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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.
A Moose Lake woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she failed to register her dogs as dangerous. Nicole Hlvaka was arraigned in Carlton County District Court on two misdemeanor citations for failing to register two alleged dangerous dogs. On April 27, neighbors called to complain about Hlvaka's two dogs chasing their dogs on the complainant's property.
When Dale Heaton started his job with the Minnesota State Patrol, all he had for equipment in his patrol car was emergency lighting, a radio and a "really big first aid kit." "It was pretty basic," he said.
The Texas resident who was running marijuana through Carlton County -- with a caricature of the fake saint of drug smugglers hanging from his rear view mirror -- received a suspended sentenced in April. Jorge Gutierrez-Salazar, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree possession of a controlled substance on April 21 as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced the same day. Salazar was given a 21-month prison sentence, all of which was suspended, and will spend three years on supervised probation. He also was sentenced to 107 days in jail and given credit for 107 days served.
Two dogs taken from a Moose Lake Township home after the latest complaint by neighbors has the owner waging a campaign to get them back. A flier has been circulated through e-mail recently with a subject line reading: "Urgent! Please help us save Conrad." Conrad is an 8-year-old red Australian cattle dog, and the one at the center of the dispute. Both Conrad and another dog owned by the woman are at Friends of Animals Humane Society of Carlton County in Cloquet.