Jennie K. Hanson
I attended the book reveal event at the Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet the afternoon of Feb. 18. The book, just published, is called "Fire Speaks Our Words, Creative Meditations on the Fires of 1918 — A Centennial Tribute." There are about 30 contributors to this newest volume on the 1918 fires. It's available at the CCHS or by mail if you call. I also have several copies.
When I taught fourth grade I always had the students memorize the presidents and because of that, I can still say the names of all our presidents in order in less than a minute. Most of the students were able to do this and Sadie Smith even could say them backwards. Cory Schleret was the all time best as he could say them in 16 seconds. I wonder how many former fourth graders can still remember them?
The Villa Vista/ Cardinal Court will be celebrating those residents who will be turning 90 and over during 2018 on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to help them celebrate these special birthdays. There are four residents who will be 100 or over: Ailie Costello, 103; Ellen Mikkola, 101; Signe Pitkanen, 102; and Helen Korpela, who will be 100 on Oct. 8. What wonder they have seen in the past 100 years?
Most folks figured the Vikings would have an easy win against the Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14, after the first half, but then the nail biting started and with only 10 seconds left, we were prepared for another disappointing loss, but that was not to be. So, I guess there really was a "Minnesota Miracle" on the 14th. <
Our son Curtis lives in Berkeley, California, and he was awakened last week with a magnitude 4.5 earthquake. He said it felt like a big truck ran into the building, but later found out it was an earthquake. There was limited damage, but he said it was quite a "moving" experience. <
I've noticed that many folks comment on how fast each year goes by, but I feel that if we weren't so busy, it sure would seem much longer.
Cromwell's Tom Johnson has made an ice skating rink across from city hall. There is a warming house where you can turn on electric heat and some spare, mostly kid-sized, ice skates, too. It's open any time. Have any of you had a chance to stop in to the Tamarack Tree Cafe and Thrift shop in Tamarack?
Are there any families in the area willing to host an exchange student from Malaysia, Jia Yeh, from January until a week after school is out? Her interests include climbing, cross-country running, camping, writing, reading and yoga.
How often do you get to celebrate a birthday for a woman who turns 102? Well, you can with Ailie Costello from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Villa Vista in Cromwell. Ailie is as clever as ever and we wish her the best in the years to come.
A man with an 'attitude of gratitude,' I continue to be grateful for his positive spirit. 'Pretty good' is a great way to view the world."