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The 10 Commandments are a little worse for wear in downtown Cloquet.

On Friday, Dec. 29, the driver of a pickup truck lost control while driving down Cloquet Avenue and crashed into the monument in front of the combined police/fire building at Sixth Street and Cloquet Avenue.

According to the police department’s weekly newsletter from Dec. 30, the driver said a vehicle pulled out in front of them, causing them to lose control and strike the concrete base and granite monument, which is now leaning back but wasn’t broken.

City Administrator Aaron Reeves said the monument was knocked off its base and the Cloquet City Council will discuss what they would like to do with it at the 5:30 p.m. work session Tuesday, Jan. 16, at City Hall.

The question of whether a religious display on government property is constitutional because has been the subject of many legal cases. While religious displays on public property can be legal, they must not violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which requires government “neutrality” toward religion.