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I heard the anxious, high-pitched whine right next to my ear, followed soon thereafter by a long, rolling gurgle. And despite the fact it was 5 a.m. and my mind was clouded with sleep, I leaped out from under the covers and my feet hit the ground running. It hadn't taken more than a heartbeat to realize the big yellow lab had to go out - NOW! Ken and I had only been on pet sitting duty for our "grand dog," Tanner, for a little over a week. Son Jason was out at the hunting shack, leaving us in charge of his dog and having all the faith in the world that we could do a good job of it.
We've all seen them - those increasingly popular electronic billboards whose animated messages change at frequent intervals and whose bright lights flash in an ever-changing spectrum of eye-catching color. From here on out, however, the signs will be regulated in Carlton County under a new amendment to the county zoning ordinance that commissioners unanimously supported at their meeting this week. Board members cited safety concerns as their primary reason for amending the existing ordinance. "Public safety is the real issue," said Commissioner Ted Pihlman.
Local residents Chad and Holly Vermeersch will take the longest trip of their lives at the end of this week. At that time, they will travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they will represent their family at the funeral of Holly's cousin, Army Sergeant Derek Stenroos, who was killed serving his country in Iraq on Nov. 5. "One of the first things Terry [Stenroos' father] commented on when he called with the news was how much Derek had wanted to be a soldier his whole life," recalled Vermeersch. Sgt. Stenroos, 24, of North Pole, Alaska, had roots that ran deep in the Esko area.
Carlton County's aging government buildings are suffering from over-crowding, over-use, and are in need of significant upgrading in order to comply with current building codes. That was the prognosis confirmed in a report to county commissioners and department heads on Tuesday by representatives of Wold Architects and Engineers of St. Paul.
A group of students at Cloquet Middle School walked two and a half miles last week - in order to give others wings. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were celebrating the successful culmination of a fund-raising effort in support of the compassionate work of the Minneapolis-based organization "Give Us Wings." In all, the students raised $2,221.74 for the cause. Founded in 1999, the small, nonprofit organization works at the grassroots level with the "poorest of the poor" people in villages within Kenya and Uganda.
Cloquet High School graduates Sally and Pat McPhail have traveled half way around the world and back to discover some of the truly important things that lie inside of them. Sally, the daughter of David and Kathy Lingren, was born in Cloquet, the oldest of three siblings. She spent her school years all in Cloquet, graduating from CHS in 1995. Pat, the youngest of three children, was born in Shell Lake, Wisc. to Tom and Sue McPhail.
"You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why - Santa Claus is coming to town. He's making a list and checking it twice; gonna find out who's naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town...." That's exactly what you don't want to hear this early in the season, right? I couldn't agree more, but it seems most merchandisers want to get their message of "giving" out earlier and earlier every year.
Cloquet just became home to the latest, and perhaps most unique, gift option for the upcoming holiday season - or any season. The new Hidden View Winery at 1404 Cloquet Avenue invites you to brew up a batch of your favorite wine or beer, bottle it, and mark it with your very own signature label - just in time for holiday entertaining or gift giving. Hidden View opened its doors two weeks ago in the space previously occupied by Domino's Pizza.
There are likely no two words in the English language as likely to cause a man's blood to rush, his heart to pound and his knees go weak quite like the mention of "The Shack." In this part of the country, at least, the hunting shack is considered by many to be the last stronghold of male (and, increasingly, female) prowess and bonding during that yearly phenomenon - deer hunting season. And for many groups of hunting buddies, part and parcel of The Shack is "The Journal" - a recorded history of every person who ever frequented the shack, every deer ever bagged there, and a whole lot of l
Pumper trucks and pressure sprayers laced with disinfectants were still at work on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to clean up a massive sewage spill that occurred around noon on Tuesday between Scanlon and Esko. According to Karen Anderson, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District community relations director, some 50,000 gallons of sewage-tainted water was pumped out of a swampy stretch of land along Maki Road, with another 50,000 gallons taken out Wednesday morning. "We are going to continue to pump yet today," said Anderson on Wednesday afternoon, "on the strength of the chance sewage co