The district was seeking a $33 million bond referendum in support of the construction of a new school for students in Early Childhood through 12th grade. It was the third referendum the district has sought in the last nine years — and the third to be defeated.
Shirley Mae Ellis, 78, of Aberdeen, S.D., died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services of Aberdeen. Shirley Mae Hanson was born Dec. 6, 1934, to Palmer and Helen (Eckholm) Hanson in Cloquet, Minn., and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1952.
Shirley Marie Defoe, “Giizhigookwe,” 69, of Cloquet, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 12:35 p.m. with her son at her side. Although her passing was unexpected, she went peacefully and without pain. Shirley worked at Conwed, UMD School of Medicine, Bemidji State College as Director for Native Americans in Medicine, and retired from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2007. She also served on the Cloquet School Board.
Myrtle M. Beardsley, 82, of Proctor and Duluth, Minn., passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness, with her family at her side. She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Bear Lake, Rusk County, Wis., to Wendall "Hap" and Flossie Gillett. On July 3, 1959, Myrtle married Carol Beardsley in Nashua, Iowa, at “The Little Brown Church in the Vale.” They moved to Duluth in 1966 from Rice Lake, Wis. Myrtle was active as a den mother with the Boy Scouts and as an advisor with the Junior Auxiliary of the American Legion.
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