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Commissioner Ted Pihlman was elected chair of the Carlton County Board for 2008. Pihlman, who represents Commissioner District Five (the Moose Lake area) has been a member of the county board for the past 20 years. "I hope I can lead the group in a manner we can all be proud of," commented Pihlman following the vote. "I appreciate your confidence." Elected board vice-chair was Commissioner Dick Brenner. In other business to be conducted at the board's annual session, commissioners voted to set the times of the board meetings in 2008 for 8:30 a.m.
Just mention the name Lorren Lindevig most anywhere in Carlton County and chances are, it will be greeted with a smile. The long-time accordionist/entertainer/Polka Hall of Famer has set toes tapping for seven decades, and this Saturday, he will be honored for his accomplishments. A special event honoring Lorren Lindevig is being planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cloquet VFW, and everyone who has ever been touched by his buoyant music and genuine attitude is invited to stop by and honor him for his contributions.
Cloquet's Sue Pavlatos sees life in Technicolor rather than black and white. That's because, as a life-long artist, she's learned to look at subjects from a fresh, lively perspective that truly brings a canvas to life. "I enjoy connecting my life to the earth and water with paint," she mused. "My images reflect nature's impact on my life." Originally from Duluth, Pavlatos and her husband, Bob, purchased a lake place on Big Lake west of Cloquet when their family was young. Five years ago, they decided to build there and make the move to Cloquet on a permanent basis.
It was a day like no other in the Head Start gymnasium on the Fond du Lac Reservation in mid-December. The gym was filled with animal cages of all shapes and sizes as a host of volunteer personnel busily scurried about and pets and their owners milled around, some anxiously awaiting attention and others gratefully preparing to head home.
I looked into the set of shiny dark eyes staring solemnly back at me. Bemused, I found myself wondering just what thoughts, what emotions, what deep-seated joys and fears might lie behind that steady, level gaze. And then, like the sun breaking through the clouds following a storm, a brilliant smile spread over the tiny face. It was my first encounter with my new granddaughter, Madeline Hannah MacDonald, and in that instant I felt the age-old connection that indelibly bonds people together as families.
Carlton County's cost of doing business will be going up in 2008. At the regular session of the Carlton County Board last Thursday, commissioners voted to increase the annual property tax levy in the county by 7.75 percent in order to help meet the anticipated expenditure budget of $39,588,594.
As 2007 comes to a close amidst a flurry of bluster and blizzards, a look back over the year yields not only a pattern of dramatic highs and lows, but also an overall sense of moving forward - in the economy, the business climate, the environment and the personal lives of the residents of Carlton County. The year started out with the birth of the first baby of 2007 on January 1.
And now, there is only one. Ten years ago when Ken and I were married, we not only joined our own lives - but also those of our five children and our collective menagerie of pets, including two dogs, two horses, and five cats. We knew the children, all of whom were grown, would sort things out for themselves, but we weren't at all certain how well the pets would get along.
Some folks glibly believe that New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. But at the end of the year, it's always a worthwhile exercise to look back at our resolutions for the year and see what, if any, progress we've made. And so, let's take a look at how we've done as a county. In an editorial in the Jan. 3, 2007, issue of the Pine Journal titled, "It's a brand, new day in Carlton County," the suggestion was made that the city of Cloquet make a resolution to push the idea of a half-cent city sales tax through the Minnesota State Legislature once and for all.
The Cloquet Rotary Club gave a thoughtful and lasting gift to area students this Christmas season. According to Rotary president Julie Rothmeier, the local club has adopted literacy as its philanthropic project for the year.