Editorial: This is the year the Cloquet newspaper makes newsIf someone would have suggested a “blog” to A. DeLacy Wood, founding father of the Pine Knot newspaper, back in 1884, chances are he would have thrown back his head and laughed.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
If someone would have suggested a “blog” to A. DeLacy Wood, founding father of the Pine Knot newspaper, back in 1884, chances are he would have thrown back his head and laughed. That’s because the things the pioneering newspaperman held dear had more to do with lead type, newsprint and green eyeshades than computer graphics, Web sites and social networking.
Well, we’ve come a long, long way from there to here.
Today’s newspaper, the Pine Journal, evolved from that first early publication and the publications that evolved from it, including the Carlton Vidette, the News Graphic and the Cloquet Journal.
In 2009, we proudly celebrate the 125th year since Wood had the foresight and vision to realize the plain folk of Carlton County were newsmakers in their own right – and deserved to have their own newspaper with which to document the life and times of the community.
And yes, part of this year’s big celebration takes the form of a brand, new blog – “History in Print” – an online collection of stories, photos and commentary on the Pine Journal Web site – about the history of our local newspaper.
The blog features stories and photos from the newspaper’s archives, as documented in the bound issues stored at the Carlton County Historical Society, and offers the opportunity for readers to offer your own remarks and insights right there on the Pine Journal Web site at www.pinejournal.com.
Anyone who has a personal memory or experience to share regarding the newspaper’s history is also encouraged to either e-mail it to Pine Journal Production Manager Joel Soukkala at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail or drop it by at the office of the Pine Journal, 122 Avenue C, Cloquet, MN. 55720.
No celebration of a hometown newspaper would be complete without bringing together the people of the community – since you are the ones who have helped shape what our newspaper has become. A day-long, 125th anniversary open house is planned at the Pine Journal office on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop in to peruse some of the historical photos, newspaper pages and memorabilia, “talk newspaper” with staff and friends, and enjoy cake and coffee.
Past employees of the newspaper are invited to stop in for a group photo at 10 a.m. that day as our special guests of honor.
The anniversary event will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Northland Smart Shopper, our companion publication that traces its roots back to the days of the Manney’s Shopper.
The Dec. 10 celebration event will conclude with a Christmas open house from 4-6 p.m., featuring Santa visits and photos for the kids and holiday music and refreshments for all.
We hope that all of you, the newsmakers whose lives we journal each and every week in our pages, will join us in this very special 125th anniversary celebration.