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Shannon Skibicki, a technology coordinator for the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative, stands out above the crowd in the innovative field of assistive technology. Skibicki, who works out of an office in the Garfield Community Center in Cloquet, was slated to travel to the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday to take her place among some 20 Minnesota citizens, educators and organizations being recognized for their commitment to removing barriers to independence for people with disabilities through the use of assistive technology.
The price of economic development in Carlton County just got a little higher - at least in terms of the divisiveness it has generated among government officials, members of county non-profit development corporations and the Carlton County Economic Development Advisory Committee (CCEDAC). In what was at times a heated debate at Tuesday's Carlton County Board meeting, commissioners discussed the ins and outs of the county's new economic development grant policies.
A Cloquet man faces charges in Carlton County Court following a bizarre incident that took place on Sunday, April 8, involving harassment of a couple, both in a Cloquet neighborhood and along I-35 at gunpoint. Kevin Leo Martin, 45, is in custody following the incident and made his first appearance in Carlton County Court on Tuesday morning. Martin is being charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of harassment/stalking and one count of reckless driving in relation to the incidents.
Area Christians are observing Holy Week this week with a variety of special services and events, and residents are invited and encouraged to attend. A partial listing of local services includes: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 102 Fourth Street, Cloquet, will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. A Celebration of the Lord's Passion is planned for Good Friday, April 6, at 12:30 p.m., with Stations of the Cross to begin at 3 p.m. The movie, "Passion of the Christ" will be shown Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Remember the old saying, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned"? The tale that filtered down through history had it that as an emperor, Nero was something of a heartless tyrant. And whether he was jaded enough to merrily fiddle while Rome was in flames will never be known. But in any case, that phrase was what kept running through my mind last Friday night. Editor Lisa Baumann and I had been at a Blandin Community Leadership Retreat for newspaper editors and publishers ever since Wednesday afternoon.
We've all heard the drill - "Hey, howzit goin'?" "I'm great, just great. How're you doin'?" "Good, good. How's the family?" "Oh, they're fine, too. How's yours?" "They're great." When you get right down to it, it all sounds a little inane, but it's an interchange that takes place among all of us on an almost daily basis as part of the expected ritual of greeting a friend or acquaintance. Nonetheless, this traditional form of greeting no doubt has its roots in our basic human concern over each other's health and well being.
A row of wide-eyed, smiling children standing hand in hand says it all. According to artist Samantha Lorenz, the image eloquently illustrates the reason behind the poster's message - "Stop Child Abuse." Lorenz, 9, a student in Jess Gagne's fourth-grade class at Churchill Elementary in Cloquet, is this year's top winner in the Sixth Annual First Witness Poster Contest. Her poster will be featured on an area billboard during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Carlton County is considering a policy that will prohibit the possession of firearms by county employees, even by those having legal concealed carry permits, during "the scope or performance of their duties." In a proposal to Carlton County commissioners at their adjourned session on Monday, County Personnel Director Mike Stafford asked for the go ahead to develop such a policy.
One case of suspected pet food poisoning has been reported in Carlton County since Menu Foods, a Canadian pet food manufacturer, announced a week and a half ago that some 51 brands of dog and cat food distributed throughout the United States are suspected of causing kidney failure in pets. The company's recall stated the foods suspected to be affected are all "cuts and gravy" style food, consisting of chunks of meat in gravy and sold in cans and small foil pouches. According to Dr.
One day last week, I had to go to work with "big hair." It was one of those days where nothing seemed to be going right. I had an editorial yet to write before the newspaper was slated to go to press midmorning, and I didn't have the slightest idea what to write about. Because of that, I hadn't slept well the night before, and I felt like I was navigating in a fog. And to top things off, after I climbed out of the shower and began to dry my wet hair, my blow dryer shorted out. It wasn't a pretty sight. I have the type of hair that has just enough natural wave to be dangerous.