Along with meeting people, exploring the county, going to court and attending my first city council meeting, I also learned how a small-town paper functions and how connected they are with the community. The Pine Journal staff also helped me learn how writing for the paper is different than writing for school. With many red marks on my stories, Jana (editor Jana Peterson) took the time to help me learn what was wrong and how to change it.
The grounds around TJ's Country Corner were packed with people, there to celebrate 40 years of business for the old-style country store. The celebration featured their famous fresh sausages and brats grilled for people to eat. A band played a tribute to George Jones while people dined and chatted. For dessert, revelers could enjoy a scoop of ice cream and piece of pie made by the Salem Lutheran church ladies.
"We've kept up with her on Facebook, but this will be the first time we've seen her in person since she was probably 3 or 4 years old," said Kristen's father, Kevin Burkholder. The girl was just a baby when she had the transplant so Kevin figured she is close to 21 years old now.
"We have so many berries; it should be a great season," said Lori. "The berries are huge this year, even the ones that typically aren't big are at least a quarter to nickel size."
> Around 220 runners and walkers participated in this year's Color Run, some pushing strollers and including 89-year-old Steve Chantelois, who completed the 5K race walking with poles through the woodland park.
> "It's a six-foot drop in a narrow tongue of water where the raft hits a powerful wave," Langley said, "and then the entire wave engulfs you." Whitewater rafting isn't without risks, of course. The bigger the waves, the greater the chance of falling out
Each July, 10 acres of strawberry plants are ready for picking with no pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. The berry season only last for about three weeks.
This will be my fourth year being part of the yearbook staff and I have loved every minute of it. I'm able to use my photography skills along with learning about graphic design while creating yearbooks.
The seventh annual Sawdust — its theme is "Kill the Hills" — will follow its usual course, which starts and finishes right in Pinehurst Park. After the gun goes off at 8 a.m., runners and walkers will work their way up and down the hills of west-side Cloquet with a few flat spots to recover in between.