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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: A new pizza place, a grand opening celebration, a flag football game and more

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Terry Johnson of Superior, owner of Ride or Die Pizzeria, creates a pizza at his restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Cloquet.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Fresh twist

Man working in pizza restaurant
Terry Johnson of Superior, owner of Ride or Die Pizzeria, tosses pizza dough on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Cloquet.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Ride or Die Pizzeria opened its doors in Cloquet last month, and so far, owner Terry Johnson said customers have been welcoming.

“I was a little nervous at first. I didn’t know what to expect being a new pizza place … but Cloquet’s been treating us very well," he said.

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This is the second location of Ride or Die Pizzeria Johnson and his wife, Dawn, have opened, and their third pizza place. In addition to the Ride or Die restaurants in Cloquet and Superior, they also own and operate Lee's Pizza in Duluth.

L'il grand opening

Ribbon-cutting ceremony
Officials get ready to cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Li'l Lumberjacks and Kids Corner location in the Pine Tree Plaza in Cloquet on Thursday, Sept. 22. They are, from left, Diana Munter, Robin Hanks, Melissa Juntunen, Ted Lammi, Darla Pappas, Erin Bates and Caitlin McCollum.
Jake Przytarski / Cloquet Pine Journal

Local leaders officially unveiled the new Li'l Lumberjacks and Kids Corner location to the community on Sept. 22.

The 9,000-square-foot space in Pine Tree Plaza will allow the facility to serve more families. They are currently in the process of hiring more staff, said Cloquet Community Education director Erin Bates.

'Everybody wins'

Cloquet’s Gentry Olson breaks away from Duluth East’s Gavin Reller (10) for a touchdown
Cloquet’s Gentry Olson breaks away from Duluth East’s Gavin Reller (10) for a touchdown during their adaptive flag football game at halftime of the Cloquet/East football game Friday night, Sept. 23, in Duluth.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Cloquet and Duluth East football teams stayed on the field during halftime Friday, Sept. 23, to cheer on their classmates who participated in a Unified flag football game.

Unified Sports is a Special Olympics program that partners people with intellectual disabilities and other special needs with more typical athletes. Mike Doyle, a physical education teacher at Cloquet High School, started the Cloquet program four years ago.

“This is just one of those programs where everybody wins,” Doyle said. “The general education kids win because they’ve learned so much from the special ed kids. The special education students learn so much about social kids and get all that help with all the various sports and activities. The parents win because their students are getting all of these opportunities and I win as and adaptive PE teacher because I’m getting all of this extra help in my class.”

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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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