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Jana Peterson

Peterson grew up in Vincennes, Ind., though her parents are both natives of Minnesota. Peterson worked in London for seven years following her graduation, and her first newspaper job came with the Austin Daily Herald after she moved back to Minnesota. There, she worked as the city beat reporter, also covering the school board and writing feature stories. Peterson met her husband, Brady Slater, in Austin, where he worked as the sports editor at the newspaper. The two later moved to Pocatello, Idaho, where Brady worked his way up to sports editor at the Idaho State Journal and Jana worked on various assignments such as the Idaho State University beat reporter, editor and creator of the Family Living Magazine, feature writer, niche publications editor and updating the website. After six years, the two decided to move back to Minnesota. Peterson and husband Brady now have three children – Frances, 11, and Jack and Henry, 8, who are fraternal twins. They moved to the Northland four years ago and bought a house in Cloquet three years ago. During that time, Peterson has worked as the editor of the Duluth Budgeteer News, a weekly newspaper delivered to 40,000 homes in Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor.
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Mahtowa home a total loss after fire

If not for the dogs, Debbi Slater might not be alive to tell the tale of the fire that left her family without a home or most of their belongings. Because of the dogs, they still have each other.

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From the Editor...A man who made a difference

In some ways, the world changes very quickly. I was reminded of that when Nelson Mandela died last week and I considered the tremendous changes that have occurred in South Africa during my life, which has been only half as long as his so far.

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The worst of the cold spell is behind us … for now

Temperatures across the Northland were as low as 20 below zero Wednesday morning, and things didn’t get a whole bunch better as the day wore on.

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Cloquet residents see zero percent increase on city property taxes

Cloquet residents opened their proposed 2014 property tax statements to find that county taxes are on the rise, school taxes are set to increase even more, but city taxes remain steady, even dropping in some cases.

OUR VIEW: Fixing the MSOP

It is easier to simply ignore the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Pretend that it — and the people it allegedly treats — do not exist. Their crimes are difficult to imagine, let alone discuss.

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Santa’s coming Home for the Holidays … but not the parade

Due to the likelihood of sub-zero evening temperatures and a substantial volume of participant cancellations, the Santa's Home for the Holidays parade in Cloquet on Saturday, December 7, 2013, has been cancelled. All other holiday weekend events in Cloquet are expected to continue as planned.

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Early season storm blankets Northland

It was quite the week for winter weather, with snow starting to fall Monday, enough to require a two-hour delay to the start of some area schools on Tuesday, and outright cancellation of all area schools on Wednesday. Start of school in Cloquet is delayed two hours Thursday as of this web posting.

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Saint Anyway ‘capture the beast’ on new live album

Cloquet’s homegrown bluegrass band Saint Anyway has a new album and a new holiday, and local fans can celebrate both tonight in Carlton. Local album release shows include the following: + Wednesday (Nov. 27) at 9 p.m. at Third Base Bar in Carlton + Friday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at Beaner’s in West Duluth + Sunday, Dec 8 at 1 p.m. at Vintage Italian Pizza in Superior

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Fire District to add ambulance tax

Some residents of northern Carlton and southern St. Louis counties will see a new tax for 2014: an ambulance service tax, courtesy of the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD).

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Should Cloquet build new or maintain?

The facilities options presented to the Cloquet School Board at its Thursday work session include doing nothing and continuing to pay for repairs, or build a new middle school with the most probable site on land the district owns near the high school. No matter which option the board and community members eventually choose, it won’t be cheap.

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Landfill redux

The Cloquet City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to reconsider a landfill conditional use permit in light of additional information provided by the applicant, Dem-Con Companies, as well as the proposed new conditions. To hear the entire council meeting (which was not broadcast on CAT-7) click on the audio recording attached to this story.

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The Pine Pulse... The road to the top is seldom smooth

At the top of what I assumed was the first flight of stairs ascending to the Queen of Peace bell tower in Cloquet last week, my guide suddenly bowed out. It was then that I noticed a tall wooden ladder that would take me farther up. “Is it like this all the way up from here?” I asked my guide casually, as if I relished climbing wooden ladders in lightning-damaged old buildings.

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The Pine Pulse... Carlton County bike thrills

On Saturday, I decided to roll out of bed and go for it. It was finally time to ride. My bike, that is. I don’t know if anyone recalls that first story about me when I arrived in Cloquet to begin my new life as editor, but there was a line about how I looked forward to riding my bike around Carlton County. I had visions of rolling through the countryside and doing an ongoing column describing all the cool places I would ride.

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The Pine Pulse... 'National Lampoon Family Vacation' - Baumann style

There I was, enjoying the view of greater Seattle out the window and the smooth ride of the rented Lincoln Navigator, as I sat in the “way back” of the vehicle. My parents were up front, while my sister and her husband sat in the second row. As I jokingly yelled, “How much longer?” I realized I was a kid again, on a trip with my family, reminiscent of the classic “Vacation” movies.

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The Pine Pulse... Fond racing memory: Soaked-to-the-bone sweatshirts

I officially gave up my nickname of “sponge” last week after my parents sold the sailboat we raced twice a week for some 20-odd-years on Lake Minnetonka. This slightly strange absorbant monikor was bestowed on me for my accidental role in helping to keep the other crew members high and dry.

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The Pine Pulse.... Tax Prep: What a rush

I googled the word “turbo” the other day. It came up with 112,000,000 results, including a Web site that claimed to be for “users who love the rush of all things motorized.” It also seems a Polish heavy metal band went by the name “Turbo” during the early ‘80s.

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The Pine Pulse... So many channels, so little time

On Sunday, a whole new world opened up to me while I sat in true couch-potato form in my living room. Because of a blunder the communications company made with our Internet service, they gave us three months of the so-called premium cable channels to surf at our leisure.

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The Pine Pulse... Ahhhh, blizzards are fun, exciting!

So this is winter! For at least 20 years now I’ve been complaining about the cold, wind and snow. And after last week, I realize why.

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The Pine Pulse... There’s no place like a new home

A welcoming whirlwind. That pretty accurately sums up my first week as editor of The Pine Journal. Being from the Twin Cities originally, I can’t call this area home, at least not yet. In fact, the only experience I’ve ever had in Cloquet included a fun visit to the Bentleyville holiday lights show, and a trip to Sammy’s Pizza to fuel up beforehand, in December of 2005.

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