"We lean against each other," Steffens explained. "Everyone is on the same page for a common goal." Understandably, Steffens is very excited for Highway 210 connecting Duluth to Carlton through Jay Cooke to reopen. She said the road is a great training loop for those entering events such as the Ironman triathlon.
The dogs were excited to see the visitors and watched hopefully through the chain link kennel doors to see if anyone was going to spring them from doggie jail.
> "Sophia frosted the cupcakes and I put the sprinkles on," Aubrey said proudly.
. If Zoey did not heal, she was to be euthanized. The sad, flea-ridden pup was paralyzed from the middle of her back and her hind legs dragged uselessly behind her. Johnson had to keep her in a diaper as she could not control her bowels either.
There was a short discussion about the jail study after a commissioner inquired how it was progressing.
All 36 plots were planted, 26 of them by community members. The organic garden features six raised beds, four which have been rented by senior citizens who find it easier to care for a higher bed. Another plot was a class project for Kids Corner, which is housed in the church. The fifth-grade students helped with planting, weeding and care of the garden. When the produce was ready, the kids enjoyed salads, vegetables with dip and a veggie pizza. "It's been so gratifying," said Bilden Camps enthusiastically.
> "The oldest living members of Mahtowa Covenant, Don and Carol Henninger and Millie Eklund, remember with special fondness the Young Couples Club in the early 1960s when they would get together for hayrides or combine with Salem Lutheran Church for snowmobiling and wiener roasts in the woods," said Seglem.
The new kindergarten classrooms have in-floor heating as well as their own bathrooms, thanks to the efforts of early childhood coordinator Julie Duesler. She applied for a $1.5 million grant and matching funds from the state for the ECFE program, which resulted in a separate wing for the youngsters. The preschool area, including the Mini Moose Daycare, has doubled in size at the new school. It had been 800 feet at the old school and now has 1200 feet for the kids to move around in. "They can see out the windows now and there is so much natural lighting," said Duesler. "They are all in one area and the air quality is so much better."
Once her mom had the potbelly stove going, the children would hurry downstairs to get dressed next to the heat. Lehikoinen's mother also cut her children's hair. "She put a bowl over our head and cut around it," Lehikoinen said as she pointed to a photo of herself as a child.
> "We want to honor past employees of Jarden," said Dianne Barkos, vice-chair of the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration. "We can feel a loss in the community ... they're our neighbors. It's sad and a big deal to us." Residents will have an opportunity to help their displaced neighbors as volunteers walk through the crowds collecting donations for the Jarden employees.