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  • Talented Esko boys team aims for state

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 21, 2022

    Esko boys basketball finds itself at the midpoint of the season with a stellar 10-2 record. The highflying Eskomos have scored an average of 78 points a game while allowing an average of just 59 points a game. That is a recipe for success. “We have been looking to push the ball more in transition this season,” said Esko coach Derek Anderson. “We have also done a good job of sharing the ball and finding the open man.” The athleticism of his team allows Anderson to push things into higher gear on... Full story

  • Lumberjacks fall short in Hermantown

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 21, 2022

    A slow first half doomed the Cloquet boys basketball team last Thursday in a 96-80 road loss to Hermantown. The Lumberjacks struggled to keep pace and fell behind by 16 at the break, then rallied, only to have the rally fall short with another run at the end of the game by the Hawks. "In the first half they turned us over with their pressure and we didn't handle it well," said Cloquet coach Steve Battaglia. "We also didn't play very good defense in the half court and allowed them to penetrate an... Full story

  • Sports Schedule

    Pine Knot News|Jan 21, 2022

    Friday, Jan. 21 Boys hockey CEC vs. Rock Ridge, 7:30 MLA at Lake of the Woods, 6 Boys basketball Esko at ML/WR, 7:15 Carlton vs. Floodwood, 7:15 Barnum vs. Two Harbors, 7:15 Cromwell-Wright at Silver Bay, 6:15 South Ridge vs. Cook County, 6:30 Wrenshall at McGregor, 7:15 Girls basketball South Ridge vs. Cook County, 4:45 Skiing CEC alpine at Lutsen, 10 CEC Nordic at Cook County, 11 Saturday, Jan. 22 Boys basketball Barnum at Browerville, 3 Girls basketball Barnum at Browerville, 1:30 Boys hockey MLA at International Falls, 1 Sunday, Jan. 23... Full story

  • Wrenshall splits with Cromwell-Wright

    Jake Kachinske|Jan 21, 2022

    The second time was a charm Tuesday for the Wrenshall boys basketball team as they raced out to a 16-point halftime lead that eventually turned into a 63-49 home victory over Cromwell-Wright. The win avenged a 65-55 Polar League loss for the Wrens Dec. 10 in Cromwell. That game featured more than 60 combined fouls, but this game was anything but, as the refs put the whistles in the pocket and called 24 fouls. Wrenshall coach John Bartczak was impressed with how his team's defense answered the ca... Full story

  • Sliding adventures of the Scanlon Rottensnots

    Steve Korby|Jan 21, 2022

    As I recently watched young, smiling kids riding down the snow-covered hill at Cloquet's Pinehurst Park, I thought back to the great times the "Scanlon Rottensnots" had sliding in "the pines" in the 1960s. Back then, 12 months out of the year, neighborhood kids played outdoors. "The pines" was land owned by Northwest Paper, and later Potlatch on 22nd Street. It had several different hills, and snow seven months out of the year. It is now the site of the Cloquet Middle School and the Rol... Full story

  • Wilderness get sweep with bolstered special teams

    Marty Hill|Jan 21, 2022

    “Good special teams play” is a phrase that hasn’t been attached to the Minnesota Wilderness very much this season. The club entered its game Saturday vs. the Minnesota Magicians in the bottom 10 of the NAHL’s power-play and penalty kill statistics. But things were different Saturday night. The Wilderness went two for three with the man advantage and killed all three power-play opportunities for the Magicians to eke out a 5-4 win and sweep a two-game, home-and-home series against their in-state rivals. Bobby Metz’s goal 7:11 into the third wit... Full story

  • On The Mark: Music and dancing bring joy to center

    Ann Markusen|Jan 21, 2022

    Last week, residents of Cromwell's Cardinal Court and Villa Vista care complex were treated to the rousing music of Florian Chmielewski's accordion and his banter between numbers. Lots of laughter, giggling, and smiles. Such periodic events at the Villa are coordinated by Julie Hedin, the Villa's social director. Rod Walli and I like to go, both to visit residents and to dance, if it's appropriate. And dance we did: polkas and waltzes, surrounded by residents and guests. I haven't mastered the...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jan 21, 2022

    The Father-Daughter dance is back. This year’s dance is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Cromwell Park Pavilion. Tickets: $20 per couple, $5 for each additional girl, in advance; at the door: $25 and $5 for each additional girl. Price includes music, dancing and snacks. The dance is sponsored by Cromwell Area Community Club. Volunteers are needed, and high school girls willing to help with music would be greatly appreciated. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing sponsored by the Cromwell Area C...

  • County K-9 is just 'part of the family' now

    Jana Peterson|Jan 21, 2022

    It had been three weeks since he'd been at work, and K-9 Roman practically danced from the squad car to the back door of the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center Friday. Once inside, he got busy eating a generously sized dog treat, largely oblivious to the Carlton County officials preparing to honor the K-9 and his partner, patrol sergeant Tory Cawcutt, on the occasion of Roman's retirement. Roman had been having some health problems, so the department officially retired him on Jan. 1. Trained... Full story

  • Obituary: Leslie Gayle (Ward) Schermerhorn

    Jan 21, 2022

    Leslie Gayle (Ward) Schermerhorn, 57, lost her battle with cancer on Dec. 20, 2021, wrapped in the arms of her husband Arlan Schermerhorn and daughter Brionna (Scott) Lentner. Service will be held at Joy Christian Center in St. Cloud at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. A memorial service for close family and friends will be held at a later date in the spring.... Full story