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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.
Four Cloquet residents face criminal charges after they allegedly robbed a man who was selling them drugs in late February. The robbery reportedly took place Feb. 24 after an individual working with Cloquet Police and Carlton County Sheriff's officers received a call from Clarence Manuel Lozoya Jr., 18, who said he wanted to purchase approximately 2 ounces of high grade marijuana in exchange for $700. Detectives were situated so they could observe the interaction and watched as a white car arrived at the location.
A Cloquet man was sentenced Wednesday in connection with an incident in which he allegedly pointed a gun and threatened an employee in the parking lot at Super One Foods in November. Todd Edwin Tormanen, 22, will serve 180 days in Carlton County Jail and be on supervised probation for three years. He cannot enter Super One stores or contact the victim and must pay a $500 fine.
Angela Cope was getting ready for her daughter's birthday party Saturday when her phone rang. "They called and said the house was on fire," she said. "And it's not salvageable." Cloquet firefighters were called to the family's home at 105 10th St. at 11:35 a.m.
The process of seeking a local option sales tax is again under way after the Cloquet City Council unanimously approved a measure to that effect on Tuesday. In light of the city's budget crunch (see separate story on A2), and its recent regionally-focused projects, now is the time to consider it, according to Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren. "I've heard Hutchinson is going after it," he said. "Time is of the essence." The local sales tax likely would be a half-percent, Ahlgren said.
We can't move forward until you mail it back. So goes the slogan for the 2010 census, in which the aim is to count every living person in the United States and Puerto Rico - starting this month. With so much fanfare about why we should do it - it determines our state's federal funding, it affects the number of seats our state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives and it's mandatory, for example - perhaps the best part about doing it seems to have been lost in the fray.
A Cloquet man faces felony domestic assault charges after an incident which allegedly sent his girlfriend to the hospital emergency room on Sunday. Kevin Adam Liebeck, 27, was charged Monday in Carlton County Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation, felony third-degree assault, interfering with a 911 call, and misdemeanor domestic assault. According to the complaint, Liebeck went to his girlfriend's home in Cloquet on Sunday, and after starting an argument, he hit her, causing her to fall into a coffee table.