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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Author unknown This weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving Minnesota families a chance to discover fishing - with as little hassle as possible. While the DNR is not handing out bait or fishing rods, what they are doing is waiving the fishing license requirement for any Minnesotan (16 or older) fishing with a child aged 15 or younger. "This is a great opportunity to discover fishing," said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.
When Josh Pritchett of Cloquet was called to 'Come on Down' during a recent taping of the television game show "The Price is Right," he couldn't believe it. It was also so chaotic at the time, he never even heard those infamous words. "It's so loud," he said. "They hold up cards and I saw my name ... and all the guys I was with started pounding on me." So started Pritchett's "15 minutes" of fame. "Every person I've seen for the past couple days has asked me how it was," he said.
Two men were charged in Carlton County Court last week in connection with multiple burglaries at a Cloquet gas station in which more than $8,000 was stolen. Lucas Adam Johnson of Cloquet is charged with five felonies including one count of theft, three counts of burglary in the third degree and one count of possession/sale of stolen/counterfeit checks. Cody Allyn Anderson, 19, faces charges of theft and two counts of third-degree burglary in the incidents, which took place in mid-May. Johnson, 21, is a former employee of Northern Fuel of Cloquet, located at 703 Highway 33, according to Cloq
The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved more than $180,000 in budget cuts at Tuesday's regular meeting. The reductions will be used to eliminate the 2010 General Fund budget deficit Cloquet incurred as the result of a reduction from the state in the city's Market Value Homestead Credit of $170,435. The approved recommendations to make up those lost funds include a reduced contract with Cloquet Community Education, hiring fewer seasonal employees and paying those hired lower wages, leaving a part-time aide position at the library unfilled and no longer printing city council meeting minu
With the restored swim pond, a refinished band shell, new signage and a few big ideas, it almost seems like someone has an actual vision for Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. Turns out that someone is Frank Bartsch, Cloquet Community Education's recreation, aquatics and facilities coordinator. And while it may not be his vision alone, he's definitely viewing Pinehurst with an eye toward bringing it back to its former splendor as a community gathering place. "I've done some research on how it used to be," he said.
Citing recent unallotments in local government aid, Carlton city officials cut the position of full-time fire chief/emergency management director on Monday. The position, held by Steve White since January 2007, was slashed to keep Carlton's budget in check, according to Carlton Mayor Leola Rodd. "It's been a tough road and this is certainly not one of those cuts we wanted to have to make," Rodd said. "It's a sad thing." Monday was White's last official day on the job.
The second season of swimming at "The Beach" sand-bottom pond is set to commence on June 12. Recent confirmation that it is leaking water, however, has Cloquet city officials scrambling to get it fixed before then, if possible. "It's at the top of the list right now because we are losing water," said Caleb Peterson, assistant city engineer. "But [the pond] ran all last year with the leak.
Kudos to Cloquet officials for kicking their website phobia.
It's official. The city of Cloquet can finally be found in cyberspace. Their website, www.ci.cloquet.mn.us , is live after at least five years in the making. And although it may not be complete, plenty of information exists on the site, from all of the city's codes to city council member contact information to permit application forms. There is a section that answers frequently asked questions and a section for people to request e-mailed information including meeting minutes.
Two Cloquet men are facing charges after an alleged gang-related assault with a handgun last week in the parking lot of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Samuel Kyle White, 21, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and one count of crime committed for the benefit of a gang, all felonies. Nineteen-year-old Anthony James White, Samuel White's brother, faces one count each of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and crime committed for the benefit of a gang in the incident. At about 2:45 p.m.