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  • Celebrating Earth: A river's revival

    Holly Henry|Apr 24, 2020

    If there's one lesson to be learned from the history of the St. Louis River it's this: Let us not be complacent. That Earth Day message comes from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Environmental Institute director Courtney Kowalczak, who has also served as the coordinator of the St. Louis River River Watch Program, which engages students in water sampling of the river. Kowalczak recalls a day not long ago when the river was an industrial dumping ground. "With the St. Louis River the...

  • New year ... new healthy you

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    It's a new year and once again you've resolved to get healthy. And you're certainly not alone. According to the website Body Blueprint, the No. 1 New Year's resolution is to lose weight. Every year millions of people make such resolutions, followed by a grab-bag of others, from quitting smoking, to drinking less alcohol, to exercising more, to cutting out sugar. Unfortunately, Body Blueprint also notes that a staggering 80 percent of all these well-intentioned aspirations are broken by the... Full story

  • Artist teaches relaxation through her art classes

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    When people think of stress reduction, smacking a punching bag may come to mind. Or running. Or yoga, perhaps. But according to Sue Brown Chapin, there's another way to destress. Painting. "When I'm painting I lose myself in the creative process and I can't think about everyday things like what to make for dinner or the reality of daily life," Brown Chapin said. So the second-generation watercolorist decided to share her Zen with others by offering daylong painting classes, held at the Historic...

  • Yoga class makes spiritual practical

    Holly Henry|Jan 17, 2020

    Paula Williams of Barnum has been doing yoga since 1999, for the past five at The Nest Wellness Center in Cloquet. “I started doing yoga when I decided it was a good way to exercise but it was also a spiritual form of exercise,” she recalled. “I wanted to find a way to be more physical and the fact that it had some kind of grounding in spiritual wisdom was compelling.” Not only has Williams gotten stronger, but she has learned to breathe again, something she said helps her destress on a daily b...

  • As we age, housing arrangements may change

    Holly Henry|Sep 13, 2019

    Thanks to the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million in 2020. And, according to the AARP, by 2030 the population of adults aged 65-plus will reach 71.5 million. That's a lot of seniors who may or may not be able to continue living in their own homes, on their own terms. If you are one of these seniors or the child of one, now is the time to start talking about long-term care options. Cloquet's Shirley Wirtanen, who is... Full story

  • Carlton County Fair horse racing still going strong

    Holly Henry|Aug 23, 2019

    Now in its 128th year, horse racing has missed only one of Carlton County Fair's remarkable 129 years, and that was the very first fair, according to the event's superintendent, Kari Siltanen. Since then it's been going strong, thanks mostly to a collection of dedicated volunteers. Siltanen said without those volunteers the complicated racing program would not be possible. "Each year the track starts out from a grassy field and after countless hours of dragging the track it turns into a horse...

  • Thanksgiving memories come in blaze orange

    Holly Henry, Guest Columnist|Nov 23, 2018

    Every year at this time we gather around my mother's table to break bread and give thanks. It used to be my father's job to stack the table with enough people to orchestrate a deer drive after the feast - thus we've collected some colorful dinner guests through the years. It's been this way as long as I can remember. Thanksgiving in Wisconsin equals deer season. When I was 8 years old, I saw a commercial on television where people were sitting around the Thanksgiving table dressed in holiday...