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Local dance studio takes on new name, familiar faces

A long-time dance studio in downtown Cloquet is sporting a new name these days, but students will find it comfortably familiar.

Survey results shape future of Transfer Station

County commissioners got their first glimpse Wednesday at the results of a survey designed to assess how residents utilize the Carlton County Transfer Station, as well as what changes they would like to see - or not see - in the future. Heather Cunningham, director

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Local Filipino residents cook up a delectable dose of compassion

The exotic flavors of the Philippines will take center stage this Saturday, Dec. 14, as Filipino friends in Carlton County seek to raise direct aid for their fellow countrymen who were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Christmas concert has become annual tradition

For many folks around the area, the start of the Christmas season is not Black Friday, or the first appearance of Santa at the mall — it’s Tom Cawcutt’s 11th Annual Christmas Concert.

Esko woman pleads guilty to hit and run

An Esko woman who allegedly left the scene of an accident after striking and injuring a bicyclist while driving home from church on June 16 pleaded guilty in Carlton County Court on Wednesday.

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Esko book hits the pages of history

The long-promised, long-awaited community history book, called “Esko’s Corner, An Illustrated History of Esko and Thomson Township,” is expected to be available locally by late December.

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In Our Own Backyard…Hurry up and wait

Pearl Harbor is more than a memory to Cloquet man

When Pearl Harbor Day comes around on Dec. 7, for most it’s only a date on a page in history. But for Cloquet’s Arvid Carlson, it’s as real as it ever was.

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Alcohol compliance checks yield five violations

Mandated state alcohol compliance checks were conducted in the city of Cloquet and Scanlon last week, and Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande reported there were four violations by establishments in Cloquet and one in Scanlon.

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Graffiti vandals are at it again

It’s been a while since it last happened, but it seems graffiti vandals have struck again in Cloquet.

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In Our Own Backyard…The weather outside is frightful

I was all bundled up for the subzero temperatures, but I wasn’t going tobogganing, ice fishing, or snowshoeing — I was going Christmas shopping!

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In Our Own Backyard…It’s turnin’ me inside out!

I can’t imagine a man anywhere who would bother putting a duvet cover on a comforter — settling instead to just throw the dang thing over the bed and call it a day.

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In Our Own Backyard….Going out in a blaze of – orange

I can still recall lying groggily in bed in the predawn hours, hearing my dad up and about, getting ready to head out to the deer stand. I could hear the cold wind blowing and the frozen tree branches rattling outside my window, and I knew daylight was still hours away. I was only too happy to settle back into my warm covers and go back to sleep.

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In Our Own Backyard….Friday night lights have a magic all their own

Somehow, I found myself doing the “YMCA” on the top bleacher behind the Hermantown band. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but it must have been the magical quality of a late autumn eve under the “Friday night lights” of a high school football game.

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In Our Own Backyard...Cats have a paw in two different worlds

Some cats are born to be lions, some are born to be alley cats. We have one of each.

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In Our Own Backyard...Lightning really does strike twice

No matter how much we try to regulate, control, harness, dam up or otherwise sidetrack nature, every once in awhile something happens to prove we’re really not in control after all.

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In Our Own Backyard...Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees

The butterfly must have been desperate for a quick sugar “fix,” or maybe it just craved something wet in the blazing heat of the day, because it totally ignored the flowering plants nearby and hit straight for the good stuff.

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In Our Own Backyard...A portrait of the reporter as a young woman

Even though you’re only as old as you feel, sometimes it’s hard to escape those little nudges that show time is, indeed, passing by.

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In Our Own Backyard...One life, one hope

A butterfly hatching from a chrysalis has long been a symbol of hope and emerging life.

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In Our Own Backyard...'Repent, that your sins might be wiped out'

Last weekend my husband came home with lipstick on his collar. Oh, it wasn’t what you’re thinking. Really.

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