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The beef show at the Carlton County Fair is controlled chaos. Mooing and showing signs of occasional rebellion, cows of all ages and sizes are led from barn to show ring with the assistance of a halter and a show stick.
Billie Rae Kulaszewicz, 35, made her initial appearance Wednesday in Carlton County Court, charged with two counts of felony third-degree drug sales and one count of fifth-degree drug possession, as well as one count of child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. Kulaszewicz was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 19 after allegedly selling two opana (a synthetic opiate) pills to a Cloquet Police Department informant.
Heather Falk has a union sticker on her car, dates a union member and praises her sister's union. Yet, the Cloquet woman has spent much of her free time over the past six years fighting efforts in Minnesota to create a union for licensed home childcare providers. Falk isn't anti-union; she simply doesn't see how unionizing Minnesota's licensed home childcare providers - people like her who offer childcare services out of their homes - will benefit these independent business owners. Falk isn't alone.
Former Atkinson Township Supervisor Traci Juntunen was sentenced Wednesday for two felony counts of theft by swindle committed when she was township supervisor. Although the monetary amount was not large - $600 in falsified claims to the township - they were charged as felonies because they involved public money. Under the terms of a plea agreement, two of the charges were rolled into one and Juntunen pleaded guilty July 28 to only two felonies but all of the actions. Although Juntunen was sentenced to three years for her crimes, the sentence was stayed.
It was a little over a year ago when the Siltanen brothers found the footprints. Checking for bear bait on a Monday morning, it wasn't bear tracks they found in the freshly plowed field. In fact, they weren't sure what they found. "We found about 75 of these footprints," Robert Siltanen said. "My brother had plowed the field Friday and seeded it Sunday. We found the footprints on Monday morning." Robert said the prints measured 4 inches wide and 11 ½ inches long, with a 42-inch stride from heel to toe.
Add Bigfoot to the list of possible animals that call northern Minnesota home. Over the past three or four years there have been multiple alleged sightings of a tall, hairy, long-limbed creature in Carlton County. While most of the reported sightings have occurred in the countryside between Kettle River and Wright, at least two more were reported in the Sturgeon Lake area. Other folks claim to have heard sounds - with descriptions ranging from screams to low grunts or moans - noises that longtime residents claim are unlike any they've heard before.
The Cloquet girls soccer team lost 4-0 to the Rosemount Irish Friday afternoon in the Lumberjacks season opener. Read more about the girls team in next week's Pine Journal.
Two people were arrested Saturday for felony second-degree drug possession after a Cromwell resident called in a report of a suspicious vehicle on Dahl Road. Damon Wade Nance, 46, of Rosemount, Minn. and Shannon Rose Johnson, 41, of Onamia, Minn., were charged Tuesday in Carlton County Court with controlled substance crime in the second degree, open bottle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jana PetersWhat's the good news for Cloquet homeowners? They don't live in Austin, Minn., where the City Council is proposing a 15 percent levy increase because of Local Government Aid (LGA) being frozen at the 2010 level. Instead, Cloquet is likely looking at a 0 percent levy increase from the city, because the LGA decrease for next year was less than city officials had anticipated. However, because the state budget eliminated the market value homestead credit program (MVHC), a state-funded program designed to reduce the property taxes paid by qualifying homeowners, most folks will see an
A convicted sex offender living in Scanlon was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct Monday for allegedly grabbing a woman's breast so hard that she bruised. Darold John Poehls, 38, was originally charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual assault after an incident Aug. 3, but prosecuting attorney Nichole Carter amended the charges to fourth-degree criminal sexual assault Friday because the assault resulted in bruising.