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Wright-Cromwell news March 14, 2013

I just got back from the TRIAD meeting in Cromwell. One of the topics of discussion was the taxis that are going back and forth through Cromwell and Wright to the methadone clinic in Brainerd. That got me thinking about the drug problems we had a...

I just got back from the TRIAD meeting in Cromwell. One of the topics of discussion was the taxis that are going back and forth through Cromwell and Wright to the methadone clinic in Brainerd. That got me thinking about the drug problems we had as we were growing up. Here is an article for your enjoyment. The following is a statement of answers to many of the ills of modern times. This was published in newspapers around the country:

"The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, 'Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?' I replied, 'I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flowerbeds and cockleburs out of dad's fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed. Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in every¬thing I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin: and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem. America would be a better place. God bless the parents who drugged us.'"

Our sympathy to Patricia Chambers on the death of her companion, Howard Miller, 85, on Feb. 22, 2013, in Casa Grande, Ariz. His funeral was held on March 4.

Congratulations to Tad Johnson and Shayla Lange on their marriage on June 22, 2012. Tad is the son of Sharon and Ray Johnson of Kettle River, earned a master's degree in accounting and is employed by Piehl Hanson Beckman, P. A. in Hutchinson, Minn. Shayla is the daughter of Glenn and Cheryl Lange of Rock Valley, Iowa, earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design and is employed by Johnson Marketing Group in St. Cloud, Minn.

Congratulations to Heidi Smith, formerly from Cromwell, and Jesse West of Milwaukee, Wis., who plan to be married on June 15, 2013, in Hermantown. Heidi's parents are Daniel and Sheryl Smith of Cromwell and Jesse's parents are Scott Abrahamson and Terri Mehtala of South Range, Minn. Heidi graduated from Cromwell High School in 2007 and the College of St. Scholastica in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in health information management and computer science. She is an analyst at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. Jesse is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern High School in Maple, Wis., and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English and computer science. He is also an analyst at Aurora Health Care.

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The residents of the Cardinal Court and Villa Vista will be motoring via Arrowhead Transit to the Fireside in McGregor on Tuesday, March 19, for a special meal out. They will leave at 4 p.m., so if you'd like to meet them at the Fireside, come around 4:30 p.m. to visit and dine with our fine residents. Sounds like a lot of fun!

There will be a Good Friday Service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell on Friday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. Music will be by "Ambrosia" Barb Parks, Sandy LeMieux and Jane Wester. Enjoy a continental breakfast of homemade caramel and orange rolls, orange juice, coffee and Easter eggs. This event is hosted by the Villa Vista and Cardinal Court and everyone is welcome to attend.

Do you like to play cribbage? Then come to the Cardinal Court Activity Room on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The last Tuesday of the month is the Cribbage Tournament.

It's Daffodil Days again to support the American Cancer Society. Bunches of 10 stems for $10 or five stems for $ 5 are now available. To get your splash of spring, please call Carolyn at 644-3670. Thanks in advance for your support of cancer research and support programs for our community area.

There will be St. Patrick's Day BINGO on Thursday, March 14, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Lighthouse, 701 Horizon Circle, Cloquet. Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart. Please bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for each Bingo card (limit four cards). Call Heather at 218-522-0056 to reserve a spot.

Also, a free ECU and luncheon will be held at the Lighthouse in Cloquet on Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. on "Preventing Falls in the Elderly." There will also be a $25 gift certificate drawing to Trapper Pete's courtesy of Thrifty White. RSVP to Heather at 218-522-0056.

There will be a Pancake Breakfast at the Barnum Community Center on Friday, April 12, from 8:30-10 a.m. A $3 charge will be collected and everyone is welcome to attend. The TRIAD meeting will take place after the breakfast. Proceeds go to TRIAD of Carlton County.

The Arrowhead Area Bookmobile will be in Wright at 1:15 p.m. at the old school and in Cromwell on Main Street on April 2, April 23, May 14, June 4, June 25, July 16, Aug. 6, Aug. 27, Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 10 and Dec. 31. You can also get more information by calling 218-741-3840 or 1-800-257-1442 or going online to www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us .

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The school board has made the recent decision to have Monday, March 25, as the make-up snow day, which was previously a vacation day. The school spring break will be the week of April 1-5. School will still get out on May 31.

It's time to be a hero! March is Food Share Month. Be a hero and help stock the local food shelf. Bring non-perishable food items or cash to any elementary classroom or your high school advisor. In the past Cromwell-Wright students, staff and community have donated more than 1,700 items, more than 1,500 pounds of food and more than $450 cash. Let's surpass those records this year! Working together, we can do great things!

The After School Program is looking for donations of paper plates, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, Elmer's glue (gallon jug), play dough, tacky glue, felt, foam sheets, Q-tips, shoe boxes, bird seed, plant seeds, clay pots, pony beads, friendship thread, coffee filters and ink pens all for craft projects. They are also looking for volunteers for doing activities with children. Any questions, please contact Amanda Hakala, ASP coordinator, at 218-644-3716 ext. 3109. Thank you!

The Winter Activities Program for all seventh- to 12th-grade basketball players will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. The program will start at 6:30 p.m. with the awards and the refreshments to follow. Please bring some type of cookie/bar/cake to share for a fellowship time after the awards ceremony. Beverages, plates, napkins and tableware will be provided.

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to help with high school vision and hearing screenings on Monday, March 25, please contact Megan Shelton at 644-3716 ext. 3150 or mshelton@cromwellwright.k12.mn.us .

Thank you to all of you who have been collecting Box Tops For Education. Please turn in any box tops you have so far. Box tops do have an expiration date so please turn them in often. They also collect Land O'Lakes milk caps, Campbell's labels, pop tabs, pop cans and ink cartridges. Thank you to all for your recycling!

Seniors and parents who are planning graduation parties and would like to use the Cromwell Sno-Gophers Clubhouse in Cromwell will be happy to hear they have the same reasonable rate as past years. Call Dawn Lippo at 644-3638 for more details and booking.

The Cardinal Quilt Guild is hosting a quilt retreat at the Cromwell Pavilion on March 22- 23. The charge is $25 for non-members for both days or $15 for one day. This includes brunch and dinner. For more information, call Linda Larson at 644-3484.

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Matthew Bradford Scholarship applications are available to all seniors in the Class of 2013 in the counselor's office. Applications should be turned in to Mrs. Brekke before spring break. Feel free to contact extension 2146 if you have questions.

Irene Richards Carlson is the new meat cutter at the Wright Co-op Store. Stop in to see the expanded meat counter and items for your enjoyment.

That's all the news from Lake Remembertoshoplocal, hello to all our area winter enthusiasts and Happy St Urho's and St. Patrick's Day!

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