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 By Tom Urbanski    News    October 7, 2022

Fifty-plus years of moving education outdoors

Area students descend upon Cloquet Forestry Center Some of the first morning frosts of the season didn't put a chill on the enthusiasm of local fifth-graders participating in the Conservation...


Duluth man claims Lost Forester race

Trail runners and walkers, plus a few leashed dogs, gathered at Pine Valley early Saturday, Aug. 27 for the sixth annual Lost Forester Trail Run. The 26 participants completed one lap of the...

 By Tom Urbanski    Sports    August 5, 2022

Voyageur Ultramarathon heats up again

Running 50 miles on trails in one day is a feat few people accomplish. Add temperatures rising into the mid-80s, sunshine and July humidity, and it's the typical conditions for the Minnesota Voyageur... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    News    July 29, 2022

Breweriana: It's more than beer cans

There's only one place a person can see a 40-foot tall bear promoting a famous brand of beer, and it's in Cloquet. The Hamm's Bear is an iconic advertising creation, and Northeastern Saloon...


Garden Tour tradition continues

Amateur and master gardeners made the rounds during a grand tour filled with amazing flower and vegetable gardens, orchards, and a few unexpected surprises along the way. The much-anticipated Carlton... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 27, 2022

The Log Jam rolls into town

Mountain bikers took to the trails at Cloquet's Pine Valley last Saturday for a full day of riding in a new race event called the Log Jam. For some race participants, a full day was defined as 12... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    News    May 20, 2022

Planned fire forged through partnership

Plenty of excitement, and smoke, was in the air and forests along University Road in Cloquet last week. On Wednesday, May 11, a contingent of 25 fire practitioners purposely burned 9.5 acres of the... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    News    May 13, 2022

Book battle goes extra rounds

When a contest needs triple overtime to determine a winner, it's usually been well-played and exciting for everyone, and maybe a little luck was involved. That's exactly what happened last Friday...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    April 29, 2022

Community garden grows in Cloquet

Lingering winter weather has not dampened the spirits of the Cloquet Community Garden organizing committee. The group met recently on a wintry April afternoon to plan and get a jump start on the 2022...


Ballet comes to Wrenshall

Words of William Shakespeare, Felix Mendelssohn's music, dance by the Minnesota Ballet and acting by Wrenshall High School students connected during an expressive, and impressive, combination of fine... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Sports    March 4, 2022

Local skiers successful in Birkie races

It was another good year for area Nordic skiers at the 2022 American Birkebeiner ski events held last Friday and Saturday in Hayward, Wisconsin. Outstanding performances came from across a range of... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Sports    March 4, 2022

Ski talk: First-timer versus Kortelopet

Last Friday, Cloquet's Kate Meisner completed her first Kortelopet, the 29-kilometer Nordic ski race that is part of the American Birkebeiner's Birkie Week events. It's a challenging endurance event... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    News    February 25, 2022

Commuter bus ferries locals to Duluth and back

It could be described as a chauffeur service that takes you to work every day. The Cloquet-Duluth commuter bus has been making twice-daily trips between the two cities for about 30 years. The service...


The challenge? Searching for the best beer

File this one under "It's a tough job, but someone has to do it." The tough task? Judging beer. Last weekend, the Northern Ale Stars Homebrewers Guild hosted a competition in Duluth where 149 entries...


Lumberjacks have eyes on section

With the season-ending championship events just around the corner in mid-February, the Lumberjacks Nordic ski teams got a good look at where they stand during the Duluth East Invitational held at... Full story


5 CEC skiers earn All-Conference honors

Essentially a race-within-a-race, the Lake Superior Conference Nordic Ski Team champions and All-Conference individuals were named using the results from last Friday’s Duluth East Invitational races. While 10 teams competed in the event, a second s... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Outdoors    May 21, 2021

Single Track Action

There's a new club in town that's rolling right along. "We're a local mountain bike club and our goal is advocacy for singletrack and multi-use trails in Cloquet and the surrounding area," said... Full story

 By Tom Urbanski    Opinion    May 7, 2021

Guest view: Measuring the value of our local college

In April 2015, then President Larry Anderson challenged the leadership team at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to be prepared to discuss the value of the college during a campus administrative meeting. For some reason I couldn’t attend,... Full story


FDLTCC will hold Earth Week presentations online

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will continue the annual campus tradition of celebrating Earth Week through a week-long celebration of planet Earth set for April 20-24, 2020. The Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community... Full story


Thunder Football season is finished

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football team wrapped up its 2019 season with a heartbreaking, last-minute 41-36 loss to Minnesota West Technical and Community College Saturday,...


Thunder fall to undefeated Itasca

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football team lost 39-6 to undefeated Itasca Community College at Terry Egerdahl Field in Proctor on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Thunder loss dropped...


Thunder football rolls over Vermilion

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Thunder Football team improved to 2-1 on its 2019 season with a 42-14 victory over Vermilion Community College at NBC Stadium in Superior on Saturday,...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    April 19, 2019

FDLTCC publishes 'Thunderbird' literary and arts anthology

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has published the seventh edition of its literary and arts anthology, "The Thunderbird Review." The journal features writing and art submitted by students...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    April 5, 2019

FDLTCC College for Seniors classes are in full swing

The College for Seniors Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is up and running with a new schedule of Spring Semester 2019 courses. College for Seniors is a unique program featuring a variety of non-credit courses that local seniors...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    April 5, 2019

FDLTCC awarded nearly $500,000 to build resilience to weather and climate hazards

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College was awarded a $499,407 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Program to advance community resilience through environmental and climate education. The...


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