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For the first time at its Cloquet facility, USG Interiors Inc. is laying off employees, according to Bill Schmitt, plant manager. "Twenty-five of the company's 425 workers will face layoffs this week," he said. "We're seeing a downturn in business, specifically the commercial construction market. Because of that, we're reducing our workforce almost 6 percent." Employees at the Cloquet plant are involved in all aspects of manufacturing acoustical ceiling tile that is shipped across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
A motion to approve tax increment financing (TIF) for a new housing development across from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College died during the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday. Council member Deb Hill made a motion to approve the measure, which would have allowed Blackhoof Development to use the increased tax revenue created by the project to finance some of the project. No one seconded Hill's motion for approval, therefore no vote was taken and it went nowhere. The proposed development consists of five 18-unit apartment buildings with 1-3 bedrooms.
All five people involved in an incident that culminated with a shooting on March 29 at a residence on the Fond du Lac Reservation are facing criminal charges. "I hate to open files on that many people, but in this case, it was warranted," said Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler. Last week, Francis Alan Martineau, 46, was charged with one count of felony second degree assault and one count of misdemeanor fifth degree assault in the incident which took place at his home on Whispering Pine Drive.
Nearly 100 years after the last city hall was constructed, and after 10 years of discussion about what to do about the run-down building, the city of Thomson has broken ground on a new facility. "The council finally decided to go ahead with a new, energy-efficient building on Dalles Avenue," said city council member Ann Gustafson. The one-story building, designed by Architectural Resources Inc. in Duluth, will incorporate a meeting area for 50 people, a kitchenette, an office and a restroom.
Ken Wisneski was "one of the good ones," according to Mark Berriman, publisher of the Stillwater Gazette newspaper. A 1951 Cloquet High School graduate, Wisneski died Jan. 28 after a nearly 50-year career in print journalism. Born on May 20, 1933, the quote in the high school yearbook for Wisneski read, "One man in his time plays many parts." Wisneski earned a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. After a few years in California, he settled in the St.