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  • Korby's Connections: Hands of another time

    Steve Korby|Jun 14, 2024

    My granddaughter was recently sitting on my lap and asked, "Why do you have such hairy knuckles, Grandpa?" Kind of a personal question, but it made me pause and think. My dad had hairy knuckles. The hair even curled. To my eyes, he always had big, strong hands. He died 40 years ago, when I was 29. My dad, for most of his working life, was a car mechanic and gas station owner. When not at work, he was putzing around in his four-stall garage. He could fix almost anything: cars, plumbing,... Full story

  • Weather and missed putts hurt Cloquet at State

    Steve Korby|Jun 14, 2024

    Steve Korby [email protected] The Cloquet High School boys golf team competed in the Class AA Minnesota State Golf Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lumberjacks finished seventh in the eight-team field. Cloquet had won the section tournament on six straight occasions and has placed higher at state, including a championship in 2021, but this year the top teams from around Minnesota played better over two days in a rain-shortened event. The tournament was held, again, at the Ridges At Sa... Full story

  • Cloquet boys drive to State six-peat

    Steve Korby|Jun 7, 2024

    Not surprisingly, the Cloquet High School boys golf team has repeated as Section 7AA champions, with medalist Lance Sayler leading the way. The team will now play in the Minnesota state high school golf championship at the Ridges at Sand Creek golf course in Jordan, Minnesota, June 11-12. It is the sixth time the Cloquet team has won the section crown since 2018. As has been the mantra all season, the Lumberjacks relied on a balanced team approach to winning the section. Cloquet's varsity... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: It's kids simply playing

    Steve Korby|May 17, 2024

    On a bright, sunshiny spring afternoon, my wife and I were assigned to pick up our grandkids after school from Churchill Elementary in Cloquet. The school is within walking distance of home. I usually wait for my grandson, who is in first grade, outside of the door where he’s released. My wife goes to a second building to meet my granddaughter, who is 4 and in preschool. Max came running out of the school doors, saw me and gave me a big hug, then asked if he could go to the playground. With p... Full story

  • Cloquet girls golf second in conference

    Steve Korby|May 10, 2024

    The Cloquet girls golf team placed second in the Lake Superior Conference golf meet Wednesday, falling to Grand Rapids but beating Hermantown by four strokes at the Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids. Top 10 Cloquet finishers were Abigail Steinert 91 (fifth), Addison Johnson 93 (eighth) and Kortney Kavanaugh 96 (ninth). Twins Abigail and Julie Steinert are the team’s only seniors and both qualified as individuals for last year’s Class AA Minnesota State High School League state meet. Both are... Full story

  • Another darts season passes

    Steve Korby|May 10, 2024

    The Cloquet Men's Retiree Darts league concluded its 2023-24 season April 29. Meeting on Mondays at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet, the league reflects the old bowling league schedules going from fall to spring. "Some come for the competition, but for most, it's just a chance to get out of the house, have a cup of coffee and cookie, and laugh and converse with friends," said league commissioner Ray Wiles. Usually 20-30 gents come weekly to test their right arm and dart baseball...

  • Korby's Connections: Girls basketball pioneer returns to Cloquet for a talk

    Steve Korby|May 3, 2024

    Deb Hunter, a Cloquet High School and Minnesota Gophers women's basketball legend, was back in town sharing her hoops knowledge Tuesday. She was invited by Cloquet girls basketball coach Heather Young to address current Cloquet players and coaches. Hunter starred at Cloquet in the late 1970s and has had her Gophers jersey retired and her likeness forever displayed on a banner in Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Coach Young introduced Hunter and asked Cloquet players and... Full story

  • Cloquet grad makes golf regional

    Steve Korby|May 3, 2024

    Cloquet grad Karson Patten just keeps adding to his growing golf resume. His collegiate team, Minnesota State Mankato, qualified for the NCAA regional championship in Edmond, Oklahoma next week. Patten, a freshman, finished third individually in the nine-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet held April 19-21. Patten is the defending Cloquet Country Club champion, a member of Cloquet's 2021 Minnesota State High School golf state championship team, and a 2023 Minnesota Mr. Golf... Full story

  • Lumberjacks get a win 'down south'

    Steve Korby|Apr 26, 2024

    The Cloquet High School boys golf team traveled to Red Wing to take on the Wingers at the Mississippi National Golf Links on April 17. Traveling 178 miles south from their home course, Cloquet coach Aaron Young said they figured when they put the match on the schedule "that we'd get nice weather again, like we did last spring. It wasn't exactly the case," he said. It was overcast and temperatures were in the 50s. Cloquet won the duel meet by a score of 312 to Red Wing's 337. Cloquet was led by... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Mild winter leads to early open at Cloquet

    Steve Korby|Apr 19, 2024

    There were still some snow banks in the parking lot, remnants of a late March storm, but the Cloquet Country Club golf course opened for play Sunday, April 14. An opening the same day as the Masters tournament finale is still very early for the Cloquet course to open. Since longtime CCC general manager Bill Manahan accepted the GM job at the Wilderness Club in Tower, Minnesota, on April 1, CCC has made some important administrative changes. Matt Carlson, who has worked in many different jobs at... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Clothing Depot set to close in August

    Steve Korby|Apr 19, 2024

    They've been friends since they were both in kindergarten at Jefferson Elementary School on Eighth Street and Cloquet Avenue in Cloquet. Now, after roughly 70 years, they volunteer together at the Clothing Depot in Cromwell. Dardanell "Beanie" Randa and Jayne Hakamaki have been fixtures and leaders in the Cromwell area for years. Unfortunately for many of its devoted customers, plans call for the nonprofit organization to close its doors in August. Their paths have crossed and separated many... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: It's 'so long' for now with Bill at the golf club

    Steve Korby|Mar 29, 2024

    Bill Manahan, longtime Cloquet Country Club golf professional and manager, has accepted the general manager position with the beautiful The Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course on Lake Vermilion near Tower, Minnesota. He starts his new job on April 1. Bill was my golf confidant and a friend. You could always count on Bill. He knew a little bit about everything and he liked to chat. He'll be missed, but it's a wonderful opportunity. "It's going to be an adjustment with me missing all the people... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Coach Pergol helped lift Cloquet basketball

    Steve Korby|Mar 22, 2024

    Last month, when I was at the Carlton County Historical Center perusing old Cloquet skiing information for a story, director Carol Klitzke brought me a big box of files she asked me to review. They were scrapbooks from the 1950s, donated by legendary Cloquet coach Angelo Pergol and his wife, Blanche. It was a perfect record of Pergol's team coaching heroics. There were newspaper clippings, congratulatory letters, telegrams - wow, telegrams - testimonials, birthday cards, speaking invitations,...

  • 'Jacks can't get over Rock Ridge in final

    Steve Korby and Jana Peterson|Mar 15, 2024

    Hopes for a Cloquet girls basketball trip to state were dashed March 7, when No. 2 seed Cloquet fell to the No. 1 seed Rock Ridge, 58-41, in the Section 7AAA final. It was the second time this season the Lumberjacks played the new cooperative high school formed by joining Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia, and the second time Cloquet lost. It was a much closer game most of the night than the final score indicated. Lumberjacks head coach Heather Young said they were prepared to face a really good... Full story

  • Golf course enjoys a very early opening

    Steve Korby|Mar 8, 2024

    Unprecedented. That was the keyword from Big Lake Golf Resort co-owner Bill Jaskari, regarding the opening of the golf course on Friday, March 1. It was 11 a.m., about 50 degrees, and a few curious players and their vehicles were trickling into the golf resort parking lot. "We've owned the course for four years and this is, by far, our earliest spring opening. In comparison to last year, when we experienced record snowfall, we opened for golf the second week of May," Jaskari said. There is...

  • Korby's Connections: So much spring already

    Steve Korby|Feb 9, 2024

    The gentle breeze was swirling at 7 miles per hour from a north-northwest direction. It was sunny, and a beautiful Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. Earlier in the day, Punxsutawney Phil had predicted an early spring. Being retired from full-time employment, I have the luxury of taking afternoon walks, sometimes with my bride or others, at various regional locations. On this particular day, since there was hardly any snow, I was walking the 2.5K loop at Cloquet's Pine Valley Ski Area and...

  • Korby's connections: Minnesota boy makes the Hall

    Steve Korby|Feb 2, 2024

    Like me, I think most of Minnesota and its baseball fans were glad to see Twins catcher Joe Mauer inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Only two other catchers, Johnny Bench and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez, were also elected in their first year of eligibility. Requirements are such that candidates must be out of baseball for five years and have at least 10 years of playing time to be considered for HOF enshrinement. Mauer is only 40 years old and is now the y... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Titans clash in packed Esko gym

    Steve Korby|Jan 19, 2024

    It was surprising to not see University of Minnesota Gopher coaches P.J. Fleck and Ben Johnson pushing their way through the Esko gymnasium doors at the Jan. 12 boys basketball game. After all, Esko's Koi Perich (football) and Cherry's Isaac Asuma (basketball) are two of the most heralded 2024 Gopher recruits in their respective sports and they were playing each other in a clash of northeastern Minnesota powerhouse teams. Cherry prevailed over Esko, turning a close game at halftime into a... Full story

  • Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

    Steve Korby|Jan 12, 2024

    It's hard to believe, but Noah Parker has been the CEO of a thriving Highway 5, Carlton County seasonal business for 10 years ... after all, he's only 23. "I was 13 and asked my dad if he could give me money to go and see a movie," Parker said. "He told me, 'all the money you need is out here in the yard in the grass.' I didn't know what he meant." His dad then told him that he'd have to work hard, but could make plenty of spending money by picking and selling nightcrawlers to prospective... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Learning outside

    Steve Korby|Jan 5, 2024

    Reviewing the recent home mailing from the Cloquet Educational Foundation, I recalled an exceptional environmental learning experience with my son at Wolf Ridge Center in Finland, Minnesota. It was around Thanksgiving 2000. Fifth-graders from Cloquet took a bus to the center to experience being outside and hiking, looking at the stars, feeding birds, the infamous “ropes” obstacle course, staying overnight, and interacting with other students and parents. I was a parent chaperone. Wolf Ridge is... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Cold finally leads to inside baseball

    Steve Korby|Dec 22, 2023

    Obviously, it has been a strange winter. I didn’t (but could have) rake leaves in Cloquet on Dec. 18. There was no snow, but it was too windy. It’s wacky. The Rugged Spruce Senior Golf League in Mahtowa played competitively on Nov. 15. Greens were a hair slow, but it’s still pretty lucky to be hacking outdoors near the end of the year. The course was playing a little easier because the water hazards were frozen. The Twin Cities area, just last week, had golf courses opening for play and all t... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Retired Cloquet coach, teacher shares his story

    Steve Korby|Dec 15, 2023

    Ken Schloer has been a retired Cloquet coach and educator for more than 20 years, and I recently visited with him to find out what drove him to having such a successful teaching and coaching career. Schloer was born in Red Wing, grew up in the Twin Cities area, and graduated from the now closed Minneapolis Central High School. He had an older and a younger brother. They were all together in Boy Scouts growing up, but he was the only one who played organized sports. By the 10th grade, he quit... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Esko indeed defeated Trotters

    Steve Korby|Dec 8, 2023

    There are things happening every day, or that have happened over time in history, that seem hard for us to fathom or believe. The Ripley's Believe It or Not! books and museum are full of snippets that seem misleading, defy logic, or just can't be true. Sports too can present unbelievable odds of an upset ever occurring - and then, it happens. The Harlem Globetrotters - yes, that team - way back in January 1938 came to the Esko gymnasium and lost 42-41 to the Esko Future Farmers of America team.... Full story

  • Photo: Good cheer from community band

    Steve Korby|Dec 8, 2023

    The Cloquet Area Community Band presented its annual holiday concert at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 3. The band (and the fantastic acoustics) provided the audience with a great variety of toe-tapping and bell-ringing holiday music favorites. With soothing hot drinks and treats provided after the performance, it was a happy occasion.... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Stay on the band wagon

    Steve Korby|Nov 24, 2023

    Shut your eyes, picture it's the Fourth of July or Labor Day in Cloquet. It's parade time. The veterans have passed by, now here comes the music. You recognize the familiar trailer, with its red, white and blue decorations. It's the Cloquet Community Band. Cloquet has a decorated city band history dating back to at least the early 1900s. Even before World War I, according to "A Hometown Album: Cloquet's Centennial Story," Cloquet boasted "a first class city band and the local Finnish population... Full story

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