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The Power Lunch Reading Program seeks volunteers to share the joy of reading with children in the Cloquet School District. Volunteers are partnered with first- and second-grade students at Churchill and Washington schools and read with them one hour per week. Power Lunch begins in mid-October and concludes in March. Volunteers each receive a free lunch. Regular weekly readers and substitute readers are needed. For more information, contact 879-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Aaniin” is an Ojibwe word used to greet people. The service will be offered to about 1,800 households. It will be available to both band members and non-members living in roughly a 120-square-mile service area.
Applications are due by Oct. 12. Recipients will be announced by Dec. 28. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office and at mnsheriffs.org.
It’s time for Cloquet’s National Night Out again. The free annual event is hosted by Cloquet Police Department at Veterans Park Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. August, 7th. Officers and their families will be grilling and serving food as well as mingling with the crowd. There will be rides, a petting zoo and emergency vehicles will be open and available for residents to check out. The music will be provided by Whiskey Trail.
A Wisconsin man accused of murdering his uncle in Carlton County appeared for his omnibus hearing at the Carlton County Courthouse Monday afternoon able to talk. James Montano had been assaulted in jail, which resulted in his jaw being wired shut at his previous hearing. Montano, 32, is charged with murder in the second degree of Andrew Gokee, 57. He is also charged with premeditated attempted murder in the first degree and assault in the second degree.
The new license and ID will be more secure, but for years Minnesota legislators refused to allow Real IDs to be issued, saying they feared the federal government would collect too much information about citizens.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12. All people have to do to donate is leave a bag containing non-perishable, non-breakable, non-expired food items next to their mailbox for letter carrier delivery to the local food bank. Donations stay in the community where they are donated. This is the 26th annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Although the Pine Journal no longer has a local office, readers can still drop in to speak with a Pine Journal reporter between noon and 2 p.m. every Monday at the Common Ground coffee shop, 103 Avenue C (the former Chief theater building), Cloquet. The public is encouraged to contact staff by cellphone or email:
A new Celebrate Recovery program is meeting Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Common Ground Coffee Bar and Deli, 102 Ave. C, Cloquet. Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps people overcome hurts, hangups and habits and become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. Contact Starr Marshall for more information at 218-851-5815. Marshall said the group is not just for addiction, and follows the Celebrate Recovery program.
"I understand the reaction to want to arm teachers, as we want to protect our students and staff," Cloquet Superintendent Ken Scarbrough said. "I think our best response should continue to revise our safety procedures with the latest available professional advice, work through our plans with local law enforcement and emergency responders. We should rely on law enforcement officers, including our SRO (school resource officer), to be our armed defense. There are way too many issues to work out with arming school employees to go there now."