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Some folks glibly believe that New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. But at the end of the year, it's always a worthwhile exercise to look back at our resolutions for the year and see what, if any, progress we've made. And so, let's take a look at how we've done as a county. In an editorial in the Jan. 3, 2007, issue of the Pine Journal titled, "It's a brand, new day in Carlton County," the suggestion was made that the city of Cloquet make a resolution to push the idea of a half-cent city sales tax through the Minnesota State Legislature once and for all.
The Cloquet Rotary Club gave a thoughtful and lasting gift to area students this Christmas season. According to Rotary president Julie Rothmeier, the local club has adopted literacy as its philanthropic project for the year.
The Christmas season is all about tradition.
The Fond du Lac Reservation reached a major milestone this week with the startup of its new public transit bus system. "Our primary goal is to get people to employment," explained Amy Wicklund, economic development planner for the reservation.
As the Christmas season reaches its height, places of worship throughout Carlton County are planning special worship services to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The public is welcome to join in any of the traditional observances of the season. Contact the church offices for more information. Following is a listing of many of the services planned. Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, 1400 Washington Avenue, Cloquet, is planning worship on Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth Street, Cloquet, will hold a 4 p.m.
Steve and Lisa Anderson and their young family will be home for Christmas this year - but only in their dreams. That's because the prefabricated components of their home-to-be are sitting in a storage shed on the Kelley Avenue lot where their house will one day stand. The joists, framework, countertops, flooring and all other materials (except for the sheet rock) arrived a couple of weeks ago on a semi-tractor trailer truck from Mississippi, and all that stands in the way of the start of construction is the pouring of a cement slab.
All too often, county government around the state only makes headlines when taxes are going up, services are going down, or commissioners are caught in the middle of some big, hairy dispute. Well, it's time for our own county to collectively throw out its chest and soak in the reflected glory of the commendable work being done by a host of good folks throughout the county working on behalf of our residents.
It was an understandable mistake, given the circumstances. I was in dire need of a white turtleneck to wear under my red and white Christmas sweater, and since I had shopped all afternoon for Christmas presents for others, I felt I was entitled to spend a little of the wealth on myself. The trouble was that I was drop-dead tired from battling the frantic, pre-holiday crowds and the even more frantic shoppers themselves.
If you're frantically scurrying this way and that way this holiday season, "making that list and checking it twice" for the perfect gift - or if you have no one around to plan for and celebrate with - one of the things you can check off your list this year is Christmas dinner. Plan to join neighbors and fellow community members in supporting or attending the 15th Annual Cloquet Area Christmas Day Dinner, held at Zion Lutheran Church and supported by local industries, businesses, service organizations and individuals. The dinner is open to anyone and everyone who will be alone or in need of
Carlton County continues to turn heads around the state and country, even in the face of looming financial challenges. At Tuesday's adjourned session of the Carlton County Board, Dave Lee, director of Carlton County Health and Human Services, presented a good news/bad news scenario the county is currently facing. The bad news regards mandates from the Federal Deficit Reduction Act that stand to impact the state of Minnesota - and Carlton County - in a major way during the coming year, paring some $40 million in child protection funding from the state budget.