“We like to stay in da middle of nowhere,” Jurgen “JJ” Ziegler said dryly with his slight German accent, in response to the question of how he likes visiting Minnesota...
The sun beamed down on the sixth annual Mutt Strut at Veterans Park in Cloquet on a perfect Saturday morning. Dogs of all sizes and breeds lifted their noses and sniffed the air and each other, as they waited for the walk to begin. Tongues were hanging out and tails were wagging as the pups participated in the contests and mini obstacle course set up by volunteers.
There is a new pastor in town, and he is looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and working on renovating and restoring the church, being involved in the community and coaching his 5-year-old son’s soccer team. “I was raised to help people,” said Pastor Matthew Kohl, the new pastor at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Cloquet. “My dad was a social worker.”
The good news is that Carlton’s Chub Lake is a fairly clean lake for the size. The Chub Lake association and Carlton County have been testing the water quality of Chub Lake after the discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invader.
While many people have heard of trappers being a part of the local settlers, nobody can remember hearing of Trapper Pete. That is, until they get to the city of Scanlon, which literally translates to “little trapper.” “Trapper Gary just didn’t sound right,” said Cindy Peterson, owner and manager of Trapper Pete’s Steakhouse and Saloon in Scanlon, referring to her husband and partner in the business, Gary Peterson.