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Last weekend, the Mash-ka-wisen Sobriety Powwow celebrated its 34th year the way participants have always celebrated: with dancing, drumming, sharing stories and support and honoring those who are sober, no matter how long. One day at a time, the days add up. "This year we had over 2,000 years of sobriety on our 'sobriety roll call' Sunday," said Jim Mallery, administrator of MIPRTC (Minnesota Indian Primary Residential Treatment Center, Inc.), aka Mash-ka-wisen. "We honor everyone who wants to put his or her name on the list.
A 26-year-old Cloquet man is in the hospital after falling off the roof of the three-story Mexico Lindo building at approximately 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night. "It appears the man was stepping from the roof of one building to another and thought there was roof in between [where there wasn't any roof]," said Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande. The man fell and landed on the ground between the two buildings that make up the Mexico Lindo restaurant and bar in downtown Cloquet.
Filings for numerous local school board, city and township races opened July 31 and are set to close at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert said there are two or three school board seats up for election in each of the county's seven school districts, plus numerous township and city elected positions.
With the exception of deciding for whom to vote, this year's Aug. 14 primary elections are unlikely to pose a challenge for voters. There are no referendum questions and relatively few races in this year's primary.
Before the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsing convention, a total of four people had announced their candidacy for the newly formed Minnesota House of Representatives District 11A , which includes all of Carlton County, plus Brevator, Culver, Stoneybrook and Arrowhead townships in St. Louis County and Windemere and Kerrick townships in Pine County. At the Barnum convention, however, Esko's Mike Sundin gained the unanimous endorsement of his party and the other three candidates gradually dropped out as the voting progressed. Then Bruce Ahlgren entered the race.
After nearly seven months, a vision for the Cloquet park system is slowly emerging from multiple meetings, park tours, citizen surveys and piles of maps. It doesn't include an itemized list of improvements and changes to be made in each of the city's 16 parks. "What we've done so far is more about big ideas of how we want the system to function as a whole," said Assistant City Engineer Caleb Peterson. Since March, a Parks Task Force made up of 22 volunteer residents have worked with consultants from LHB Design Firm - which was hired to facilitate the planning process - and city staff to fir
As Mike Stevens cut through flood-damaged paneling in Laura Anderson's basement, he looked more like a construction worker than a pastor.
Members of the Cloquet Planning Commission voted 5-1 to recommend the City Council approve changes to the city code to allow residents to raise chickens provided they meet certain requirements. Although the current city ordinance forbids any farm animals on residential lots less than 10 acres in size, a proposal drafted by Planning Commission member Julie Kainu and chicken "activists" Diane Lambert, Deb Spears and several others would add a whole new chicken ordinance to the city code. Under the proposed ordinance, anyone wanting to raise chickens would be restricted to five or fewer laying
Carlton County Coordinator Dennis Genereau said it first. "There is no separation of church and state when it comes to disaster," he told the Carlton County Board of Commissioners within a week of the flood. At that point, Genereau was mostly referring to the fact that nearly every flood-related meeting in Moose Lake had taken place in a church. The donation center was in a church.
A full field of 20 teams turned out dressed in their best Hawaiian garb for the Third Annual Cloquet Croquet Invitational Tuesday afternoon, ready to do battle on the greens of the Cloquet Country Club. The two final teams who played for the championship were Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's (FDLTCC) Wicket Impossible!