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Get local history lesson at the movies

Oldtimers in Carlton County used to describe things as happening before or after “the fire.” In this, the 100th anniversary year of the 1918 fires that devastated much of Carlton County and the surrounding region, residents have a one-time-only opportunity to go to the movies to learn about the fire.

The Carlton County Historical Society (CCHS) and WDSE-WRPT Public Television are sponsoring a public screening of the new documentary "The Fires of 1918" at the Cloquet Premiere Theatres, 904 Highway 33 South, on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

This documentary was first shown on TV starting in March as part of the public television station's pledge drive. It includes many new interviews, photos and information about the horrific fire that struck a five-county area in northern Minnesota 100 years ago Oct. 12. Also included is footage of previous documentaries, including survivors and others who have since passed away. The film is a little over an hour.

The public screening is a fundraiser for CCHS, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Popcorn and pop will be offered free. For questions, call CCHS at 218-879-1938.