Jennie K. Hanson
My grandparents ran the general store in Wright and it became the senior center after my grandfather died in the 1960s. John (Hugo) and Martha Nordquist are her parents' names."
Happy Birthday to all those leap year babies who will not be having a “real” birthday this coming week. You will have to wait till 2020 for your next real birthday.
Jennie Hanson writes about happenings in Wright and Cromwell every week for the Pine Journal
Last Saturday when I picked up the mail, I got a wonderful surprise. I received a letter from the Cromwell City Council. Enclosed were a letter and Certificate of Appreciation thanking me for my many years of writing the area news. This was a total surprise and I want to thank the City Council for this honor. I have often said that if I quit writing the news column, no one will know what's going on in the community. I really like doing this column and am thankful for the compliments I get. We live in a great community and we need to appreciate everyone in it! Thanks again!
Does anyone have any old photos of ice fishing contests held in Cromwell or on area lakes in the 1960s through 1990s?
She had her definite opinions on politics and many other things. “Mrs. Leo,” as most folks knew her, wrote over 3,600 articles for the paper and hardly if ever missed a week. She even had an article Jan. 6, her last, and lately ended each one with the words “God willing, I will be back next week.”
Last week’s column include a list of most of the people who died in 2016 in the Cromwell/Wright area.
If you live in or around our area, you need to get a copy of the Dec. 22 issue of the Pine Journal. The back page features our own Ailie Costello with a full-page article on her life and it also includes a lot of the history of our area, too. Congratulations to Ailie on reaching the age of 101 and on her great memory.
Many years ago my mom and dad went shopping in Cloquet and after a while my dad must have gotten tired, so he went to wait in the car. This was long before cell phones.
How thick should the ice be before going out on it? Walking: 3 to 4 inches; passenger car: 7-8 inches; light truck: 9 inches; medium to heavy truck: 10-12 inches. And remember that slush ice has only half the strength of blue ice. And river ice can be very dangerous to go on since it has varying thicknesses depending on the flow of the water in the river. Check with a local expert about ice safety.