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This Friday marks one of those times of our lives that represents a critical turning point in our history - whether we admit (or even realize) it or not. This Friday is the day Carlton County work places and other public venues make the transformation to smoke-free air. And though many may argue otherwise, it does not represent a tumble downward into the pits of economic disaster, but rather a giant's step forward into a healthier lifestyle for all of us. Indisputable scientific research has proven that exposure to secondhand smoke causes disease and death in people who don't smoke.
Last Wednesday marked a momentous occasion in Carlton County that managed to slip by practically unnoticed - but not quite. One hundred-fifty years ago on May 23, the Minnesota legislature gave permission for the formation of Carlton County.
Every so often, someone comes along in a young girl's life who makes a lasting impression - possibly changing the direction of her entire future. And for a group of area eighth-graders, it just may be their own mothers or perhaps one of the peer helpers from Carlton High School who will help guide their pathway as they navigate through the world of high school. Some 30 eighth-grade girls were guests of honor, along with their mothers and other women important in their lives, at a "Woman in My Life" luncheon and fashion show last Friday, May 18, at Carlton Four Seasons Banquet Room.
Four salaried employees at USG's Cloquet plant have thus far stepped up to the plate and indicated interest in a voluntary severance package that will streamline the work force at the plant and help comply with a company wide mandate. According to Cloquet plant manager Bill Schmitt, the pending cutbacks at the plant are part of an overall plan to pare USG Corporation's salaried work force worldwide by 10 percent (some 500 workers) in response to the sagging residential construction market. "Ever since last fall, the construction market has dropped off significantly and we have seen a steep d
I was looking through the ads in the Sunday paper last weekend and spotted an entire section advertising "organic" sheets and towels. After noting the fast-growing proliferation of organic food, organic clothing and organic cosmetics, I shouldn't have been surprised. It seems "organic" is the way to go these days, both in the interest of what's good for you - and in what's good for the earth. It just sounds sort of odd to think of organic towels..... This sort of thing has been occupying my mind a lot lately.
The Cloquet area is poised on the brink of what could be some significant breakthroughs in tourism.
Pine Journal Editor Lisa Baumann and I have lost our style (though there are some who would attest we never had it in the first place!). During the grueling, four-week odyssey that has taken the Pine Journal from its home on 813 Cloquet Avenue, to temporary quarters in the Pine Tree Plaza, and most recently to our new home at 122 Avenue C, there have been a number of minor (and not so minor) casualties along the way.
The devastating fire in the Ham Lake area of the Gunflint Trail has struck a special chord with a group of Carlton County residents. Gene and Thera Wiersma's son, Eric, of Cloquet has been helping to battle the blaze since its inception as part of his summer duty with the U.S.D.A. Fire Service's Seagull Station. During his infrequent communications from the remote regions of the Trail, Eric has described the incredible force and stamina of the wildfire and the overwhelming fatigue of those who are fighting it. That gave the Wiersmas an idea.
Nine years ago, DeAnna Finifrock went in for her very first mammogram. She admits she was somewhat reluctant to go through with it, but because she is a public health nurse who spends her time urging other women on the Fond du Lac Reservation to safeguard their health, she felt she really had to. "You were the ones who forced my hand because I felt guilty," Finifrock admitted to an audience made up primarily of women during a convocation at the Fond du Lac Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Carlton County played host last week to a couple of mounted horseman with a very important task in mind. In an effort to increase awareness and funding for Camp Amanda, a project of the Minnesota Foundation for Children, members Art Dingmann and Jerry Brown rode their horses from Winona to the Buffalo House outside Duluth as part of their "Horseback for Hope" effort. Camp Amanda is a special camp for children and teens, kindergarten through high school, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person in their lives.