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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.
A Northland network of independent specialty clinics and primary clinics — including Raiter Clinic, Cromwell Medical Clinic and the Human Development Center in Carlton County — resolved a lengthy contract dispute with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota by capitulating to the insurance company's demand to negotiate with individual clinics only.
The results are in! The Cloquet High School One-Act Play Team competed in sub-sections at Duluth East High School on Jan. 28 and came home with a first-place finish. They now advance to section finals at Hermantown on Feb. 4 where the top six teams from section 7AA will compete, with the top team advancing to state competition on Feb. 9-10 in St. Paul. The team is performing the comedy “How to Kiss a Girl,” written by Wade Bradford. Dan Stein and Jodi Hodgson both return for a second year as directors.
Keep your eyes peeled for a resin medallion featuring a photo of a groundhog poking its head out of green grass, because the person who finds it will win nearly $500 in gift certificates to local Cloquet businesses. The medallion hunt kicks off Thursday, Feb. 2. Tune in to WKLK 96.5 FM or WKLK 1230 AM for daily clues between 7:25-7:35 a.m. Clues will also be posted on the websites for Cloquet Community Education, the city of Cloquet and WKLK after noon daily.
Earlier this week, MNsure announced a one-week special enrollment period (SEP) to give Minnesotans additional time to purchase health insurance and benefit from a new state law that provides an automatic 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market.
Ruby’s Pantry will be giving away a truckload of free paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, etc.) starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, inside the Cloquet Armory at the corner of Armory Road and Highway 33 near Super One Foods. No registration or income qualifications are necessary; supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Got questions? Call Sheila at 218-879-3380.
According to a USW report “Papered Over” published in August 2010, 33 workers were killed in USW-represented paper mills between Jan. 1, 2005 and July 1, 2010. Four died in explosions; two from scalding; one in a flash fire. Nine were killed by mobile equipment; seven by failures of fixed equipment.
The debate over consolidation between the neighboring school districts of Carlton and Wrenshall — which are just over four miles apart — isn't new. Last week the Wrenshall Board passed a resolution clarifying its position that the board supports two different consolidation options.
Scarbrough and board members also noted it was Paraprofessional Recognition Week. “We would be hard-pressed to deliver all the services that we offer in our school district without the help of paraprofessionals,” Scarbrough said. The next Cloquet School Board meeting starts with a work session at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the boardroom at Garfield School.
“As elections have become so malicious, people have decided ‘I don’t need that in my life,’” she said. “It may take time to evolve because the toxicity is so high, but I think it will happen.”