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There's a heap of horsepower headed for Cloquet this weekend. The annual Cloquet Classic Car Daze (formerly Al's Rod Run) is set for Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 2-5, and hundreds of car buffs from throughout the region are expected to take part. Special features this year include an expanded Thursday night show, with classic car displays at both Gordy's Hi-Hat and Sammy's Pizza in Sunnyside, and a feature display of a Sox and Martin 1968 'Cuda at the free car show in Veterans Park from 8 a.m.
All eyes turn toward Moose Lake this weekend as the city hosts events in two big venues on Saturday, Aug. 4. Crazy Corn Days and Depotfest are slated for Moose Lake that day, and if you're lucky, you'll make both! Toddlers to old timers will enjoy the big Corn Feed and sidewalk sales in downtown Moose Lake, starting off with coffee and rolls served at 8:30 a.m. Slather on the butter, hold tight to the salt shaker - and enjoy one of summer's sweetest treats at the sweet corn concession as Crazy Corn Days gets into full swing. There'll be free corn for all comers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On a recent summer's day when the temperature hovered around 90 degrees, a local grandmother slowly worked her way around the perimeter of the Cloquet Skate Park as her eight-year-old twin granddaughters rode their bikes over the tantalizing series of ramps and jumps. The family dog was tethered to the leg of a nearby picnic table.
Last weekend we met our newest granddaughter for the very first time. The first child of our oldest daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Payton, the little one is inclined toward brown eyes, a hint of natural wave in her dark hair, and a charming little dimple right in the middle of her chin. Though she's tiny now, chances are she'll probably grow to be tall and willowy, with the long, slender hands of a musician just like her mom and dad (though she may well choose, instead, to use them for carrying a basketball down the court!).
Four-year-old Evan Antus of Cloquet loves singing songs, reading books, playing with his little sister, Rosalie, and cuddling with his dog, Cedar. He has an infectious grin, a zest for life - and epilepsy. Next week, Evan and his parents, Ryan and Erin Antus, and a group of family and friends who care about him will take part in the Ninth Annual Stroll for Epilepsy on Thursday, Aug. 9, on Park Point in Duluth.
Just as the hottest weather of the summer hits Carlton County, the hottest festival of the year is about to arrive! The annual Carlton Daze celebration features three big days literally packed with events from start to finish. Kicking things off on Friday, July 27, will be the Community Rummage Sales from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps are available at local businesses. While making the rounds, stop by the big Sidewalk Sale outside the brand, new location of Brown Gallery & Gifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
When Kyra Paitrick came back from helping people in the devastated neighborhoods of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, it was with a newfound resolve to become more involved in the lives of other people in a significant and lasting way. That's why she didn't hesitate when an instructor of hers at The College of St. Scholastica encouraged her to apply for a Sister Cities Exchange trip to Petrozavodsk, Russia.
Life with a cat is seldom dull. Those of you who have them will know what I'm talking about - and those of you who don't have probably always suspected it. One day last week, I came home from work as the appliance repair man was working on our refrigerator. I'd awaited his arrival with some degree of anxiety, because the refrigerator was freezing everything in the produce and vegetable drawers on the bottom and barely keeping the milk cold on the top shelf, all as the temperatures outside soared near the 90-degree mark.
It was a night for the ages, as last Friday's American Cancer Society Relay for Life got under way to the flickering beacons of some 1,390 luminaries that lined the circuit at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
BOGART: "How'd you like it?" HEPBURN: "Like it??" BOGART: "Whitewater rapids!" HEPBURN: "I never dreamed..." BOGART: "I don't blame you for being scared - not one bit.