Thrift store serves area on many levels


June 25, 2021

Madison Hunter

Ashley Hanhela stands in front of the new Northern Lights thrift store she helps run at 901 Cloquet Ave. in Cloquet. Hanhela also runs all the residential community-based services for NorthStar Community Services.

There's a new thrift store in town, but there's a lot more going on than resale at this store. Located at 901 Cloquet Ave., Northern Lights Community Action provides secondhand clothes, furniture, kitchenware and many other essentials. They also provide jobs, and vocational training for people with disabilities.

Northern Lights Community Action was started by Heather Wright. Wright is also the president of NorthStar Community Services, a nonprofit organization in Cloquet.

The idea for the thrift store came to Wright about a year and a half ago, according to Ashley Hanhela, designated coor...

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