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A 39-year-old man was charged last week in Carlton County District Court with repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of 13 months ending last September. Scott Allen Thompson of Carlton is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Thompson assaulted the girl several times a week in a Carlton residence from September 2008 until October 2009. On March 17, during an interview with a Carlton County Sheriff's officer, the girl said that around the time she hit p
The city of Cloquet will look a little spiffier come April 24. That's the day some 90 young people and adults will hit the streets for five hours as part of Operation Cleanup, a fundraiser organized by area chapters of Young Life and Wyldlife. Cloquet City Councilors unanimously and enthusiastically approved the measure at Monday's meeting. Mayor Bruce Ahlgren said in a news release that the timing of the event was ideal.
A special meeting of the Cloquet School Board was held Monday to determine whether a teacher's absences due to a family death should be recorded as sick days, personal days or "deduct" days. It was the first time anyone could remember such a problem warranting a special school board session. "First of all, this is highly unusual for this [type of grievance] to come to this level," said Evan Sandstedt, regional union representative for Education Minnesota.
The Cloquet City Council unanimously agreed Monday to spend $450,000 on property along Cloquet Avenue as part of the project to build a new Carlton County human services center. The council agreed to purchase the entire property at 1111 Cloquet Ave., known as the Royal Building, owned by Wes Vork, which completes the acquisition process for the project.
A resident from Perch Lake Township came to the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday and exercised his right at the beginning of the meeting to make public comments. During his three-minute time limit, he complained about "the government." He said he'd been informed that the fire departments in Cloquet and Perch Lake had been combined and that he was on the verge of "getting taxed out of his house." "People are going to revolt," he said.
Police arrested the alleged ringleader of a widespread Northland marijuana-growing operation last Thursday. And then they released him last Friday. Donald Foote, 40, of rural Duluth was arrested just before 10 a.m. in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street in Duluth after being stopped by a University of Minnesota Duluth officer, said Brad Wick, Duluth police information officer.
The Cloquet man who allegedly wielded a rifle in a threatening manner against a late-night snowplow driver accepted a plea agreement on Monday in Carlton County District Court. Mark David Lassila, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats and had one count of second-degree assault with a weapon dismissed. Although the charge of terroristic threats is a felony, Lassila will be sentenced as if it were a gross misdemeanor non-weapon offense under the plea agreement.
It may have been built as a residential home, but the home at 3757 County Road 11 in Barnum Township was uninhabitable, according to documents filed in Carlton County Court last week. "I was told the house was hollowed out and marijuana plants and growing equipment encompassed the entire home," said Michael Boese, assistant county attorney. On March 25, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies found an indoor hydroponic marijuana growing operation at the residence with 325 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and 2 pounds of the processed drug.
A very early fire season has had firefighters from all over Carlton County hopping. "We've had at least one or two fires a day for the last couple weeks," said Dan Grindy, area forestry supervisor for the Cloquet DNR office. In fact, as of Wednesday afternoon, he recorded 25 wildfires in the area between southern St. Louis and Carlton counties. One only needs to drive along Highway 210 from Carlton to Wright to see the after-effects of several of them. Burned patches can be seen alongside the road with one of the most recent fires to leave a mark along the corridor near Iverson.
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.