Articles from the October 27, 2023 edition

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There's a lot to cheer about at Esko games

As many of the football teams in the state played section quarterfinal games Tuesday, some members of the Esko football team wore pajama pants to go with their pads as they filed onto their home turf... Full story


Event alert: Scary times

The County Seat Theater Company's Halloween Spooktacular is on again this weekend. Born of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the theater went outdoors with a Halloween drive-through and show. It was a... Full story

 By Brady Slater    News    October 27, 2023

There's a new face in zoning office

For the first time in 11 years, the Carlton County office responsible for zoning permits, sewer treatment compliance, shoreland alterations, waste and recycling, and well-water analysis has a new...


Fall play will be 'Alice' in Esko

Esko High School students will present the musical “Alice In Wonderland” in November. Tickets are on sale at for 7 p.m. shows Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16; 6 p.m. shows on Nov. 10 and 17; and a 2 on Nov. 19. Tickets are $12 for adu...


DNR releases deer outlook

More than 400,000 deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 4, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its outlooks on bagging a buck or doe across the state. DNR wildlife managers...

 By Mike Creger    News    October 27, 2023

El Niño will define winter

Way out west, there’s an air mass controlled by the El Niño cycle that will play a part in this winter’s weather. The National Weather Service office in Duluth released its winter weather forecast this past week, and it leaned toward the warmer Paci...


Fire district seeks more state funding

After discussing its strategies to bring state money into the district, the Cloquet Area Fire District board approved new legislative priorities, which include lobbying for regular funding and bonds. The strategies discussed at the CAFD board’s O...


Photo: Pumpkin Splash

We can't recommend a pumpkin as a proper flotation device - too slippery, and a bit tricky to handle when wet, as some found out Saturday at the Cloquet Middle School pool as Cloquet Community...


Photo: Grouse about

Will Stenberg captured this grouse with his camera on Boy Scout Road near the Whiteface River in the Sax-Zim Bog last week. According to the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog group, grouse are best seen at dawn...

 By Brady Slater    News    October 27, 2023

Board candidates look to fill vacancy

A vacancy on the Carlton school board is one of just two county-based elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Last week, the Pine Knot previewed the two-person race for a vacancy in Barnum. The Carlton race is... Full story

 By Dan Saletel    News    October 27, 2023

Store fire put out quickly

A meat smoker caught fire in the upper portion of the Carlton Meat & Grocery store Monday, causing little damage but a quite a stir as emergency crews responded. The owner posted on the business...

 By Madison McVan    News    October 27, 2023

Moms bear brunt of child care shortage

Minnesota Reformer In Clinton, the small city in western Minnesota where Autumn Morrissette lives, child care is hard to find. When Morrissette got pregnant with her first child in 2020, not even the daycare where she worked could make room for the...


Board moves on park fixes

Paving the way for the development of Esko’s Northridge Park, the Thomson Township Board of Supervisors made a series of votes aimed at improving the town’s only park last week. At the township’s Oct. 19 board meeting, in addition to voting to demol...


Photo: Donation to honor guard

Cloquet American Legion Auxiliary Post 262 donated $500 to the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. American Legion Auxiliary Post 262 president Penny Buran presented a check to honor guard member Scott...

 By Jana Peterson    News    October 27, 2023

Unvaccinated may be asked to stay home

Students who are not current on their vaccinations could be asked to stay home soon, Cloquet school superintendent Michael Cary said. State law requires that students be immunized, or that families...


Photo: Reflective light

Mary Lukkarila caught some stunning and fading fall light on the north bank of the St. Louis River last Sunday from under the Minnesota Highway 33 bridge in Cloquet.... Full story

 By Sean Hall    Opinion    October 27, 2023

Rick's arrows live beyond his death

We worked at the same place for six years, but in different areas, so hadn’t met. Plus, I lived in Cloquet and he lived in Superior. Then I decided to take up archery hunting and a co-worker said to me, “You should talk to Rick Brill, he is a big... Full story


Harry's Gang: Halloween excitement builds

It won’t be long before I can relax during the last few weeks of October, maybe get some yardwork done before the snow flies, clean the car, take a leisurely walk in the woods in our neighborhood. B... Full story


CEC stymied at State

The Lumberjacks boys soccer season ended in a shootout Wednesday, in a Class AA quarterfinal game against St. Cloud Tech High School that remained tied 1-1 through two overtime periods and ended 2-1 a... Full story


The Ticker: A quick look at area teams in action

Football playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 25 Section 7A Braham 54, South Ridge 22 Section 7AA Barnum 56, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin 7 Moose Lake-Willow River 40, Hinckley- Finlayson 19 Section 7AAAA Grand Rapids 48, Cloquet 22 Nine-man Cromwell-Wright 44,... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 27, 2023

Cardinals advance, Raptors ousted

Section 5 nine-man football playoff action started with a bang Tuesday night as Carlton County featured two of its teams in action. Cromwell-Wright came in as the No. 3 seed and opened at home... Full story


Winona flurry ends 'Jacks' season

A promising start did not carry into the rest of the game Wednesday as the Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer team lost 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament to Winona. In the third... Full story

 By Kerry Rodd    Sports    October 27, 2023

Bombers, Rebels move toward rematch after playoff openers

Two local teams entered the Section 7AA football playoffs as the top two seeds Tuesday night. Barnum entered the tournament with an undefeated record and as the top seed, while next-door-neighbor... Full story


Rapids rushes through 'Jacks

The Cloquet Lumberjacks opened play in the Section 7AAAA football playoffs on Tuesday night at the No. 5 seed, hitting the road to play No. 4 Grand Rapids. Cloquet upended the Thunderhawks a season ago in the playoffs, but not this time. Grand... Full story


Teams are now in full playoff action this week

Sectional volleyball action kicked off this week with local teams in action Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Things will heat up even more with semifinals and finals in the coming days. Find scores and matchups below. Section 7A Monday No. 8 Cherry 3,... Full story


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