Carlton County, Dontcha Know: Musicals, podcasts and softball tournaments

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Five members of a cast hold hands in a circle and sing.
The cast of "Endometriosis: The Musical" rehearse a number written by Cloquet alumni Maria Bartholdi and Kristen Stowell. From left to right: Aly O'Keeffe, Abby Holmstrom, Tara Borman, Nora Sonneborn, Drew Tenenbaum and Christian Unser.
Contributed / Maria Bartholdi
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CLOQUET — The Beach at Pinehurst Park was hopping last week as photographer Clint Austin captured shots of Northland kids enjoying the water. I hope you were able to beat the heat, as well!

I've got a ton for you this week, but remember to check , as well, for stories I didn't have room to include here.

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Cloquet alumni featured at Fringe Fest

Endometriosis: The Musical
Endometriosis The Musical
Contributed / Maria Bartholdi

"Endometriosis: The Musical," a show created by Cloquet graduates Maria Bartholdi and Kristin Stowell , will debut at the Minnesota Fringe Festival Aug. 5.

The women met when they were students at Churchill Elementary School. The musical tells the story of a woman named Jane, who tries to continue climbing the corporate ladder while working to discover the source of her chronic pain.


Spotlight on: Middle of the Rez Road podcast

Hosts record podcast
Alyssa Abramowski, Morgan Fritzinger and Ricky Reilly of the Middle of the Rez Road podcast pose for a photo during the recording of an episode in Cloquet.
Contributed / Middle of the Rez Road podcast

Cloquet alumni Morgan Fritzinger and Alyssa Abramowski created a podcast with Ricky Reilly called Middle of the Rez Road to celebrate Native American culture and to highlight job opportunities in a wide variety of industries.

The show began after the owner of a construction company asked for help spreading the word about job openings. Each episode features a specific trade and includes guests who share their experience in that field.

Memorable trip

Players pose for picture with artist
Roena Diver, Morgan Olesiak, Blythe Proulx, Carly Johnson, Aydann Pollard and Brooke Proulx of the MN Blast 16U softball team pose for a photo with country music singer Cooper Alan in the lobby of the Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel in Pekin, Illinois, on Monday, July 18.
Contributed / Carly Johnson

The MN Blast 16U softball team recently finished up a trip that took them more than 1,500 miles throughout the Midwest.

The team took second in the Red River Rage tournament in Fargo-Moorhead before traveling to Peoria, Illinois. After an undefeated streak in pool play, the Blast went 1-2 at the United State Specialty Sports Association's Great Lakes National Championship.

One of the highlights? Running into country music singer Cooper Alan in a hotel lobby. The team gave Alan a MN Blast T-shirt, took photos with him and made a TikTok with him.

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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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