Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Food trucks, festivals and football

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Chef preparing hamburgers
A smash burger created by Paul Sapyta at the Room at the Table food truck located at Grandma’s Event Center on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Canal Park neighborhood of Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Making room

Chef preparing hamburgers
Owners Paul Sapyta, left and Kevin Peterson seen at the Room at the Table food truck located at Grandma’s Event Center on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Canal Park neighborhood of Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

Cloquet-based catering business Room at the Table is operating a food truck this summer in Duluth's Canal Park.

Read more from owners Paul Sapyta and Kevin Peterson on the evolution of their business and what the food truck is offering.

Schedule set for Carlton Daze

The honor guard pauses to fire a rifle salute during the Carlton Daze parade Sunday, July 25, 2021. (Steve Kuchera /

Preparations are under way for Carlton Daze, which kicks off July 29. I spoke with Daisy Rose about the annual celebration.

One last ride

Lineman blocks for quarterback
Southwest Minnesota State University lineman Dylan Lauer protects the quarterback during an Oct. 9, 2021 game against Sioux Falls University at Mattke Field in Marshall.
Contributed / Greg Devereaux Photography

Cloquet native Dylan Lauer has had an eventful collegiate football career.

He played for two seasons at St. Cloud State before the football program was cut. He ended up at Southwest Minnesota State University and will be playing there while he works toward a graduate degree.

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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