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Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday night during an emergency meeting of the Cloquet City Council, pending results of an investigation. The vote came after Mayor Dave Hallback and councilors closed the emergency meeting, citing state statute that allows closure for discussion “relating to allegations of law enforcement personnel misconduct.”
When consolidation talks with neighboring Carlton School District ended in April, the Wrenshall School Board kept on making plans ... just without Carlton. The plans they came up with include remodeling and expanding the current school educational space, plus constructing a joint community fitness center and sports complex. Now it's up to Wrenshall School District voters to give the $12.5 million proposal a yes or no vote on April 18.
Waugh has come a long way since the days when he used to fly off the 20- and 40-meter ski jumps at Cloquet's Pine Valley in a ski suit decorated with spots like a Holstein cow.
Finance Director Candace Nelis informed the board that it looked like the Cloquet School District is likely going to spend $700,000 more than it will take in this year, up from an estimate of $500,000 in deficit spending noted in June.
Top "mathletes" from the Northland faced off at the regional MathCounts competition and a number of Carlton County students emerged victorious and are headed to the state competition next month.
The weather this winter may not have been kind to Nordic skiers, but it's been great for construction. "We're loving every minute and we're hoping it continues," said Wade Engebretson, lead superintendent/field coordinator for the Cloquet Middle School construction project, commenting on the warmer-than-usual winter and recent warm spell. "We've had perfect weather coming at the most opportune times to help our schedule."<
Stracek said they aren’t ruling anything out yet, but his best guess is that Martineau died of natural causes.
Local historian Joe Peterson got a large white envelope in late December. Inside he found an embossed invitation to President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20. The invitation was issued by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and was signed by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Inside of that were the official photos of President Trump and Vice President Michael Pence and a official Inauguration Ceremonies program.
Fancy dress is not required, perhaps that's why the Cloquet Educational Foundation's Blue Jean Ball is such a popular annual event. Maybe it's the table decorations, as each table is decorated in a particular theme and includes take-home goodies for each person. Then again, the reason behind the fundraiser may be the enticement to keep the crowds coming back: raising money to help Cloquet students have an even better educational experience. Whatever the reason, this year's ball on Feb. 4 was a huge success ... again.
The County Seat Theater Company will present local performances of "The Mad Tea Party" Feb. 17-19 and 23-26 at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. Performances are at 7 p.m. except Sunday, when performances start at 2 p.m. Reserve tickets by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or buy online at www.countyseattheater.com . This show offers a special family rate ($40 for immediate family or grandparents and grandkids) as well.