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 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 7, 2021

Korby's Connections: Baker takes golf game on the road

Could it happen again? Way back in 1962, Cloquet golfing legend Harry "Butch" Newby Jr. was the captain of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers golf team. Could someone from Cloquet again be... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    People    April 30, 2021

Korby: The fascinating life of Jay Shogren

Cloquet versus Hibbing. Boys basketball 1976 Region 7 finals. Showcased players in this game are future Gopher and NBA player Kevin McHale at 6-foot-10 for Hibbing and 6-foot-3 (and ½ inch)... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    People    April 16, 2021

Korby's Connections: Friend tackled sports and life head on

Seeing how people are struggling and yet winning battles with Covid-19 reminds me of my friend Dave Boyer - a man with great inner strength and character - and so does my wedding anniversary this... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    April 2, 2021

Golf takes Hudler to far-flung places

Wendy Hudler is one of few Carlton County high school graduates who have played Division 1 college golf and professional golf. Hudler grew up on Chestnut Street just above Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. H... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    News    April 2, 2021

Big Lake golf course has new owner group

Golf has survived the pandemic, albeit with a few changes in Carlton County the past year. After some pandemic unknowns, the Cloquet Country Club, the Moose Lake Golf Club, and Pine Hill Golf Club... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    March 5, 2021

Korby's Connections: Brothers epitomize area's ski jumping glory days

It is quite remarkable to have two state high school champions from the same Cloquet household, but especially rare in the world of ski jumping, in particular because it's no longer a sanctioned high... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Kids connect with some sporting quotes

In my many years of coaching, I’ve heard some great unrehearsed lines from our local young athletes. My coaching officially started while I was in college at the University of Minnesota Duluth.... Full story

 

Online bonus! Remembering Hank Aaron

I was sad when I learned that baseball legend Henry Aaron had passed away. He was one of my favorite baseball heroes from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. I read now and am reminded of the terrible... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    January 22, 2021

Proctor's Egerdahl was a great athlete, person

Reminiscing. It can be very somber and thought provoking wondering about what could have been. Newspapers, magazines, and television programs often give quick snapshots of those who died the past... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Opinion    January 1, 2021

Korby's Connections: Mentors can be unforgettable

Fifty years ago, I had my first worksite mentor. He and I didn’t choose each other; it just happened that way. As you read this, think of your potential role as a mentor or mentee. It is an... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: When basketball was king

When I was growing up in Cloquet and Carlton county in the 1960’s, basketball was, in popularity, definitely the king of winter high school boys sports. Most of who were considered each school‘s... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    December 4, 2020

Test your sports acumen

Gauge your sports knowledge with Pine Knot News writer Steve Korby’s quiz. 1) Minnesota Wilderness hockey roster players with ties to Cloquet/Esko include: a) Christian Galatz b) Dominkis Marcinkevi... Full story

 

Final days of golf bring some reflection

The return of 70-degree days during the first week of November was a real blessing for many golfers. Although they had moved the parkas and snowblowers to the front of the garage after 6 inches of... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Deer hunt memories have twists and turns

Deer hunting season starts tomorrow, but the signs have been there for weeks. Behind shoppers' masks at the Super One grocery store, I've noticed more patrons (men, I think) sprouting beard growth... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    October 30, 2020

Korby's Connections: Reflections

When sports columnist and celebrity Sid Hartman, of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and WCCO radio, passed away last week, it pushed me to pause and reflect. Sid was 100 years old. He had an article... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    People    October 16, 2020

Mahtowa golf course has 'rugged' new owners

Jim and Colleen Myhre have purchased the 29 Pines Golf Course in Mahtowa, closing on Sept. 4, and have renamed it Rugged Spruce Golf Club. "We had planned to keep the original course name," Jim Myhre...

 
 By Steve Korby    People    October 9, 2020

Cloquet grad reaches new heights

Pete Tomhave was on a lunch break at the Cloquet Country Club in the maintenance building, looking at an aerial view of Cloquet Country Club. He asked his boss, superintendent Jud Crist, if the...

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    October 9, 2020

Korby's Connections: Last starter living from 1955 Esko team shares memories

Gerald Anderson recently called about a column I wrote about the 1955 Esko basketball state tournament team. Of the starting five that year, Jerry is the only one still alive after he lost friend and... Full story

 

Coach led 'Jacks to baseball glory

Athletes who played for Cloquet, Barnum, Proctor, and the University of Minnesota Duluth are likely to tell you they've never forgotten fiery redheaded coach and teacher Jerry Erickson. He was my... Full story

 

Families flock to annual parent-child tournament

The end of August and Labor Day weekend usually signify the beginning of the end of summer in northeastern Minnesota. It is also the scheduled time for the Dan Sheff Memorial Parent Child Golf... Full story

 

Korby's Connections: Bergstedt's 1955 Esko team made history

This year marked the 65th anniversary of Carlton County's first foray into the Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament. Led by superstar Harold Bergstedt, Esko qualified for the tourney in... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 28, 2020

Korby's Connections: Baker scorches Cloquet course

Cloquet High School senior Sam Baker made history on a cloudy day a couple weeks ago, when he set the course record at the Cloquet Country Club on Aug. 12, shooting a record 62 on the par-71 course.... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 14, 2020

Sheff sets record for CCC golf wins

After a few years of absence, John Sheff came back to win his 14th Cloquet Country Club men's championship and make history last week. Sheff had been in a tie with Butch Newby for the most wins in... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 7, 2020

Dice baseball was an offshoot of love for the game

Julio Enrique Gotay Sanchez … ever hear of him? According to Wikipedia, Julio Gotay was a “Puerto Rican professional baseball player, a shortstop and second baseman who played all or parts of ten... Full story

 
 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 31, 2020

Tribute to one-time MLB starter takes form

Remember William Cadreau? He was featured in a Pine Knot story last fall. He's the baseball player who grew up, and is buried, on the Fond du Lac Reservation and pitched one game in Major League... Full story

 

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