For the past 20 years, the Risdons have played a big part in the Cloquet Community Band. Although Gene, a musician since middle school, joined first, he soon talked Carol into trying the bass drum. Thus, she became the beating heart of the all-volunteer band. That went on for a couple years, then the band lost its director. "They'd tell me, 'Carol, start us out,' and that's how it started,"
Efforts by district officials and community advisers to gather input on the future of the schools have been underway since spring, with community member interviews and a staff visioning session completed. Next up is a Community Visioning meeting on Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. in the small gym at the high school. The final step will be a digital survey.
After a 500-year flood in 2012 and a another significant flood event in 2016, most of Carlton County was not surprised by last weekend's heavy rainfall and subsequent high waters. However, at least one unnamed group from Blaine, Minn. had to be rescued Sunday after they got stranded. According to Moose Lake Fire District Captain Steve Trenhale, firefighters and deputies were called to help a family after the road to their campsite washed away around a large culvert.
Peterson told Cloquet School Board members that the transition is going smoothly with former Assistant Principal Battaglia, and that Prosen is a good hire, although challenging to replace because he also teaches College in the Schools economics. Prosen has been a teacher for 17 years — 14 of those with Cloquet Public Schools.
"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."