Cloquet City Hall was a joyful place Wednesday, Aug. 8, as friends, family and co-workers gathered in the Council Chambers for two police ceremonies during the regular City Council meeting.
Coach Nowak memorialized with podium donation Former assistant Cloquet ski coach Brian Johnson presented a handmade podium to Cloquet High School during the School Board meeting Monday, Aug. 13. Flanked by former ski jumpers and skiers Rick and Denny Nelson and Brent Smith, along with recently retired Nordic coach Glen Sorenson, Johnson donated the podium in memory of legendary Cloquet ski jumping coach Joe Nowak, who passed away two years ago.
When Cloquet school officials realized staff were unable to access certain files the morning of Aug. 3, there may have been a certain amount of negative "been there, done that" feeling involved.
Shea Walters is the new Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach, effective immediately.
Voters in Carlton County blew away the 2016 primary election in terms of turnout, with a total of 6,767 people casting votes Tuesday, Aug. 14, versus approximately 1,400 two years ago.
There are a lot of candidates on the ballot for this year's primary election Aug. 14, Cloquet has two City Council races and a mayor's race in the primary, and the District 4 county commissioner race has five candidates. This is also the first election in Minnesota since 1978 that both U.S. Senate seats and the governorship are up for election in the same year.
"I thought I should tell my story," Smalley said. "I wanted to tell the kids and parents and community that I didn't quit. I wasn't walking out because I made a mistake." When asked whether Smalley was pressured, Cloquet Schools Superintendent Michael Cary said administration always shares its intentions with individual coaches or other extracurricular staff before going to the board, adding that it's common practice to give someone a chance to resign.
This story is the longer version of the print one in the Pine Journal
More than 100 years ago, there were actually two settlements on the site of the current city of Kettle River. Everything north of the Soo Line was called Finland, established by mostly Finnish settlers. Many Polish settlers lived on the other side of the railroad tracks; they called their town Kettle River. Just before the fires of 1918, the two communities consolidated.
Koski, the executive director of the REACH mentoring program, said he is running for several reasons: to be a voice for youth and bring a younger person's perspective to the council, to be a voice for people and to act as a mediator in difficult situations. "Mediation is a skill that I have developed in my job, working with parents and kids and mentors, trying to get people to come to common ground," he said. "I don't get too worked up over things. Even if I'm passionate about things, I can still relay information respectfully and not belittle people if we don't agree."