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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Hot air balloon rides, learning in nature, a tennis win and more

Read the latest news in the Carlton County, Dontcha Know newsletter published every Thursday.

Sunny Daze's pilot Mark Spanier takes his passengers close to the water before ascending up above the tree line.
Amy Arnston / Cloquet Pine Journal
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CLOQUET — I don't know about you but there were definitely a few moments this week where it felt like fall was in the air — it's a combination of the crisp air, the days slowly getting shorter and the smell. It's a bittersweet time of the year because I love the sun and warmth of summer, but I like the colors and brisk air of fall.

As for stories this week, I've got some fun ones for you! Let's dive in:

Flying high

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Sunny Daze and Oh-Zone fly high above the forests of Cromwell. The balloons are piloted by brother Mark and Thomas Spanier.
Amy Arntson / Cloquet Pine Journal

Hot air balloons took to the sky over Cromwell as Sweetly Kismet Candy Store hosted the first Kismet in Carlton Balloon Festival in conjunction with the Cromwell Harvest Festival.

Jon Parrott, owner of Sweetly Kismet Candy Store, is part of a group of area aeronauts hoping to inspire more people to get into the pastime.

"There are not many people that do it, maybe less than a dozen in the state. We're hoping to bring hot air ballooning back and revive it. This gives local pilots a way to show the community what they do and display their balloons," Jon said.


Back in action

Barnum Nature Preschool teacher Alisha Bigelow builds relationships and kindergarten readiness skills with the school district's littlest learners on the first day of school.
Contributed / Jenn Wright

With school back in session Community Education programs throughout the county are ramping up with activities. Each week, we publish a column from Community Education directors in area schools. They highlight upcoming programs and fun events they've recently hosted.

To kick things off this week, we hear from Roxy Olsen-Hurst of Barnum Community Education.

Battling through

Cloquet’s Araya Kiminski returns a shot during her match at one singles
Cloquet’s Araya Kiminski returns a shot during her match at one singles in Superior on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis team was able to hold onto its early lead , despite several comeback attempts Monday, Sept. 12, from the Superior Spartans.

Frankie Halverson and Lexi Goranson took the first set 6-3 in the No. 1 Doubles spot, but Superior's Greta Clark and Mattie Schilling took the second set, 7-5. Halverson and Goranson played strong on the net and used improved serving to take the final set, 6-0.

A few more stories to check out:

  • The Wrenshall School Board certified it's preliminary levy on Monday, Sept. 12. During the meeting's open forum , residents voiced their concerns about the board's transparency on budget issues. 
  • Thomson Township is proposing a sewer rate increase of 15% annually until 2025. 
  • A sexual assault charge against Jamin Paul Beardsley, 47, of Sawyer, was recently dismissed by prosecutors. In August, a jury found Beardsley not guilty of  second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault with intent to cause fear. 

Editor's note: Carlton County, Dontcha Know is a newsletter I publish every Thursday morning. Please consider subscribing — it's free — and hits your inbox just once a week. You can sign up here.

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