A dream at least eight years in the making broke ground in Athletic Park on Tuesday, July 10, as a couple dozen skateboarders and their supporters, city officials, construction workers and more gathered to kick off construction of Cloquet's new skatepark.
"For five years, I had been running every morning — along the power lines, in the woods, out on the roads — so I was alone, all the time," Peterson said, explaining that Suzy had suggested he go play ball with Zach the day before. "So we went in and I played for like 10 minutes and was waiting in the hallway for another game. I wasn't even tired." Then he started feeling tingling and numbness in his arm, and his chest started to feel tight. Peterson said he did not think it was a heart attack initially, even though his brother had died — most likely of of a heart attack — at age 41 and both his father and uncle had bypass surgery.
A 1-mile run down the parade route on Cloquet Avenue begins at 10:40 a.m., kicking off the Veterans Celebration Parade and a military flyover at 11 a.m. After the parade, revelers are encouraged to stroll down to Veterans Park, stopping at the fire station to grab a free root beer float on the way. Post-parade activities at Veterans Park include many free things to do: bouncy castles, family games like a water balloon toss, water slides and sprinklers, face painting, a pie-eating contest and more from noon to late afternoon.
When the last train pulled out of Cloquet just after 10 p.m. Oct. 12, 1918, the people jammed in its boxcars watched the city burn as they left.
While the former Cloquet Middle School building on Carlton Avenue may feel forgotten since the new middle school opened across town last September, nothing could be further from the truth.
College isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean a person can't earn a good wage, Cloquet High School Assistant Principal Steve Battaglia told school board members Monday.
"If our family was at a party or an event and our dad was missing, you could reliably find him watching the Twins on TV or listening to them on the radio," his son Tim wrote. "When he was doing chores around the house, he always had the game on an old AM transistor radio."
For the past 20 years, the Risdons have played a big part in the Cloquet Community Band. Although Gene, a musician since middle school, joined first, he soon talked Carol into trying the bass drum. Thus, she became the beating heart of the all-volunteer band. That went on for a couple years, then the band lost its director. "They'd tell me, 'Carol, start us out,' and that's how it started,"
Efforts by district officials and community advisers to gather input on the future of the schools have been underway since spring, with community member interviews and a staff visioning session completed. Next up is a Community Visioning meeting on Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. in the small gym at the high school. The final step will be a digital survey.
After a 500-year flood in 2012 and a another significant flood event in 2016, most of Carlton County was not surprised by last weekend's heavy rainfall and subsequent high waters. However, at least one unnamed group from Blaine, Minn. had to be rescued Sunday after they got stranded. According to Moose Lake Fire District Captain Steve Trenhale, firefighters and deputies were called to help a family after the road to their campsite washed away around a large culvert.