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 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

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 17, 2020

Former CCC champion repeats 8 years later

Despite pandemic restrictions and a monster storm last week, the 89th Cloquet Invitational was declared a success and Alex Kolquist its winner. Kolquist won by two strokes over Travis Blais from... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 10, 2020

Cloquet Invitational tradition continues

The 89th Cloquet Invitational is on. The golf tournament began Thursday and will run through Sunday at the Cloquet Country Club, weather permitting. Due to the pandemic, the format has changed....

 By Steve Korby    Sports    July 3, 2020

Korby's Connections: Squirrel brings absurd touch to golf outing

It was a beautiful June day at the Cloquet Country Club with very little breeze, and temps in the mid-70s. My son Ryan and I were just about to embark on the back nine course challenge, standing on... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    July 3, 2020

Helen Jensen was the spine of the library for decades

The Cloquet Library has been blessed with tremendously dedicated staff and volunteers over the years. One of those was Helen Jensen, a 40-year employee of the library, whose name would be near the...

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Northlanders don't take golf for granted

It's one of my favorite sports stories. It's also a golf story that shows a little of the craziness, stubbornness, and sisu of golfers in northeastern Minnesota. For many years, I played in a two-man... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Grab some green: Course Directory

Open area courses 29 Pines Golf Course 2871 Sundberg Road, Mahtowa 218-389-3136 Cloquet Country Club 400 Country Club Drive, Cloquet 218-879-7997 Grand View Golf Links 5665 Grandview Road, Duluth Off... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: Kendahl Miniature Golf

Back in 1966, in what would become classic cars, people flocked to Sunnyside in Cloquet to grab a 49-cent hamburger at the fairly new Gordy's Hi-Hat or a burger along with a frosty mug of Root Beer... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: Cloquet Country Club

The Cloquet Country Club opened as a nine-hole course in 1923 and its credited designer was renowned Scottish golf course architect Donald Ross. Rudy Weyerhaeuser, its president, also consulted with... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: Pine Hill Golf Club

The famous Mark Twain once said: "Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Such is the case for Jim and Cassie Barry, who have owned and operated the Pine Hill... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: Moose Lake Golf Club

The Moose Lake Golf Club is celebrating its 91st season. Pro/manager Josh Gamst (in 2019 photo at right) is now in his 13th season in that role. "As of June 1, our decks are now open to serve our... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: The Retreat Golf Club

Where do you go for relaxation, fresh air, exercise and charging your batteries? Where is your retreat? Everybody has one. Many golfers in the region escape to The Retreat Golf Club five miles east... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Course closeup: Minnesota National Golf Course

Located just 53 miles from Cloquet, near McGregor, the National Golf Course is officially in Aitkin County but a welcome addition to the golf guide. This highly rated golf course has easy access, yet... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    June 5, 2020

Business closeup: Midwest Golf Cars

Mark Carlson has been in the golf course business for 50 years. The past two decades, he has also owned Midwest Golf Cars, supplying golf carts to area courses, including many in Carlton County.... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 15, 2020

Korby's Connections: Extending those glory days

In the early 1970s, a bunch of us guys finishing up our high school days wanted to continue to play competitive basketball. We played nearly every evening after school at the Cloquet Civic Center.... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    May 1, 2020

Korby's Connections: Charlie Jensen is Cloquet's triple crown golfer

Charlie Jensen was a successful Cloquet golfer who learned by watching others and trying to duplicate their methods. He grew up on Summit Avenue in Cloquet, about a block from the Cloquet Country...

 By Steve Korby    Outdoors    April 24, 2020

Korby's Connections: Adventure flying makes for exciting second career

Let's face it, this pandemic is changing us. If not seriously ill, people have time to stop, think, and actually ask themselves: "What should I do next?" The following story has nothing to do with...

 By Steve Korby    News    April 10, 2020

Korby's Connections: Cloquet made remarkable Earth Day contribution

The SCARE program at Cloquet High School in 1970 was a big deal. For a whole week, students would be immersed only in environmental issues of the day. It came days before the first Earth Day, 50... Full story

 By Steve Korby    People    March 20, 2020

Korby's Connections: How a Barnum basketball player ended up with a hockey team in Alaska

This is a tale of a nearly 80-year-old gent who grew up in Barnum on a farm in the 1950s, enlisted in the Army and traveled the world, and managed a working career which included teaching children...

 By Steve Korby    People    March 6, 2020

Korby's Connections: Pro wrestling golden days included Duluth matches

Earlier this year, I read that legendary professional wrestler Pampero Firpo, the Wild Bull of the Pampas, passed away. He was nearly 90 years old and was a TV and arena wrestling star in the 1960s...


Korby's Connections: Pollinator seminar had a buzz

Married for 38 years, it was a bit of a surprise when my spouse told me that I should go and learn more about the birds and the bees - bees in particular. So, I attended the Northeast Minnesota Bee...


Korby's Connections: Visit by Olympics icon in 1970 was memorable

Cloquet schools have shined in academics, athletics, the fine arts, and other extracurricular events going way back to the start of the 20th century. Over that time, the school district has been an... Full story

 By Steve Korby    News    February 14, 2020

Mobile food bank helps feed Carlton County

On the third Thursday morning of each month (10:30-11:30 a.m.), the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry comes to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church parking lot in Cloquet to distribute food. What is... Full story

 By Steve Korby    Sports    February 7, 2020

Korby's Connections: Cloquet was home to broomball champions

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the hockey rink at Cloquet's Athletic Park on 14th Street was a hopping spot. Ice skates weren't always required. On Monday evenings from January until March, the... Full story


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