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Dave Luokkala kneels next to the wooden Golden Gopher that resided on the roof of the Lemon Tree liquor store and gas station in Cloquet for the last year or so. The creature broke its leg in a storm earlier this summer, so Luokkala is taking the opportunity to spiff it up before putting it back in a place of honor. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com

Call him ‘Mister Gopher’

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“The gopher is on the disabled list,” explained Mister Gopher himself, Dave Luokkala. “He’s got a couple pins in that leg for now but we expect him to be back in a week or two.”

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Luokkala only lets a hint of a smile crack his lips as he expounds on the fate of his Golden Gopher, which was perched on the roof of the Lemon Tree liquor store and gas station off Highway 33 until a storm blew it over earlier this summer.

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