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Cloquet natives Frank and Jeanette McLaughlin run the Haiti Mercy Mission, which includes four schools, four small churches and an orphanage with 50 children in Pignon, 60 miles north of capital city Port-au-Prince. With the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, however, their focus has shifted from improving lives to simply helping people survive. So far - they are surviving, but a week later, the challenges are mounting. "Supplies of everything get less and less each day," Frank McLaughlin said in a Jan. 19 e-mail to the Pine Journal.
Cloquet residents will likely find their water bills to be higher come March. Cloquet city councilors are planning to approve an increase in water rates at their first regular meeting Feb.
A Cloquet police officer who was fired and reinstated last year had a sexual relationship with a witness in a case in which he was the lead investigator, an arbitrator's decision shows. However, city officials said this week they will not pursue the matter further. "It is done and we are moving forward," said Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger. Jeff Palmer was terminated in April by the Cloquet City Council, who voted on the matter in a closed meeting.
It didn't take long for police officers to put the recently enacted "social host" ordinance into effect in Cloquet. On Jan.
Cloquet and Fond du Lac Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place in the early morning hours Sunday on Whispering Pine Drive on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Three shots were fired through a kitchen window at Fond du Lac Home No. 15 at about 2 a.m. Jan. 10, according to Cloquet Police Deputy Chief Terry Hill. Bullets went through the window glass and metal blinds and ended up in the floor, Hill said. One bullet was reportedly found lodged in a loaf of bread. Two adults and a toddler were home at the time but no one was injured.
Two Texas residents were charged this week in connection with transporting 62 pounds of marijuana through Carlton County. Jorge Gutierrez-Salazar, 24, faces a felony charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, while Graciela Yadit Medrano, 21, is charged with felony third-degree possession of a controlled substance - aiding and abetting. According to the complaint, the Rockwall, Texas, residents were stopped by a Minnesota State Patrol officer as they were driving a vehicle north on Interstate 35 just before noon on Jan. 5.
A Carlton County corrections officer and former sheriff's deputy was charged Monday in Carlton County Court in connection with a one-vehicle rollover near the Scanlon Park and Ride that injured his passenger last fall. Cloquet resident Michael John Laveau, 29, faces charges of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation, misdemeanor fourth degree driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor fourth degree driving while intoxicated - .08 or more within two hours. The criminal complaint and summons was filed in Carlton County Court on Jan.
For the first time at its Cloquet facility, USG Interiors Inc. is laying off employees, according to Bill Schmitt, plant manager. "Twenty-five of the company's 425 workers will face layoffs this week," he said. "We're seeing a downturn in business, specifically the commercial construction market. Because of that, we're reducing our workforce almost 6 percent." Employees at the Cloquet plant are involved in all aspects of manufacturing acoustical ceiling tile that is shipped across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
A motion to approve tax increment financing (TIF) for a new housing development across from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College died during the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday. Council member Deb Hill made a motion to approve the measure, which would have allowed Blackhoof Development to use the increased tax revenue created by the project to finance some of the project. No one seconded Hill's motion for approval, therefore no vote was taken and it went nowhere. The proposed development consists of five 18-unit apartment buildings with 1-3 bedrooms.
All five people involved in an incident that culminated with a shooting on March 29 at a residence on the Fond du Lac Reservation are facing criminal charges. "I hate to open files on that many people, but in this case, it was warranted," said Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler. Last week, Francis Alan Martineau, 46, was charged with one count of felony second degree assault and one count of misdemeanor fifth degree assault in the incident which took place at his home on Whispering Pine Drive.