Minnesota Department of Transportation spent several years studying the problem crossing area to find a solution. It looked at constructing an overpass, but it would've cost four times the amount as the roundabout and deadly T-bone accidents would still be a possibility.
> DeLeon crashed through the windshield of the car and died at the scene. A sheet was placed over her body, splayed on the hood of the car, her long hair covering her face. After the other victims were removed, DeLeon was placed in a body bag and firefighters moved her into the back of a hearse brought in by Atkins Funeral Home to give the students a realistic visual. "It gave me a good perspective of what it would be like," DeLeon said. "I could hear the voices fading and my cousin screaming. It was a different perspective and an eye-opener."
Steve Schmidt was checking to see if the ice was off the St. Louis River yet April 24 when he realized something was amiss. Then he noticed the pier — or old bridge support — standing in the middle of the river was gone. What many called a large rock or diving block between Dunlap Island and Sunnyside has been a part of the landscape for decades. Teenagers have swam out to the rectangular formation jutting out of the river and dove off for many generations.
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).