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 By Jana Peterson    People    April 9, 2021 

Spring Flip

Cloquet eighth-grader Alex Johnson rolls up a ramp at the Cloquet skatepark Tuesday, attempting an ollie jump. The skate park was bustling with teens Tuesday, skating or just hanging out at the...

 
 By Jamie Jazdzewski    People    April 9, 2021 

An eye on the job future

The week before spring break, students at Cloquet Middle School spent time learning about further education and careers. Activities included interest assessments, career exploration, dress-up days...

 
 By David Handsaker    People    April 9, 2021 

On Faith: It's planting season!

The parable of the sower has always been one of my favorites. Found in Matthew 13 and Luke 8, it should come as no surprise that a farm boy from Iowa would relate to the imagery of planting. As I... Full story

 
 By Dan Reed    People    April 2, 2021

Squeaky wheel, bumpy ride led to road fixes

Community service was drilled into many of us growing up. This was necessary in rural communities of the past that had little money to spare. People gave time and energy to provide community centers,... Full story

 
 By Ann Markusen    People    April 2, 2021

On the Mark: Passion, practice rule music contests

A goodly share of Cromwell-Wright High School students participate in vocal music every year. It's an art form requiring intensive individual work and attentiveness to instruction as well as the... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    March 26, 2021

Special deliveries

Dawn French helped in an effort by St. Croix Hospice, Midwest Geriatrics, the United Way of Carlton County and B&B Market to fill enough reusable shopping bags for all 80-plus residents. The idea was...

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    March 26, 2021

Aurora aura turns into art

To get photos of the northern lights, photographer Carla Goldschmidt first had to become a hunter. Not in the traditional sense, rather hunting with her camera and her wits for the elusive and...

 
 By Chris Hill    People    March 12, 2021

On Faith: We need to break down the walls of bias

I find myself saddened by a painful change in our community: It is harder to listen to each other and to understand each other. That difficulty then makes it harder for us to care for each other. As... Full story

 
 By Jana Peterson    People    March 5, 2021

TikTok post on cold snap heats up

Move over Jessica Lange, Jamie Langenbrunner and Sappi fine paper - Cloquet has a new export. Her name is Emerson Rock and she's a TikTok star. A recent post by Rock about "what negative 25 degrees... Full story

 
 By Elle Swanson    People    March 5, 2021

Wrenshall News: Libraries are sacred space

Annie Dugan's recent column about what people are reading in the Wrenshall community got me thinking about libraries in schools. It's been a while since I've student-taught, but I can clearly...

 

Cloquet native in chef contest

Cloquet High School grad Kevin Aho is in the running to be named the world’s Favorite Chef, win $50,000 and be featured in a two-page advertising spread in Bon Appetit magazine. In his entry, Aho says he has been cooking 30 years, 25 of those as... Full story

 

Lands: Past is prologue in new farm formation

With our farm's first growing season fast approaching, a century-old picture on the living room wall inspires us. The image is cloudy and faded at the edges. The faces of the people are blurry. We... Full story

 

Districts honor school board members

The Minnesota School Boards Association deemed the past week as Minnesota School Board Recognition Week to build awareness and understanding of the vital function elected school board members play in... Full story

 

College notes: Dean's lists

NDSU Solomon Hartung of Cloquet was named to the fall semester dean’s list in the college of engineering at North Dakota State University. Bethel Brielle Christensen of Cloquet has been named to the fall dean’s list at Bethel University in St.... Full story

 
 By Anne Dugan    People    February 19, 2021

A love affair with books

In English, we have the term bookworm to describe someone who is always reading. According to historian Nick Kapur, most every other language has a similar phrase. In Spanish and French there is book...

 

Caring&Sharing: Helpers helping helpers

The Knights of Columbus puts faith into action by service and helping the poor and people in need. In December, 10 Knights councils in the region conducted a drive to raise funds for the Union Gospel...

 

Music legend marks 94th birthday

When Florian Chmielewski carries his accordion into the VFW in Cloquet, he can't help but smile. "I told someone that I have been doing that for 76 years, bringing my accordion into a place and... Full story

 

On Faith: Power lies in people when it comes to freedom

When Sunday school students see beyond the superficial details of the story of Adam and Eve, they begin to reflect on the reality of sin. A typical response appeals to their sense of justice. “Well, that’s not fair,” they will say. They... Full story

 
 By Anne Dugan    People    January 15, 2021

Wrenshall News: Just reaching out can work

When I was young I remember my mom telling me a story about a guy whose car had broken down on a country road with a flat tire. It was late at night and bitter cold. He had helped his wife with a...

 

History Mystery

David Bellert has a question about his own back yard. He wants to know if anyone has information on the Evergreen Hites supper club that once sat on the southwest corner of Minnesota Highway 23 and...

 

Jurek, marked by war, had a lifetime of service

Cloquet resident Anthony "Tony" Jurek, 88, died Dec. 31, 70 years and one month after he was captured during the Korean War. The Army veteran and Kettle River native spent nearly three years as a... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    People    January 8, 2021

DeFoe leaves a historical legacy

It was a cold morning at the edge of the Old Holy Family Cemetery. This is where LeRoy DeFoe was put to rest on Dec. 28. It's important to note that fact, since DeFoe spent many years discovering... Full story

 
 By Greg Oakes    People    January 8, 2021

Cloquet grad takes giant leaps into tech

Have you ever had a conversation with someone so intelligent that 10 minutes into the exchange, you start to feel inferior? That maybe you should have accomplished more in your lifetime? That is how... Full story

 

Think of new year as an opportunity for kindness

For 39 years my family and I have been engaged in this area. I am blessed to have had the good fortune to have wonderful opportunities to engage with thousands of area people over the years. My involv... Full story

 

Photos: 'California screaming'

Six degrees and sunny made for perfect sledding weather Monday morning, as Jill Brenner and her sister, Mary Jo Durkin, and their sons, Owen Brenner and Joseph Durkin, hit the hills at Pinehurst...

 

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