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A Wisconsin man accused of murdering his uncle in Carlton County appeared for his omnibus hearing at the Carlton County Courthouse Monday afternoon able to talk. James Montano had been assaulted in jail, which resulted in his jaw being wired shut at his previous hearing. Montano, 32, is charged with murder in the second degree of Andrew Gokee, 57. He is also charged with premeditated attempted murder in the first degree and assault in the second degree.
The new license and ID will be more secure, but for years Minnesota legislators refused to allow Real IDs to be issued, saying they feared the federal government would collect too much information about citizens.
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12. All people have to do to donate is leave a bag containing non-perishable, non-breakable, non-expired food items next to their mailbox for letter carrier delivery to the local food bank. Donations stay in the community where they are donated. This is the 26th annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Although the Pine Journal no longer has a local office, readers can still drop in to speak with a Pine Journal reporter between noon and 2 p.m. every Monday at the Common Ground coffee shop, 103 Avenue C (the former Chief theater building), Cloquet. The public is encouraged to contact staff by cellphone or email:
A new Celebrate Recovery program is meeting Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Common Ground Coffee Bar and Deli, 102 Ave. C, Cloquet. Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps people overcome hurts, hangups and habits and become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. Contact Starr Marshall for more information at 218-851-5815. Marshall said the group is not just for addiction, and follows the Celebrate Recovery program.
"I understand the reaction to want to arm teachers, as we want to protect our students and staff," Cloquet Superintendent Ken Scarbrough said. "I think our best response should continue to revise our safety procedures with the latest available professional advice, work through our plans with local law enforcement and emergency responders. We should rely on law enforcement officers, including our SRO (school resource officer), to be our armed defense. There are way too many issues to work out with arming school employees to go there now."
On a trip to the Dominican Republic several years ago, Hailey Martin discovered the joy of giving.
Joyce and Jalmer Angell first built a go-kart track on their property to supplement the income for the growing family. Next, a driving range was added. A bucket of balls cost only 50 cents at the time. Once that was done, a friend mentioned to the busy couple they needed a par 3 golf course. And so the Big Lake Golf Club was born.
Carlton County is one step closer to a decision about replacing its outdated jail with a new facility. The final report of the Carlton County Jail & Criminal Justice System Planning Study was presented at the Carlton County Committee of the Whole on Dec. 5. According to the study, there are three phases in new jail development: planning, design and construction. The study was just the first step of the planning phase. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake was not surprised by the information in the report.
Pine Journal staff took first place for General Reporting, an award which recognizes “excellence in general news reporting.” The newspaper also took first place in the category of Use of Photography as a Whole, which recognizes excellence in the use of photography throughout the paper, from use of news photography, the manner in which photos are used and the photographers’ technique.