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The hallways at Pine Tree Plaza were crawling with kids, display boards and a mind-boggling array of inventions Friday, from an "aquachair" (think bean bag chair filled with water instead), a "napkin sleeve," a portable art canvas that folds up into something about the size of a paper towel roll but folds out into a proper painting surface, an all-season garden, a better gutter cleaner and dozens more inventions and games dreamed up by local elementary school students.
Cloquet High School senior Anja Maijala took second place in the Minnesota State High School League State Nordic ski meet today at Giant's Ridge, coming in close behind Ely senior Erin Bianco and ahead of third place finisher Erin Moening of St. Pual Highland Park. Bianco's combined time was 32 minutes, 20 seconds. Maijala was six seconds behind her, in 32:26.7. Moening's time was 32:49.6.
CEC's Thomas Heren finished in eighth place for his two runs at the Section 7 meet at Giant's Ridge Feb. 7. Eighth place was more than good enough to get the Esko sophomore to the state meet, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Giant's Ridge. Heren placed 15th at state.
A 69-year-old Apple Valley, Minn., man was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Cloquet. John Frederick Schultz was traveling south on Minnesota Highway 33 just before 10 a.m. and attempting to exit onto Interstate 35 when he lost control and ran off the road, down an embankment into a grove of trees, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release. Road conditions were snowy and icy.
Some 60 teenagers boarded two school buses in Cloquet early last Saturday morning and headed to regionals. They sported the proper uniform — shirts and ties for most of the guys, dresses or dressier shirts and pants for the gals — for what was certain to be fierce competition at the 65th annual Northeastern Minnesota Regional Science Fair.
All three audience members at the Cloquet City Council meeting Tuesday were there for a vote — on requests for increased hours and paper sludge at the industrial landfill near Hilltop Park — that was postponed at the request of the landfill owner.
Everyone is invited to a community meeting and discussion this afternoon on the future and purpose of Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in Carlton County. This community-led program was established to serve and support service members of any branch, veterans of any age and their families in order to unite and synchronize community support efforts. Carlton County and the city of Cloquet were officially proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Network by the state of Minnesota on May 26, 2014.
A 51-year-old woman who died in a devastating house fire north of Cloquet Thursday night has been identified as homeowner Sharyl L. Nelson. St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Wade Rasch said the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minn., was able to positively identify Nelson through her dental records. The home and attached garage at 3912 Highway 33 were completely destroyed.
The Cloquet Business Park has a new tenant with a familiar name. Best Oil Company purchased the former Cloquet Home Center Building on Jan. 25, which sits at the entrance to the business park and had been vacant since spring 2016. Cloquet Community Development Director Holly Hansen — who also oversees the business park — said the purchase of the Cloquet Home Center building by Best Oil will provide the company improved office space, vehicle storage and more efficient transportation access onto Highway 33.
It's cribbage league night at the American Legion in Cloquet and the regulars are lined up on the Cloquet Avenue side of the bar, waiting their turn to pay. As each person approaches organizer Chad Mackey, he or she hands over $10 and takes a playing card from the pile in front of Mackey. Mackey knows every person's name, and banters back and forth with many. "Can your kid play better than you?" Mackey asks one old-timer who says his son could be a substitute. "Why, I whupped his butt last week," the older man responds without hesitation.