Updated: 09/04/2014 8:54 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 5:18 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Since the fall of 1969, families have been greeted by Mary Carrier at Cloquet Middle School. She's the principal's secretary, but not for much longer.
"45 years I've been here; starting my 46th, but I'm not going to finish it," Carrier said.
Carrier's last day will be September 19. It was a bittersweet announcement for many people who know her.
"If you haven't met Mary, you're missing," teacher Mary Jane Lundberg said. "I will probably miss Mary's smile and Mary's positive attitude."
Carrier started at the school helping teachers. She had no idea she would still be with the district 45 years later.
"She is a fixture in Cloquet," Principal Tom Brenner said. "If you say Cloquet Middle School, you think Mary Carrier."
Brenner claims he's Carrier's assistant. The two have known each other for years.
"I'm a former student of Cloquet," Brenner said. "So, when I went to school here Mary was the secretary."
Carrier said watching those generations come through the office is one of the joys of the job. She's had students tell her their parents and even grandparents remember her from being a student.
Carrier will be replaced by a familiar face. Secretary Corinne Campbell has been with the district for 11 years.
"I can bring my own flavor to the position, but I'm going to miss her," Campbell said.
Carrier said the feeling is mutual.
"We're like a big family here," Carrier said. "I don't know that you find that everywhere you go."
There will be a party for Carrier on September 24 in the Media Center at the school starting at 3:30 p.m.
Duluth Port Celebrates Key Role in Wind Energy Supply Chain
The Port of Duluth is playing a key role on the renewable energy supply chain as crews handle all the cargo for a new 43-turbine wind farm that Allete Clean Energy is building in North Dakota.
Pickup Truck Crashes into Sacred Heart Music Center
A pickup truck ran into the music room of the Sacred Heart Music Center Thursday afternoon in downtown Duluth.
DNR Moves to Defuse Chippewa Plan to Test Treaty Rights
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has moved to defuse a treaty rights challenge by issuing a group of Chippewa Indians a special permit to harvest wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake.
Superior Carnegie Library Gets New Life with Upcoming Event
The Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue in Superior will play host to a new a home, arts, and crafts show next month. The building, which has been mostly empty since it closed as a library in 1991, is still up for sale. The event will raise money for the ongoing maintenance of the building, while also showcasing local businesses inside the century-old building.
Showboat Landing Hosts Potential Final Performance
UPM Blandin Paper is interested in a plot of land along the Mississippi River where the Showboat Landing resides, but nothing has been formally documented. The Showboat Landing has been hosting performances for 60 years, and it is currently the only outdoor theater stage along the entire length of the Mississippi River. Showboat Landing hosted its final event of the summer Wednesday evening.