Coffee klatsch takes it outside


September 18, 2020

Jana Peterson

Clockwise from left, Steve Jarvi, Kevin Boedigheimer, Noah Kolodge, Carol Wemi, Craig Boedigheimer, Scott Patten, Karen Springsteele and Kevin Toboleski enjoy coffee and conversation outdoors last week. After losing their lobby table to the pandemic, the group meets most mornings around 9 a.m. when the weather is good. They try to comply with social distancing guidelines for the most part so they don't have to wear masks outside.

Look hard enough, below the golden arches off Highway 33 in Cloquet any Monday or Thursday morning when the weather is tolerable, and you'll see them. Guys and gals in lawn chairs and on truck gates enjoying a cup of coffee and maybe a breakfast sandwich, but most of all, conversation with friends.

Pre-pandemic, this coffee klatsch used to meet inside the McDonald's restaurant. In the old-old days, a few of them even met in the first McDonald's building. When Covid-19 precautions forced restaurants to close indoor seating, they found a way to keep meeting. Outside. They sit a few feet apar...

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