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She recalls a bustling West End


November 26, 2021

Carlton County Historical Society

The old City Hall was once the jewel of the West End with its accompanying square.

Walking east from the little house I grew up in on Chestnut and Avenue C, the first thing I saw heading out the door across Chestnut was a tennis court, plus a huge lawn leading up to the Northwest Paper Company staff house on Park Place. It was the 1950s, and a childhood friend said it perfectly: "How pretty the street was from Chestnut Street to the movie theater ... just walking along. The neighborhood had such a comfortable feeling ... homes of friends, local businesses, food and recreation. Trees. Almost storybook and quaint but real."

Tennis courts. There were two more within three bl...

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