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With the local option sales tax referendum passed - and collections of the new revenue coming as soon as April - Cloquet officials are turning their attention to items on the back burner. First in line at Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting was a proposed needs assessment of all city facilities, including the library, senior center, public works garage, the combined police and fire department building, City Hall and the city's pump station No. 2.
A special primary election for a vacancy on the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee held Tuesday, Nov. 27, failed to yield a winner with more than 50 percent of the votes. As a result, the top two candidates will face off in a special election for the RBC District II seat now set for Jan. 29, 2013. The District II seat became open when Sandra Shabiash, 67, of Sawyer died on Sept. 14.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Cloquet's Veterans Park Friday evening to the sound of Christmas carols and sleigh bells. Reneé Birman, one of the primary organizers of the Home for the Holidays celebration, said the 75 or so revelers who gathered at the park for the Christmas tree lighting were singing when they heard the sound of sleigh bells ringing. "Santa pulled up in the most beautiful sleigh pulled by a really animated horse," Birman said. Rudolph and his fellow reindeer must have had the evening off, she added. Santa and Mrs.
No one testified in a contested omnibus hearing Friday for Cloquet's Clifford James Thompson. Instead, prosecution and defense attorneys agreed to submit written arguments to Sixth District Judge Dale Wolf by set deadlines. Thompson, 56, is charged with aiding an offender/accomplice after the fact in the alleged murder of Cristyna Leah Watson, whose body was discovered Oct.
Cloquet police are investigating a gunshot sound reported by several people Wednesday night. According to a press release issued by the Cloquet Police Department, at about 9:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Cloquet Police were called to the 2300 block of Kelly Avenue in the City of Cloquet, where several residents reported hearing the sound of a gunshot. On scene, police interviewed several people and learned of possible threats made to people at a residence in that area via text messaging. No one was injured during the incident and no suspects have been identified.
The Pine Valley Recreational Area in Cloquet has always been about community. Dreamed up by (then) Cloquet ski coach Joe Nowak and a group of ski jumping and cross country ski enthusiasts, the 40-acre site was donated by the Northwest Paper Company, provided the city would accept the land and run it as a park. With the guidance of the Cloquet Park Board led by Al Spafford, plans got under way, with the skiers themselves cutting brush and weeds on weekends and during after-school work parties.
Eleven dollars may not seem like much to shout about, but it means a lot to the Carlton School District. At the end of the fiscal year that ended in July, the district was exactly $11 in the black, according to Carlton Superintendent Peter Haapala.
Local residents and business owners are invited to talk about plans to restructure the Cloquet intersection of Highway 33, Big Lake Road and Doddridge Avenue. At an estimated cost of $5.4 million, the 2014 project will involve substantial changes to the roadways surrounding the troublesome intersection, which sports significant traffic challenges, particularly during peak travel times. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, city of Cloquet and Carlton County are hosting a question and answer session from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
In a vote Tuesday night, members of United Steelworkers Local 11-63 - which ¬represents almost 400 of the approximately 715 workers at the Cloquet Sappi Mill - authorized union leadership to call a strike if it chooses to do so. The vote doesn't mean that workers will strike, but simply authorizes union leaders to call a strike if they believe one is needed as the union and company try to reach a contract agreement.
Think your Thanksgiving preparations were chaotic? Try organizing two community dinners (in Cloquet and Carlton) and training 150 volunteers to serve some 400 pounds of turkey with all the trimmings to approximately 550 people. It's hectic, but well worth the effort, said Jill Hatfield, executive director of Volunteer Services of Carlton County. "We try to advertise it as a community meal," Hatfield said.