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The Carlton School District may have officially emerged from its Statutory Operating Debt (SOD) struggles at the end of fiscal year 2012, but only now does Superintendent Peter Haapala feel...
The fire on the evening of Dec. 1 swept through the house quickly and left Todd, Debbi and their two sons, Zack and Tory, alive and well -- Tory was at the open gym at Barnum High School and Zack was away at college -- but now they are homeless and without most of their belongings, which were reduced to ash in the fire.
In some ways, the world changes very quickly. I was reminded of that when Nelson Mandela died last week and I considered the tremendous changes that have occurred in South Africa during my life, which has been only half as long as his so far. When I was a waitress in London, England, in the 1990s, I worked with several South Africans (all white). Christian was a bartender who wanted to make films. Adrianna was a very intense waitress, funny and irreverent.
Temperatures across the Northland were as low as 20 below zero Wednesday morning, and things didn't get a whole bunch better as the day wore on. National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Kevin Huyck said the NWS had reports of -20 degrees three miles east of Wright, -19 in Moose Lake and southwest of Cloquet, -17 in the city of Cloquet and -16 in Scanlon Wednesday morning. Windchill was even lower -- feeling like between -20 and -40 degrees -- and the National Weather Service office in Duluth issued a rare wind-chill warning for the entire region until 6 a.m.
Cloquet residents opened their proposed 2014 property tax statements to find that county taxes are on the rise, school taxes are set to increase even more, but city taxes remain steady, even dropping in some cases. Cloquet City Councilors and Mayor Bruce Ahlgren unanimously approved a zero percent levy increase at Tuesday's Council meeting, for the second year in a row. Although the property tax levy is not increasing, the city's revenues and budget are both increasing (by around 8 percent) for 2014. Revenues are rising thanks to the state legislature, which reversed the trend of decreasing
It is easier to simply ignore the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Pretend that it -- and the people it allegedly treats -- do not exist. Their crimes are difficult to imagine, let alone discuss. For a long time, not many people did talk about the MSOP program ... and it grew and grew and grew. Now Minnesota leads the nation in the number of civilly committed sex offenders per capita (698).
Santa's Home for the Holidays parade Saturday evening is cancelled, due to the weather. Organizers issued this statement just before noon Friday: "Due to the likelihood of sub-zero evening temperatures and a substantial volume of participant cancellations, the Santa's Home for the Holidays parade in Cloquet on Saturday, December 7, 2013, has been cancelled.
Santa's Home for the Holidays organizers prefer to look on the sunny side of life, even with temperatures for Saturday's annual parade predicted at somewhere around zero degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what, the show -- well, the 6 p.m. parade down Cloquet Avenue downtown -- will go on.
When Cloquet's Amber Nichols headed outside with her measuring tape Wednesday morning, it showed 15 inches of snow in her back yard ... and the National Weather Service in Duluth was predicting an additional eight to 12 inches more on top of that. Cloquet Street Supervisor Les Peterson said the winter storm was keeping his crews busy. "Our plows came out at 4 a.m.," Peterson said 12 hours later. "Of course, the streets looked better at 4 a.m.
Cloquet's homegrown bluegrass band Saint Anyway has a new album and a new holiday, and local fans can celebrate both tonight in Carlton. The album is "Live in Duluth," a best-of compilation recorded over two days of live performances at Beaner's Central in West Duluth. The holiday?