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 By Mike Creger    People    February 23, 2024 

For leap year babies, age is a numbers game

In one school year in the 1940s, in rural Moose Lake, there were five sets of twins riding a bus to school. This is testament from Jim Eckman, who, with his twin brother Chuck, belonged to one of... Full story


Other local leap year babies share their stories

Finally legal Marlys Kilen of Cloquet will celebrate her 21st birthday on Feb. 29. "I'll be at an age when I can start to drink," chortled Kilen, who will be 84 years old. Growing up in Lakefield, in... Full story


For Janae, it's all smiles ... and a crowning moment

The smile on Janae Sjodin's face was everything. But then someone must have said, "But wait, there's more." Wrenshall High School principal Michelle Blanchard called it all "surreal," like "something... Full story


A Friday night for royalty

It was a royal night of homecoming for schools on opposite ends of Carlton County last Friday.... Full story


Quilting group gets award, cash

The Lake Country Power electricity utility selected the Lakeside Quilters of Tamarack as the winner of its annual Touchstone Energy Community Award. The co-op chose to recognize the group as its membe...


How history can flow through one man

Over the years, Cloquet resident Clarence Badger has told stories of playing basketball at the old Civic Center where the fire station now sits. He shared photos of his uncles returning from World... Full story


Kidney donor raises elevation and awareness

For Cloquet's Julie Samuelson, even climbing a volcano in Guatemala can feel like home. "It got pretty serious, dealing with elevation and when the weather turned to crud," she said. "It was kind of l...

 By Steve Korby    People    January 12, 2024

Korby Connections: Worms are big business for Barnum grad

It's hard to believe, but Noah Parker has been the CEO of a thriving Highway 5, Carlton County seasonal business for 10 years ... after all, he's only 23. "I was 13 and asked my dad if he could give... Full story


Remember when junior national ski jumping was held in Duluth?

Pine Knot News subscriber and two-time state ski jumping champion (1966, 1967) Rick Nelson stopped in recently with an obscure item for show and tell. It was a Northwest Paper Company notebook, comple... Full story


Creating, giving: Hazel's Christmas spirit

Allow Hazel her moment. Allow her to consider herself one of Santa's elves. She certainly fits the bill. This holiday season, Hazel Aili stuffed the donation box at South Terrace Elementary with 19... Full story


Cloquet musician pens Duluth rock 'n roll book

As a teenager growing up in West Duluth in the 1970s, music really mattered to James Wiita, even more than school sometimes. He's been revisiting those times in recent years, as he researched and... Full story


Photo: A big tribute

The Esko Fire Department marked the passing of one of their own by hanging an enormous American flag between two ladder trucks outside Nelson Funeral Home Friday morning. Esko grad Scott Allan... Full story


She was 'ready to be with Gordy'

The Northland lost its most famous fry cook last week, when Marilyn Lundquist died at age 94, having spent two-thirds of those years working the grill at her family's Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet. "She... Full story


On Faith: It was God who pulled off the ultimate heist

Have you ever seen the movie, “Oceans 11”? If you haven’t, you should. It stands as one of Hollywood’s better renditions of a heist movie. Its characters set out to do the impossible — to rob the shared vault of three casinos on a fight...


MCCU retiree receives award

Retiring Members Cooperative Credit Union learning and development manager Kathlynn McConnell was honored recently by the Minnesota Credit Union Network with a Credit Union Builder Award. The award...


Photo: A bead on fun

Churchill Elementary fourth-graders in Jessica Gagne's class learned beading this month. Here, the kids are making bracelets they designed themselves. Pictured from left are Franny Langer, Tucker... Full story


CEC diver soaks in State

The first Lumberjacks diver to go to State since 2005, Esko junior Rilee Durovec took 20th place at the Minnesota State High School League Class A Swimming and Diving meet last week....


On Faith: Finding some good in our weedy existence

Why do bad things happen to good people? A couple of years ago, Andrea and I started a vegetable garden. Since then, we've learned at least one thing: we're pretty lousy gardeners. Or, at least, I... Full story

 By Ted Lammi    People    November 10, 2023

Cloquet grads make waves in gaming world

Stormhaven Studios, maker of the "Embers Adrift" online video game, is operated by three members of the Cloquet High School Class of 2005: John Gust, Seth Anderson and Wade Larson. "North of the... Full story


There's a new church in Esko

Seven years after it was purchased in 2016, a prominent property in Esko is nearly ready for its big reveal. "We're basically starting over," said Mike Blanchet, who, with his spouse and fellow... Full story


Promotion: Another sticker winner

Marylyn Wefelmeyer was the recipient of a gift certificate to CreativEdge Designs in Carlton this week. Wefelmeyer was spotted traveling with an "I Think Knot" bumper sticker, supporting her favorite... Full story


4-Hers show off horse skills

Eight 4-Hers from Carlton County participated in the Minnesota 4-H state horse show Sept. 15-18 on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights. There were 608 participants from across...


ON FAITH: Evil can strike anywhere; stay vigilant

I am not sure about you, but the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel this past weekend woke me up. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, I was concerned about terrorist attacks. But more recently that concern has dissipated. First of all, because... Full story


4-Hers clean up in State Fair animal barn

Carlton County had 17 entrants among the 4-H members from across Minnesota who showcased their animals at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 2,562 animals were shown. The best entries from county...


Welcome back!

The month of September is always an exciting time of year, filled with all kinds of returns. Throughout this month, our schools have been filled with returning students, faculty, and staff while our... Full story


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