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."
In front of a standing-room-only crowd Monday morning, Cloquet School Board members voted unanimously not to renew the contract of boys varsity hockey coach Kevin Smalley.
"The Fond du Lac membership has a right to sign a petition to remove an RBC member," RBC Chairman Kevin Dupuis said in the statement. "Once we receive a petition, the RBC has a process that it needs to follow. We followed that process and reached our decision." Petition spokesperson Brian Bosto estimated there were close to 75 people at Northrup's hearing in the gymnasium.
Six residents applied to serve for the remainder of the year. After a council vote tied, Mayor Dave Hallback appointed Barb Wyman to finish the rest of 2018 Now, four of those same six candidates are running in the special election to serve the last two years of Bailey's term.
"Having meaningful discussion with Wrenshall (school district) is probably our best option of surviving and maintaining an identity," said one of the community advisers, as each table offered up two ideas discussed among the group. The June 26 community visioning meeting was another step in the ongoing process of trying to gather input from community members and school district staff regarding their vision for the education of Carlton students. <
The District 1 RBC representative is accused of signing and depositing a check into her personal bank account that was intended for a reservation project. The check in question was for $2,000 from the University of Minnesota to the FDL Band to help with construction of a new bike trail in August 2016.
Deja vu, anyone? The Cloquet City Council adjourned into a closed meeting Tuesday to discuss allegations of law enforcement personnel misconduct. In March 2017, a similar closed meeting resulted in the suspension of then-Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek, pending an investigation. The Tuesday meeting, on the other hand, resulted in a 5-2 vote (councilors Kerry Kolodge and Roger Maki dissenting) to deny an appeal by the Citizen Advisory Board, a three-person board that has historically worked with the police chief on hiring, complaints and discipline within the department.
The most controversial agenda item at the Tuesday, July 17, Cloquet City Council meeting was the proposed 57-apartments planned for the former middle school building. A public hearing on the project was held at the Cloquet Planning Commission meeting last week. The Commission recommended unanimously that the Council approve a change to the land-use portion of the comprehensive plan and rezoning from public/semi-public to moderate-to-high-density residential.
Sitting at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 33 and Cloquet Avenue, a glance to the east reveals the world's only working Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station, the red-brick post office and a wide avenue hinting at many businesses and green spaces stretching down blocks of downtown Cloquet.