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Player power in puck politics
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The Cloquet School Board voted Monday, Aug. 6, to not renew boys hockey coach Kevin Smalley's contract. Cloquet Pine Journal file
Puck stops here for first-year coach
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Candidate Q&A: Roger Maki, Mayor
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Candidate Q&A: Trevor Berg, Mayor
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Candidate Q&A: Dave Hallback, Mayor
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Candidate Q&A: Richard Colsen, Ward 3 Cloquet City Council
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Candidate Q&A: Dakota Koski, Ward 3 Cloquet City Council
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Candidate Q&A: Randy Flynn, Ward 3 Cloquet City Council
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A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo

Editor's note: This is the George Milczark 1918 fires story, as related by Frank Milczark on Oct. 6, 1970. The story was first published in the Moose Lake Star Gazette ...

Joseph (left) and Bret Baker of Cloquet talk about the "flipping" method of casting worms for bass, where the lure is flipped underhanded rather than cast overhand. The father-son duo will fish together dozens of times during the summer. John Myers / Duluth News Tribune

NEAR SAWYER, Minn. — Just minutes into this particular fishing excursion, Bret Baker started the verbal barbs with a backhanded comment about his son Joseph's first largemouth bass of the ...

Many Thomson Township residents escaped the fire via a DW&P train from the Harney depot, pictured here. Jennie Kinnunen Sota (1897-1981) remembered the train blew its whistle continually throughout its rescue attempt, hoping to guide people in the darkness. Contributed photo

A new book on the 1918 fire in Thomson Township was sparked by a mystery, according to resident, writer and former teacher Phil Johnson.

"We wanted to get a better ...

Siblings Charlotte and Aidan Ripp of Cloquet are training with the Nordic combined U.S. Junior National Team. Contributed photo

Nordic combined may be one of the more challenging sports, and two Cloquet siblings are excelling on its biggest stage. Aidan and Charlotte Ripp, son and daughter of Caroline and ...

Long-time pen pals Connie Male and Gun-Britt Efraimsson pose with their husbands, Dan Male and Hawken Efraimsson, in Male's back yard. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Connie Male bubbled with excitement when she talked about her recent guests. Gun-Britt (pronounced "Goon-Britt") and Hawken ("Hooken") Efraimsson were visiting Connie and her husband Dan for a week from ...

Some might find it hard to believe that the tiny town of Automba was once a lumber boomtown with a railyard a half-mile long and quarter-mile deep, and three ...

Cloquet may have suffered the greatest financial losses in the Fires of 1918, but Moose Lake and the surrounding small towns in southern Carlton County paid a much dearer cost ...

Survivors of the 1918 fires dig a mass grave for fire victims in and around the Moose Lake area. Although the photo says 450 victims, not everyone was buried in the mass grave and some remains were likely never found as the fire burned so hot. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society

Editor's note: Twenty-year-old Tony Hanson sent a letter to his sister Alice after the fire, telling how he and the rest of the family survived the fire that destroyed Moose ...

Jay Cooke park manager Lisa Angelos talks about the need for work on the historic buildings at the Oldenburg Point picnic grounds, including the water tower and latrine building behind her. Built by the CCC in 1934, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

If visitors to Jay Cooke State Park want to use an indoor restroom, they're out of luck. The only choices now are a port-a-potty or an outhouse.

The park's water ...

Tiara Larson exits a smoke filled house during a recent training event for Carlton Fire Fighters Cadets. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

A group of firefighters gear up in their yellow "suits" and get ready to enter a small white house as smoke drifts out. A white Carlton Fire and Ambulance truck ...

Jake Finifrock and family, returning to visit red pine he helped plant when he was 9 years old. Contributed photos

Throughout his adventure-filled life, no matter what he did or where he roamed, Alan Finifrock still made time to care for and manage the Barnum land he acquired many years ...

Cloquet High School Resource Officer Erik Blessener stands watch in the Cloquet High School hallways last fall. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Editor note: This is the second story in a two-part series about gun violence. The first story was published March 15.

Cloquet High School student Jonathan Muhvich is optimistic about ...

This sign is posted on a door to help direct visitors how to gain access through the new security entrance at Cloquet High School. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Editor note: This is the first story in a two-part series about gun violence in schools. In the March 22, issue, reporter Jamie Lund hears from school administrators, educators and ...

 

Kids can now learn to read with some of their favorite characters like the Rescue Bots and My Little Pony on the Early Literacy Tablets available now for checkout ...

 

Friends, family and fellow runners came together Saturday in a race for one of their own. Well-known and longtime Milltown Milers runner Jim Hagerl has been fighting stage 4 ...

Josh Garvey, 8, enjoys hugs and kisses with rescue donkeys Slim Jim and Rubeus at Save the Brays Donkey rescue near Barnum. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

The donkeys come from around the United States. Some of them are rescued from auctions and kill lots, while others have been neglected or abused closer to home. Most survive ...

Davin DePoe

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has hired FDLTCC alumnus Davin DePoe as head coach of the Thunder football team.

DePoe, a Cloquet resident, begins immediately. Former Thunder head ...

Brothers Ron Tondryk, left, and Dale Tondryk frame a poster commemorating Esko’s 1975 state football championship at the annual Esko Sports Alliance Hall of Fame induction luncheon at the Dry Dock. Ron Tondryk was a freshman on the 1975 team, while Dale was a senior co-captain. In addition to the 1975 team, other new inductees were Mel Koivisto, the late Mike Antilla, Julian Bertogliat and Nikki (Flynn) Gregg. Photo courtesy of Esko Sports Alliance

Brothers Ron Tondryk, left, and Dale Tondryk frame a poster commemorating Esko's 1975 state football championship at the annual Esko Sports Alliance Hall of Fame induction luncheon at the Dry ...

Rod Walli and Ragui Assaad take a break on Mt. Baldy. Photo by Ann Markusen

It's easy to think of Minnesota state parks as the places where we play and recreate in spring, summer and fall. But many offer winter beauty, lodging and workouts, too.
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A Wild Turkey searches for and feeds on seeds under the snow. Larry Weber photos

Like many others who spend the entire cold season in the Northland, I put out food for birds. Unlike some of the local avian feeders, I do not keep the ...

Jim Northrup III poles through a wild rice bed on the Fond du Lac Reservation in this 2013 photo. Ivy Vainio/Special to the Pine Journal

Soudan resident Bob Tammen says he canoed in the St. Louis River south of Aurora and saw wild rice growing, but when he went downstream, the iron levels increased in ...

Ram Insurance President Steve Knutson stands in front of a sign showing how the new insurance building (being constructed behind him) will look when it's finished. Davis Helberg/Special to the Pine Journal

By early next year, Esko's largest private employer will have a new home and, finally, some elbow room.

Construction is underway on a $5 million-plus project for RAM Mutual Insurance ...

Young people lead Saturday’s ninth annual Suicide Awareness Walk in Carlton, carrying a banner decorated with hundreds of brightly colored ribbons, each one to remember someone lost to suicide over the past nine years of the walk. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com

When asked for whom he was walking during Saturday's ninth annual Suicide Awareness Walk, Chad Mackey's answer was short and sad.

"Too many people," he said.

When Mackey was a ...

Cloquet’s Cody Bauer (top left, bottom right) and Mathew Kayser (top right, bottom left) and Cody Bauer (top left and bottom right) are two lives lost to death by suicide in Carlton County over the past 14 months. They are missed very much by their families and friends. Special to the Pine Journal

Mathew Kayser was a smart kid who loved singing and playing the guitar and piano with family and friends. He was kind, loving and funny. A great soccer player for ...

Cody Bauer (back right) stands with his brother, Andrew Bauer, in a family photo taken not long before Cody died by suicide in January 2017. Smiling family members on the coach include (from left) brother Joseph Bauer, mom Cassie Diver, stepdad Mike Diver and brother Mason Diver, along with the family dog, Ralph. Special to the Pine Journal

Since her son, Cody Bauer, died by suicide in January, Cassie Diver has become a devoted advocate for suicide awareness and suicide prevention efforts. Every day in September, she posted ...

Carolyn Lehikoinen's childhood doll is surrounded of photographs of her through the years, including her first-grade photo in the center next to her high school graduation photo. Lehikoinen learned to sew early in life and made her doll's clothes. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

I Thank Thee Lord

I thank you Lord for the sunshine

After the long needed rain.

Thank you for the birds that sing under my window pane.

Thank you for ...