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A front page article in the Duluth News Tribune last week told all about how bar owners and managers in Carlton County are having to walk a fine line between complying with the county's new smoking ordinance, keeping their customers happy and making a living.
With the Fourth of July falling in the middle of the work week this year, hometown folks will be happy to know that all the family fun and excitement that are a traditional part of the big summer holiday are scheduled to take place right here in Cloquet. Once again, the Fourth of July Veterans Celebration Committee has put together a knock-down, bang-up schedule of events for next Wednesday, July 4, that is no further than your own back yard. Line-up for the big Fourth of July Parade is set to get under way at 10:30 a.m. on the east end of Cloquet Avenue.
Moose Lake shoppers will soon be able to buy everything from flat-screen televisions to T-shirts without driving out of town. Construction is well under way on a new retail department store, after a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site June 15. Located at the intersection of County Road 10 and Highway 73, bringing the store, ALCO, to Moose Lake was the result of a "tremendous collaborative effort," according to Dave Talbot, Moose Lake city administrator. "I've been working on this for four years," Talbot said.
The population of Carlton County continues to grow, and that has many of the county's buildings beginning to burst at the seams. In a report to the Carlton County Board on Tuesday, representatives of Wold Architects and Engineers updated commissioners on the long-range facilities planning project the firm has been contracted to complete for the county. Wold's John McEnroe told the board that work on the plan has been on-going since March.
School board members voted on Monday to bring back family and consumer science classes at Cloquet High School this fall. Board member Duane Buytaert was the only one to oppose the measure, which calls for adding back three classes per semester at a cost of roughly $28,000.
There are few things I dread as much as cleaning the garage. I'd rather scour the toilet, change the kitty litter pan, pull crabgrass or clean out the eaves troughs. But ask me to clean the garage and I'll put it off as long as I possibly can. In fact, that has been part of the problem.
Forgetfulness is a sign of getting old, right? Somehow, I'd rather blame it on "information overload." In any case, I'm not quite sure just what happened last week when Ken and I walked out of the house for a three-day business trip. I'd stayed up late the night before, carefully planning out all of the clothing combinations I'd be likely to need, anticipating whatever type of weather might come our way, and trying to figure out just exactly what "business casual" means.
Folk artist Jim Ulvi paints what he lives, and lives what he paints - and his entire life covers the walls of the family room of his rural Esko home. "Most of my paintings are based in fact on things that happened during my life," he explained. And indeed, Ulvi's life has been a colorful one..... He was born in 1927 at his aunt's house on 11th Street in Cloquet. His father worked on the section gang for the railroad. "It was during the Depression and hard to get work," Ulvi related.
When this year's session of the Minnesota State Legislature came to a close recently, Thomson Township came out on the winning end of things. The township received a $350,000 appropriation from the Department of Employment and Economic Development for the township's new light industrial park. "The appropriation is for utilities and infrastructure," explained Representative Mary Murphy, who was instrumental in getting the appropriation through the legislature. "This is unbelievably huge news for us," said Town Supervisor Terry Hill.
When the recent session of the Minnesota State Legislature adjourned and the dust settled, few in the general public realized that some of the local school districts were the direct beneficiaries of one of the pieces of legislation that was passed and approved by the governor. "The Omnibus Education Bill that was signed into law by Governor Pawlenty contains the first-ever state funding for concurrent enrollment programs in the state's schools," explained Cloquet High School Principal Warren Peterson.