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Mick and Carole Balow, 75, were jolted awake at 4 a.m. Wednesday by loud knocking on the door of their home in Thomson, reinforced by the flashing lights of a police car. Carole said her thoughts immediately flew to their four children, but Mick had it figured out before he opened the door. The flood waters were coming. "They went from door to door, telling us to evacuate," Carole said.
Cloquet area contractor and landscaper Andrew Jutila is on the road to recovery after accidently being backed over by an excavator May 30 while working on a project in Brainerd, Minn. Jutila - who owns Andrew Jutila Companies of Scanlon - suffered significant injuries to his pelvic and leg areas and was taken by North Memorial Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and then transferred via helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn.
Here's a multiple choice question for you. Where would you like to start your business: Hawaii, Cloquet or (fill in the blank)? For Jeff and Alyson Leno, the choice was simple. Cloquet. "Being a chiropractor is kind of like being a nurse, you can go and set up shop just about anywhere, except a really small community," Jeff said. So, about a year and a half before he was going to finish his studies at the Palmer College of Chiropractic, they started talking. Where should they move when Jeff graduated? Somewhere warm and tropical? Or perhaps out West?
The County Seat Theater Company is expecting a special guest at its "Wiley and the Hairy Man" performances June 29-30. Playwright/author Jack Stokes and his son are traveling to Cloquet for both performances of the local production that won its way through the state and regional competitions all the way to the National Association of Community Theatres Festival in Rochester, N.Y.
During last Friday's ground breaking for the conversion project at Cloquet's Sappi Fine Paper mill, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told the story of her very first visit to Cloquet, when she was in junior high. The younger Klobuchar and her father headed out on a bike ride from Plymouth, Minn., with the wind at their backs, and pedaled 140 miles in one day. "Right outside this mill is where I pretended to fall down so we could stop," she said. There's been a paper mill on the same site on the banks of the St. Louis River in Cloquet for more than 110 years.
An engineering company is hoping to move into downtown Cloquet as soon as possible, Cloquet City Councilors learned Tuesday. The company, SpecSys, is a contract manufacturing company that does both engineering and design, then manufactures what it designs, be it farm machinery, industrial tools, etc. According to the city staff report on SpecSys, the company wants to locate five engineering and/or design jobs here immediately, with a goal of creating 10 well-paid design and engineering jobs here within two years.
How times have changed. In the old days, men wore shirts and ties to bowling league, with some businesses buying entire uniforms for the teams they sponsored. "Nowadays," said Southgate Bowl owner Gerry Pollard, "most just wear jeans and T-shirts." Ron Freeman, who has been bowling for 46 years, remembered the heyday of league bowling in Cloquet. "Years ago, every night of the week they had two shifts," he said in a previous Pine Journal article. "One was at 6:30 p.m.
Alana Groth's emotions ran the gamut on graduation day last Wednesday, as the Carlton salutatorian laughed on her walk up to the stage with classmate Christy Eggert, and then fought back tears during her commencement speech. With her classmates behind her, Groth put her finger up for a moment of patience as she tried to hold her emotions in check. Undoubtedly, there were many people this past week - students, parents and other loved ones - who struggled with their emotions amidst all the pomp and circumstance. But, as U.S.
A 64-year-old Kerrick man has died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash early Saturday on Minnesota Highway 23 in Carlton County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Walter Stafford died Wednesday at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Stafford was riding a Harley-Davidson northbound on Highway 23 south of Carlton County Highway 4 just after midnight Saturday when he lost control, left the road and was thrown from the bike. Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, the Patrol reported last weekend.
The electricity supplier for much of rural Northeastern Minnesota is asking its member customers to decide exactly how they would like their electrical rates raised. They don't, however, have the choice not to raise rates. All 43,000-plus members of the Lake Country Power Co-op should have their ballots in hand by now, after mailings went out early last week.