Longtime yoga instructor Melissa Nick led the five women as they set up yoga mats in the large room upstairs at the shelter. Even though none of them were interested in adopting a cat, they were intrigued by the idea of cat yoga. "I thought it sounded like a good combination of something I love and something I wanted to try," Traci Marciniak said. She has several cats at home already and informed the others she felt bad because she couldn't take home any more. Jasper and Flounder were the first furry guests to attend the newest craze in Cloquet.
Carlton County Attorney Thomas Pertler says the Adult Diversion Program is in the process of accepting its first participants. Pertler addressed the Carlton County Board of Commissioners during the regular board meeting Monday, April 23. "It's for low-level property crimes and only first-time offenders," Pertler explained. Duluth has been using the program with great success.
> FOA is divided into two entities. One is impound; its costs are covered entirely by communities that pay for the contracts. The other is the FOA organization, which takes in strays and relies on donations, grants, fundraising and adoption fees to make ends meet.
The Cloquet School Board members are continuing to work on reducing the 2018-19 budget. Five teachers are retiring or resigning. The board is recommending eliminating three of the full-time teaching positions. A third-grade teaching position will be eliminated due to lower class sizes moving up from the second grade, along with an elementary technology integration specialist and an 1.0 alternative delivery of specialized instructional services position.
Peterson said the only purpose of the public hearing was to examine the tax implications of the City of Moose Lake and Moose Lake Township if they were to annex. "There will not be a hostile annexation," Peterson said as residents began to mutter and shout: "We don't want it." "Our intent was to get the people together and look to see what an annexation would mean," he said. "Even if we get 400 people who say 'no.'"
"We think the need for fellowship is as important as the food," said Marjori Bottila, a volunteer cook. While the meals vary, most of the food is homemade. Past menus have included giant holiday dinners, soup, pork loin and most recently, chili. In the summer, an old-fashioned barbecue is a big hit.
Almost 25 years ago, Lorren Lindevig and Roland Kunze started a new tradition at Cloquet Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
The formal scene was quite a contrast from the humble beginnings of the house. In the mid-1800s, a rustic stage stop station and hotel sat on the corner of what is known as Scotts Corner, the intersection of county roads 3 and 4 south of Carlton. According to Sheetz, the station was the first stop for travelers coming from Superior on their way to the Twin Cities. The rough, wooden rectangular structure was rendered obsolete after the railroad came through several years later. <
> Queen of Peace Elementary, Washington Elementary and Cloquet Middle School are doing their part to help lessen waste going to the landfill by collecting organics. If the other two schools in Cloquet participated in collecting organics and food waste, that would add up to 20 tons annually being turned into usable compost instead of unnecessarily taking up space in a landfill.
The consent agenda containing a request for two new police department vehicles passed. The request stated there have been several additions to the department causing a shortage of vehicles available, especially when one is in for repairs. In 2012-13, there were 13 vehicles. Eight were used by patrol, leaving five for administration and detectives.