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May 2, 2015
Flanked by his children, Stephanie and Pedro Jr, Pedro Aranda shows off some dishes he cooked himself at Pedro’s Grill and Cantina (formerly known as Mexico Lindo) in downtown Cloquet. Pedro’s wife, Erika, couldn’t make the interview.  The Aranda’s recently purchased the restaurant outright from former owner (and sort of partner) Felipe Mata. 
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OUR NEIGHBORS: Restaurateur is making his name known in Cloquet
May 2, 2015 - 9:13am
April 18, 2015
Ashley Frones holds Frank the farm cat as she stands near her award-winning Tennessee Walking Horse, Elliott this spring. Jamie Lund/
Woman’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ is a winner
April 18, 2015 - 6:59am
April 10, 2015
A group of people featured in the Our Neighbors columns over the years gathered for a photo outside the Pine Journal
Oh, the stories she told
April 10, 2015 - 3:08pm
March 30, 2015
Friends of Animals co-founder Diane Parkhurst snuggles up to one of her two cats, Izzy. Parkhurst had the foresight to see that stray and abandoned animals in Carlton County deserved to have a new lease on life. Wendy Johnson/
Our Neighbors…Diane Parkhurst: Cloquet woman had foresight to lobby for animals
March 30, 2015 - 2:13pm
March 6, 2015
OUR NEIGHBORS...The many faces of Summer Hagen
March 6, 2015 - 5:22am
February 20, 2015
Longtime youth hockey coach Jerry Couture stands by his own personal “wall of fame” in his home, depicting all of the teams he coached over the years. He holds his latest "pride and joy" in his arms - a bronze hockey figure presented to him in January by some of his former players. Wendy Johnson/
Hockey coach mentored youth – on and off the ice
February 20, 2015 - 6:00am
February 6, 2015
OUR NEIGHBORS...‘Get outside and get muddy’
February 6, 2015 - 10:20am
January 23, 2015
From hometown boy to community leader
January 23, 2015 - 12:49pm
Biz Robbins takes her first hike into the Alaskan wilderness following the death of her husband.
Cloquet woman’s memoirs reflect life in Alaska
January 23, 2015 - 5:27am
December 19, 2014
Carlton County SWCD 2014 Conservationist of the Year Bill Jaskari Jr. (third from left) is congratulated by (from left) his son and daughter, his mother Angie, SWCD Supervisor Barb Dahl and Leona Carlson of CornerStone State Bank, Cloquet, award sponsor. Contributed Photo
OUR NEIGHBORS...Their family heritage is the land
December 19, 2014 - 6:36am
December 5, 2014
Mark King has become a familiar face around the Cloquet Public Library, where he serves as the adult services librarian. Wendy Johnson/
Life is an open book for Cloquet librarian
December 5, 2014 - 6:09am
November 21, 2014
WKLK’s Randy Stahl calls play-by-play during the 7AAAA football section championship game between the Cloquet Lumberjacks and Hermantown Hawks, a barn-burner of a game that saw Cloquet qualify for State by three points over the Hawks. Mike Sylvester/For the Pine Journal
For the love of the game
November 21, 2014 - 6:00am
November 7, 2014
An unexpected Halloween treat
November 7, 2014 - 2:34pm
October 31, 2014
Finding Balance
October 31, 2014 - 10:48am
October 11, 2014
Erica Hansen of Scanlon snuggles on the couch with her year-and-a-half-old daughter Ruby. Hansen, a single mother, is a full-time student at UWS, studying Transportation and Logistics, and she also has two jobs and is active in a number of student activities. Wendy Johnson/
Our Neighbors: Single mom proves you can do it all
October 11, 2014 - 11:54am