Carlton County, Dontcha Know: A nature preschool, a centennial celebration, Paddlemania and more

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Fencing installed
Fencing is installed behind Barnum Elementary School in preparation for the Nature Preschool program this fall, which will utilize the space for its classes.
Contributed / Barnum Community Education
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CLOQUET — I'm not really sure how it's August already — the summer has flown by so far!

There's a ton in this week's edition, so be sure to check out for more than what you see below.

In the meantime, here are this week's headlines:

Nature preschool prep

Sandbox being constructed
Pictured is a new sandbox being built by members of the Cloutier family for the Nature Preschool program playground at Barnum Elementary School.
Contributed / Barnum Community Education

Some of Barnum's youngest learners will soon get to learn in a nature preschool program.

The program, which starts this fall, will allow 4- and 5-year-olds to spend three hours learning outside daily (weather permitting).


Over the summer, volunteers and staff have worked to build an outdoor space where the children will play and learn, like the sandbox seen above.

100 years old ... or 98?

1922 is engraved in stone above the southern entrance to the Carlton County courthouse.
Dylan Sherman / Cloquet Pine Journal

During this year's Carlton Daze celebration, the Carlton County Historical Society celebrated the courthouse's 100th anniversary -- or 98th, depending on who you talk to.

Historical society president Sue Zmyslony said there was some debate over when the building turns 100, as a plaque in the entrance shows that it was erected in 1922-1923 and it was dedicated in 1924.

'It's a lifestyle'

Kayaker navigates rapids
Clint Massey paddles through the St. Louis River rapids during Paddlemania held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton.
Jake Przytarski / Cloquet Pine Journal

After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Paddlemania returned to the St. Louis River in conjunction with Carlton Daze.

Kayakers from across the Midwest and Canada made the trip to compete in the event.

Be sure to check out the video included with the story!

A few more stories to check out:

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Jen Zettel-Vandenhouten is the regional editor for Duluth Media Group, overseeing the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram.
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