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Despite the morning rain, the Cloquet Fourth of July festivities will go on as planned. According to the National Weather Service, the worst if it will be over well in advance of the 11 am start time for the parade. The 10:30 am race downtown is also happening as scheduled “This is Minnesota; we get rain,” said July Fourth committee member Jana Peterson. “People just need to dress accordingly. And, of course, go inside a car or building if it turns into more than that. We have a whole days worth of events planned so we can wait out a storm.”
A grand total of 15 people filed for five races in the city, with no seats uncontested and three races going to a primary election — a rarity in recent years. Candidate Sheila Lamb believes the high numbers are a good thing. "I think Cloquet is speaking very loudly that we want change," said Lamb, who is running for Ward 2 Cloquet city councilor against long-time incumbent David Bjerkness.
Cloquet School Board members approved a new academic eligibility policy Monday, May 8 for Minnesota High School League-sponsored activities, which will apply mostly to sports, but also include one-act play and some other activities. Under the terms of the new policy, students who receive one or more failing grades at the end of a quarter will be ineligible to compete in the next two MSHSL contests, games and other events in the following quarter.
Cloquet City Councilors didn't go off-script Tuesday, but they did go "off-budget" Tuesday, when they approved an over-budget skate park and agreed to pursue purchase of the Members Cooperative Credit Union Building in a move that could save the city more than $3 million dollars at least.
With the departure of At-Large Councilor Adam Bailey, the city of Cloquet is now taking applications for an interim at-large councilor to fill the position until January. Voters will elect a new at-large councilor in November, to fill the final two years of Bailey’s term. Bailey moved outside of city limits, so had to step down.
Carlton High School students will present "James and the Giant Peach" this weekend only at the Encore! Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crisis. A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.
Both the Cloquet and Carlton Public Schools will be delayed 2 hours Monday, April 16, because of the ongoing winter weather. Bulldog Kids Care will open at its normal time, and there will be no morning preschool. The latest National Weather Service winter weather warning (2:51 p.m. Sunday, April 15) still shows "a continued trend for moderate and heavy snowfall" into the evening hours, with northwest Wisconsin getting the brunt of the storm. Read the entire report below:
FDL Treasurer/Secretary Ferdinand Martineau explained that the RBC normally spends from September through November deliberating the annual operations and capital purchases budget, then adopts a final budget in December. About one and a half weeks after they passed the budget for 2018, Martineau said the comptroller — who basically acts as the band's financial director and who made the original budget projections — came to him and said she had made a mistake. She had not removed some money already spent from the income line, so the projections showed the Band with almost $12 million more than they actually had.
> Prevost was the president and CEO of Members Cooperative Credit Union from 1991-2007. The Cloquet native said he loved working for the credit union, because it was all about "people helping people."
At Large Cloquet City Councilor Adam Bailey has announced that his final Council meeting will be April 15 because his family is moving to a home just outside Cloquet city limits.