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The Minnesota Wilderness hockey team has arrived. On Sunday, the new Cloquet Junior A Tier II team played an exhibition game at Northwoods Credit Union Arena, its new home. Two days later, the last of the 22 hockey players was placed with a host family in Cloquet. Wilderness managing partner Scott Thielen said he's thrilled to have the team in Cloquet. "We were looking for a new home," Thielen said, explaining that the team had to leave the Spooner arena when the owners decided to sell.
Each spring I used to look forward to two things in particular: the gradual greening of the oceans of trees between Cloquet and Duluth and the arrival of the garage sale signs in Cloquet. Like spring flowers, the sale signs would start timidly, with just a few daring to brave the still unpredictable weather at first. Soon enough, their numbers would multiply as summer arrived in the Northland.
While it appears that members of the Cloquet City Council would like to ignore the question of raising chickens in city limits, resident Diane Lambert simply won't let them. Lambert and several supporters were the lone audience members at a Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday that did not have chickens on the agenda. After a quick council meeting, Lambert spoke during the public comment period at the end of the meeting. While admitting that the numbers of folks wanting to raise chickens is relatively low, she pushed councilors to explain why they balked at voting on the issue a month ago.
A fire destroyed a mobile home on Pine Drive near Brookston Wednesday, leaving a mom, grandmother and 8-year-old boy with little but the clothes on their backs. Tanya Reynolds, who lived in the home with her mother, Brenda Abramowski, 55, and son, Dylan Morneau, 8, said they were preparing a birthday dinner for her mom Wednesday when something near the stove must have caught on fire. "We figure it was either grease or a towel that caught fire," Reynolds said, explaining that there were three adults in the home when the fire started.
Just under a dozen people attended a predatory offender notification meeting at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Monday, most of them law enforcement or FDLTCC representatives, according to Cloquet Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill. The meeting was held to notify members of the public that James Demetrius Redd, a Level 3 predatory offender living in Duluth, is attending the college.
The Cloquet Police Department got a helping hand - and highly trained nose - from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Friday after an alleged shoplifter threw a BB-pellet handgun into the woods behind Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet. Cloquet Police Sergeant Tory Cawcutt said police got a call from a loss prevention employee at Wal-Mart in Cloquet on Friday reporting a shoplifter was fleeing the store and was in the wooded area between the carwash and coffee shop on Stanley Avenue and Zion Lutheran Church on Washington Avenue. Cawcutt responded and parked at Zion Lutheran.
Sometime earlier this year - at the age of 59 - Carlton's Timothy Soden-Groves realized he did, in fact, have a bucket list, certain items he wants to accomplish before he "kicks the bucket." First on the list was a big bike ride. "Big" means different things to different people, even husband and wife. For Timothy, it meant biking all the way around Lake Superior, 1,050 miles in total. For his wife, Diane Soden-Groves, Timothy's idea of a big ride was just plain nuts. "My idea of a big bike ride is 25 miles," said Diane. "But I said I'd be support for him.
A Carlton County man died in a car crash Sunday evening near Sibley, Iowa, that left four others - the driver and three other passengers - with injuries. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Christopher Kadlec, 28, of McGrath, Minn., was driving a 1997 Chevy van with four passengers on Highway 60 near Sibley around 8:30 p.m., when he became confused over directions while taking an exit ramp. He failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle entered the ditch and rolled, the report stated. Kadlec and three passengers were either completely or partially ejected.
JaAfter being closed 14 months ago because the waiting list had grown to more than 300 people, the Cloquet/Carlton Section 8 subsidized housing program will begin taking applications again on Monday, Sept. 17. "We're expecting a big rush," HRA Executive Director Debra Shaff said, noting that they decided to take applications again because the waiting list had been reduced to a more manageable number. Applications for the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program will be available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cloquet City Councilors and Mayor Bruce Ahlgren voted unanimously Tuesday to set the preliminary levy for taxes due next year at $2,650,000, a zero percent increase from the previous year. However, that doesn't mean all property owners will see exactly the same charges on the Cloquet portion of their property taxes next year. Some - especially those people whose homes and/or businesses were affected by the flood and were assessed at a lower rate as a result - will pay less money to the city this year.