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Guest commentary: Carlton's side of consolidation debate
12 hours 1 min ago
Cromwell-Wright's Natalee Hakamaki scores while being fouled by Marshall School's Dasia Starks on Monday, Feb. 18. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal
Hakamakis, Cards fly over Hilltoppers
14 hours 4 min ago
Wrenshall senior William Bird goes up for a shot during the Wrens' 57-42 homecoming win over Floodwood on Friday, Feb. 15. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)
Boys basketball: Wrens rounding into shape
February 19, 2019 - 9:59am
Scoreboard
14 hours 5 min ago
Moose Lake-Willow River's Natalie Mikrot makes a layup Thursday, Feb. 14, versus Barnum. Dave Harwig / Pine Journal
Girls basketball: Blacklock, Rebels sweep Bombers
14 hours 8 min ago
A train of empty cars passes the scene of Saturday’s derailment on Monday afternoon. The derailment scattered coal alongside and onto the frozen St. Louis River upstream of Cloquet. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com) play button
Railroad reopens as coal train derailment cleanup continues
February 19, 2019 - 8:29am
A teenage Jason Grover posed for his confirmation photo. Contributed photo
Love wasn't enough to save him
February 18, 2019 - 10:21am
Boys hockey: Rebels bow out, but young team holds promise
14 hours 11 min ago
Sean Copeland, attorney for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talks at Tuesday’s news conference about Saturday’s derailment of part of a BNSF Railways coal train along the St. Louis Rive. Band Chairman Kevin DuPuis (background, left) expressed frustration with the lack of communication and cooperation he says the band has received from BNSF. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com play button
Fond du Lac, Cloquet first responders say they weren’t notified of derailment until hours later; demand access to site
February 19, 2019 - 5:39pm
Boston Bruins center Karson Kuhlman (right) and left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) celebrate after Kuhlman scored against the San Jose Sharks during the first period Monday at SAP Center at San Jose. Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports
NHL: Former Bulldog captain Kuhlman scores first goal with Boston Bruins
February 19, 2019 - 1:26pm
Center for Rural Affairs: 5 steps to help small-town grocery stores
February 20, 2019 - 7:59am
Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com 
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton goaltender Owen Carlson (30) stops a shot in the second period Tuesday at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet on Tuesday.
Prep boys hockey: Carlson keys CEC's playoff win
February 19, 2019 - 11:24pm
Meredith Cherne
Thunder's Cherne earns 'Player of the Week' honors
February 19, 2019 - 4:13pm
Jamey Malcomb
Malcomb column: Snow has reporter dreaming of Mexico
February 19, 2019 - 10:06am
Dakotah Jayde Abramowski
UPDATE: Missing Cloquet man may be in danger, police say
February 20, 2019 - 5:12pm

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Norman Granholm's photo from the 1957-58 school year. (Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune)

It all started a couple of months ago when my editor texted me and asked if I was interested in doing a story about history.

My immediate response was an ...

Ellie Regas, 14, of Carlton completes her riding performance course on a closed track near the Wood City Riders grooming barn. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

The snow dropped on the region in the past few weeks was a welcome change for the Wood City Riders, a Cloquet-based snowmobile club.

The snow also meant the club ...

Forest Lake peewee coaches question referee Kevin Kangas about a call made. Most of the time, the coaches are respectful of the referees' explanations, but once in a while, a coach will yell at a referee and get kicked out of the game. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

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Hockey isn't just a game — it's a way of life for some.

"When hockey is over, the passion doesn't just leave you," Jestina Vichorek said.

The 28-year-old has ...

AJ House (right) and Shannon Taylor of Cromwell-Wright High School were tasked with making a concrete boat in an engineering and design class. Andee Erickson / Pine Journal

Two groups of students in a Cromwell-Wright High School engineering and design class each had to build a boat that floats while holding two students.

The twist? The primary material ...

Gavin LeBlanc (right) polkas with Shirley Tremblay at the Cloquet VFW dance Dec. 15. LeBlanc, who celebrated his 18th birthday there, credits his grandfather with instilling a love for polka in him. Jamey Malcomb / Pine Journal

Going dancing for an 18th birthday celebration isn't unusual.

An 18-year-old celebrating at the Cloquet VFW's weekly polka dance, however, is another matter, but Silver Bay's Gavin LeBlanc isn't an ...

The Carlton County Transfer stations recycles unwanted electronics for $9 per item. Andee Erickson / Pine Journal

Jeff Bergeron, who has worked at the Carlton Recycling Shed for three years, shared some of the most common recycling "don'ts" he sees residents mistake for "dos."

Plastic flower pots, ...

Deborah Spears stands near her Cloquet home, where she hopes to construct a Pay It Forward Pantry. Residents experiencing hunger can access food from the pantry without leaving their neighborhood. (Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal)

A Cloquet woman is hoping to jumpstart an innovative — and lower profile — way to address hunger in the community.

Deborah Spears wants to construct Pay It Forward Pantries ...

Tony Jurek was a prisoner of war from 1950-1953 in Korea. The then-18-year-old spent 33 months as a POW before being released when the war was over. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

A small round table covered with a white tablecloth and a place setting for one sits quietly in a corner by itself at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979. The table ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...