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We at the Pine Journal have a proposal to help the state and country get its finances back on track: Fine politicians who repeat things that are patently untrue. Take, for example, Rep. Michelle Bachmann. As brought to our attention on a Minnesota Public Radio program, statements by the Minnesota Congresswoman have been checked 13 times by PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature of the St. Petersburg Times.
A bill currently making its way through the state legislature would cut Local Government Aid (LGA) as the first step to dealing with a more than $6 billion state budget deficit. While the local cuts in that bill - an estimated $650,000 to $680,000 - are in line with what Cloquet city officials anticipated in this year's city budget, they are hoping this first bill will fail. According to City Administrator Brian Fritsinger, early passage of such a bill would likely mean even more LGA cuts later in the legislative session. "Normally they come up with one big package to address the budget ...
Authorities arrested a man and a woman Thursday evening at a residence located in Cloquet city limits on the Fond du Lac reservation after allegedly finding a large marijuana growing operation located on the property. William Joseph Danielson, 54, and Memorie Ann Smith, 52, were charged with felony controlled substance in the fifth degree Friday afternoon in Carlton County Court. Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande said it was a sophisticated growing operation.
The last time the Green Bay Packers went to the Super Bowl in 1996, Cloquet's Cathy Rikkola stayed home with the kids (who were young) while her husband, Ray, went to the big game with several other family members. Now Cathy, Kaitlyn, Andrew and Emily are taking their turn. "All of our children are huge Packer fans," Cathy said, adding that she and her sister, Sandy Moore, were born and raised in Ashland, Wis., where folks bleed green.
Organizers of this weekend's Blue Jean Ball are facing the best problem possible - they may have sold out of tickets. "I think we're at capacity," said Lorna Mangan of the Cloquet Educational Foundation, which hosts the annual event. "Every year we add more people. This year we're having the Jim Melde Big Band, and I think a lot of people love to dance to that kind of music." The Blue Jean Ball starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Otter Creek Event Center at Black Bear Casino Resort.
After several attempts at a plea agreement, Samuel Kyle White pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault in Carlton County Court Jan. 12 and was sentenced to 27 months in prison. However, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections website, White's anticipated release date from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud is Sept.
What does 14-year-old Somer Schrock like best about ski jumping? "Flying," said the star of the Itasca Ski and Outing Club from Coleraine, waiting for the ski jumping competition between Coleraine and Cloquet to begin Tuesday night. A total of 40 kids ages 4 through 15 competed in the first round of the Northstar Cup at Cloquet's Pine Valley.
At 2 p.m. most Sunday afternoons during winter, the outer walls of the ski chalet at Pine Valley suddenly sprout multiple pairs of skis and poles.
With temperatures hovering in the low 20s Wednesday afternoon, tenants in the apartments at 17 Eighth St. in Cloquet were stunned when Minnesota Power workers turned off the electricity to their building. Amy Sparrow has lived in the building -- formerly the Dugout bar -- for six years. She said utilities (gas, electricity, water and garbage) are included as part of the rent, and there is just one electric meter for the entire building.