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I settled back in the chair at the beauty salon as I waited to get my hair cut last week.
Have you ever come over the top of the Sunnyside hill (or across the St. Louis River bridge in the opposite direction) in Cloquet on any given work morning and spotted a black and white Cloquet squad car sitting at the base of the hill?
There was a touch of the old, a smattering of the very new, and a whole group in between as the teachers and staff of Esko schools - past and present - gathered last Thursday to celebrate the school's success over the many years of its storied history. The staff appreciation luncheon is an annual event held at the school, but this year's group voted to include retirees - and some 41 in all attended. Running away with the honors as the oldest retiree in attendance was former custodian and bus driver, Charlie Johnson, who turns 101 this summer.
Carlton County Commissioners unanimously supported two new economic development initiatives Tuesday that could have a significant impact on the county in the months and years to come. County Economic Development Director Pat Oman introduced a proposal to the board for a County Tourism Grant Program devised by the Carlton County Economic Development Advisory Committee (CCEDAC). According to Oman, the grant program would provide grants of $500 to $1,000 for groups and organizations planning a special event geared toward bringing people into their community.
The eyes of Minnesota were on Carlton County last Friday. That's because the county's public workplaces officially went smoke-free for the first time - four full months ahead of the state's new Freedom to Breathe Act takes effect next October. In recognition of the occasion, a press conference and celebration were hosted by the Carlton County Citizens for Smoke Free Environments (CSFE), the American Lung Association of Minnesota and Carlton County Public Health.
If you noticed a couple of girls in green traveling around Cloquet recently handing out "shopping lists," they were part of the vanguard in preparing our community for a potential disaster. Molly Mogren and Danielle Gradzyk represent CodeReady, an initiative designed to instill a sense of urgency about emergency preparedness and providing potentially life-saving information in the case of a disaster. "In a nutshell," explained Deb Bahen of Carlton County Human Services, CodeReady employs various traditional and non-traditional media efforts which are designed to drive citizens to the CodeRea
Elwin Benton retires this week after a distinguished, 30-year career as executive director of the Mash-Ka-Wisen alcohol treatment center. But for Benton himself, life truly began 40 years ago.... Benton was born and reared on the Fond du Lac Reservation, moving to Duluth in the early 1950s when he was in the seventh grade.
Put together a miserable, wet weekend, no particular plans, and too much time on your hands, and it spells just one thing - garage saling! At least, that's what I tried to convince my reluctant husband last Saturday. We had planned to work outside all weekend. The garden needed tilling, the flowers needed planting, the weeds needed pulling, and the boat was tethered enticingly to the dock. But all that went by the wayside when we awoke Saturday morning to dark, pouty skies and the threat of a downpour at any minute.
Carlton County workplaces are set to break new ground by going smoke-free this Friday, June 1, leading the vanguard of a similar statewide law passed by the legislature just a couple of weeks ago. After the cities of Moose Lake and Cloquet separately passed ordinances to prohibit smoking in restaurants within their respective city limits in recent years, Carlton County decided to follow suit this past February. Members of the Carlton County Board passed a comprehensive ordinance designed to "level the playing field," in the words of Commissioner Mel Tan and, according to former Commissioner
The Cloquet High School Class of 1937 reached an important milestone this month. Only a couple weeks shy of the actual date of their graduation 70 years ago, a handful of the class faithful gathered for lunch at Carmen's Restaurant in Cloquet to observe the momentous occasion. According to class member Harriette (Carlson) Haley, at their 50th reunion a core group of classmates agreed to get together every three or four months in order to stay in contact and keep up to date on what's going on in the lives of class members.