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The Blue Jean Ball is a blast


February 11, 2022

Ivan Hohnstadt

More than 350 people attended Saturday's Blue Jean Ball at the Black Bear Casino Resort, an annual event that raises money to support the Cloquet Educational Foundation and its many grants to schools and Cloquet graduates.

After taking a pandemic pause last year, the Blue Jean Ball returned Saturday to rave reviews.

The annual Community Educational Foundation fundraiser was modified for the times, of course. People wore masks walking around, but didn't have to wear masks when eating and drinking at the table. And the elaborately decorated tables were a little more spread out.

But the spirit of the event was the same.

"We didn't want anyone to think we weren't taking the virus seriously, and we were ready to turn on a dime, said Jody Acers, CEF executive director. "But we also knew people were craving this nig...

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