"What some people perceive to be an acoustical problem isn't an acoustical problem — it's just they can't hear well," Justad said. A new sound system may not improve the appearance of the auditorium, but it will definitely improve the experience for listeners. "It will be easier to hear the performances," he said. "That doesn't just mean louder; it means clearer." Band and choral music in particular will be enhanced with a sound-reflecting system over the stage, basically a ceiling, that can be pulled up and out of the way with new rigging when the drama folks move in.
"This was a railroad town," town historian and writer Dan Reed said. "Then, you know, when that (railroad) heyday was over, well, then the town was over." Reed is hoping lots of people will turn out for the dedication of the pavilion and a historic program Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m.
Had there been an award for most determined, Fond du Lac Sgt. Casey Rennquist certainly would have been in the running, since he completed nearly a dozen laps as he ran with different children, encouraging them and showing them the way. That's exactly what police camp was designed to do.
"I know what the consent agenda is and why we do it, but why are there so many big items?" asked Wyman, who served one term on the council previously. "The public needs more information. They don't hear all the discussion that goes into these things. I think they deserve it in a public forum."
"On this day of remembrance for our fallen comrades and all the comrades who have served and are serving now, we at Post 2962 and our Auxiliary dedicate this memorial to the two brave men, Oscar Nicholson and Albert Sellgren," Swenson said. While the display for the WW I veterans sits on a back wall, dozens of other painted tiles march across the ceiling inside the downtown Carlton building, each one bearing the name of a veteran and the details of his or her years of service, along with official stickers displaying branch of service and/or medals received.
The opening scene of director Alex Gutterman's "In Winter" first feature-length film was shot looking out from the Northeastern bar on Cloquet's Dunlap Island toward the USG factory and the railroad tracks in between. "The main character, Annika, walks out onto the tracks and all you see is snow falling and USG. The only movement is snow, a flag fluttering and the vapor rising," Gutterman explained. "It's all still and silent."
In an analysis of numbers from schools across the state, MDHR found that students of color comprise 31 percent of Minnesota's student population, and receive 66 percent of all suspensions and expulsions. Students with disabilities comprise 14 percent of Minnesota's student population and receive 43 percent of all suspensions and expulsions.
Some might find it hard to believe that the tiny town of Automba was once a lumber boomtown with a railyard a half-mile long and quarter-mile deep, and three sawmills going constantly.
"Ken told me one time that when he started his career as a superintendent, that he for sure would never work for a school district that had a hockey shelter or a swimming pool. Well, we've got both those things," Lammi said. "And here he is."
> "There was definitely a learning curve, but I think we accomplished some goals," Hallback said. "We have top-notch police and fire and a new school. A new police station and City Hall coming in the future. And this could be the site of a future fire station," he added, indicating City Hall behind him. Regarding the frequent 4-3 divide on the council that started during the investigation of former police chief Steve Stracek, Hallback said that was a situation in which nobody "won." But he believes the current police chief, Jeff Palmer, has done an excellent job.