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Top Highlights of Carlton

by JS Realty


Carlton is located about 20 minutes southwest of downtown Duluth via I-35 S and MN-45. With a total area of 2.27 square miles, Carlton’s population measured 862 at the 2010 census. Don’t miss the annual Carlton Daze celebration held in late July.


In 1870, the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to finish a stretch of track that would link Duluth to St. Paul. Temporary shacks were erected for the workmen at the place that was soon known as "Northern Pacific Junction". In 1881, this settlement was incorporated as Carlton, taking its name from former State Senator Reuben Carlton.

School District

South Terrace Elementary is located at 530 Stine Drive, Carlton, MN 55718-0620 and caters to Preschool through 5th grade students.

Carlton High School is located at 405 School Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718-0310 and houses the middle and high school grades, 6 through 12.

Things to Do

Jay Cooke State Park

Only a short drive off of the interstate, Jay Cooke State Park offers a wide variety of activities for backpackers, hikers, bikers (both mountain and tour), horseback riders and skiers. Park trails link up to the Willard Munger State Trail at the north edge of the park.

Go during the spring to see the wildflowers or enjoy the vivid colors of the fall. Take a walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River or visit the historic cemetery and gorge at Thomson Dam.

Plan to stay at one of the very well-maintained camping sites or if sleeping indoors is more your style, check out the Oldenburg House Inn, a Carlton bed and breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Swiftwater Adventures

If you’d like something more active for your itinerary, Swiftwater Adventures offers TripAdvisor’s #1 Thing to Do in Carlton – river rafting & kayaking.

Black Bear Casino

For some fun of the gaming persuasion, Carlton offers the Black Bear Casino! From slots and bingo to blackjack and poker, Black Bear has it all. Book a room in their 1st class hotel, complete with pool complex and arcade, or catch a show in the Otter Creek Event Center by one of the country’s premier artists.

Local Restaurants

Streetcar Pub

Enjoy this Carlton restaurant’s menu of American fare with local flair from their cozy dining room or while relaxing on the seasonal patio. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Streetcar Pub serves up burgers, wraps, flatbreads, salads, pasta dishes and other entrees alongside selections from their full bar.

Other local restaurants include Carlton VFW Post 2962, Spirits Restaurant and Bar & Third Base Bar.

Seven Fires Steakhouse

For an upscale meal, look to Seven Fires Steakhouse, housed inside the Black Bear Casino. Along with mouth-watering steaks, they offer an assortment of seafood delicacies including lobster tail and house specialties like Kobe beef burgers.

Buffet at the Bear

Who doesn’t love some All-You-Can-Eat from time to time? With buffet options for breakfast, lunch and dinner that run all through the week (with the addition of brunch options on the weekends), the Buffet at Black Bear is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Local Businesses

There are several local businesses in Carlton, including but not limited to, Carlton Meat & Grocery, White Pine Dental, Kids Care Latch Key, Pine Hill Golf Club, Mop Shop, Power’s Barber Shop, Sheryl’s Golden Shears, Wells Fargo Bank, Spirit of the Wild Taxidermy, Carlton Storage, PrintCorp Inc., Alan Johnson Photography, A-1 Massage Therapy, Setterquist Chiropractic, AmericInn Carlton, Art Dimensions, MADHOUSE Fabrics and More, The Green House, Hillside Greenhouse, Carlton Self-Serve/Spur, Carlton Travel Center, ICO, Minute Mart, Weets Bros. Flatwork Inc., Carlton Bike Rental & Repair Inc., Harold’s Service, and Junction Tire & Auto.

Places of Worship

There are several places of worship in Carlton that include but are not limited to Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church, J M Paine Presbyterian Church, St Francis Church and New Life Community Church.

If you have any questions about Duluth or the surrounding area please contact us! We would love to help you out!

Top Highlights of Saginaw

by JS Realty

With a population of 3,846 people, Saginaw provides rural living feel not far from the city.  Saginaw is a great place to live.

Saginaw is a suburb of Duluth that is located 18 miles northwest of Duluth in St. Louis County. Twig, Taft, Grand Lake, Alborn, Culver and Industrial are located in Saginaw. The junction of Saginaw Rd and Vibert Rd is considered to be the center of Saginaw and Hwy 53, Hwy 33 and Hwy 194 are access points to Saginaw. Saginaw has a zip code of 55779 and a post office located on Saginaw Rd.

Places of Worship
There are several places in Saginaw to go if you wish to worship, including, but not limited to, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Life Covenant Church, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran Church.

Local Businesses
Despite being a rural area, Saginaw is rich with local businesses.  Businesses include, but are not limited to, Shelton Excavating Inc, A-1 Disposal, Wheel N’ Concrete, Lakside Transfer & Service Inc, Saginaw Stove Works, Zervas Industrial, Tuominen Landscaping, Allen Anderson Excavating Inc, Brent’s Biffies, Dougherty Trucking, Coon Aggregate Supply, A R Masonry, Kylmala Truss, Duluth Ready Mix, Viner’s Septic Plumping, United Painting & Sandblasting, North State Services, Ground Effects Directional Drilling, Duluth Christmas Tree Farm, A Plus Landscaping & Garden Center, Independence Heating and Cooling, Barbara Solem Tax Services, Privette Excavating, Northern Lights Medical Transport, Sheet Metal Workers International Association and Anytime Excavating and Landscaping.

Local Restaurants
Saginaw Union Station is located on the corner of Hwy 194 and Hwy 2. They are open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 1:00 am and have a daily happy hour from 2 pm to 6 pm.  Monday through Friday they have a different food special depending on the night.  Locals rave about the great service.

Grand Lake is about 14 miles northwest of Duluth and located in Saginaw.  The lake system is made up of 3 different lakes.  Big Grand Lake, is a 1,592 acre lake with 2 public landings.  Little Grand Lake, is a 147 acre lake with no public access.  Baby Grand Lake, a 65 acre lake about 10 ft deep.  There is a channel that connects all three lakes.  All three lakes have fish in them like Crappie, Walleye, Northern Pike, Rock Bass and several other species.

The Cloquet River runs through Saginaw and meets up with the St. Louis River. Many people camp on the edge of the river and there is several species of fish that call the river home including, catfish, northern pike, walleye, small mouth bass, and sunfish. There are several spots to launch a boat to go canoeing or kayaking during the summer months and there is a good chance that you will see some wild life. 

There are three campgrounds located in Saginaw, the Saginaw Campground, Ogstons RV Park and the Cloquet River Campground.  Saginaw Campground is located on the corner of Hwy 2 and Hwy 194 on the other side of street from the Saginaw Union Stations.  It provides campers with a great location that is close to Cloquet, Hermantown, Duluth and Proctor and is easy to access.  Ogstons RV Park is located on Old Miller Trunk HWY and is accessible easily from HWY 53.  There are a total of 100 spaces with some year round campers located there.  Pets are welcome and there is a playground and rec hall that makes it fun for everyone in the family.  Cloquet River Campground is located near the HWY 53 and HWY 33 intersection off of Swan Lake Rd.  Part of the charm is it’s right off the Cloquet River, so it’s perfect for those who love fishing!  It’s a fairly new campground, so there are not many reviews about it, but it’s worth a look.  For reviews and more information on the Saginaw Campground and Ogstons RV Park click here!

Twig Hockey Rinks
Twig Hockey arenas are located just off of Hwy 53 in Saginaw.  There are 4 outdoor rinks and a concession and warming shack.  Hours of operation is Monday-Friday 5:30 pm to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm (the concession is only open from 3 pm to 8 pm on Sunday). The public rink is for anyone to use during the hours the rinks are open.  Unless there is a game, practice, maintenance or tournament, rinks 1 and 2 are open for anyone to use during the rinks are open.  Rink 3 is open to community children 13 and under.  Don’t forget your helmet, as it’s required for anyone who skates on any rink!  Summer activities include baseball, tennis and a playground for children.

Public Schools
Saginaw doesn’t belong to a specific school district.  School aged minors would go to either Proctor Independent School District #704  or the newer South Ridge School in Independent School District #2142

Top Highlights of Cloquet

by JS Realty

Cloquet has a strong heritage in northeast Minnesota with the fur trade in the 1700’s and the lumber industry in the 1800’s, the city continues to show its pride through their reputation as hard working and skilled business people and employees. With over 12,000 residents, Cloquet is a place where the old encompasses the new and the commonplace meets the unexpected.


Outdoor Activities
From the Pine Valley Tubing Hill and Public Outdoor Skating Rinks to the Northwoods Credit Union Arena & Pine Valley Ice Arena, Cloquet is never short on places to go and enjoy the outdoors. Also located in Cloquet is Hilltop Park, Braun Park, Otter Creek, Fon du Lac Creek, Pat Martin Lake, St Louis River, Dunlap Island with Spafford Park and Dunlap Island Park, Veteran’s Park, Pinehurst Park, Sather Park, Knife Falls Dam, and many more!

Only 15 minutes from Duluth and 10 minutes from Jay Cooke State Park, Cloquet is a great location to escape the city but still be close enough when you want to be.

Public Schools & Universities
Cloquet ISD #94 includes Churchill Elementary, Washington Elementary, Cloquet Middle School and, Cloquet Senior High School. Also in Cloquet is the Cloquet Christian Academy, Fon Du Lac Ojibwe High School, and Fon Du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Local Businesses
Cloquet is home to many businesses including Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, Fon Du Lac Community Sports Center, Anytime Fitness, Cloquet Home Center, Premiere Theatres, Super One Foods, Polo Liquor, Lambert’s Auto Service and Accessories, Lighthouse of Cloquet, and Sunnyside Liquor,

Local Restaurants
Easily grab a bite nearby with all the choices Cloquet has to offer including Gordy's High Hat, Applebee’s, Subway, Bearaboo Coffee Escape, Erbert & Gerbert’s, The Jack, Cheers Sports Bar & Grill, Mexico Lindo, Perkins, Family Tradition, and Hong Kong.

Places of Worship
A few of the local places of worship in Cloquet include Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, Queen of Peace, Bethel Lutheran Church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Preschool, and Universal Life Church Online.

Cloquet Forestry Center
As a research and education center for the University of Minnesota, the Cloquet Forestry Center is a beautiful place to go for meetings and small conferences, classes, enjoying nature, and to learn about forest ecosystems and natural resource management. The natural habitat includes a wide array of wildlife including moose, wolves, bear, lynx, bobcats, porcupines, hares, and ruffed grouse.


Cloquet Country Club
Established in 1923, the golf course now features 18 holes with a par of 71 and a challenging course rating of 72.9. The Country Club also offers a Golf Shop, Practice Facilities, and a Bar & Restaurant. With a wonderful social, welcoming atmosphere and an affordable rate, the Cloquet Country Club is a great way for you and your family to enjoy your leisure time.

Community Events
Cloquet has many exciting community events that will keep you and your family entertained all year long. These include the Lumberjack Fun Run in the Spring, Fourth of July Celebration and Parade, along with the Polka Fest and Sawdust 5K in the Summer, the River Run and watching the leaves change in the fall, and in the Winter you can enjoy tubing and skiing. Many Cloquet residents also enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, snowshoeing, swimming, white water rafting, hockey, football, and many other activities.

Cloquet is home to the Spafford Park Campground, open May through October. This modern campground, adjacent to the St. Louis River and boat landing, offers 22 sites with electrical and water hook-ups and waste station available to all campers.


Top Highlights of Proctor

by JS Realty

In 1894, the village of Proctor, known for progressive schools, thriving community projects, and railroad history, was incorporated. With just over 3,000 residents, Proctor prides itself on its sense of community and readiness to grow.

Proctor School District #704
Proctor Public Schools include Bay View Elementary, Pike Lake Elementary, Jedlicka Middle School, and Proctor High School. Proctor Public Schools boast their tradition of being a leader in promoting outstanding learning opportunities for all students. Their mission is to provide abundant learning opportunities in a small school atmosphere where students can learn, succeed, and participate.

Proctor Golf Course
This 9-hole Municipal Golf Course is located near the center of town. The course is open to the public late April through October and is great for golfers of all levels. The Proctor Golf Course also has a Clubhouse that is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks and relax after a round of golf.

Local Businesses
With the many businesses in Proctor, it’s easy to shop locally. Within Proctor is the US Post Office, Diamond Willow Assisted Living, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Mountain Spirits Liquors, Little Store, Americas Best Value Inn, Best Western Plus Spirit Mountain, Bill’s Gun Repair, Beacon Bank, Wearever Workwear, Proctor Canvas, Blackwoods Convention Center and Hotel, and Proctor Federal Credit Union.

Local Restaurants
Choosing a place to go and enjoy a family meal or night out is easy with all the choices available in Proctor. Between the Powerhouse Bar, Tailgate Bar & Grill, Wok N-Grill, Proctor Pizza & Sub Shop, Keyboard Lounge, Subway, McDonalds, and Black Woods Bar & Grill, there are many great choices.

Places of Worship
There are many places of worship in Proctor including St Rose Catholic Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakeshore Celebration Church, Forbes United Methodist Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Sense of Community
Proctor has a long history as a railroad community. From the community groups like the Tuesday Stitchers, the local quilt guild that meets every Tuesday, and the Woodcarving Club, to the various athletic tournaments (peewee to high school) and the Proctor Book Club, the feeling of a close-knit community is easy to see. The Business and Residential Development Funds are also quite indicative of Proctor’s sense of community. 

Outdoor Recreation
Including Knowlton Creek, Kingsbury Creek, Terry Egerdahl field, a few outdoor athletic fields, snowmobile trails, the Proctor Golf Course, and many hiking trails, Proctor has many fantastic areas to facilitate outdoor activities. Spirit Mountain is another nearby attraction that provides endless entertainment with cross-country and downhill skiing, winter sports, the Timber Twister, mountain biking, and hiking.

Yellowstone 225 Steam Engine
The center of town is home to the Yellowstone 225 Steam Engine, built in 1941 by Baldwin Locomotive Works. This engine is the largest Yellowstone ever built in size and horsepower and one of only five ever built. There are now only three remaining and this one is proudly displayed right off of Highway 2 in Proctor.


F-101F Jet Memorial
When visiting downtown Proctor, you will also see the F-101F Jet Memorial. The 71 foot long jet has a wingspan of 39 feet and weighs 14,000 pounds stripped down. At 18 feet high and tilted at a 15 degree angle, the jet looks as if in flight from a distance.


Local Entertainment
Never get bored in Proctor with the many things to do nearby including visits to the Proctor Historical Museum, horse shows and events at The Dirt Floor Arena, car races at the Proctor Speedway, the South St. Louis County Fair, and the Hoghead Festival, an annual event dedicated to the history of the railroad industry in Proctor.

Top Highlights of Hermantown

by JS Realty

Incorporated as a city on December 31, 1975, “The City of Quality Living” is a great place to live, work and do business. With 9,625 residents and counting, Hermantown is the fastest growing city in St. Louis County with much residential and commercial growth.

Jackson Project Homes
In 1937, during the Great Depression, 84 Jackson Project houses were built on empty land 12 miles north of Duluth. The intention was to provide low-wage workers with affordable housing and the ability to feed themselves and supplement their income with crops and livestock. 77 Years later, 83 of those houses are still standing and hold plenty of history in their walls.


City Services
Including the Fire Department, Police Department, City Offices for planning and zoning, Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City Utility Department, the city services in Hermantown are always there to help.

Parks & Recreation
Since Hermantown is a city of outdoor activities, it’s easy to find somewhere to go for outdoor activities in Hermantown. Featuring the Hermantown Community Park with baseball fields, Fichtner Field, Stebner Park with soccer fields, Keene Creek Park, Sunrise Memorial Park War Memorial, Rose Road Field, Wildrose Trail, and Hermantown Hockey Arena with indoor and outdoor ice.

Community Events
The sense of community in Hermantown is easily displayed through the many community events that happen year-round. Among others, Hermantown is home to the Harvest Fest, Hermantown Summerfest, various golf tournaments, and many ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Hermantown History Center
The Hermantown History Center welcomes new and existing residents with open arms. With an incredible mural painted on the side of the building designed by Brian Olson, the Center opened in 2008. Inside the History Center, you will find the Veteran’s Hall, a replica Jackson Project Home, a section on the Fire Hall and Volunteer Fire Department, and a collection of vintage clothing, photos and other artifacts.


Fantastic School District
At Hermantown Community Schools ISD #700, the mission, “All children will learn well and succeed”, allows children to receive the best educational opportunities possible. The Hermantown Community schools value community involvement and the pursuit of excellence in their programming.

Business Community
You can easily find everything you need in the nearby Miller Hill Mall and business corridor including Gander Mountain, Skyline Lanes Bowling Alley, Anytime Fitness, RJ Sport & Cycle, Sam’s Club, Engwall Florist & Greenhouses Inc., Essentia Clinic, Hermantown Federal Credit Union, North Shore Bank, Menards, Wal-Mart, Energy Plus, and many more.

Local Restaurants
Stop in for a meal at the many restaurants offered in Hermantown including Farleys, Dave’s Pizza, Beacon Sports Bar & Grill, Casa Latte, Chalet Lounge, Zen House, Subway, Maya Family Restaurant, China Star Family Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, and many others.

Places of Worship
There are many places of worship offered in Hermantown. Among these are Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, Hermantown Community Church, Faith Baptist Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Salem Lutheran Church.

Located just west of Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall and running through the Highway 53 Business Corridor, Hermantown is close to everything but is also filled with many residential neighborhoods boasting large lots and farm acreage. Hermantown is located just “over the hill” from Downtown Duluth and features a couple small lakes and many small creeks for trout fishing.

The Buying Process

by Julie Sathers-JS Realty

Deciding to buy a home is a big decision. That's why at J.S. Realty, we work hard to inform you about the home buying process so you can feel comfortable with one of the biggest purchases of you life. We are there with you every step of the way!

One of the most valuable meetings you will have is the initial consultation with one of the agents at J.S. Realty. We realize you want to jump right into looking at homes but taking the time to review the process and help us learn what you are looking for can have a huge impact on not only looking at homes but what to do once you find the house you want. Once you find the house you would like, we are there with you through the entire process until you get the keys and move in.

Top Highlights of Canosia

by JS Realty

With a population just over 2,000 and a total area of 35.7 square miles, Canosia Township is a great community to call home. Canosia Township is located in Saint Louis County on the outskirts of Duluth, MN. Below, in no particular order, is a list of 10 of the best things Canosia has to offer.

Four Beautiful Lakes
Canosia Township is home to four beautiful lakes including Pike Lake, Caribou Lake, Fish Lake, and Wild Rice Lake. Great for lying on the beach and swimming in the summer or ice fishing and skating in the winter. Pike Lake features one of the best beach areas around; great for the whole family!

Pike Lake Golf Course
This AAA public 9-hole golf course boasts rolling terrain and plenty of water hazards and sand traps. With a par of 36 and 2,148 yards of golf from the longest tees, this is an excellent course to have nearby.

Notable Local Sites
From the Original Town Hall featuring pictures and artifacts from the early history of the area to the Volunteer Fire Department started in 1949, there is much "small town" community pride.

Close Proximity to Mall & Downtown
Less than 10 minutes from the Miller Hill Mall and 20 from Downtown, Canosia is close to everything but still far enough away to avoid the hustle & bustle. While the Miller Hill Mall offers a large variety of stores and restaurants for your family to enjoy, there is also a large variety of stores, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and much more in Downtown Duluth. 

Excellent School District
Canosia falls to two different school districts, Proctor and Hermantown. ISD 704 in Proctor includes Bay View Elementary, Pike Lake Elementary, Jedlicka Middle School, and Proctor High School, all of which promote outstanding learning opportunities for the students. ISD 700 in Hermantown includes Hermantown Elementary School, Hermantown Middle School and Hermantown High School. Both school districts focus on providing educational opportunities in a small school atmosphere where the children can learn, succeed, and participate.

Access to Outdoor Activities
With the abundant lakes, woods, and trails, Canosia is an ideal spot for all kinds of outdoor activities. From fishing, hiking, and hunting, to swimming, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling, you and your family can fully enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

Wildlife Management Area
Consisting of wetland, bogs, and deciduous and coniferous forest, the Canosia State Wildlife Management area is a beautiful place for a peaceful walk alone or with the whole family. 

Rural, In-Home Businesses
Canosia is home to a local dog kennel, custom framing business, massage studio, in-home child care establishment, trucking and excavating companies, and many more.

Shopping in the Business District
Canosia features a convenient small business shopping district with a sampling of diners, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, a food and liquor store, a car detailing shop, and dental and hair shops along with a tire service center. You have everything you need nearby with great small-town service.

Places of Worship
There are several places in the Canosia Township that one can go to worship including Pike Lake Presbyterian Church, Saint Raphael’s Church, Northern Light Christian Church and Diocese of Duluth.

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Duluth MN 55811
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