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In a letter to the editor in last week's Pine Journal, resident Clarence Badger wondered if the city had learned a lesson from the landfill issue - a proposed industrial landfill near the Hilltop soccer fields that will occupy 42 acres of a 260-acre site now occupied by gravel pits, a lumber yard and a previous landfill used for construction and demolition debris. There were several lessons our elected officials may have gleaned from the experience of the past eight months, in addition to a vast amount of practical knowledge pertaining to landfills.
Judge Robert Macaulay set bail at $1 million each for a man and a woman charged with second-degree murder in Carlton County Court Thursday. David Joshua Annette (aka Josh Martineau or "Fathead"), 28, and Rachel Charlotte Defoe, 25, both of Cloquet, were each charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, for the murders of Kim Schmitz and Tom Holm of Cromwell.
Research in the United States and New Zealand shows that children who don't have a father figure in their lives are three to seven times more likely to have an unwanted pregnancy in their teenage years. The U.S. Census Bureau tells us that children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor.
Ninety percent of the comments and questions about the creation of a new stormwater utility in Cloquet revolve around the issue of rural residences. That's no surprise, Assistant City Engineer Caleb Peterson told Cloquet City Councilors during Tuesday's public hearing, adding that many city residents who live in such zones feel they should be exempted or pay a lower rate for the proposed new utility because the city's storm sewer system doesn't service their properties. "I wanted the council to be fully aware of those objections," Peterson said after the meeting.
A Carlton County jury took about 90 minutes on Thursday afternoon to declare a Cloquet man guilty of burglary and arson. Eriberto Martinez Smith, 23, was accused of entering his girlfriend's home on the Fond du Lac Reservation against her wishes and setting fire to it on the morning of Sept. 19. He also refused to leave the home after it was burning, requiring a rescue from a Cloquet police officer. One of the most dramatic pieces of evidence presented during the trial was the video of the incident retrieved from Cloquet Police Sgt.
Cloquet councilors and Mayor Bruce Ahlgren unanimously passed an interim ordinance imposing a moratorium on new landfills in the city of Cloquet last week. Now it's up to the members of the Cloquet Planning Commission and Community Development Director Holly Butcher to get to work on the study - also authorized by the Council Feb.
When Florian Chmielewski played his accordion last Tuesday at the Cloquet Senior Center, Maria Schroeder and Evelyn Graham were sitting front and center. "We're a bunch of groupies," said Graham with a chuckle. "We go with [the Chmielewski Fun Time Band] to Branson, North Dakota, Wisconsin, you name it." These women and Chmielewski do not have a typical "star/groupie" relationship. In the first place, they take the bus together to the previously mentioned exotic locations and dine together at stops along the way. Second, they're all senior citizens (but so is Mick Jagger).
When Sawyer resident and award-winning author Jim Northrup began writing his "Fond du Lac Follies" column 22 years ago, he wasn't thinking about his columns providing an historical record of the changes in society on and off the Fond du Lac Reservation. He was just having fun venting his thoughts about life on the Rez, Northrup said. Case in point: "Hell just froze over because Fonjalackers got a per capita gambling payment. After almost 15 years of high-stakes bingo and gambling casinos, we got a check for $1,500 each," he wrote in 1995.
Could any student complain about a chance to read at school wearing pajamas and slippers on a cold winter's day? No one was groaning about reading during "Lounge Around and Read Day" Wednesday at Cloquet's Churchill Elementary. In fact, no one in Jen Owens' class was talking at all in the Rock and Roll lounge during a 40-minute break for reading.
Debate over next year's school calendar dominated discussion during the Cloquet School Board working session and meeting Monday night.