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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.
A Carlton resident went to prison this week for his involvement in the armed robbery of a Mahtowa convenience store last year. Zachary Scott Moehrke, 19, will serve three years in prison with credit for 93 days served at the Carlton County Jail. He may also have to pay restitution, which had not been determined as of this week. On Nov. 29, Moehrke used a handgun to rob TJ's Country Store of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Cloquet City Council members, city administrators and members of the public attended a special meeting Monday afternoon to discuss strategy regarding the Governor's 2010 proposed $405,000 budget cuts to the city. City officials already dealt with $449,000 in cuts to the 2010 budget announced last year and the way they see it now - the latest proposed cut is another symptom of a larger problem. "We need to prepare for the idea that local government aid (LGA) may go away altogether," said City Administrator Brian Fritsinger.
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club member arrested in Carlton last summer pleaded guilty to a felony as part of a plea agreement last week. Jeffrey Paul Amato, 43, of Larchmont, N.Y., pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and had charges of receiving stolen property, refusing to submit to a chemical test and driving under the influence dismissed in court last Wednesday.
Food Farm's fresh organic vegetables, grown by John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt of Wrenshall, are already well-known around Carlton County and the Duluth area. Thanks to their "outstanding farming practices," some 2,700 organic farmers around the world are now aware of them too. Last week, John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt were presented with the 2010 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farmer of the Year award during the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wis.