By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
Local churches are well into the Lenten Season with Lenten services on Wednesdays. St. John’s Lutheran Lenten services are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and the other two Lutheran churches and the Methodists (UMC) are meeting on alternate Wednesdays with soup suppers at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. – March 7 at Bethany, March 14 at Bethlehem, March 21 at UMC, and March 28 at Bethany. All area folks are welcome to attend any or all of these services.
Congratulations are in order to the Cromwell-Wright Speech Team for earning fourth place at the Hibbing Heartbreaker two weeks ago. Ann Collman took second place in Creative; Emily Warpula, second and third in Prose and Storytelling, respectively; Lenore Collman and Kayle Johnson, sixth place in Duo; Jake Krezowski and Taylor Jatkola, third place in Duo; and Justin Britton, third in Discussion. And then at the Virginia Vocal Challenge the team won third place, with Justin placing first in Discussion; Emily first in Prose; Ann Collman second in Creative; Annie Morrell second in Humor; Emily second in Storytelling; and Vanessa Dickey third in Prose.
Thank you to all those who donated blood at the last Blood Drive on Feb. 22, with 29 units of blood donated which will help 87 people. There were even eight first-time donors.
There will be an Easter Ham Bingo on March 16 with the varsity girls who are going to the Star of the North hosting this in the cafeteria. Come and win your Easter ham before you need to buy one. Look for advance tickets coming out in March. Bingo will run from 6 p.m. until the 25 games are done.
A huge thank you to all the people who helped support Minnesota Special Olympics! Thanks to the Lady Cards for the Polar Plunge. They were able to raise over $500 for the cause.
The school board minutes will be available on line by going to www.cromwellwright.k12.mn.us clicking on District Office tab and going to School Board.
The Friends of Animals of Carlton County is having their Annual Rummage Sale on the first Saturday in May, so put this on your calendar, and if you have any donations, they can be dropped off the Friday before at the Cloquet Armory.
I recently got an email from Matt Jeschke, regional communities manager of the Kennecott Exploration Company. Here is what he writes: “We haven’t met, but I work for Kennecott Exploration, the company that’s doing some mineral exploration based out of Tamarack, MN and I read and enjoy your column in the Voyageur Press. I wanted to send you an update about our winter exploration work, and also wanted to invite you to visit us any time you like. The attached letter has some detail on our current program. The short version is that we’ve been exploring for nickel and copper in the area since 2002, usually just during the winter, the easiest time for us to operate. We have seen some interesting nickel and copper but are not anywhere near proposing a mining project. Most exploration projects don’t become mines, and though we’re always hopeful, it’s still a long shot. We have more drill rigs than usual in the area this winter (4) but we don’t yet know what will come after this winter’s program. If we are able to advance the program, the next stage would be what we call an “Order of Magnitude” study, where we’d explore more intensively to try to determine if we have a potentially economic deposit or not. If we get to that stage, we’ll share that information with community members and leaders and others to make sure people know what we’re up to.”
That’s all the news from Lake LookingforBigFoot and hello to all the folks who have sighted them.