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Korby's Connections: So much spring already

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...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    February 2, 2024

Korby's connections: Minnesota boy makes the Hall

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... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    January 19, 2024

Korby's Connections: Titans clash in packed Esko gym

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,... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    January 12, 2024

Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

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... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Opinion    January 5, 2024

Korby's Connections: Learning outside

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... Full story


Korby's Connections: Cold finally leads to inside baseball

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... Full story


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

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.... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    December 8, 2023

Korby's Connections: Esko indeed defeated Trotters

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... Full story


Photo: Good cheer from community band

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... Full story


Korby's Connections: Stay on the band wagon

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,... Full story


Korby's Connections: These scribbles can be priceless

An autograph can become valuable, but most people usually don’t collect them for the money or as an investment. They collect these cherished documents and put them somewhere in their personal... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    October 13, 2023

Korby's Connections: Cromwell's basketball history is legendary

I attended the annual Harvest Festival at the Cromwell pavilion a few weeks ago. Scheduled for the first weekend after Labor Day every year, the festivities drew a good-sized crowd. Area residents...

 By Steve Korby    News    September 29, 2023

Golf course set for a conversion

Pine Hill Golf Course on Highway 61 in Carlton will have a new owner soon, and there are some big changes in store for the popular nine-hole golf course. Jim and Cassie Barry have owned and operated...


Scramble tourney hits five courses

Created by Pine City's LeRoy Samuelson in 2010, the four-day, four-person Senior Scramble recently completed play at five golf courses in the region. While Samuelson passed away a few years ago, his... Full story


Adult-child golf tourney draws all ages

The Dan Sheff Memorial adult-child golf tourney last month saw 170 people and 90 teams play in an event that many mark on the family calendar each summer. “It, for some time, has rivaled our... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 25, 2023

An ending that still stings

They still haven't accepted their Olympic silver medals. The 1972 U.S. men's basketball team lost to the Russians by a point in the championship game in what was a highly controversial and contested l... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    August 4, 2023

Korby's Connections: Rosen clan has deep roots at golf club

Few Cloquet Country Club families have been more intimately involved with club activities and programs over the century than the Rosen family. The Rosen siblings held a family reunion last weekend to... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 21, 2023

When golfing is healing

On Monday, golfers from as far away as Iowa, the Twin Cities area, and the Iron Range gathered for the fourth annual "Moose" Cancer Golf Fundraiser at the Cloquet Country Club. The event is named in... Full story

 By Steve Korby    News    July 14, 2023

Korby's Connections: Greenhouse is quiet success off Hwy. 210

If you blink your eyes, you might miss it. I know I did, many times. Traveling west on Minnesota Highway 210, it's just past the Sawyer Store, about three miles on the left. A few years ago, the wild...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 14, 2023

Lucky 13 for winner at CCC Invitational

In 2023, the Cloquet Country Club will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary since formation. Inaugurated in 1932, the Cloquet Invitational tournament just completed its 92nd annual event with... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 30, 2023

Recent grad is country club champ

One hundred years after the founding of the Cloquet Country Club, Karson Patten won the coveted title of club champion. The 2023 Cloquet High School graduate led the Lumberjacks to the Minnesota...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 23, 2023

'Championships are not by chance'

Reflections. After their fifth-straight boys Section 7AA golf championship and Minnesota Class AA state tournament appearance, Cloquet head coach Aaron Young and senior captain Karson Patten shared... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 9, 2023

CEC boys are back-back-back-back at State

For the fifth time in a row, the Cloquet High School boys golf team won the Section 7AA tournament and will return to the prestigious Minnesota state golf tournament. Probably more of a surprise was... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    June 2, 2023

Korby's Connections: Meet the new Cloquet children's librarian

Cloquet children's librarian Morgan Reardon grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, about a 90-minute drive from Cloquet and a stone's throw away from Lake Superior. Boating, swimming, fishing and playing on...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 26, 2023

Cloquet golf teams dominate on home course

Nearly 120 high school boys and girls golfers converged on the Cloquet Country Club for Monday’s Cloquet Invitational. “We enjoy hosting this annual, special event.” said Cloquet boys golf... Full story


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