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Gone are the days when many northern Minnesota towns boasted at least one ski jump. Now Cloquet and Coleraine are the only places north of St. Paul that still offer this most daring Nordic sport.
It's time for kindergarten roundup! If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, it's time to register for kindergarten. Registration is Tuesday, March 13 at Churchill Elementary School from 8:45-10:20 a.m. or 12:45 to 2 p.m. Registration is Thursday, March 15 at Washington Elementary School from 8:45-10:20 a.m. or 12:45 to 2 p.m.
Members of the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce gathered for the business organization's annual banquet and awards ceremony Thursday, Feb. 22.
While results of a new budget report were mostly positive, the Cloquet School District is still looking at a budget deficit for 2017-18. The Cloquet School Board approved a revised 2017-18 budget Monday, Feb. 26, showing a $737,909 deficit for the year. On a positive note, that number was much lower than the $1.6 million shortfall predicted in June. However, it's a moving target. District Finance Director Candace Nelis said the school district projects expenditures to be higher, so it ends up spending less.
Carlton County is suing to get compensation for all the additional expenses — for the sheriff's department and county jail, the courts and health and human services — caused by opioid addiction. On Monday, Feb. 26, Carlton County commissioners voted unanimously to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers, joining a number of counties from around the state and other cities and counties units across the country. There is no fee to the county for joining the lawsuit; if the lawsuit is successful, the attorney fee would be 25 percent of the award.
Missing your daily winter sports fix now that the Olympics are over? Head to Cloquet, where the annual Cloquet City Ski Meet is this Sunday, March 4, at Pine Valley where you can watch and admire or participate. The competition is for all ages and all skill levels. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and continues until shortly before the beginning of the event. Costs are $5 for students to ski and $10 for adults. Jumping costs are $2 a hill.
After a winter that has delivered plenty of cold temperatures, but not much snowfall, the Northland has been walloped two weeks in a row. First, there were three days of heavy snow Feb. 18-21 that dropped anywhere from 6-14 inches in Carlton County. Residents got busy again Sunday, Feb. 25, digging out from a storm system that dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region, although less than that locally.
This year’s Robert Rodd Memorial Scholarship Costume Hockey Game is Saturday, March 3, at the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton. It features alumni players dressed up like it’s Halloween to play hockey. Game starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $4 for children age 5 and younger and includes the game, dinner (turkey gravy or Swedish meatballs) and entry for prize drawings. Dinner will be served from 1-6 p.m. with a cash bar.
As a result of the alleged theft of a check intended for a Fond du Lac Reservation bike path, Fond du Lac tribal councilor Vanessa Northrup is now facing a legal case from one direction, and the ire of her band members from the other.
Like the story of "The Little Engine That Could," the word "can't" doesn't appear to be part of 9-year-old Kaden Gariepy's vocabulary. Especially when it comes to the historic train that makes its home in Cloquet's Fauley Park.