A year ago, we were looking forward to a new year and a new beginning. My, what a year 2020 was!

It is now a new year with a new hope for our community. Like many Community Education departments across the state, Cloquet continues to innovate to provide activities for our residents to participate in during changing circumstances.

We are keeping abreast of the latest developments and orders. We are quick to open up for activities once they are allowed. For example, Monday, Jan. 4 saw the reopening of our pool for lap swimming and swim lessons. When we do open, we are taking precautions such as maintaining proper occupancy, doing additional cleaning and requiring pre-registration so we have a record of who is participating.

We are also creating new activities that residents can engage in that allow for physical distancing, as well as getting people outdoors. Our Rubber Duck Hunts at the Cloquet Forestry Center in January and at Spafford Park in February are sure to be popular for families. Bundle up the kids and see if you can find them! This is a spot and release type of activity, so everyone can enjoy! You can find more information about the Rubber Duck Hunt by following our Facebook page.

For those of you hunkering down, we also are offering some classes online. Be sure to check out our Winter 2021 LumberLog to see what is currently available. We are looking forward to offering more classes this spring and summer as well as we remain optimistic of what the future holds.

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"Community Education Corner," published weekly in the Pine Journal, features news from Community Education programs in Carlton County.