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If everything goes as planned, Dem-Con and Shamrock Companies will file their industrial landfill permit request with the city of Cloquet on Friday, Aug. 20. That filing will start the clock ticking, giving the city 60 days to process the permit request. While the jury's still out on the landfill proposal itself - no one wants to rush to a conclusion about any landfill - the city of Cloquet and Dem-Con staff should be commended for being so proactive with this process.
After a tumultuous summer, student enrollment in the Carlton School District (as of Tuesday night) was down by 11 students. Twelve students "left" the district, although only six of those had ever attended school there; the others have always open enrolled elsewhere or moved in from outside the district and chose to continue at their previous school.
It's been two months since the Carlton School Board discovered - via a letter from the state - that the district had not been keeping up with plans to get out of statutory operating debt (SOD). Since then board members have been scrambling, explaining and apologizing to citizens while working with a new superintendent to figure out what went wrong. At a meeting Thursday, Aug.
Little Caesars Pizza is aiming to open Tuesday, Aug. 17 in the Pine Tree Plaza, next to Blockbuster Video, said Josh Rapp, co-owner and manager of the carry-out restaurants in Duluth and Superior. Why Cloquet? "You come to this town and see all the traffic and the people moving around, it just made sense," Rapp said. "Plus we get a fair amount of people from Cloquet and Esko at our store in Duluth and they all ask us to open up in Cloquet." While Little Caesars is most famous for its $5 large "hot and ready pizzas," customers can also order deep dish pizza and/or crazy bread.
Some folks don't learn from their mistakes, at least not the first time. Cloquet police arrested Jonathan Henry Christian, 36, Sunday night for drug possession - while he was out on bail for a previous charge. Christian was charged April 23 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. He was charged again in Carlton County Court Tuesday, Aug.
Approximately 700 dancers and 33 different drum groups gathered for the 32nd annual Mash-Ka-Wisen Celebration of Sobriety Powwow last weekend at the Mash-Ka-Wisen powwow grounds in Sawyer on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Jim Mallery, Minnesota Indian Primary Resident Treatment Center Inc. administrator, was chair of the powwow. "The powwow honors everyone who is in sobriety and gives people an opportunity to celebrate that," Mallery said. "All powwows stress no drugs or alcohol - that's not what it's about - especially ours. That's what we do.
Close to 60 area residents filled the Cloquet City Council Chambers last Wednesday for an informational meeting on the expansion of a Cloquet landfill site (south of Interstate 35, between Highway 45 and 14th Street in Cloquet) currently owned by Ulland Brothers. Dem-Con and Shamrock Companies of Shakopee have arranged to purchase the 40-acre site from Ulland Brothers, which would continue to operate its adjacent gravel pit.
It wasn't as bad as some predicted. While statewide predictions for voter turnout had been as low as 12 percent, Carlton County saw close to 28 percent of registered voters come to the polls or vote via absentee ballot. "I can live with this," Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert said Wednesday morning. Voters in Carlton County sent two candidates for County Commissioner on to the general election in November, along with six candidates for Cloquet School Board, which will have three seats open.
As of 12:50 p.m. today, election judges at the Cloquet City Hall polling station had seen just under 10 percent of the registered voters for that ward come through the door. That's low, said election judge Marilyn Grabish. "We were told to expect between 15 and 20 percent," she said. "It's been slow, but steady." Unlike the last election, which featured a presidential race, there were no lines of waiting voters when they opened the polling station at 7 a.m. Polling places are open until 8 p.m. today.
Tuesday's primary is important While election signs are proliferating faster than dandelions right now, Carlton County Commissioner candidate Paul Vernon is concerned because his signs are disappearing almost as quickly. Vernon said a person or persons have removed approximately 30 of his signs, out of the 100 he's placed in yards around the county. One family actually saw a man take the sign from their yard. They described the man as being of average height with dark hair; he was wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap and driving a dark-colored SUV.