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  • Obituaries: Gordon C. MacVey

    Sep 4, 2020

    Gordon C. MacVey Gordon Carlyle MacVey, 88, peacefully died in his sleep Aug. 7, 2020 in Hermantown under hospice care. Gordon has now joyfully rejoined his beloved wife, Dona, in forever matrimony. Gordon was born Dec. 14, 1931 to Noble and Katherine MacVey. He was raised in St. Paul. During the summer, the MacVey family would travel to the family farm in Blackhoof Township in Carlton County. Gordon always enjoyed farming activities with his father, especially hay season, even during the time o... Full story

  • School days in a pandemic: ready, set, mask

    Jana Peterson|Sep 4, 2020

    When the Kids Corner child care program opted to make masks mandatory for its summer program, the initial reaction was skeptical, she said. But staff and parents have been pleasantly surprised by how readily the kids - mostly school-aged - got with the program. "We looked at it as training," said Community Ed director Ruth Reeves, "and we figured it was their future." That gave their kids a nearly two-month head start on the rest of the state, which joined them on July 25 after Minnesota... Full story

  • Lumberjacks roll over Esko in opener

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    Some semblance of normalcy returned to the local sports scene Tuesday afternoon when the Cloquet girls soccer team hosted Esko at the high school's Rol Bromberg Field. Or maybe it was the new normal, as three Lumberjack players knelt to show their support for the Black Lives Matters movement during the Star Spangled Banner (see Page 3) and all players observed social distancing while introductions were made, waving from the field instead of running out to high fives and handshakes. In the end,... Full story

  • Cross Country: Cloquet runners aim for return trip to state

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    A year ago the Cloquet boys cross country team was loaded with talent, including four strong seniors. As a team, the Lumberjack boys qualified for the state tournament and were a force to be reckoned with at every meet. Don't think for a minute that this year's team is "rebuilding" - the Lumberjacks return a strong nucleus with a lot of experience and dedication. "The biggest challenge this year for the boys team is that last season we graduated a group of seniors (including Jordan Allen, Jesse... Full story

  • Cross Country: Esko ready for a fast start to the season

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    The Esko boys and girls cross country teams have been notorious for being perennial contenders in the sectional meet. After a challenging time last year, things look to be on the upswing for the Eskomos this season. “Last year was a good year, overall, and a good indicator of positive things to look forward to,” said coach Jeremy Hallsten, who is in his eighth year as head coach. “After having lost key contributors to both our running teams two years ago, we had a bit of a rebuilding year last... Full story

  • Cross Country: Combined Rebels team aims to compete hard

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    Willow River/Barnum can expect to have a big season in boys and girls cross country this fall. The Rebels have 45 athletes out this fall as they hope to improve on a seventh-place finish for the boys and a fifth-place finish for the girls in last year’s Section 7A cross country meet. “We lost two great seniors from our section team from last year,” said Rebels coach Adam Whelan. “On the girls team we lost Coriella Sheetz, our top girl runner last year, and Tan Dipman, who was a top-five boy run... Full story

  • Cross Country: Cardinals do the work to win

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    Don't look now, but the Cromwell-Wright Cards could be on the verge of something special this cross country season. A year ago the Cards sent two athletes to the state meet and this year it could be even more. "We had a great season with the largest team we have ever had and the most seniors ever," said the excited Cards coach Pete Koenig, explaining that the team graduated seven seniors total. "The boys team had many second-place team finishes, outstanding for such a small school." "On the... Full story

  • Cross Country: Raptors ready to run

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    The Carlton/Wrenshall Raptors cross country girls and boys teams are hoping No. 3 will be a charm. After forming a cooperative team in 2018, last season was the second year in a row the Raptors had enough runners to compete as a team instead of just individuals. Head coach Eric Holter is seeing the results this year. "Last year we had some forward movement with both the boys and girls teams showing up strong and placing respectably amongst the competition," he said. "This was the second year... Full story

  • Cross Country: Panthers add depth to talent and experience

    Kerry Rodd|Sep 4, 2020

    Now in his 17th year as the head cross country coach at South Ridge and previously AlBrook, Jeremy Polson is no stranger to the ups and downs of high school athletics. "Last year was a rebuilding year for the boys, and it shows, as we are much better this year," said Polson. "It is a young group, but we return all our runners from last year and have added some depth. Our girls team repeated as Polar League Conference Champions and we have everyone back!" Amazingly, the Panthers have numbers that... Full story

  • The secret life of water

    Sep 4, 2020

    Water is all around us, but how often do we think about it? Where does your drinking water come from? A city supply, private well, bottles? Sometimes it feels like it magically appears, ready for use. And then it goes down the drain or toilet. Poof, all gone! Or is it? I am going to reveal the secret life of water. We all know the water cycle where water evaporates up to the clouds where it collects until it gets dense enough to rain (or snow). It then falls back to Earth to become groundwater again. When water seeps in from the surface and... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Sep 4, 2020

    As I’m putting the finishing touches on this news column today, it’s my 75th birthday! That’s three quarters of a century! Or 27,394 days old, counting the 19 leap year days I added. My birthday was Aug. 31, and it sure feels weird getting to this age. When I was just 15 or 16 years old I never even thought of getting this old. But the years just keep rolling along! Now, we have to pray for a cure for Covid in the near future, although I think it may take another year or more. We don’t go anyw...