On Tuesday, Aug. 8, residents of Carlton School District are invited to vote "yes" or "no" on two different school questions: one asking for $23.6 million in bonds to construct a grades 6-12 addition and make improvements to the existing elementary school at the South Terrace site; the second (contingent on the first question passing) to approve an additional $3.3 million in bonds to construct an auditorium, improve athletic spaces and make other site improvements.
"I don't want her to be afraid of officers, I wanted her to get to talk with them and interact with them," said mom Mistie Skagerberg. "Plus, he (big brother Austin Skagerberg, 14) wants to be a police officer, so we came down to view the options."
"It's over," said United Steelworkers Local 970 Union President Steve Petoletti Monday evening. "Everyone in our union is done."
Soldo wrote in her investigative summary. "By all accounts, during that very difficult time, the Chief was a strong, supportive and effective leader. He took calls, offered and granted time off as needed and grieved with others." However, in the 17 months that followed, Stracek began to make other organizational and operational changes required to implement the recommendations from the 2014 study. Some of the changes were not well received and "positive internal dynamics began to erode," Soldo wrote.
Now, his biography describes the 2003 Cloquet High School grad as a "scientist and educator," whose work has investigated why people protect the natural environment, why people get involved in their communities, and why people live healthy lives.
> "It's not easy to extend natural gas systems to new towns," said Pam Sarvela, external affairs manager for MERC. "So it's been more than two decades since we truly piped a new town and we are really excited."
> "We don't want to walk with blinders anymore," said Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Chairman Kevin DuPuis. "We want to take the blinders off and look at everything that's out there. And most definitely have good neighbors, because it allows everyone to work as a collective."
> Cloquet Area Fire District officials confirmed the boy was taken from The Beach at Pinehurst Park to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.
> Engineer estimates for the skatepark and surrounding park improvements exceed $300,000, but the final dollar number won't be known until the bids are received and one approved by the council.
While a vote of no-confidence by his employees was sold to the public as a "last resort," allegations of unfit leadership were never addressed with former Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek prior to his being put on paid administrative leave by city officials at an emergency meeting in March. That fundamental lack of communication was just one of the revelations to come from an investigative report which exonerated Stracek and, in turn, pointed the finger at police department personnel and city councilors who, the report alleges, may have colluded to get rid of the now former police chief.