Hospital's super volunteer retires


May 13, 2022

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Darlene Carter's last day of volunteering at the gift shop at Cloquet's Community Memorial Hospital was May 2. The 90-year-old spent 45 years in various capacities at the hospital, starting in 1977. She received plenty of thanks and praise on her last day, and a bouquet of flowers.

Luckily for the Cloquet community, Darlene Carter has a propensity to get bored. Or "lonely, I guess," she said this month as she was honored for 45 years of volunteer service at Community Memorial Hospital, which this year will mark 64 years in existence.

"She has given half of her life to the hospital - remarkable," said Rick Breuer, the CEO and administrator at the hospital. "She's a one-of-a-kind saint."

"You have to stop sometime," she said with a slight chuckle after her final day. "It's time for new ideas, to let younger people take over."

Which, of course, would be most anyone.


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