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Got a heart for kids and a few extra hours to spare? There's someone out there waiting for you. That's the premise that has driven the very successful R.E.A.C.H. (Recreational Experiences Achieving Community Harmony) program in Carlton County to strive for still bigger and better things. Since 2000, R.E.A.C.H. has provided recreational opportunities for kids at risk. Now, the program is branching out to provide mentors who can be there for those kids on an ongoing basis. The R.E.A.C.H.
The winter heating season brings with it many safety risks, including chimney fires and the threat of carbon monoxide from faulty systems or improper venting. Thanks to the widespread use of smoke, carbon monoxide and radon detectors in today's homes, many lives have been saved, but they're only as good as the people who maintain them. Captain Kevin Schroeder of the Cloquet Fire Department said this winter alone the local department has responded to some 18 to 20 reports of carbon monoxide alarms that have activated in residential homes.
A number of fund raisers are being planned in support of the work of the R.E.A.C.H. program, including its new mentoring initiative. "When you don't have a consistent stream of state and federal dollars coming in," said Director Dawn Shoberg, "you have to fund raise to keep the program going." A special event called "Leap for R.E.A.C.H." is planned for Friday, Feb. 29, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lost Isle in Carlton. It will include a spaghetti dinner and dance.
It seems that everyone is looking for a "one-stop shop" these days. Folks want to take care of all their banking, bill paying and travel plans online, mail packages, buy stamps and order shipping containers from the living room of their homes, or buy groceries, medications, and underwear all in one spot - all at the same time they're having their tires rotated.
If this frigid winter weather persists, I'm toast. That's because, in my relentless search to stay warm and cozy, I sometimes test the limits. Take, for example, the frosty morning when I decided to wear long underwear to work under my navy dress slacks - and glanced down in the middle of the county board meeting to see my long johns peeking out from below the hem of my pants! Or the day it was snowing so hard I decided to wear my Sorels to work with my dressy black pants suit - and forgot to bring my shoes.
Over time, the federal and state governments have chinked away at their budgets for human services programs, resulting in a gradual cost shift to local governments - with the local taxpayer often feeling the pinch the greatest.
Kathleen Mary Schlumpberger, 56, of McGregor died as the result of a snowmobile accident last Friday that occurred east of County Road 19 in Autumba Township. According to Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake, Carlton County Dispatch received a 911 call at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
Certain Carlton County residences, rentals and commercial properties are about to receive a new lease on life. At Tuesday's Annual Meeting of the Carlton County Board, Lezlie Ballis of Lakes and Pines Community Action Council informed commissioners the county is requesting some $951,000 in grant funding from the state of Minnesota's Small Cities Development Program for owners interested in rehabilitating their buildings. "Rehabilitation is not remodeling," clarified Ballis.
Commissioner Ted Pihlman was elected chair of the Carlton County Board for 2008. Pihlman, who represents Commissioner District Five (the Moose Lake area) has been a member of the county board for the past 20 years. "I hope I can lead the group in a manner we can all be proud of," commented Pihlman following the vote. "I appreciate your confidence." Elected board vice-chair was Commissioner Dick Brenner. In other business to be conducted at the board's annual session, commissioners voted to set the times of the board meetings in 2008 for 8:30 a.m.
Just mention the name Lorren Lindevig most anywhere in Carlton County and chances are, it will be greeted with a smile. The long-time accordionist/entertainer/Polka Hall of Famer has set toes tapping for seven decades, and this Saturday, he will be honored for his accomplishments. A special event honoring Lorren Lindevig is being planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cloquet VFW, and everyone who has ever been touched by his buoyant music and genuine attitude is invited to stop by and honor him for his contributions.