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New Pine Journal intern hits the ground running

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If you have recently attended a local high school track meet, you may recognize the face that accompanies this story. Dylan Marvel is a veteran athlete on the Cloquet track team. His (self-professed) thin legs, patchy beard, and long bouncing stride have made a regular appearance for over four years. However, as his senior year and final track season draw to a close, other opportunities arise.

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This summer, Marvel trades in his worn out pair of running shoes for a notepad and digital camera. With a teaspoon of college English courses under his belt, Marvel now looks forward to a 12-week internship at the Pine Journal. He admits he doesn’t have much experience as a journalist, but he is game to try.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me to become more involved with the community, especially local news,” he said.

Marvel started for the newspaper on a foggy Monday morning, meeting the staff and getting his first reporter’s notebook.

"We are thrilled to have Dylan working with us this summer," said Pine Journal Editor Jana Peterson, adding that Marvel brings a younger — and more masculine — voice and viewpoint to the mostly female Pine Journal office. "On his first morning, he took off for his first photo assignment with no nerves whatsoever. I'd say he's hit the ground running.”

Aside from writing, Marvel will learn the ropes of professional journalism, such as interviewing, reporting and photography skills.

Dylan Marvel is the son of Richard Marvel and Nicole Kielty. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking and camping. Marvel has competed in large races such as the Ragnar Relay, a 204-mile relay race across Minnesota, as well as local 5Ks like Carlton Daze and the Kristin Burkholder Memorial Run.

His summer plans include traveling on tour for New Wine, as well as playing for the Cloquet Rec soccer team. Next year he will attend the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He plans to major in aeronautical or architectural engineering.

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