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City Community Development Director Holly Butcher sent out 260 meeting invitations last week. It's just one way of getting a full house for a public informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cloquet City Hall on a pending landfill request. "This is a 'hey guys, what do you think, what are your concerns' kind of meeting," explained Butcher, who's been very proactive about preparing the city to deal with the landfill permit, which actually hasn't yet been requested.
For the past four or five years, long-time Cloquet resident Dorothy Green has allowed the Cloquet Youth Baseball Softball Association to use her field for T-ball and coach-pitch baseball games. Now the field bears her name, a fact made official by a sign on the backstop. Jodi Lorenz, CYBSA board member, said the league has 185 kids playing the two youngest levels of baseball.
Monday morning was the first time ever that all three of Cloquet's hockey stars - Corey Millen, Derek Plante and Jamie Langenbrunner - signed autographs together. Current New Jersey Devils captain and 2010 Olympic silver medalist Langenbrunner last appeared with Derek Plante in 1999 with the Stanley Cup (both were on the Dallas Stars team that won the cup in the 1998-99 season). And Langenbrunner, who graduated from Cloquet High School in 1994, remembers going to events featuring Plante (Class of '89) and Millen (Class of '82) before he joined them in the ranks of the NHL.
Cloquet native Catherine Wagner figures her earliest memory of eating at Gordy's Hi-Hat is around 1963. "That's when you just drove up and walked to the window to order," she said, adding that she has lots of memories of Cloquet's most famous burger joint. Her husband, Chris Wagner, grew up in the Twin Cities but recalls his first visit was around the same time. "A lot of times we'd debate stopping at Tobie's [in Hinckley] but if it was the right time of the year, we'd wait for the Hi-Hat," Chris said.
Cloquet resident Clarence Manuel Lozoya Jr., 18, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Carlton County Court for felony first-degree aggravated robbery. The robbery took place Feb. 24 after an individual working with Cloquet Police and Carlton County Sheriff's officers received a call from Lozoya, who said he wanted to purchase approximately 2 ounces of high grade marijuana in exchange for $700. Detectives were situated so they could observe the interaction and watched as a white car arrived at the location.
Scanlon Mayor Jim Putnam is proud of the city's long tradition of having an all-volunteer fire department, but he's also trying to be practical about the city's future. The way Putnam sees it, that future should probably include membership in the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD). "Our volunteer fire department has been and still is very good," Putnam said, "but most of the volunteers don't live in Scanlon and most of them have day jobs. ...
The object of disc golf - like traditional golf - is to get to the target in the fewest shots.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After spending the summer embroiled in community meetings, Carlton School Board members have arrived at the exact perimeters for this November's vote on an operating referendum for the district. At Monday's regular board meeting, board members announced the referendum will ask for $1,100 per pupil unit for seven years. That amounts to an increase in property taxes on a $100,000 home of approximately $140 per year.
The last time the Northern Communities Land Trust (NCLT) tried to tap into state funding for housing rehab and resale in Cloquet, the state denied the request, saying there needed to be local support first. Well, with the approval of a $90,000 grant by the Cloquet City Council July 6, the folks at NCLT think they've got a good chance of leveraging that money to gain more grants and low-interest loans to help pay the costs of purchasing, renovating and selling six homes in Cloquet. The mission of NCLT is to provide quality, permanently-affordable housing in the region.
John Buskala began last Thursday morning by helping 95-year-old Helen Drewlow choose a pair of diamond earrings to buy with her birthday money. Next he helped her put them in, carefully threading the earrings through pierced ears that had partially grown shut. Buskala then cautioned Helen and her daughter, Donna Myhre of Barnum, to keep the holes and earrings clean, after he carefully wiped them off himself. Make no mistake. Buskala's Jewelry is not a mall jewelry store, or a place that specializes in piercings, or even a swanky, high-priced place where customers talk in hushed voices.