from northeastern Minnesota. Even though the... Full story


My run-ins with Kevin McHale

Cloquet and Hibbing, both in northern Minnesota, have had spirited sports encounters over the years, with the Lumberjacks and Bluejackets enjoying memorable and classic confrontations in football,...

 By Steve Korby    People    February 3, 2023

Librarian is my go-to Twins guy

When I seek feedback on Minnesota Twins or Vikings news and transactions, I turn to two reliable sources in Cloquet. The first is smiling Dave Haapanen, usually found stocking shelves in the cereal... Full story


Marciniak leads with laughs

For over 60 years, he has made me and many other Carlton County residents laugh. His name is Tom Marciniak, although "Maynard" has been his informal handle since childhood. All Scanlon kids had... Full story


Getting through a stroke

Stroke. I never thought I'd be speaking from experience, but I had a stroke on Oct. 7. It was frightening, but, so far, I haven't become disabled. While we're publishing more than two months later, I... Full story


Korby's connections: A road trip into the past

This year marked the 50th anniversary of my high school graduation, a milestone that has brought back many memories. Good God, Eisenhower was president when we were born and Nixon was president when...


Korby's connections: Top Cloquet athlete comes home with stories

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the legislatively approved Title IX provisions that required equal funding for genders in athletics. It is fitting and wonderful that Deb Hunter, who many... Full story


Diamond dominator gets his due

It's the end of daylight saving time. For former Cloquet High athletic standout Mike Forrest, "turn back the clock" came a week early. Forrest was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    October 21, 2022

Cloquet librarian transitions to new duties

A lifetime of journeys has brought Keiko Satomi to her newest position as adult services librarian for the Cloquet Public Library. A beloved children's librarian here in recent years, Satomi got the... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    October 7, 2022

New library director is a familiar face

In May, the city of Cloquet hired a new library director for its expanded facility on 14th Street in the heart of the city. As with most jobs and careers, there are stereotypical profiles, with the... Full story


Korby's connections: Country club celebrates families at weekend tourney

More than 150 golfers, from the very young to what most would consider quite old but young at heart, converged on the Cloquet Country Club to play in the weekend adult-child golf tournament. Golf, a...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 19, 2022

Korby's Connections: Pull-hitter fondly recalls softball heyday

Cloquet and Carlton County have an impressive history of producing their own “legends,” but we’ve also imported some of our talent. Starting as far back as the sawmills, regional employers — i... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 19, 2022

Old-timers' game brings historic Blackhoof Valley team together again

The mystery may have been solved. On Monday, Aug. 15, pharmacies across Carlton County were having an unexplained surge in sales of Bengay, ice packs, and Ace bandages. The reason may have been those... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 12, 2022

With Twins on the podium, it was time

Cloquet resident Ron Tondryk has been a Minnesota Twins fan as far back as he can remember. He has framed autographed pictures of 1960s Twins stars Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and Tony Oliva in his... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 29, 2022

Baker on a win streak at CCC

Cloquet golf phenom Sam Baker struck again with a convincing win in the Cloquet Country Club Championship last weekend, July 23-24. In his final match, Baker defeated Aaron Young, his Cloquet High... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 15, 2022

Baker takes Invitational

As Cloquet's most heralded young golfer, it wasn't a total surprise to local golf pundits when Sam Baker won the Cloquet Invitational amateur tournament last weekend. After all, the 2021 Cloquet High... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 15, 2022

Korby's Connections: Playing a round in Finland

Often, I’ve dreamed of playing golf on new courses or maybe even on the turf of foreign countries. My Korby grandparents were born in Finland. Could I ever play close to where they grew up, farmed a... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 10, 2022

Another date at state for 'Jacks

The Cloquet High School boys golf team, the defending Class AA Minnesota state champions, are heading to the state tournament once again. In windy and chilly conditions last week, the boys... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 3, 2022

Korby: Lumberjacks boys golf team wins sections, head to state

The Cloquet High School boys golf team, the defending Minnesota State Champions, are heading to the state tournament once again. On June 1 and 2, with windy and chilly conditions, the boys won the... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 27, 2022

Lumberjacks host big golf meet

The Cloquet Country Club’s paved parking lot on Monday was packed with regular-sized buses, short buses, vans and cars delivering kids from all over northeastern Minnesota to a tournament hosted by... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 20, 2022

Lumberjacks getting their rounds in

Unlike high school basketball and hockey - which have competitive seasons for four months - high school golf in northeastern Minnesota can have seasons lasting closer to one month. "April was some... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 13, 2022

Korby's Connections: Coach recalls Cloquet's state baseball trips in 1970s

Ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic - including shortened and canceled sports seasons - contributed to the end of Jerry Erickson's 50-plus years of coaching youth sports. The Cloquet legend... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    April 22, 2022

Barney is a total gym rat

Nobody in the last three years has shot more hoops in the Cloquet and Fond du Lac area than Cloquet senior Conner Barney. Barney's high school career ended with Cloquet losing to Hibbing in the sectio... Full story


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