Located between Cloquet and Duluth, Esko is a small community of almost 2,000 residents. Esko sits on 39.9 square miles of land and is a historic area with residents of mostly Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish descent.

Esko Schools
Esko Public Schools ISD #99 consists of one Kindergarten through 12th grade building including Winterquist Elementary along with Lincoln Secondary School and Esko High School. The Esko School District is committed to providing “…a personalized learning environment that incorporates best teaching and learning practices and enhanced technology, to maximize every students' preparation for lifelong success.” Click here for more information

Jay Cooke State Park
A fantastic destination for hikers, backpackers, bikers, horseback riders, and skiers, Jay Cooke State Park provides an abundance of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. Take the short, scenic drive from Esko to bird watch, cross-country ski, snowmobile, camp, hike the Munger Trail, and much more! Click here for more information on Jay Cooke State Park.

Local Businesses
The many local businesses in Esko include Barta Plumbing & Heating, Esko Liquors, Esko Self-Serve Gas Station & Gift Shop, MJ Widdes Feed & Trailer Sales, Finn & Feather Salon, Mudek Flooring, Hair Design by Sherri, Little Store, Dental Associates Esko, Alaspa Enterprises Inc, Rosie’s Hostas, Hammarlund Nursey, Country Creations Inc, Cory’s country Cabinetry, Eskomo Pizza Pies, Esko Fitness Center/Esko Physical Therapy, Republic Bank, USPS Post Office and the River Ranch Arena.

Places of Worship
The places of worship in Esko consist of St Matthews Lutheran Church, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Northwood United Methodist Church, and Fountain Gate Church.

Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)
With Northern hardwoods, white pine, and eastern hemlock (a very rare species in Minnesota), the Hemlock Ravine SNA is a great place to visit, especially in the spring to see the blooming trillium, hepatica, bloodroot, and Dutchman’s breeches. This is also a great location for hiking, hunting, and snowshoeing as it borders the Munger trail.

Esko Historical Society Museum
Located in the heart of Alex Esko farm, the Esko Historical Society Museum has seven buildings including the Kangas Log Farm House, the first one-room school house in Esko, a Grist Mill, a Savu Sauna, the Riihi (Granary) from the John Sorila Farm, and a couple historical automobile buildings.

Sense of Community
The sense of community in Esko can be experienced through the various community groups including Esko Senior Citizens Group, Esko Lions, Esko Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) along with the Community Garden, located behind the Thompson Township Town Hall, where plots and tools can be rented.

Esko Volunteer Fire Department
Founded in 1949 by a dedicated group of local men, the Esko Volunteer Fire Department has grown to over 30 volunteers who respond to about 100 alarms a year including rescue and medical emergencies. Esko is very proud of the history and tradition of the Volunteer Fire Department and appreciates everything the volunteers do to help.

Located just 15 miles from Downtown Duluth and 5 miles from Cloquet, Esko is close enough to larger cities while still far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of rural Minnesota.

Outdoor Activities and Recreation
Including the Midway River, Crystal Creek, the St. Louis River, and the Hemlock Ravine Scientific and Natural Area, Esko is full of places that are great for outdoor activities and recreation. Esko also borders the Munger Trail and Jay Cooke State Park, making it the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast.