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Big dreams come true for small town girl

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Early on in life, Cloquet native Teri (Smith) Pleinis learned to tackle challenges head on.

Just because she was four feet, 10-and-a-half inches, that was no reason she couldn’t be a soldier. And just because she was a woman, that was no reason she couldn’t enter the male-dominated halls of West Point. She succeeded at both, and today she wears the stripes of a U.S. Army colonel to prove it.

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