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  • Esko keeps unblemished mark

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 8, 2021

    Undefeated Esko and once-beaten Two Harbors football teams collided on the Esko field for homecoming and the Eskomos proved who is the elite team, taking it to the Agates 24-0. After a scoreless first quarter, the Eskomos offense got rolling, especially on the ground. "Two Harbors has a nice football team, and they made us work," said Esko coach Scott Arntson. "Our offensive line played well, and that allowed us to run the ball pretty well." Nolan Witt got the scoring started in the second quart... Full story

  • The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

    Pine Knot News|Oct 8, 2021

    Thursday, Sept. 30 Girls soccer Cloquet-Carlton-3 Duluth Marshall-0 Hermantown-1 Esko-0 Volleyball Hibbing-3 Esko-1 Barnum-3 ML/WR-0 Friday, Oct. 1 Football Cloquet-14 Hermantown-7 Silver Bay-2 Carlton/Wrenshall-0 (Forfeit) ML/WR-64 Mesabi East-0 Barnum-70 Mille Lacs-0 Ogilvie-20 South Ridge-12 Cromwell-Wright-32 Ely-8 Saturday, Oct. 2 Girls soccer Chisago Lakes-2 Esko-1 Boys soccer CEC-2 Hermantown-1 Volleyball Mora Invite Cloquet-2 Mille Lacs-0 Cloquet-2 Mora-0 Greenway-2 Cloquet-1 Cloquet-2 Braham-0 (Cloquet finishes third) Moose... Full story

  • Eskomos lose way in the fog

    Jack Slater|Oct 8, 2021

    During a foggy Tuesday night game, fans barely saw the Esko girls soccer team fall 2-1 against a tough Denfeld side. A slow start for the Eskomos left the team unable to control a strong Hunters offense. In the 17th minute, Denfeld's Kamryn Hill broke the deadlock with a goal following a corner from Aliyah Bartling. Denfeld took the wheel early and continued to break through the opposing defense. The Eskomos responded with mounting chances near the end of the first half, but the game remained... Full story

  • South Ridge, Wrenshall fighting injuries

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 8, 2021

    So far this season both the Wrenshall and South Ridge volleyball teams have had to learn to adjust, thanks to injuries and the occasional Covid-19 exposure. Before their match Tuesday, the Pine Knot News sports department had a chance to catch up with both coaches to find out just how their seasons have progressed so far this season. "We had been playing pretty well until we suffered some injuries," said South Ridge head coach Brad Olesiak. "When we lost Svea Snickers to an injury, it changed a... Full story

  • Wilderness catch a streak

    Kerry Rodd|Oct 8, 2021

    After starting the season 0-2-1, the Minnesota Wilderness have reeled off five straight wins, including a pair of wins this past weekend at home against the Janesville Jets. "It was a nice weekend and both games were exciting right to the end," said Wilderness coach Dave Boitz. "It was a big weekend for the boys and nothing came easy." Both games ended in 6-5 wins for the Wilderness, now in fourth place in the eight-team Midwest Division of the North American Hockey League. Friday night the Wild... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Blackhoof softball honoree was a force

    Steve Korby|Oct 8, 2021

    The dog days of August were always the time for the annual Blackhoof Valley men's fastpitch softball tournament. Blackhoof Valley is to the east of Mahtowa and south of Carlton. It's rural, mostly farmland at the junction of County Roads 4 and 5. It had two, almost adjacent softball fields. One was the infamous "schoolhouse" field (literally attached to the long-vacated, old Blackhoof school) and the other was down the road at Tiny's farm. Blackhoof has had a long tradition of exceptional... Full story

  • Sports Schedule

    Pine Knot News|Oct 8, 2021

    Friday, Oct. 8 Football All games at 7 p.m. unless noted Barnum at Deer River Carlton/Wrenshall at Ogilvie, 3 p.m. Cloquet at Rock Ridge (Eveleth-Gilbert) Cromwell-Wright/Floodwood at Silver Bay Esko at Hibbing Moose Lake/Willow River vs Braham South Ridge at McGregor Saturday, Oct. 9 Girls swimming CEC at Mesabi East High School, 9 a.m. Volleyball Barnum, Wrenshall at Mesabi East, 9:30 a.m. Esko at Proctor, 9 a.m. Cross Country Cloquet at Lester Park Golf Course, 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 Volleyball Carlton at Hermantown, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Oct 8, 2021

    The Star Club celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 9, with a free event 2-11 p.m. at 6350 Highway 27 in Kettle River. Read about its history in the Oct. 1 edition of the Pine Knot News. Our sympathy to the family of Timothy Alan Frank, 57, of Cloquet who passed away Sept. 23. He was raised in Wright and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1983. Services were Oct. 7. The Round Lake Presbyterian Church is holding a sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. T...

  • When Pinehurst was the epicenter of fun

    Clarence Badger|Oct 8, 2021

    Pinehurst Park looms large in my memories of growing up in Cloquet during the 1940s and 1950s. Daily life during that post-Depression Era meant every penny had to be accounted for. Families had to plan very carefully when and if you could buy anything. If you could buy it, you either had to make it or grow it. During that time we had two major wars - World War II and the Korean War - that very much limited what you could buy. But for us kids, not having money didn't matter so much. We gathered... Full story

  • Agate Encores concerts return

    Pine Knot News|Oct 8, 2021

    The Agate Encores special concert series is back. In recent conversations with local residents, one of the things that people have missed most during our past year of Covid shutdowns is live musical performance. That is certainly true of Agate Encores Community Concerts, whose mission is to present professional entertainment to the Moose Lake community. Later this month, the Agate Encores will kick off the first of four live concerts at the school auditorium in Moose Lake. The concert series...

  • 1918 fires program is Saturday

    Pine Knot News|Oct 8, 2021

    With the 103rd anniversary of the 1918 fires approaching on Oct. 12, there are no longer elders who can tell the tales of watching hoops of fire roll down the hill near the St. Louis River in Cloquet or cars missing the turn near Kettle River and driving straight into the fire, blinded by smoke. They have passed on, leaving behind well documented memories of that terrible day and its aftermath. For the 100th anniversary of the fires three years ago, there were events nearly every month by a group of regional historical societies. This year the...

  • Hospital beds in short supply locally too

    Jana Peterson|Oct 8, 2021

    The availability of hospital beds is also an issue locally, particularly for transfers to larger hospitals, said Community Memorial Hospital CEO Rick Breuer. “It’s hard to find open beds in Duluth for anything,” he said. Beds at CMH have been full too, but not necessarily with Covid patients, he said. “People are assuming it’s all covid and that was the case last winter,” Breuer said. “Now we’re seeing a lot of people needing healthcare, maybe because they delayed it because of the pandemic or because flu season is starting, the whole rash... Full story

  • Roaming chickens stir spent hen solutions

    Mike Creger|Oct 8, 2021

    The lost chickens of Carlton County have been found. And they’ve been adopted. This week, for the second time in a month, people exploring the woods off Carlton County Road 4 between Interstate 35 and Hay Lake — along the border of Blackhoof and Twin Lakes townships — discovered more than 100 chickens roaming wild. And for the second time since Sept. 12, a call to action on social media has raised outrage and compassion as people have taken the birds in. It isn’t difficult to ascertain where t...