With the cold winds of winter settling into our community, we start to settle into our winter mode.

For some, it might mean getting outside and enjoying all that winter has to offer, such as sliding at Pinehurst, skating on an outdoor rink, or skiing in Pine Valley. For others, it is time to hunker down with an indoor hobby or a good book with a cup of hot chocolate. Whatever is your preference, we have plenty of resources in Cloquet to make it happen.

Check out what is happening at the Cloquet Library. In addition to finding your next book to read, there are many events that happen monthly for all ages: reading challenges, speakers, drop-in crafts and more! Once you have your next book to delve into, be sure to take it to one of Cloquet’s coffee shops to enjoy it with your warm beverage. You’ll be supporting your local small business as well as getting out of the house for a bit.

Cloquet has many small businesses to patronize, not only during the winter, but year-round. We have several restaurants, a movie theatre, an outdoor outfitter, as well as businesses that carry supplies for your latest hobby. Be sure to visit them and support your neighbors in the process!

You can also support our young athletes. Attending a basketball or hockey game or other athletic event is a great way to spend an evening while joining in the camaraderie and enthusiasm of our community of Lumberjacks.

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Last, but not least, we have wonderful Jay Cooke State Park that is beautiful in any season. Winter is a great time to visit, and less crowded (an extra bonus). In addition to exhibits and programs there, you can even rent snowshoes!

There is plenty to do here in Cloquet, so don’t hibernate. Get out and enjoy!

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