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Roger Rentola and Bryan Dagel don't worry about waxing their rusty quirky vintage vehicles. They are, after all, rat rods. Unlike their more polished cousins in the antique and/or street rod family of older automobiles, shine is not necessary for a rat rod to stand out. Neither is a particular production year.
Carlton School Superintendent Peter Haapala got a happy message in his inbox Friday morning: The Minnesota Department of Education approved all three of the district's plans to get out of statutory operating debt (SOD) with no requests for changes. Now all they have to do is stick to the plan, once they know which one to follow: Plan A, B or B-1. And no one will know the answer to that until after the referendum vote Nov.
"Boozhoo niiji bimadiziig Hello my fellow human beings. Aaniin niij-anishinaabeg Hello my fellow Indians Bangii etago ninitaa Ojibwem idash I only know a little Ojibwe but Ninga gagwe abajitoon ji Ojibwemoyaan I'll try speaking Ojibwe. Jim Northrup niin indizhinikaaz Zhaaganashimong My name in the English language is Jim Northrup Chibenesi indigoo Ojibwemong I am called Chibenesi in Ojibwe. Makwaa niin nindoodem My clan is bear. Nagaajiwanong ishkoniganing niin indoonjibaa I am from the Fond du Lac Reservation Gwaaba'iganing indaa I live in Sawyer. Umpa O wasteween niwiw B
"It's hard to define a Rat Rod, because every builder has a different idea of what they want," Dagel said, when asked to define a Rat Rod versus a Hot Rod. "I see it as more of an expression of art, what you can come up with. Plus you don't have to polish and clean during a show -- just BS with everyone and have fun. It's pure fun, basically." This weekend in from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Mahtowa, the two members of the Peckerhead Rat Rod Club are hoping there will be hundreds of like-minded auto artists, who have made their own mobile collages.
The 19th Annual Tattoo You convention runs Friday through Sunday at Black Bear Casino. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day. Tattooing and piercing began at noon Friday, and registration for weekend tattoo contests starts at 4 p.m. Friday. Contests include the Worst Tattoo contest Saturday -- enter at 1 p.m. at Bem Peters of 570 Tattoo and Laser Removal Co. booth. (Winners will be announced at 6 p.m.) On Sunday, registration for the tattoo contest begins at 10:30 a.m.
A former Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College football player was arrested Saturday, Aug. 14, for possession of a felony amount of marijuana and fleeing police on foot. Terance Terrell Neal, 22, was charged in Carlton County District Court Aug. 17 with one count each of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, fleeing on foot and obstructing legal process. According to the criminal complaint, Minnesota State Patrol Trooper David Vereecken was on duty Saturday, Aug.
Cloquet City Council members and city staff held their third working session on the city's five-year Capital Improvement Plan and proposed 2011 budget on Tuesday, and it appears the city's 2011 proposed levy will increase by 3.92 percent, rather than the previously suggested 4.12 percent increase. Since the last meeting Aug. 3, city staff had worked to "scrub" portions of the Capital Improvement Plan. One of the most dramatic changes includes a large reduction in estimated costs for city permit tracking software, from $100,000 to $12,000.
Former Atkinson Township Supervisor Traci Ann Juntunen, 40, made her initial appearance Monday morning in Carlton County Court, in front of more than a dozen township members who sat in the first three rows of the courtroom. Because Juntunen said her retained attorney, David Keegan, could not be present, she represented herself during the very brief proceedings. Juntunen stated that she understood the charges filed against her - three counts of felony theft by swindle for allegedly submitting false claims for reimbursement while serving as township supervisor.
Cloquet Police Officer Scott Beckman can look forward to at least one homemade thank-you card next week. The card was created by 10-year-old Brianna Demers, whose bike was stolen last week during a rash of car prowls and garage burglaries. Demers' mother, Brenda Port, said her daughter was devastated when the bike was stolen. "The dog was growling around 1:30 a.m. but I ignored it," Port said. "My mistake. The next day we woke up and the garage door was up, the gate was open and Brianna's bike was gone.