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Mary Lee celebrates six decades of teaching gymnastics, dance

First, you experience great surprise, and then awe, as you see a child springing into the air, turning, flipping, and landing on their feet. Next, an involuntary "Wow!" springs from your own throat.... Full story


Mothy Musings: Here's two trains with divergent tracks

Imagine two passenger trains, sitting in the same railway station in a small Minnesota town. Each is taking on passengers bound for a year-long tour of the country, but set to travel in opposite direc... Full story


Don Brown returns with the classic country sound

The voice is deep, rich, and weathered. The hands may show some age, but they glide over the strings of the old Gibson guitar effortlessly, like they have maybe a million times before. Don Brown is... Full story


Carlton man makes his name in service to others

There are very few people in this world who are widely known by just their first names. Some athletes, celebrities, or the occasional politician might achieve this distinction, but it is a fairly... Full story


GUEST VIEW: Don't make stuff up when it comes to PolyMet

In a representative democracy where discussion of issues should be fact-based, it’s always disappointing when publicly elected officials resort to mischaracterizations, half-truths, and good-old-fas...


High on biking: For Alexandera Houchin, the trail continues to rise

Somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies is an unnamed gravel road that twists and turns on its way up past little-known Grayback Mountain. Indiana Pass crests at 11,910 feet right on this road, and... Full story


Scores of bike riders take to signature trail

A light mist began to fall at 11 a.m., just as riders began to roll their bicycles onto the Munger Trail from the Northern Pacific Junction shelter in Carlton. The occasion was the Carlton County Comm... Full story


After 63 years, Marge Stillwell still loves to play the pipes

Seated at the console of the beloved pipe organ she has played for more than six decades, Marge Stillwell paused for a moment. Her mind rolled through the catalogues of favorite music and fondest memo...


Carving out a farm niche in the county

John Fisher-Merritt knew his purpose, and did not hesitate before answering. He had created a demand for, and built a community around quality, sustainably grown food. Then came the questions: Why wou...


Wrenshall farm hosts state leader on agriculture

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen visited the Food Farm just south of Wrenshall on May 24. Petersen spoke to a gathering of about 30 people, drawing attention to Food...


School and trades help each other out

Finding and getting started on a great career right out of high school is rarely an easy task. Yet helping to make that happen is what Cloquet High School, through its building trades program, has set...


Historical Society preserves past, and looks to the future

Gathered together for a moment of celebration, supporters of the Carlton County Historical Society did not try to conceal their enthusiasm last week. Carlton County had just signed over the deed to...


Neighborliness has seldom been so sweet

Just off the alley behind his home in Cloquet's Pinehurst neighborhood, John Babineau placed another log on the already blazing inferno beneath his maple syrup boiling pan. It was a sunny afternoon...


Milly's happy, long life

When 100-year-old Mildred Kjoberg (CHO-berg) got together with a few of her friends and relatives at the Cloquet Senior Center on a recent Tuesday afternoon, the only thing flying faster than the... Full story


Consolidation talks broke down before they even began

With the Carlton school district’s declining enrollments, falling test scores and budget deficit, the clock is winding down on the opportunity to save the Carlton schools. There is nothing like...


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