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  • Writer's pictureShelly Peterson

Northern Printery - Your Full Service Printer

A summer job in 1969 turned into a lifetime career for Rick Luke, Owner of Northern Printery, located at 206 Avenue C in the historic west end.

"We do things the old way. We are easy to work with. We have reasonable prices and a quick turnaround. Customer service is important to us. We operate on community referrals."

Northern Printery has been around since 1923. You won't find Northern Printery on the internet or Facebook. Rick is focused on personally helping his customers who come into the store or call with specific needs. He is very appreciative of his loyal customers and repeat business. When asked what his niche is, Rick says "Anything Paper": Cards, wedding invites, raffle tickets, brochures, calendars, graduation invitations, restaurant menus, holiday cards, business cards.

Being right across the street from Northwest Paper Company in the day, Northern Printery produced many items with the iconic "Mountie". The Canadian Mounted Police "Mounty" was the symbol for the Northwest Paper Company, which predated Potlatch, which is now Sappi. This campaign, which compares with Coca-Cola's Haddon Sundblom advertising art, started at the outset of the Great Depression.

Within the shop, you will also find local artist Billy Anderson. Billy does all of the advertising art, graphic design, and illustration for customers so that Rick can print it. Billy is the owner of Anderson's Art Farm, Art and Design Studio in Cloquet.

This business is undoubtedly a historic hidden gem in our community. I highly encourage you to stop in and meet Rick. He is rich with history, knowledgeable regarding business in your community, and does excellent work.

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Tom Kalbrener
Tom Kalbrener
May 10, 2021

Glad to see the history of Parker Childs printing passion still in place. Many days watching type set for an amazing range of projects for customers.. I still have and cherish the multi-colored note pads with the Mounties on the cover with the calendar in side.

Parker was a community pillar and a leader in getting the Cloquet Hospital built across the river.

Thanks for sharing this with us


Tom Kalbrener

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