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A group of Cloquet teens is so determined to have a place to skate board, they held a meeting Tuesday at the former park in spite of a 43-degree temperature, 17 mile-an-hour wind and light rain. "I guess you could say we're committed," said Matt Anderson. Anderson is spear-heading the group of more than 20 people, ages 10-22, who propose building a new skate park near the bottom of the sledding hill at Pinehurst Park. "Part of the problem with the old park is that it wasn't visible and it was easy for people to use the area for crime," Anderson said.
A 39-year-old Carlton man charged last month with first-degree criminal sexual conduct had a second case brought against him last week. In the latest case, Scott Allen Thompson is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female relative several times just after she turned 18. He was charged last Friday with three counts of felony incest. According to the complaint, on April 23, a Carlton County investigator met with a young adult who said she moved to Thompson's house in 2005 when she was 17.
If Cloquet resident Kevin Palmer could speak to his grandfather beyond the grave, he would have a few questions for him. His grandfather, Harry Demars, was the mastermind behind holding a pea soup fundraiser in the early 1950s for a Cloquet Boy Scout troop, and the tradition has been passed down through the generations. "So, I grew up with pea soup," Palmer said. "But, I don't really know how it got started.
A Cloquet man is facing criminal charges after Cloquet Police detectives allegedly found a large amount of methamphetamine in his vehicle. Jonathan Henry Christian, 36, was charged last Friday in Carlton County District Court with one count of second-degree controlled substance crime for possession of meth and misdemeanor no proof of insurance by driver. According to the complaint: After Cloquet detectives received information that Christian had been making trips to southern Minnesota to purchase and bring back large quantities of the drug, they received a tip that he was going to make such
Two Esko residents who own the former Washington School building have filed suit in Carlton County District Court seeking more than $3 million in damages, saying Thomson Township officials caused "three years of intentional personal injury, willful and malicious conduct, and reckless indifference." The suit is filed against Thomson Township, Thomson Township Fire Department, John Gulland, Duane Grace and Jeffrey Juntunen regarding building codes and related issues at the Washington building, located at 1 N. Cloquet Rd.
A Carlton County corrections officer and former sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in an incident last fall involving a drunken one-vehicle rollover resulting in injuries. Michael John Laveau, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misdemeanor fourth-degree driving while intoxicated - .08 or more within two hours, and had charges of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and fourth-degree driving while intoxicated dismissed as part of a plea agreement. According to the agreement, Laveau, who lives in Cloquet, will receive a 90-day suspended jail sentence, two years on informal
A Carlton man was given a suspended sentence of nearly five years Wednesday for second-degree felony possession of 100 methadone pills - but not before Carlton County District Court Judge Dale Wolf expressed reservations about it. Wolf's concerns referred to the alleged fact that Robert James Vaillancourt, 48, was more than a man in possession of illegal drugs. "[Vaillancourt] was caught with substantial amount of product and the complaint says he was the dealer," Wolf said.
The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved a bid to reconstruct Selmser Avenue at their regular meeting Tuesday. They voted to approve a bid from Hammerlund Construction, Inc., for $742,000, to reconstruct the portion of Selmser from Highway 33 to 10th Street this year. The project was originally planned for last year, but due to budget concerns was delayed and made part of the 2010 Capital Plan and budget. The driving force behind it has been the desire to begin reconstructing some of the older residential area between Carlton and Prospect avenues.
An engineering and automation business has proposed building a 36,000-square-foot building on two of the four lots they've purchased in the industrial section of the Cloquet Business Park. Daqota Systems, a local company with offices in Cloquet's historic west end and in McKinleyville, Calif., has been working with the city for several years to secure a deal. In recent weeks, they provided a preliminary and final application which includes seeking tax increment financing (TIF) assistance.
A crew hired by the city of Cloquet struck power lines underground while digging Tuesday morning just before 11 a.m., causing a power line failure, according to Les Peterson, city street department supervisor. The city hired Northeast Technical to dig at the site near 1111 Cloquet Ave. to do environmental testing after the Cloquet City Council unanimously agreed to purchase the property in early April. The testing is part of inspection work to be done before the city spends $450,000 to purchase the property. "[Northeast Technical was] just doing what we told them to do," Peterson said.