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Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Housing crunch, a mental health clinic expansion, traditional lacrosse and more

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Zach Stirewalt, formerly of Cloquet,runs his dolly down the ramp as he moves his mother-in-law to an apartment in Duluth
Zach Stirewalt, formerly of Cloquet,runs his dolly down the ramp as he moves his mother-in-law to an apartment in Duluth on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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CLOQUET — Summer is quickly drawing to a close, and school is right around the corner.

Several local organizations have partnered with businesses and schools to host the first-ever Carlton County Back to School BBQ and Backpacks event. There is still time for families to register to get a free backpack with school supplies for their child or children. Details here .

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Housing crunch

Zach Stirewalt, formerly of Cloquet, takes a break from moving his mother-in-law to an apartment in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon
Zach Stirewalt, formerly of Cloquet, takes a break from moving his mother-in-law to an apartment in Duluth on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16. Stirewalt is familiar with moving things recently, having to vacate his apartment in Cloquet due to city orders. After they couldn’t find anywhere to live in Carlton County, they moved to Eveleth.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Reporter Dylan Sherman caught up with Zach Stirewalt, a former resident of Cloquet's Victory Apartments. People who lived in apartments on two of the building's floors were ordered by city officials to vacate because safety repairs were not made to a staircase.

Stirewalt couldn't find housing within his budget in Cloquet, so he had to move to Eveleth.

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The story is one local officials have heard a lot lately, as the housing market continues to shrink. We asked them what they have been doing to alleviate the problem.

WebMed expands

Man by a sign.
WebMed founder Tim Weber stands in the entryway to the firm’s Cloquet location Tuesday, Aug. 9. WebMed offers walk-in appointments for mental health needs as well as programs for depression, addiction, medication management , PTSD and ADHD treatment.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

WebMed Mental Health Services has seen significant growth over the past three years. The company has two locations (including one in Cloquet), more than three-dozen employees and thousands of patients.

One of the things that makes WebMed stand out are its walk-in appointments, which are similar to visiting an urgent care clinic. Founder Tim Weber, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, said he saw first-hand the delays patients face when they seek mental health care.

“Nobody’s doing it,” Weber said. “To have any service that somebody would really need for mental health, for the most part, available to them at 3 o’clock any day? That is freaking cool.”

Less gear, 'no rules'

Lacrosse players.
A young player carries the ball during a stick lacrosse game Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

More than 40 people visited Hilltop Park Tuesday, Aug. 16, to learn more about Baaga’adowewin and to play it .

The game was a forerunner to modern lacrosse, and community members got the opportunity to play it as part the annual gathering of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Jasper Loons, 12, plays lacrosse with Carlton County's Northern Siege program, and said he enjoyed the fast pace of the traditional game.

“It’s really fun,” Jasper said. “There’s not as much gear and no rules.”

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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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