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 By Tom Urbanski    News    January 12, 2024

Self-serve beer now on tap in Cloquet

There's a new game, and a lot of craft beer, in town. The 218 TapHouse opened for business on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the business complex that includes Premiere Theatres on South Highway 33 in...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    September 1, 2023

A venture through the forest

More than 100 visitors, staff, and university students gathered at the University of Minnesota's Cloquet Forestry Center during the CFC's annual Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The highlight of the...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    June 30, 2023

Poking around at Pine Valley

Add "college classroom" to the list of activities at Cloquet's Pine Valley Recreation Area, known for its ski jumping, Nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, hockey...

 By Tom Urbanski    News    June 9, 2023

Brush pickup underway

The first days of the City of Cloquet-sponsored storm damage brush cleanup have been going well, according to 3-D Construction owner Dustin Follett. On the second day of the cleanup, Follett,...

 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 set... 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, s... 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...


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