Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Outstanding seniors


August 23, 2018

Lois E. Johnson

Joe Mogen of Moose Lake and Darlene Carter of Cloquet were honored as Outstanding Senior Citizens at the Carlton County Fair on Friday, August 17.

Male Winner: Joe Mogen

Nominated By: Gary Peterson

Joe was nominated for his work with many different organizations and programs in the Moose Lake community. He has volunteered with the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, the Kiwanis Club of Moose Lake, Mercy Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Moose Lake Community Band, Moose Lake Chamber of Commerce, KIDS Plus, and Hope Lutheran Church. He has also coordinated and participated in community programs such as the Agate Encores Community Concert and the Gener-Readers Program. Joe has also served as a Volunteer Tax Preparer to provide free tax preparation for low income families.

Quote from Gary Peterson, Applicant Nominator and Carlton County Commissioner, " Since arriving in town in 1979, Joe has been committed to Moose Lake by constantly volunteering his time and energy to make Moose Lake a great community. Joe is a very caring person who will never hesitate to step up and help others. Joe deserves this award because he is humble and a man of integrity, and has always had a servant attitude."

Female Winner: Darlene Carter

Nominated by: Jennifer Stay

Darlene was nominated for her outstanding work managing the Apple Cart Gift Shop at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She has volunteered at CMH for 15 years. Darlene is kind, compassionate, and caring. She takes pride and ownership in her work and is very dedicated to her volunteer job at CMH. To keep the store interesting, Darlene makes frequent trips to the Cities to purchase new merchandise. She also works on displays every week and chairs the annual Boutique and Bake Sale, often volunteering many hours to make sure it is perfect. In addition to managing the shop, Darlene also keeps track of the gift shop funds and coordinates donations to the Auxiliary board for hospital projects.

Quote from Jennifer Stay, Applicant Nominator and Volunteer Coordinator for CMH: "I am happy to recommend to you Darlene Carter for this year's 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award. Her continued service to Community Memorial Hospital has gone above and beyond, and her dedication to our community and to serving others is exemplary. Darlene deserves this award because she volunteers for a higher purpose. She sets an example for other volunteers to do good not because one is told to, but because it's to better our community."


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