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As the issue of a proposed industrial landfill continues to languish in the wake of a possibly incomplete "no" vote by the Cloquet City Council on the required conditional use permit, stakeholders on both sides of the issue continue to exert pressure on the city. At the conclusion of Tuesday's council meeting, resident Clarence Badger read a letter to councilors essentially stating that the city ignored its own city code by voting to reopen the landfill permit request after voting 4-3 against approval Sept. 21 (then stating the reasons for that vote on the record at its Oct.
While they took no formal vote on the creation of a storm water utility, Cloquet City Councilors directed city staff to continue with the process of making the utility a reality during Tuesday's meeting. Audience member and Cloquet businessman Dan Lundquist did wonder why the city had to create a new utility when costs had previously come from the city's general fund. In answer to his questions, City Administrator Brian Fritsinger explained that increasing state regulations mean increased costs for compliance.
The 2010 calendar year could be called "The Year of the Small Schools" in Carlton County sports. The state championship for the Barnum Bombers girls basketball team wasn't the only state trophy in the county, Esko cross country runner Marissa Shady placed first at the state meet in October, then the Cromwell-Wright Cardinals nine-man football team surprised everyone by turning around a losing season in time to march to a Prep Bowl win. But sports isn't only about championships. It's about playing the game honorably, and to the best of your ability, win or lose.
Two adults and a juvenile were charged Monday in Carlton County Court in connection with the forced entry of a home on the Fond du Lac Reservation last week by armed and masked people who demanded money. Alexander Lafave, 19, and Stuart Abramowski, 20, were charged with two felonies each - burglary in the first degree and felony aggravated robbery in the first. A 16-year-old juvenile was also charged Monday. In addition, Lafave was charged with theft of firearms.
No one is arguing the fact that storm water is a leading source of pollution as it runs off streets, parking lots and other places, washing contaminants away from those surfaces and into rivers, lakes and streams. The problem isn't the idea of cleaning up storm water runoff, it's how to pay for it.
When four Cloquet City Councilors voted "no" Dec. 21 on a resolution to approve the conditional use permit drafted for a proposed industrial landfill, they may have only partially shut the door on the controversial project. That's because councilors failed to move for a vote on a different resolution drafted by city staff specifically to deny the conditional use permit.
Law enforcement officials have arrested two suspects after responding to a report of four masked people armed with handguns and long guns who forced entry into a home and demanded money just after 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release from the Cloquet Police Department. Members of the Cloquet Police Department along with Fond du Lac police, Carlton County Sheriff's Department, St. Louis County Sheriff's Department and Minnesota State Patrol all responded to the call.
If firefighters protect us, what protects our fighters? Good gear helps. It costs the Cloquet Area Fire District approximately $2,500 to outfit a firefighter from head to toe, even more to outfit an instructor, who spends more time exposed to heat and smoke. "We had a burn a few years ago, fighting a fire [with another group of firefighters]," said Captain Chad Vermeersch. "They were saying, 'We've got to get out, it's too hot in here,' and we couldn't even feel the heat. Lo and behold, we got outside and they actually had burns. It was the difference in the two sets of gear.
As the orange flames grow higher and higher, eventually reaching and climbing across the ceiling, the temperature in the room climbs as well. Three trainee firefighters and one experienced firefighter stand in one corner of the room, holding a hose and waiting until the fire is worthy of their water. Two more firefighters crouch in the doorway, watching the trainees, their teacher and the fire, evaluating and providing backup. On a word from the instructor, one of the trainees douses the fire with water.
A semi loaded with ceiling tile overturned sideways into the median on Highway 33 in Cloquet this morning. According to Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande, the driver was headed south on 33 when a second vehicle pulled into his lane. The semi driver tried to avoid the vehicle and accidentally went to far to the left and was sucked into the ditch. Lake City Towing of Wisconsin brought 11 workers to the accident site to unload the trailer full of ceiling tiles and transfer it to another truck, then to get the truck out of the median.