Articles written by Emily Swanson

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 By Emily Swanson    News    April 7, 2023

Like a fine wine, place is part of syrup story

It's been a long wait for sugarbush time. The sap flows when warm days follow cold nights, and with the arrival of the spring equinox, we're there. Sap flows when the pressure inside the tree is... Full story


Making the most of mojakka

Tim Winker loves living here, and he's always looking for ways to engage his neighbors in his passions. Whether it's car racing, saunas, accordions, or the delicious soup/stew called mojakka, Tim...

 By Emily Swanson    News    August 20, 2021

There will be an air of artistry down by the river

Creatives are sharing their talents to bring more people and businesses to the West End of Cloquet. Come out from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 27, and watch watercolor and oil painters capture the St.... Full story

 By Emily Swanson    People    June 18, 2021

Food Sources: Cooking with love and melding tradition

When you watch good cooks in action, all their senses are engaged. They are tuned into how the sauce feels against the spoon, whether the vegetables are glistening as they are sauteed, how the bread s... Full story

 By Emily Swanson    People    May 21, 2021

Minogitoon: When creative people thrive, communities prosper

On the first day of 2017, Glenn and I settled into our new community and new marriage, hopeful that we would find good friends and a satisfying way of living at Oldenburg House. We really didn't know... Full story


Food Sources: Food truck caters to a wide palate

You're lucky if you find yourself at the VFW in the West End of Cloquet on a Friday night for a smashburger at the Room at the Table food truck. You'll have a great supper prepared by Paul Sapyta and... Full story


Food Sources: Pie project eases some pain

Grief calls for food in every culture. Friends arriving with bread, lasagna, brown paper grocery bags of fancy deli treats — it’s a helpful, practical act, but also a loving reminder that we are not...

 By Emily Swanson    People    April 17, 2020

Food Sources: Savoring local during pandemic

Easter morning at dawn is the perfect time to write my long overdue column about Promised Land Farm eggs. The word Easter is thought to come from the German myth about Eostre, the goddess of the...


Food Sources: Nutrition director dishes on scratch cooking

Very few communities recommend their local hospital cafeteria as the best place to eat. But we do, thanks to Pat McCoy - aka "The Real McCoy" - director of nutrition services at Cloquet Community...

 By Emily Swanson    People    June 28, 2019

Food Sources: Berry farm keeps pace with new owners (with recipe)

You might have read about the results of the Blandin Foundation's Rural Pulse survey - it's sweet news about us and our neighbors. More than eight in 10 folks (84 percent) living in our part of rural...

 By Emily Swanson    News    May 24, 2019

FOOD SOURCES: From France to Midwest, creating food culture

Our region is flush with great food. From the Fond du Lac Band's indigenous gardeners to Mahtowa beekeepers, Wrenshall sustainable farmers, Carlton shiitake mushroom growers, Esko picklers, Moose...


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