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  • Wright-Cromwell News

    Jennie K. Hanson|Aug 23, 2019

    Not only did Wright native Jason Line earn the No. 1 spot at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway’s qualifier, he came through and won the Pro Stock race, for his 49th career victory. It was his second career win at Brainerd, after his 2014 event win in Indianapolis after a rain delay. In an Aug. 14 Duluth News Tribune story, Geoff Gorvin of Brainerd International Raceway pointed out that 2 percent of Tamarack, Wright and Cromwell’s population of 420 will comprise 15...

  • Carlton News

    Leola Rudd|Aug 23, 2019

    Throughout the spring, summer and fall, my sister and I go to as many thrift stores and rummage and garage sales as we can. My sister looks for ceramic vases and plates to make her special bird feeders, and I hunt for glass vases and plates to make garden angels as special gifts for family and friends. I was curious how the rummage sale got started in America, so I used my handy-dandy computer and internet to find the answer. (As some of my family and friends know, I am not very good when it comes to technology.) I discovered that the yard and...

  • Carlton Events

    Pine Knot News|Aug 23, 2019

    CARLTON EVENTS Carlton Schools -Back to School open house, 12-6 p.m. Aug. 29 at South Terrace and High School. -Student photos will be taken 12-6 p.m. at each school. -Sixth-grade orientation at 5 p.m. in MS/HS library. -For more information, go to www.carlton.k12.mn.us. -First day of school, Sept. 3. Welcome back, students and staff! Have a great year! -Varsity football game, 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Carlton football field. Find more events with this column online at pineknotnews.com...

  • Down at the fair

    Jana Peterson|Aug 23, 2019

    Another Carlton County Fair has come and gone, and with it all the 4-H kids and their farm animals, carnival rides and games, tractors, race cars, horses, music, fair food and, of course, all the fairgoers who streamed into Barnum Thursday through Sunday to see and be seen. Fair manager Allysha Sample estimated total attendance at 50,000 over the four days, and said Saturday broke records for attendance, including a sold-out grandstand and pit passes for that evening's demolition derby. "We had...

  • Cloquet senior sings her way to all-state

    Jana Peterson|Aug 23, 2019

    Kirsten Papas was in vocal heaven earlier this month, surrounded by more than 100 "musical nerds" at all-state choir. Her words. "You find out everyone is as much a nerd as you are," Papas said. "It's very welcoming. I think a lot of us had written ourselves off, but we found a rebirth there ... it's fun and not as difficult to be a good musician as people think." Considered the top program of its kind across the nation, the Minnesota Music Educators Association's all-state music program is...

  • On The Mark: Outstanding whodunit shows always entertain

    Ann Markusen|Aug 23, 2019

    I’m not a TV watcher. Movies are often too long for that last hour before falling asleep. In recent years, we’ve watched two whodunit series, available on Netflix, that stand out for their excellence in conception and stylish, culturally embedded filming: “Death in Paradise” and “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” A whodunit generally dispenses with the act of murder, culprit unseen, in the first five to seven minutes. They spare sensitive people like me the dread, even terror, of many police and...

  • Deep bench, lots of talent bode well for CEC soccer

    Kerry Rodd|Aug 23, 2019

    After a season in which their record was below .500, as well as suffering a first-round playoff loss, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys soccer team is aiming to bounce back with a team that has a large group of returning athletes. "Last year we were 7-9-1 and lost in the first round of the section playoffs to Proctor 1-0," said first-year head coach Dave Bergan. "We have 11 returning (varsity) players." Those returning players include seniors Otto Cockburn, Ryan Conway and Caleb Swanson, along with...

  • Ragnar comes to Carlton County

    Jordan Allen|Aug 23, 2019

    Starting in St. Paul, last weekend's Ragnar race took runners along Interstate 35 through Stillwater, North Branch, Moose Lake, Carlton, and the numerous other towns separating the runners from the finish line in Duluth. The director of the Minnesota Ragnar, Amber Sadlier, changed the course and name from the previous years' Great River Ragnar, which originally took runners from Winona to St. Paul. This is the first year that the statewide relay race ran through Carlton County and ended in...

  • Black Bear course is beautiful, player-friendly

    Steve Korby|Aug 23, 2019

    It's a fact: most golfers don't like being in sand traps or hitting the ball out of these hazards. But, if you must, the Black Bear golf course in Carlton is the place to show off your skills, just like the professionals. Here, beautiful white sand from Georgia is, indeed, the same as the picturesque sand found in traps at Augusta National Golf Course - the home of the Masters Tournament. The Black Bear golf course is located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota Highway 210. It is...

  • 'Jacks build on experience

    Kerry Rodd|Aug 23, 2019

    Two years ago the Lumberjacks finished second in the Minnesota State Class AAAA football tournament. Last season, Cloquet entered the 7AAAA tournament as the favorite, but suffered a key injury and eventually lost the section title to the Hermantown Hawks. If the 'Jacks are going to get back to the section title game this season they will need to rely on some key players. Markus Pokornowski was a huge cog in the Lumberjack offense and defense last season, but was injured late in the season and...

  • Football previews

    Kerry Rodd|Aug 23, 2019

    In Esko, numbers and hopes are high With around 60 players out for this year’s team, the Esko football team may be the envy of most Class AAA teams around the state. Those are solid numbers for a school of that size and the Eskomos are hoping to parlay that into success on the field as well. The Eskomos struggled last season and finished 3-7, including a second-round playoff loss. With leadership from returning veterans such as Dylan Vinje at wide receiver, Keegan Akervik at defensive end, E...

  • Girls tennis gets back into the swing of things

    Kerry Rodd|Aug 23, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team hopes to bounce back after a season in which they went 1-18 last year. A huge factor will be the return of some top returning players with a full season of varsity tennis under their belts. “Some key returning players are Lexi Norrgard and Kylie McKeon at No. 1 doubles, and Michelle Jokinen at No. 1 singles,” said Cloquet coach Derek Johnson. “Lauren Maslowski and Addie Loeb both will play some singles and doubles throughout the year.” The Lumberj...

  • Summary of CEC's first-day matches

    Pine Knot News|Aug 23, 2019

    CEC 2, AITKIN 5 Singles No. 1 - Ellie Jindra, AITKIN def. Addie Loeb, CEC, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 10-3; No. 2 - Grace Janzen, AITKIN def. Winnie Benjamin Hall, CEC, 6-2, 7-6 (1); No. 3 - Kelsi Welle, AITKIN def. Marina Dostal, CEC, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6; No. 4 - Breanna Hines, AITKIN def. Lydia Stone, CEC, 3-6, 6-3, 13-11; Doubles No. 1 - Lexi Norrgard - Kylie Mckeon, CEC def. Brooke Hansen - Abby Monse, AITKIN, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7; No. 2 - Ashlyn Berg - Sophie Ryan, AITKIN def. Lauren Maslowski - Brianna Despot, CEC, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7; No. 3 - Carlee Maslowski -...

  • Pine Knot Outdoors: Tales of the cattail harvest

    Bret Baker|Aug 23, 2019

    My wife, Jamie, loves to put her fall decorations out at the first sign of autumn. A couple of cold mornings triggers her to journey to the recesses of our basement in search of her stash of scarecrows and pumpkins, just as the first snow of the year signals all her snowmen to report for duty. Noticeably missing in her bin this year was a bundle of cattails we’ve had for years. Our black lab, Mogli, ripped them to shreds at the height of his “puppy chews everything phase” last September. I kno...

  • Obituary: David "Toivo" Roy Alaspa

    Aug 23, 2019

    David “Toivo” Roy Alaspa, 65, of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born June 16, 1954 in Cloquet to Toivo and Helen (Kolehmainen) Alaspa. David’s mother always called him “lovable Davey” but he was nicknamed “Toivo” after his father. He was a very good hockey player, was popular in school and was liked by all his classmates. David was a 1972 graduate of Cloquet High School. Throughout his life he worked var... Full story

  • Obituary: Robert "Big Bob" Theodore Giblin

    Aug 23, 2019

    Robert Theodore Giblin, 81, of Cloquet, Minn. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born on Dec. 18, 1937 in Brookston to Theodore and Jennie (Widstrom) Giblin. He graduated from Brookston High School in 1955. Bob worked on the railroad for six years before going to work for Conwed. He retired from USG in 1997. He married Madeline Vnuk on July 25, 1959 in Brookston. Bob loved the outdoors, spending time at the cabin on Little Grand L... Full story

  • Obituary: Robert Harold Brander

    Aug 23, 2019

    Robert “Bob” H. Brander, 72, of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at his home. He was born April 28, 1947 in Duluth to Walter and Sylvia (Ollila) Brander. Bob graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1965. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army. Bob retired as a pipefitter from the Potlatch Corp. after working for 35 years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fishing, along with other outdoor activities. Bob was preceded in death by his mot... Full story