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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.
Cloquet resident Jessica Tuttle understands what people go through when one of their family members is deployed by the military. Tuttle is engaged to Andy Hayes, a mechanic with the Air National Guard in Duluth who has been deployed twice, which was difficult for her, to say the least. "I was an emotional basket case," she said with a smile. "It's a little embarrassing, actually to think about it now.
A Level 3 predatory offender who reported a change of address last year was arrested on a parole violation and is back in prison, according to Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake. Christopher Steven Ash, 36, wasn't living where he said he was living, according to Lake. Ash, who is required to report his address, told authorities last year that he had moved from Esko to Central Hall Road in Sawyer Township.
On any normal day, Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake would not be found plunging into the frigid waters of Lake Superior. But on Saturday, she hardly noticed the cold. "It was the first time I've done it, but I'm already looking forward to next year," she said. Lake took a leap into the water as part of the Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota.
A Barnum man was sentenced last week in connection with a robbery in Mahtowa last November. Cameron Alden Angell, 19, pleaded guilty to an amended count of second-degree felony aggravated robbery, aiding/abetting, and had one count of felony aiding and abetting second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon dismissed as part of a plea agreement. He was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and sentenced to one year at the Northeast Regional Correction Center.
Up until now, if you wanted to know what kinds of crime occurred in your Carlton County neighborhood, you had to check with a law enforcement agency, the court report or rely on neighbors for information. Not anymore. Thanks to federal grant dollars, you can now find it on the Internet. Crimemapping.com, a Web site used in Duluth for over a year, is now accessible to much of Northeastern Minnesota. Nearly 40 law enforcement agencies that belong to the Northeast Law Enforcement Administrator's Council (NLEAC) subscribe to the service, including Cloquet, Fond du Lac and Moose Lake police dep
With the message this week from Gov. Tim Pawlenty that a huge chunk of state funding to cities is on the chopping block, Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger expressed dismay - and not only about the cuts. "We need to get the word out to the public and engage them in a way we haven't before about our dire situation," he said Tuesday. Budget cuts and city/county services are not words that inspire most people. Let's face it - most of us don't want to think about that kind of thing.