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Cloquet resident Josh Whitebird didn't set out to become a children's book author and illustrator. In fact, he sort of went out of his way to avoid it. But his first book, "Manoomin, a Wild Rice Adventure," is now for sale - and he already has two other books in the works. "I figure I've got nothing to lose," he said. The book is a colorful, illustrated tale of a girl named Miika (meaning beautiful in Ojibwe) and a boy named Mino (meaning good), who with "Papa" set out to harvest wild rice.
Carlton County Commissioners received a joint powers proposal from Twin Lakes Township and the city of Carlton just prior to the board's Tuesday morning meeting this week. Chairman Marv Bodie explained that the agreement addresses the role each of the three governmental entities would play in financing the engineering design of a water line extension leading from Carlton along the Highway 210 business corridor.
Often, when a crime is committed against another person, neither victims nor criminals feel satisfied when a case is resolved, according to Paul Mickelson, a Cloquet resident who has worked in state prisons since 1990. "Maybe once convicted, offenders have to spend some time in jail, but they often take no responsibility for their actions," he told volunteers Tuesday at the first meeting of the Carlton County Community Restorative Justice Program.
Just two days after he was sentenced in Duluth for felony assault, Davarquez Chavez Wheeler was arrested last week for attempting to rob a Cloquet detective. Wheeler, 21, was charged on Feb. 5 in Carlton County Court with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery and felony possession of a firearm. According to the complaint: Cloquet detectives had been advised that Wheeler was involved in numerous armed robberies during drug transactions in the Duluth area.
For weeks now, we've heard about Haitians struggling to find shelter, medical care, water and food after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12. We've also heard of heroic efforts by area residents, who have donated money, held fundraisers and in some cases, dropped everything to travel to the country and assist them with getting the help they need.
Cloquet city councilors unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday with Carlton County officials for the proposed County Human Services Building project. "At the city, we have agreed to take on certain aspects of the project," Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger said.
A Barnum man pleaded guilty Monday 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 is expected to serve three years on probation and one year at Northeast Regional Corrections Center. He will be sentenced March 1. Angell was allegedly involved in an armed robbery at TJ's Country Store in Mahtowa on Nov. 29.
A Cloquet man is facing felony charges of assault in two separate cases on the same day, one involving a stolen front-end loader and a large amount of snow. In the first case, Jay Jordan Houle, 20, is charged with aggravated robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree and assault in the third degree, all felonies. Fond du Lac police officers responded to a report of an assault and robbery that occurred at Houle's residence at 3201 Maple Dr. on Friday. The victim and his girlfriend went to Houle's home to collect a debt, according to court documents.
A Blackhoof Township man was charged with assault and obstruction among other crimes today after he allegedly barricaded himself in an outbuilding and fired a rifle in the direction of deputies Saturday. Tyrone Edward Demenge, 41, faces felony charges of first-degree assault, reckless handling/use/discharge of a weapon and two counts of terroristic threats in addition to misdemeanor counts of obstructing the legal process and domestic assault. He was charged in Carlton County District Court. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office received a call about 4:30 p.m.
When Jerry Maunu's ancestors homesteaded land in rural Esko more than 100 years ago, they painstakingly cleared it for agriculture.