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May 13, 2011
It all started at the schoolhouse
May 13, 2011 - 11:53am
May 6, 2011
Gronner and assistant coach Dave Foster share a moment of jubilation when Cromwell-Wright won the state nine-man championship in 
November 2010. File Photo
Cromwell-Wright football coach is honored by his peers after unpredictable championship run
May 6, 2011 - 4:41pm
April 29, 2011
Cloquet science teacher and science fair mentor Cindy Welsh looks on while sophomore Angela Moynan demonstrates how she and her partner Marlena Duke did a project looking at effects of UV for efficient removal method for ibuprofen in water. Jana Peterson/Pine Journal
Science fair mentor combines love of learning, kids
April 29, 2011 - 3:12pm
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
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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