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Local historian Joe Peterson got a large white envelope in late December. Inside he found an embossed invitation to President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20. The invitation was issued by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and was signed by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Inside of that were the official photos of President Trump and Vice President Michael Pence and a official Inauguration Ceremonies program.
Fancy dress is not required, perhaps that's why the Cloquet Educational Foundation's Blue Jean Ball is such a popular annual event. Maybe it's the table decorations, as each table is decorated in a particular theme and includes take-home goodies for each person. Then again, the reason behind the fundraiser may be the enticement to keep the crowds coming back: raising money to help Cloquet students have an even better educational experience. Whatever the reason, this year's ball on Feb. 4 was a huge success ... again.
The County Seat Theater Company will present local performances of "The Mad Tea Party" Feb. 17-19 and 23-26 at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. Performances are at 7 p.m. except Sunday, when performances start at 2 p.m. Reserve tickets by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or buy online at www.countyseattheater.com . This show offers a special family rate ($40 for immediate family or grandparents and grandkids) as well.
Cloquet police say the body of a 33-year-old man was discovered in a wooded area near South Laurel and South Oak streets Monday evening, Feb. 13. Three elementary school-aged boys discovered the man, who they initially thought was still alive and possibly intoxicated. They told a nearby homeowner, who discovered the man was deceased. The boys had been out searching for a lost dog when they spotted the body.
The hallways at Pine Tree Plaza were crawling with kids, display boards and a mind-boggling array of inventions Friday, from an "aquachair" (think bean bag chair filled with water instead), a "napkin sleeve," a portable art canvas that folds up into something about the size of a paper towel roll but folds out into a proper painting surface, an all-season garden, a better gutter cleaner and dozens more inventions and games dreamed up by local elementary school students.
Cloquet High School senior Anja Maijala took second place in the Minnesota State High School League State Nordic ski meet today at Giant's Ridge, coming in close behind Ely senior Erin Bianco and ahead of third place finisher Erin Moening of St. Pual Highland Park. Bianco's combined time was 32 minutes, 20 seconds. Maijala was six seconds behind her, in 32:26.7. Moening's time was 32:49.6.
CEC's Thomas Heren finished in eighth place for his two runs at the Section 7 meet at Giant's Ridge Feb. 7. Eighth place was more than good enough to get the Esko sophomore to the state meet, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Giant's Ridge. Heren placed 15th at state.
A 69-year-old Apple Valley, Minn., man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Cloquet. John Frederick Schultz was traveling south on Minnesota Highway 33 just before 10 a.m. and attempting to exit onto Interstate 35 when he lost control and ran off the road, down an embankment into a grove of trees, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release. Road conditions were snowy and icy.
Some 60 teenagers boarded two school buses in Cloquet early last Saturday morning and headed to regionals. They sported the proper uniform — shirts and ties for most of the guys, dresses or dressier shirts and pants for the gals — for what was certain to be fierce competition at the 65th annual Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair.
All three audience members at the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday were there for a vote — on requests for increased hours and paper sludge at the industrial landfill near Hilltop Park — that was postponed at the request of the landfill owner.