"It wasn't easy to quit," she said quietly. Still, Cloquet hung on to its video store a lot longer than many other communities. McDonald credits loyal customers, and the rural nature of the area, which means people don't always jump to adopt the latest technology. <
Tony Petersen and Jenn Fagre (friends from Cloquet High School) play on "Songs From The North Country," as well as my good friend Ben Cosgrove, whom I met in Boston. PJ: Was there anyone in particular from Cloquet who influenced your musical career? JK: I have to thank Beth Wilson, who was my choir teacher from middle school through high schooI.
Paula Maki, also known as "Ms. Christmas," has been wrapping and delivering Christmas presents since July. She's hoping to send out hundreds more before the big day arrives Dec. 25. When she's not wrapping gifts, she's talking to people about donating them, or writing grants or making calls to get the word out in other ways. She rattled off a list of other local places where she has made deliveries: Evergreen Knoll, Sunnyside Health Care Center, Inter-Faith Care Center, Pine Ridge adult foster homes, Safe Transitions, REM Homes (which owns the building where Maki lives), New Perspectives, Bayshore and many more.
Next year will be the third year of six that property owners are on the hook for an additional $500,000, the result of a calculation error by Springsted Inc., which predicted more state aid for the building projects than the district actually got.
The Carlton School Board will hold its truth in taxation public hearing Monday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carlton High School media center, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. There also will be a public hearing on the school district's proposed abatement bonds during that meeting.
Nelson turned her attention to At-large Councilor Adam Bailey for comments he made at the same October meeting that he was "tired of treating people with kid gloves because they didn't get a hello." Bailey said he didn't make the comment directed at Nelson, but rather based on the conversation. "I do think we treat a lot of people with kid gloves, and I won't recant or apologize," he said.
Vanessa Northrup, District 1 representative of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC), is the subject of an investigation by Carlton County as well as a reservation petition to have her removed from office.
After predicting a budget shortfall for fiscal year 2017 of $636,294, the actual budget deficit for the district's unassigned general fund balance was only $20,661, a difference of more than $615,000 to the good.
The city isn't only fixing the surface of the street, however. They are also updating the layout of the street to reflect modern safety standards and use of the street by bicyclists and pedestrians as well as motor vehicles. For pedestrians downtown, the city will add "bulbouts" at the intersections of Cloquet Avenue and Ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th streets. <
And I met this Vietnam veteran named Don, the first volunteer to show up, who did an amazing job in the kitchen. He was recently awarded the Silver Star, 50 years after Vietnam. He was the first Silver Star (recipient) I've ever met. And the church was just fantastic about hosting it." Many people made it a family affair, like the family that was traveling from the Iron Range to the Twin Cities and stopped in to volunteer.