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Wright-Cromwell News: Sept. 14 2017

It's been an interesting week in Cardinal Country, part of my hometown. The new bridge on Highway 73 South of Cromwell opened just in time for the start of school. I hear it is really beautiful and has been long needed. I guess the detour all summer was well worth the wait!

The Cromwell Class of 1947 held their 70th class reunion at the Country Inn in Cromwell over the weekend. Attending were Ethel Mattson, Elno Mattson, Walter Johnson, Jerry and Edna Mowers, Sulo Walli, Evelyn Houck and Marian Alander.

Several area retired educators met at the Country Inn on the first day of school to celebrate and reminisce about their school days. The group is called CARES (Cromwell Area Retired Educators and Staff) and they meet only once or twice a year on the first and last day of the school year.

Congratulations to Arnold and June Collman on celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a family weekend on the Gunflint Trail at Cross River Lodge.

The Cromwell Area Community Club met last week and the raffle tickets were distributed. The drawing will be Nov. 18 with the following prizes: first — Remington 870 Xpress 20 Gauge Shotgun, second — $150 gift card co-sponsored by Cromwell Self Serve and CACC, and third — $50 meat bundle from Farmers Co-op Store in Wright.

Also selling raffle tickets is the Lakeside Community Club to raise funds for a new roof. The drawing will be held Nov. 11 at their annual mojakka supper. Prizes are: first — 12 gauge Winchester Super XP Pump Camo, 2nd — queen size handmade quilt, and third — lap quilt. Tickets are $5.

The CACC is planning to take a survey soon to see if Summer Fest in June should be changed back to Harvest Fest in September.

Cromwell Mayor Sharon Zelazny announces Melissa Korpela has been hired as the new city clerk.

A group of area concerned citizens have distributed a flyer about the upcoming school bond referendum in the mail. Look over the "Did You Know" statements and come to the informational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school for more details. They say: "We need to do what's best for our kids." "Our community needs to make affordable decisions for the future of our school."

Thank you to everyone who came to the school's open house. It was great to see so many families come. Plans are already happening to improve the process for next year. Thank you, also, for the school supply donations. They are greatly appreciated and help the students and staff get off to a great start to the school year.

The school needs custodial and kitchen subs. If interested, stop by the office to pick up an application for these very casual, on-call positions. Kitchen subs are needed during school hours and custodial subs are needed during school hours and in the evening hours. Contact Mr. Libbon for more information.

The First Presbyterian Church in Tamarack will hold their annual Spaghetti Supper from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the church. All area folks are encouraged to attend.

Community Fall Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by FUN Group, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Bring a pot of chili to share. Beverages, hot dogs, chips and dinnerware will be provided. Everyone invited!

Carlton County Mobile Food Pantry Program offers free supplemental food for low-income residents. Distribution is the third Thursday of every month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Cloquet. To see if you qualify, call 218-727-5653, ext. 119, e-mail or visit our distribution site.

The Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet is presenting "Blithe Spirit" by Noël Coward. The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium," one Madame Arcati. Performances will be Sept 29 and 30, Oct. 1, 4-8. Call or go online to reserve your tickets now at or call 218-878-0071.

That's all the news from Lake Lookattheleaves. Enjoy the fall as it's one of my favorite times of the year. And thank you for all the good wishes to both Bob and me recently.