Stories about people cutting pills in half or not taking medication, or choosing between medication and food, were referenced several times over the nearly hour-long meeting between Franken and his constituents. Ely's Teri Haapala identified herself to Franken as "a pharmaceutical consumer when she can afford it."
She could not have predicted they would win a free Super Bowl ad for their tiny business. And she was completely unaware that all the disasters they faced along the way would one day become fodder for her first published book, "Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm — From Scratch." Amundsen also never expect her book to be selected for this year's One Book Northland reading project, but it was.
Others talked about the need for change at the police department, highlighted in a 2014 study commissioned by the city. Jenny Haberle said it was no surprise that people were "whining" about Stracek. "Those of us that work for companies, the biggest thing we do is whine if someone starts to clean up," Haberle said before continuing. "This is a mess. As citizens, we want a change. ... We pay taxes, we want a good city, and that's why we're all here."
When the whistle blew, a mad scramble ensued, with children racing through an opening in the fence to collect the plastic Easter eggs and search for a golden one. They vacuumed up the eggs in no time, filling up plastic bags, brightly colored plastic buckets and even one sock monkey fabric bucket. It was the sixth annual Easter Egg hunt, coordinated by the city of Cloquet, the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce and Cloquet Community Education.
In this case, it is a contract to bring 180,000 (plus or minus 10 percent) tons of contaminated sediment dredged from a Superfund site at the bottom of Chequamegon Bay in Ashland, Wis., into the Cloquet industrial landfill. To accommodate the volume, SKB officials estimate it will bring up to eight trucks an hour to Cloquet from mid-May through September.
Changing the schedules was one of the key ideas in the report, which noted in its findings: "The current patrol schedule is out of sync with the service demand, is inflexible, is designed contrary to the literature regarding health, safety and productivity of the officers and appears to be responsible for an excessive use of sick leave, especially with respect to the night shift." "We wanted Steve Stracek to continue what Wade started," said Ahlgren, who left office at the end of 2014 after losing his re-election bid to current mayor Dave Hallback. "Personally, I think Steve did that. But change is hard."
> The vote will take place in the school recreation building from noon to 8 p.m. April 18. Residents have also been voting absentee at the County Auditor's office in the courthouse at 305 Walnut Ave., Carlton, during working hours. The Auditor's office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15, and until 5 p.m. Monday, April 17.
Cloquet resident John Sanders questioned the council and mayor's choice of Palmer over the two police department commanders who serve immediately under the police chief. "What qualities does Officer Palmer have that would outweigh his poor judgment displayed in having sexual relations with a witness?" Sanders asked, referring to Palmer's documented firing, subsequent union grievance and rehiring by the city in 2009. "A former council fired him and yet this council found him the most qualified person to lead the city of Cloquet's police department."
Two actors visit the area for two weeks, conduct and record interviews with people they meet and bring the recordings to the director. He or she then creates and writes a play based on the stories they collected here.
That means the county (and other local governmental bodies) would be responsible for paying back the utility companies. Again, no decision has been made yet. However, should the tax courts decide that Enbridge deserves, for example, a refund of 10 percent of the taxes it paid over the past five years in Carlton County, that would be a huge hit to many of the taxing authorities here, including the county along with school districts, townships and cities that collect taxes from Enbridge.