We are fortunate indeed to have as many small businesses as we do here in Carlton County, contributing to the area’s economy and offering the sort of unique service and merchandise that only small businesses can offer.
In spring, the garage sale signs blossom slowly. Come fall, and suddenly the color of the day in Cloquet is orange, and we’re not talking blaze orange hunting jackets either. Rather, tiny rectangles of orange paper suddenly appear on area vehicles left parked along the street overnight, advising the owner that winter parking is now in effect.
What is winter parking, the recently arrived resident asks?
Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about industry “freight trains” that are picking up momentum in our area and that might be difficult — if not impossible — to stop, no matter what the consequences.
A lot has been written lately about the proposed Enbridge
It should come as no surprise to residents of Thomson and Carlton when they open up the mail-in ballot asking them to vote yes or no on a proposal to consolidate the two cities into one city. We hope those residents do their homework and vote with their heads as well as their hearts.
Cloquet is a city most easily traversed inside a vehicle with at least four wheels, a point made crystal clear when a man in a wheelchair was struck while trying to cross Highway 33 near the Armory in the pouring rain last Thursday.
With all of the whiteboards, iPads and sophisticated computer technology in today’s classrooms, it’s hard to believe that a high five in the hallway or a few extra minutes of individual attention would yield even greater results.
Few who were around in the 1970s will forget the famous line from the satirical film, “Network” — “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Over the decades since then, the line has remained the rally cry for folks who aren’t happy with the way “the system” is taking over their lives.
As Carlton County sizzles once again in the August sunshine, it would be tempting to lapse into complaints of how hot it is, how dry the grass is, how congested your nose is and how stuffy your home is without air conditioning. (You probably once asked yourself, “Who needs it when you live in northern Minnesota, right?”)
Sometimes the area of the community that poses the greatest risk to personal welfare is not a dark alleyway, a shadowy backstreet, a remote patch of woodlands or the fast-paced Interstate. It’s the city streets.
It’s high summer. Bike riders are out in greater numbers than ever before. The communities of Carlton and Duluth are abuzz with cyclists and hikers, taking advantage of the picturesque Munger Trail and at the same time patronizing local businesses.
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