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April 22, 2011
Cloquet's Helen Strom adjusts the lawn furniture on the porch of a large dollhouse that she made and furnished and recently donated to Evergreen Knoll. Strom first got involved in building dollhouses 33 years ago when she took a community education class. She and her fellow classmates all enjoyed it so much that they formed a dollhouse club, which has met monthly ever since. She said she has made - and given away - too many dollhouses to count.  Wendy Johnson/
Helen Strom knows how to turn a house into a home
April 22, 2011 - 10:33am
April 15, 2011
George Bendt's life story makes a perfect movie script
April 15, 2011 - 12:25pm
April 8, 2011
Ray Langenbrunner dances with his wife, Bev, in the living room of their home. Bev was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and still living at home at the time the photo was taken. Since the two always loved to dance, Ray phoned in to a Big Band show on the radio to request "The Dance of the Angels," and the two danced to it. Contributed Photo
Cloquet man's storied past includes... baking!
April 8, 2011 - 3:46pm
March 30, 2011
Coach Dick Bartholdi strategizes with members of his 2008-2009 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team during a playoff game at the Duluth Heritage Center in 2009, a game they won, sending them to the state tournament. Bartholdi is wearing his daughter Bridget's sweatshirt.  
Photos by Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
For the love of the game
March 30, 2011 - 7:56pm
March 28, 2011
Mark and Kim Hassett pose with their Region III Foster Parents of the Year award. They went on to win the statewide award. Photo provided.
Barnum husband and wife named Minnesota's 'Foster Parents of the Year'
March 28, 2011 - 12:42pm
March 18, 2011
Cloquet teacher Dave Ellison (standing) assists students in his DCD class get ready to prepare spaghetti as part of the life skills training he offers them so they can become independent adults after they get out of school. Wendy Johnson/
Teacher helps 'shine the light of self esteem' on students
March 18, 2011 - 3:01pm
March 11, 2011
Isaac Riihiluoma
Moose Lake sixth-grader combines love of sports, drawing
March 11, 2011 - 9:55am
March 4, 2011
Esko's Greg Hexum has achieved many successes on the cross country and snowshoe trails, but his greatest pride is in his wife, Gretchen, and daughter, Ingrid, and his career as teacher and principal at Esko High School.
Greg Hexum travels many trails
March 4, 2011 - 8:33am
February 25, 2011
"We live our lives to entertain these ladies," said Florian Chmielewski of his "groupies" at a recent Senior Center lunch, sitting next to his girlfriend and tour organizer, Marilyn Kiehl, who led the singing during his performance and worked the crowd while Chmielewski  played. "They follow us everywhere."
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What do Minnesota politics and polka have in common? Florian Chmielewski
February 25, 2011 - 8:51am
February 16, 2011
Becky and Denny Randelin celebrate Valentine's Day this week with a smile and a prayer on the one-year anniversary of Denny's kidney transplant. Becky donated one of her kidneys to Denny, and since then, the two have returned to Cloquet and moved on with their life. Wendy Johnson/
The Randelins have gift worth sharing
February 16, 2011 - 6:20pm
February 11, 2011
Emily Jayne works her magic on the keyboard at Beaner's in West Duluth.
Emily Jayne: A woman of many talents, many names, many dreams
February 11, 2011 - 4:09pm
February 3, 2011
Willard and Martha Maki are on a roll
February 3, 2011 - 2:36pm
January 28, 2011
Cale Prosen goes full tilt in a game of "Fishy, fishy cross my ocean" during a recent Cloquet Ski Club outing at Pine Valley.
Cloquet Ski Club is growing under the watchful (and joyful) direction of Pat Marciniak and Ken Ripp
January 28, 2011 - 3:15pm
January 13, 2011
=Dillon Dandrea, 7, of Cloquet enjoys his time with Jamie Langenbrunner during an autograph session at the Cloquet Area Recreation 
Center last summer, when Langenbrunner and fellow Cloquet natives Derek Plante and Corey Millen signed just about anything folks handed them. Langenbrunner also brought his silver medal from the Vancouver Olympics for kids to try on. =
It's simple, northern Minnesota is home for Jamie Langenbrunner
January 13, 2011 - 3:51pm
January 7, 2011
As the employee assistance coordinator for Fond du Lac Human Resources, Sue Connor deals with employee issues and concerns and conducts management supervisor training. She loves what she does because she said every day brings something new.   Wendy Johnson/
Life-long learning is the lifeblood of Sue Connor
January 7, 2011 - 11:14am