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“I think the skatepark will serve a different, wider variety of people [than the existing athletic fields and parks in the city],” he said. “When you go to skateparks, you see older skaters there with younger ones, parents and kids who don’t skate just watching. People are drawn to them. There’s a real social aspect.”
Also Monday, commissioners approved a five-year extension of the Work Force Center lease agreement. The vote was unanimous, but came after discussion of whether the county might be better served using that space for its new ACT mental health program, because there’s no room left in the County Public Health and Human Services building in downtown Cloquet.
The Fond du Lac project has its roots in a major federal court settlement agreement between federal regulators and Minnesota Power filed in court in July 2014. Minnesota Power agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty over alleged pollution-control violations and spend another $4.2 million on conservation and clean-energy projects including the Fond du Lac solar farm. The Duluth-based utility denied any wrongdoing in the case.
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Construction of the new Cloquet Middle School is on time and under budget, said Cloquet Schools Superintendent Ken Scarbrough. Heavy rains have caused some delays, but passersby can see the walls and roof of the swimming pool and gymnasium, which seemed to go up very quickly earlier this summer.
Of the 33 properties he and his staff inspected following the flooding, only 12 sustained the level of damage to qualify for some abatement of their taxes, if the board chose to do so. The state will not help property owners because the threshold to qualify wasn’t met, he said. All together, the damages on the 12 properties amounted to an estimated $222,300.
The county auditor is a little worried, however, about a dearth of people running for local office and wanted to remind people that they can file to run for all the local city (except for Cloquet), township and school elected positions through until Tuesday, Aug. 16. Prospective candidates should file with the appropriate city, township or school.
“We took close to 500 calls, from tree services to power companies to the general public, calls from everywhere,” Rodd said. “People were trying to get information, they had nowhere else to turn. It was a throwback to the radio days of old when radio was the only place to get live information.”
Ojibwe storyteller, Vietnam veteran, author, playwright, poet, cultural ambassador and family man Jim Northrup died Monday night from complications from cancer at his home in Sawyer. He was 73. A traditional fire was lit Monday night soon after Northrup died at his home, 1244 Northrup Road.The family welcomes visitors to the fire. A visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Sawyer Community Center, with a traditional Anishinaabe funeral at the center at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5.