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.
The ribs are made with a dry rub and not served in a sauce, although there are several sauces to choose from at the table. "We make everything here," said Herman. They offer side dishes such as macaroni and cheese made with gouda, and a pineapple and jalapeno slaw. The Smokehouse — which employs 34 people — is the culmination of several years of research, planning and work.
He wondered where they had been for the last 14 years of the project and why he was not contacted earlier about possible arsenic in his water. His well had tested positive with a level 23 micrograms per liter. He said he still refuses to drink the water even though it has been treated.
>The 56th annual Lakehead Festival Reunion in Esko is Aug. 25-27 and features many demonstrations from the days of yore, such as blacksmithing, butter churning and weaving. The family friendly event offers a kids section with a small petting zoo and activities. New this year is a classic motorcycle expo Friday through Sunday.
Local legend Gordy Lundquist turned 90 on Monday. Lundquist spent his special day in his favorite way, by working at Gordy's Hi-Hat, a restaurant he started about 50 years ago. Lundquist still likes to go to work everyday with family members, including his wife, Marilyn, son Dan, and grandson Sever. He also enjoys talking to all the customers who have made their way to the restaurant over the years. Lundquist credits his longevity to good living and a loving wife who takes care of him.
The local Moose Lodge began in 1917 and originally met in a wooden building, which perished in the 1918 fire. After several years, Lodge members were able to purchase a building on Avenue C where they met for many years before selling the building and moving into the old Fire Hall building on Cloquet Avenue. By 1946 the Cloquet Lodge boasted almost 700 members, according to old records.
He researched the eclipse and put together a detailed presentation for his family. Denny, a self-professed astronomy enthusiast, excitedly agreed that traveling to Missouri to get the best view of the eclipse was a great idea. "We had a little get together and I presented it," said David, demonstrating the moment while everyone laughed. "I looked up at my dad and he looked at me and pumped a fist into the air and said 'YES!'"
Sample is also excited about a new horse event at the fair, Cirque MàCeo. She describes it as a circus with horses under a big tent. "Its really cool, and it's free!" said Sample. She added there will be three or four shows a day for families to come and watch a variety of tricks with horses.