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A Cloquet man has taken plea agreements in two separate assault cases that occurred on the same day in late January. In the first case, Jay Jordan Houle, 20, pleaded guilty last week to third-degree felony assault and had charges of aggravated robbery and second-degree assault dismissed. In that incident, Houle was accused of assaulting someone who had come to his home to collect a debt. He allegedly wielded a knife, told the victim to give him money and ultimately hit the man over the head with a shovel, court documents said.
It takes a lot to get Cloquet resident Dave Berthiaume away from the environment where he's most comfortable. "I was born and raised in the woods," he said with a laugh this week. It was that love of the woods and his logging business, however, that got him on his first commercial plane ride to the beach in Hilton Head, S.C., last week. Berthiaume and his wife, Cindy, took the trip to be honored as the 2010 National Outstanding Logger by the Forest Resources Association. "It almost seems like [the trip] didn't happen," Dave said.
Scanlon officials came to the table last week to engage in talks that could result in their volunteer fire department joining the recently created Cloquet Area Fire District. "We are about as committed as we could be for one meeting," said Scanlon Mayor Jim Putnam last week. The meeting involved members of the Cloquet Area Fire District Board, Scanlon and Cloquet city officials and Scanlon volunteer firefighters. "We see things here that could be of immediate benefit even before we have a formal agreement," Putnam said.
A Kettle River man accused of assault after he found his wife with another man last November was sentenced Wednesday in Carlton County Court. In February, Kailo Alton Aho, 33, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of terroristic threats as part of a plea agreement. He had many charges dismissed including pistol possession without a permit, reckless handling of a firearm, carrying a pistol under the influence, fourth-degree driving while impaired, pointing a gun at a person, fifth-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal damage to property.
How in the world, or in this case, the state, has Cloquet been passed over time and time again when it comes to letting residents decide whether to establish a local city sales tax? Hermantown has a local sales tax through the Minnesota Department of Revenue, as does Proctor and Two Harbors. The city of Duluth somehow found a way to impose and administer its own local taxes. And those are just the cities in this area.
Last Wednesday Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren hand-delivered a resolution to state legislators in St. Paul seeking permission to put a city sales tax to a vote this fall during the General Election. It's an approach he, city councilors and administrators are hoping will catch the attention of legislators, who have not approved Cloquet's previous bids for the tax in the past decade. City officials actually gave up on the city sales tax several years ago after failing to get the nod from the state.
Cloquet resident Donna Tanner can't wait for April 12. That's the day she's going in for surgery. "It can't come quick enough," the 53-year-old said this week. For Tanner, it's a surgery that will most likely dramatically change her life. As recently as three years ago, Cloquet resident Donna Tanner was, in a word, active. She worked 45 hours per week for Builders Commonwealth and enjoyed gardening and walking. "I used to do everything," she said. Then out of nowhere Tanner suffered a massive stroke that nearly took her life. "They weren't sure if I would make it," she said.
A Carlton County corrections officer and former sheriff's deputy allegedly involved in a drunken one-vehicle rollover resulting in injuries last October made an initial appearance in Carlton County Court Monday. Michael John Laveau, 29, appeared in front of St.
A Cloquet resident and employee at the Mexico Lindo restaurant was charged this week after an alleged sexual assault at an apartment above the restaurant in Cloquet. Efren Aguilar Avila, 25, faces two counts of felony fourth degree criminal sexual conduct for the incident, which reportedly took place on March 5. According to the complaint, an adult female contacted authorities on March 6 and reported the assault.
Ask Kevin Hamre what this spring's Cloquet High School play will be and he'll happily tell you, "I don't have a clue." And he means it - but he's far from clueless. The play is actually titled, "I Don't Have a Clue," and it's great fun, according to Hamre, who chose the production as his second show as play director at the school. "It's a murder mystery comedy that's full of action," he said.