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Wright-Cromwell News

There's change in the air. Several homes and properties have been sold and new owners have moved in these past few months. One of the biggest changes in Cromwell will be the closing of the Country Inn after over 50 or 60 years in business. Yes, this restaurant has had several names and owners over the years, but now the time has come to close the doors on this iconic business as of May 28.

I have heard that there are plans for something on this location in the future, but for now, we say "Goodbye, thanks and good luck" to Cindy and Rick Aho, who have owned and kept the food coming to so many for so many years.

Charlie Maki was working at Husky Superior Refinery on the day of the explosion. They were just returning from coffee break at the time. Charlie was only feet away from the blast. Thanks to Husky for their strict safety protocol for getting everyone to safety. His wife, Pam, says she is so thankful he made it home that day.

Our sympathy to the families of Wally Schulke, 82; Linnea Korpela Autio, 97; Charles Laine, 62; and Ruth Shultz, 91, who all recently passed away in our area.

Mother's Day is just around the corner May 12 and the Bethlehem Church women are having their annual Mother's Day Tea and Luncheon at the church at 1:30 p.m. Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon with a short program by Sharry Waldriff with singing and piano, readings and even a few jokes.

The Carlton County Historical Society and WDSE—WRPT Public Television are sponsoring a public screening of the new documentary "The Fires of 1918" at the Premiere Theatres 6, 904 Highway 33 South, Cloquet, on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

It includes many new interviews, photos and information about the horrific fires that struck a five-county area in northern Minnesota 100 years ago this year. The public screening is a fundraiser for the Carlton County Historical Society, with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Popcorn and pop will be offered free. For more information, contact the Carlton County Historical Society at 218-879-1938.

The United Way of Carlton County, Carlton County Extension, 4-H, Carlton County Public Health and Human Services, Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce and the Carlton County Collaborative are planning a new event to encourage area residents and visitors to get outside and bike on the Munger Trail on Sunday, June 10. This is the day after the MS 150 ride rolls through the area. This 1st Annual Carlton County Community Bike Ride will from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with family friendly events and local food vendors along the Munger Trail in Moose Lake, Barnum, Mahtowa and Carlton.

Please mark your calendars, put some air in your bike tires and join us for this new active living event. Call the Carlton County Extension Office at 218- 384-3511 with any questions or to get involved.

Upcoming events

• Saturday, May 12 — Father-Daughter Ball, 6-8 p.m., Cromwell Pavilion.

• Saturday, May 12 — Bethlehem Women's Mother-Daughter Luncheon, 1:30 p.m.

• Monday, May 14 — Yoga, 11 a.m., Cromwell Pavilion.

• Wednesday, May 16 — Villa Vista Volunteer "Thank You" Breakfast, 9:30 a.m. All Villa/Cardinal Court volunteers encouraged to attend.

• Wednesday, May 16 — Regular School Board meeting, 6 p.m.

• Friday, May 18 — Grandparent's Day at Cromwell-Wright School, 1 p.m.

• May 18-20 — 40th Chmielewski Polka Fest at Grand Casino, Hinckley, noon to 10 p.m. May 18; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 19; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20.

That's all the news from the Edge of Wright. Have a great week!