The Nerf war is back


April 23, 2021

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, students from Cloquet, Esko and Carlton high schools are holding another “Nerf war” — so don’t be surprised to see kids chasing each other with brightly colored Nerf guns in the name of fun and fortune.

Although not unique to northern Carlton County, this rite of spring is a big deal. Each spring, some 200 kids or so form teams, pay their entry fees, dig out their Nerf guns and prepare for battle.

While it makes many adults uncomfortable in a world where public shootings happen far too often with real guns, the kids say it’s fun, and mu...

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