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After several complaints from residents of the Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet police officers set up an undercover drug sting operation that resulted in the June 29 arrest of four people involved in the sale of crack cocaine. Tiago Antonio Gilbert, 19, and Henry Yakima Thinelk, 24, both from the Twin Cities area, and local residents Amanda Verle Reynolds, 20, and Little Fawn Fohrenkam, 27, were arraigned last Thursday, July 1, in Carlton County Court.
Cloquet police arrested two people Tuesday, June 29, who allegedly purchased three computers with cash at the Cloquet Walmart store and then attempted to return them - minus their hard drives and RAM memory cards - to the same store less than an hour later. Daniel William Goodremote, 37, and Debbie Marie Belland, 53, both of Grantsburg, Wis., were charged with felony theft of property with a value greater than $1,000 but not more than $5,000 last Thursday afternoon in Carlton County Court.
In one fell swoop, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is hoping to cut 10 percent off its current waiting list for housing. The brand new 24-unit Fond du Lac Supportive Housing development celebrated its grand opening June 24. In addition to townhome-style units for families, there is an apartment building with one-bedroom units and efficiencies ideal for individuals. All of the living spaces were built utilizing "green" technology and building practices.
Fire destroyed a double-wide modular home in Stoney Brook Township northwest of Cloquet Tuesday morning, leaving four adults and a two-year-old boy homeless. The home was located on Zhingo's Road just off Twin Lakes Road south of Highway 2. The home was a total loss. The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping the people left homeless after the blaze. "This is one of those situations that could have been a lot worse," said Tony Guerra, Northland American Red Cross Emergency Services Director.
Cloquet City Council members unanimously approved everything on the agenda with very little discussion in a seven-minute council meeting Tuesday.
Awanibiisaa is the Ojibwe word for "misty rain." It may have been one of the many words learned by the 400-some people who gathered for last week's Ojibwe Immersion Camp. Then again, maybe not. Because it was an immersion camp, the focus was more on conversational Ojibwe rather than rote drills. "We had 11 fluent speakers there," said Jim Northrup, one of four camp organizers. "As I was showing students how to make baskets, one of the fluent speakers was translating what I was saying. During another presentation, we even had a conversation between two fluent speakers.
The same week four area state legislators reported on the most recent legislative session's successes and failures in Cloquet, the cover story in Time Magazine was "The Broken States of America: How the financial crisis of the states affects all of us." With the exception of North Dakota and Alaska, states are hurting. As property values dropped, so did tax revenue. Public pension funds took a hit when the stock market tanked. Medicaid and welfare services are in greater demand because of more unemployed.
Last Thursday, gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and his running mate, State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon (DFL-Duluth) stopped for a brief visit with residents of Cloquet's Suncrest Senior Living Community. They were greeted with blueberry muffins and coffee, plenty of handshakes, and a number of questions.
In a move prompted by the resignation of high school social studies teacher Scott Battaglia, as well as a July 1 state deadline, the Carlton School Board laid off three teachers Tuesday night. One tenured elementary school physical-education teacher was placed on "unrequested leave of absence," while two probationary teachers at the high school did not have their teaching contracts renewed. The cuts came on top of cuts made in March, when two elementary teachers and a business teacher got notice their contracts would not be renewed. While community members protested that the district had pr
In 2007, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa ratified the Kyoto Protocol because, as Chairwoman Karen Diver said, signing the international agreement "fits with the Band's desire to reduce its carbon footprint and to increase our use of renewable energy." Last Friday, band members celebrated the grand opening of the first highly energy efficient building on the entire reservation: the Resource Management and Tribal Court Building. "LEED certification makes environmental and economic sense," Diver said in an e-mail to the Pine Journal.