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  • Last Fire Call: Fire chief retiring after 36-year career

    Jana Peterson|Jun 19, 2020

    As a child, Kevin Schroeder used to tag along with his dad as he headed to the Scanlon fire hall to work as a volunteer firefighter. Schroeder became a firefighter himself, first as a volunteer in Scanlon when he was 17 years old, then in Cloquet, where he rose through the ranks to captain, battalion chief and finally to fire chief of the state's first fire district. Next week will be Schroeder's last one as chief of the Cloquet Area Fire District - an entity he helped shepherd since he was... Full story

  • Fire district closes in on hiring new leader

    Jana Peterson|Jun 12, 2020

    Following two roundsa of interviews and months of searching, the Cloquet Area Fire District is still seeking its next fire chief. The CAFD board chose to not hire either of two initial finalists (out of 15 applicants) who interviewed in early April, admitting that the job description called for someone with skills far beyond the average fire chief. In late May, the board interviewed two more candidates: former Cloquet city administrator Brian Fritsinger and George Esbensen, who was fire chief...

  • Familiar face up for fire chief

    Jana Peterson|May 29, 2020

    Following interviews in April that resulted in a renewed and somewhat altered search for a new leader, Cloquet Area Fire District board members interviewed two new fire chief/CEO candidates on Wednesday. One of them, Brian Fritsinger, is familiar to Cloquet residents, as he led the city for nearly two decades as city administrator before taking a job as deputy county administrator in neighboring St. Louis County in 2017. Candidate George Esbensen currently works as the director of sales and...

  • Fire district shifts to interim plan

    Pine Knot News|Apr 24, 2020

    Following interviews with the two finalist candidates for the position of Cloquet Area Fire District chief, members of the CAFD board opted to not hire either candidate, citing the difficulty of finding someone with the skill set to lead the district as both CEO and fire chief. Board chair Jim Langenbrunner said the board’s succession committee is shifting its attention to coming up with an interim plan to cover the fire chief position, as current fire chief Kevin Schroeder is retiring at the end of June. “Kevin is a very difficult person to...

  • Fire district interviews two chief candidates

    Jana Peterson|Apr 10, 2020

    Cloquet Area Fire District board members interviewed two finalists Tuesday for the fire chief position that will open up when Kevin Schroeder retires in June. It won't be easy, as evidenced by board member Bob DeCaigney's comment during the board's post-interview discussion that, according to the job description and duties, what they are really looking for is "Superman." A CAFD press release detailed the process so far: The search for a replacement began in late 2019, and the board hired Baker...

  • Lumberjacks standouts take stock on season

    Howie Hanson|Feb 7, 2020

    Cloquet hockey players Christian Galatz and Owen Carlson took some questions before Monday night's road game at Duluth East. Both can be considered stars on a team that is looking to make a strong push toward a state tournment berth this year. Christian Galatz Q Has the Jacks' challenging regular-season schedule prepared the team for the stretch run? A Yeah, it's definitely a tough schedule. We've come ready to play and had a good mindset every day. Q The Jacks' identity? A Offensive team,... Full story

  • Korby's Connections: Cloquet was home to broomball champions

    Steve Korby|Feb 7, 2020

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the hockey rink at Cloquet's Athletic Park on 14th Street was a hopping spot. Ice skates weren't always required. On Monday evenings from January until March, the rink was reserved for broomball. Cloquet Community Education, led by director Gary Welton, organized and conducted a men's broomball league. Teams were mostly from Cloquet but there were some from Brookston, Grand Lake and other nearby communities. The Cloquet Broomball League was unique in that... Full story

  • Lumberjacks come up short

    Pine Knot News|Jan 17, 2020

    Lumberjacks senior goalie Owen Carlson makes a save against Eden Prairie's Ben Steeve at Eden Prairie Jan. 10. The Eagles squeaked by the Lumberjacks 3-2. Midway through the second period the 'Jacks trailed 3-0, but a goal by Cole Ketola in the second and a goal by Christian Galatz in the third pulled the visitors closer but the Eagles, a team that includes former Cloquet player Mason Langenbrunner, were able to hang on for the win. Carlson made 37 saves for CEC.... Full story

  • 'Jacks sputter, then steamroll

    Kerry Rodd|Jan 10, 2020

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team was busy this past week with three home games that included a pair of wins on Friday and Tuesday. On Thursday, the 'Jacks fell 3-2 to Eagan. On Friday, the Lumberjacks fought from behind to beat Holy Angels in overtime 4-3 and on Tuesday they notched an easy win over Duluth Marshall. In their Thursday loss to Eagan, the Lumberjacks picked up the first goal of the game when Kyle Siiter scored just 1:52 into the contest on an assist from Brayden Tyman. Unf... Full story

  • Santa comes 'home' to Cloquet

    Jana Peterson|Dec 13, 2019

    In a celebration of all things winter and Christmas in this part of the world, Cloquet residents could find many ways to meet with Santa Claus last week, eat, shop, decorate cookies, enjoy Christmas music, watch a good hockey game, and shop some more. Organizer Alyson Leno declared the annual Santa's Home for the Holidays a success, breathing a sigh of relief once the parade with all its lights wrapped up and the fireworks lit up the sky over downtown Cloquet Saturday night. Leno raced off to... Full story

  • Band member had a shot in Major League Baseball ... in 1910

    Steve Korby|Nov 22, 2019

    More than 100 years ago, a member of the Fond du Lac band pitched six innings for the Chicago White Sox … the same year he was deemed “unqualified” to play for the Cloquet baseball team. His name was William Cadreau. The right-handed pitcher is listed in the 1889 Census Roll of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa, a 1-year old boy born to Antoine Cadreau and Louisa Naganab on Sept. 2, 1888, in Cloquet. William’s lineage appears to show he is the grandson of Chief Naganab of Fond du Lac, who sig... Full story

  • Lumberjacks boys look to improve

    Howie Hanson|Nov 22, 2019

    Second-year Cloquet-Esko- Carlton boys' hockey coach Shea Walters says he's been impressed by his players' commitment to improving their craft this off-season. "The kids stayed very active in hockey all summer and fall, including some players who competed in the Elite League," said Walters, who guided CEC to a 14-12-1 record last season and a Section 7AA semifinal appearance. Last season, CEC was built for a strong run in the playoff, led by a handful of high-end players including three-year...

  • Q-and-A with 'The Wayves'

    Jana Peterson|Nov 8, 2019

    Cloquet High School grads Riley Into and Landon Langenbrunner are aiming to make it big in the music world, but they aren't taking what many consider the traditional route. They aren't playing bars or or college campuses or even raves - yet. In fact, the two musicians didn't even start by learning an instrument. That came later. "We picked up on instruments after the fact, more or less," said Into. "It was our love for the music that got us into this. Langenbrunner agreed, adding that they... Full story

  • Langenbrunner headed to Harvard

    Pine Knot News|Oct 4, 2019

    Former Cloquet hockey player Mason Langenbrunner announced via Twitter last week that he will be attending college and playing hockey for Harvard. Just over a month ago the Pine Knot News featured the Langenbrunner family and part of that story discussed the family’s move to Eden Prairie, where Mason is now attending school. In his tweet, Langenbrunner said, “I am extremely honored to announce my commitment to further my education and hockey career at Harvard University. I would like to thank my friends, family, coaches and teammates who hel...

  • The Langenbrunner family is on the move

    Kerry Rodd|Aug 23, 2019

    After a playing career that spanned 18 years in the NHL, and included a couple of Stanley Cups as well as numerous moves around the country, Jamie Langenbrunner and his family retired to northern Minnesota. Now? The family will be making another move as Langenbrunner makes the transition from retired hockey player and Boston Bruins player development coordinator, into a more in-depth role with Boston as the director of player development as well as a physical move to the Twin Cities area to...

  • Cloquet honor rolls

    Jun 21, 2019

    CLOQUET SENIOR HIGH Quarter 4 A HONOR ROLL GRADE 9: Amelia Allen, Mason Anderson, Samuel Bailey, Donte Bell, Winnie Benjamin Hall, Ilei Benson, Amaya Bridge, Abigail Brown, Thorin Brown, Samuel Buytaert, Kate Conway, Marina Dostal, McKenah Downing, Carson Essler, Eve Eugenis, Hannah Fink, Bella Harriman, Laura Hecht, Olivia Jameson, Dana Jones, Caley Kruse, Carter Kubis, Jack Liang, Addison Loeb, Olivia Macaulay, Brynn Martin, Carlee Maslowski, Jillian McCullough, Jacob Mertz, Lillian Nygaard, Alijah Petite, Madison Preteau, Cale Prosen,...

  • Season ends for Lumberjacks boys tennis team

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|May 24, 2019

    The Cloquet boys tennis team opened the Section 7A boys tennis tournament by thumping Duluth Marshall 7-0 on Friday and then being bounced out of the playoffs 4-3 on Saturday by Virginia. "Getting that 7-0 quarterfinal winner over Duluth Marshall was nice," said Cloquet coach Derek Johnson. "They beat us 4-3 in playoffs last year so it felt good to return the favor this year with a sweep. The team played great all around." Peter Tomhave got the ball rolling in the right direction by taking an...

  • Tomhave earns another trip to state match

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2019

    Cloquet senior Peter Tomhave is the Section 7A champion, again. Individual sections play began Tuesday in Duluth at Longview Tennis Center where Tomhave, Cloquet's No. 1 singles player, steamrolled the opposition. Tomhave demolished Hermantown's Nolan Brickson 6-0, 6-0 before moving on to defeat Marshall's Andrew Pavlova 6-0, 6-2 on Tuesday. He capped that performance Wednesday, defeating Virginia's Joe Hafdahl in the semifinals, to advance to the championship match against Eveleth-Gilbert's Rob...

  • 'Jacks win conference title

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|May 17, 2019

    The Lumberjacks boys team continued its march toward tennis domination Tuesday, and captured the Lake Superior Conference championship as a result. The Lumberjacks shut out Hermantown 7-0 at Hermantown High School, squeaking the match in before the rains came Tuesday evening. Senior Peter Tomhave won over Ethan Halgren 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. At No. 2 singles, senior Kade Bender took a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nolan Brickson. No. 3 singles player Dennis Genereau (also a senior) defeated Chase Sams...

  • Northwoods' Brown inducted into credit union 'Hall of Leaders'

    May 17, 2019

    The Minnesota Credit Union Network recently honored Barb Brown, former CEO and president of Northwoods Credit Union, for being inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. The Credit Union House Hall of Leaders was introduced to provide lasting recognition for credit union leaders whose commitment has made a significant impact on the credit union movement at the local, state or national level. Barb was previously inducted in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. March 10 and honored again...

  • CEC tennis team busy making up for lost time

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 26, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team dropped an early season match with Duluth East Tuesday afternoon 7-0 at Cloquet High School. The Greyhounds, a dominant local power on the tennis circuit, proved their worth as they swept the Lumberjacks, handing them their second loss of the season. The Lumberjacks fell to Cambridge-Isanti in their first meet of the season before defeating Superior 6-1 at home. "It's been a tough early season," said head coach Derek Johnson, explaining that it's tough t...

  • CLOQUET HIGH SCHOOL honor roll quarter 3

    Apr 12, 2019

    A HONOR ROLL GRADE 9 Amelia Allen, Mason Anderson, Samuel Bailey, Donte Bell, Winnie Benjamin Hall, Ilei Benson, Abigail Brown, Thorin Brown, Jonah Bryant-Nikko, Samuel Buytaert, Kate Conway, Sophia Diver, Marina Dostal, McKenah Downing, Carson Essler, Eve Eugenis, Hannah Fink, Connor Hecht, Laura Hecht, Olivia Jameson, Dana Jones, Caley Kruse, Carter Kubis, Jack Liang, Addison Loeb, Olivia Macaulay, Brynn Martin, Carlee Maslowski, Jillian McCullough, Jacob Mertz, Cale Prosen, Bailey Reynolds, Bella Richardson, Sarah Ringat, Emerson Rock,...

  • Tomhave, boys tennis serve notice they are team to watch

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot News Sports|Apr 5, 2019

    Led by senior Peter Tomhave, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team is looking for big things this season. But the No. 1 singles player is just one of many strong players for the boys team that will be feisty and full of fight this season. "We have about 28 players on the team this year, which is up a few from last year," said CEC coach Derek Johnson. "We have some new juniors and seniors who are athletic and will definitely put up a fight even if they don't have the tennis experience."...

  • It's crunch time for the Wilderness

    Dwight Cadwell, Pine Knot News Sports|Mar 15, 2019

    Three weeks ago the Minnesota Wilderness were poised to make a run in the standings, with the team tied for third in the NAHL’s Central Division and fresh off a sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. Since then, the Wilderness have found wins hard to come by. The Cloquet-based team is 2-7-1 for the last 10 games and have fallen into fifth place — 10 points out of the last playoff spot. Central Division leader Aberdeen swept the Wilderness last weekend, outscoring them 8-1 in the two meetings. The Wil...

  • Lumberjacks knocked out of playoffs

    Kerry Rodd, Pine Knot Sports|Mar 1, 2019

    The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey team came out buzzing against Duluth East in the first period Saturday afternoon in the Section 7AA boys hockey semifinal game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Unfortunately, the 'Jacks were not rewarded for a quick start. As play moved forward, a very physical Greyhounds team was able to connect for a goal at the end of the first period and then pulled away to a 5-2 victory and a spot in the championship game on Thursday against Andover. "In hockey there is that...

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