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Astrid Johnson serves her homemade "caramelized" rolls and gingersnaps in the kitchen of her Cloquet apartment recently. Johnson, who learned how to bake bread from her Swedish mother at the age of 10, enters her baked goods in the Carlton County Fair every August - and has a hamper full of prize ribbons to show for it. Wendy Johnson/

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A sign on the wall of Astrid Johnson's kitchen reads, "Give us this day our daily bread." Johnson takes that a bit more seriously than most. For many years, Johnson's homemade bread, rolls, pies and other baked goods have taken ribbons at local fairs. This year - as Johnson approaches her 94th birthday - she's ready to fire up her oven once again for the Carlton County Fair.


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