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Editorial...Let's 'pack the stands!'

It seems that any time a Cloquet-area sports team plays a venue in Duluth -no matter if it's Public Schools Stadium or Amsoil Arena - students, friends, family and community members show up in legions to help pack the stands with local support. N...

It seems that any time a Cloquet-area sports team plays a venue in Duluth -no matter if it's Public Schools Stadium or Amsoil Arena - students, friends, family and community members show up in legions to help pack the stands with local support. No one ever doubts whether fans will make the 20-minute trip to Duluth in large enough numbers to help spur on our athletes or show how much school and community pride we have.

This Friday night, there will be a special memorial fundraising event at the Clyde Iron Works restaurant in Duluth to raise funds to support the families of the late Mitch Lingren and Zak Gamache, the two Carlton County survey crew workers who were killed in a tragic accident last October. They were on their way to a work site near Wright early one morning, and the county truck in which they were riding was forced into opposing traffic by a car driven by a young woman coming back from a methadone clinic in Brainerd.

Planned and organized by local co-workers and friends of the two young men, the event was set in Duluth in order to accommodate the type of top-notch entertainment planned as part of the evening's playbill. In addition to live bands, there will also be raffles, prize drawings, a silent auction with many exciting items donated by area merchants, and a pizza buffet all evening (or until it runs out!). The fun begins at 3 p.m., with live music beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting throughout the evening.

There is a single cost of admission at the door, and children ages 18 and under accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.

Lingren, a Cloquet native, left behind a wife, Angie, and two young children, Jordan and Lilly, and organizers hope that funds raised will help support the children's future educational expenses. Gamache's family, of Esko, hopes to establish a scholarship in his name to help young people of the area further their education.

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Though there is a host of other events planned throughout the area, why not think about traveling to Duluth to support this fun-filled - and very worthwhile - event?

Let's "pack the stands" once again this Friday night - and show the rest of the world how much community pride we truly have.

Wendy Johnson

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