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If the weather cooperates, July 4 promises to be a great day to spend at "The Beach," Cloquet's sand-bottomed pond in Pinehurst Park. Following the parade (which starts at noon), Pool Manager Frank Bartsch promised games and races for all ages, plus some very affordable treats. "We'll have root beer floats for 50 cents, hot dogs and chips for $1.50," he said.
Dave Dinehart has an idea for the Carlton School Board: Combine with the Wrenshall School District, make Wrenshall the high school for both districts and then make Carlton High School into a vocational school. "Not every student is fit for college," Dinehart said before the June 8 school board meeting. "But we have no vocational schools in this area.
Compared to the maze of road construction that defines travel through Duluth this summer, Cloquet looks pretty good. Of course, the folks who live off Selmser Avenue might not agree with that assessment. "Selmser is our big construction job this summer," said Caleb Peterson, assistant city engineer, adding that the project is supposed to finish by Aug. 27 (weather permitting). It's a project that's been on the city's "to-do" list for a long time. Peterson said a primary reason for tearing up Selmser was to replace all the city utilities, especially the storm sewers.
Duane Soukkala had a message for the folks at Monday's Carlton School Board meeting: "Blame me." Soukkala resigned in frustration from his school board seat 13 or 14 years ago, when the board voted to hire Dave Battaglia as full-time principal at the high school. Looking at the elementary school numbers back then, he said, it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the numbers (and the fact that the high school would have fewer students in the future). "You could see where the money was going to be in a few years," he said, expressing regret that he resigned instead of fighting poor fi
While the faces of the children holding a bake sale outside the Carlton High School last Thursday were all sunshine and smiles, the atmosphere inside at the Carlton School Board meeting showed signs of impending thunderheads. Thursday's school board meeting started out on task.
Cloquet Eagles Club President Jim Putnam remembers going to the Fourth of July fireworks in Cloquet as a kid. "That's a long time ago," said the recently-turned-60 area resident. It's a tradition that Putnam and other Eagles members think should continue.
The Cloquet boys' baseball team lost 8-3 to St. Anthony Village in the Class AA consolation round Friday morning. They close their season at 20-9. Check back later for more details.
By approving both a new development district and a new Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District Tuesday, the Cloquet City Council took one more step toward a deal that would help finance a new building in the Cloquet Business Park off Highway 33 north, just past Stark Road. Daqota Systems, a local engineering and manufacturing company with offices here and in McKinleyville, Calif., wants to build an 18,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing facility on two of the four lots they've purchased in the industrial section of the business park.
The same day the Pine Journal ran a story about scammers abusing the telephone relay service, intended for people with hearing or speech disabilities, a would-be scammer tried the trick on B&B Market in Cloquet.
Dem-Con Engineer Bill Keegan told Cloquet City Councilors Tuesday that the Dem-Con company would like to significantly expand a Cloquet landfill site (south of Interstate 35, between Highway 45 and 14th Street in Cloquet) currently owned by Ulland Brothers. Instead of the current permitted 332,000 cubic yards of demolition waste, Dem-Con is planning to ask the state and the city for a permit to accept up to 3-and-a-half million cubic yards of waste. That's a lot of trash. It is not, however, the kind of trash collected curbside in cities throughout Cloquet.