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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?
Some residents of northern Carlton and southern St. Louis counties will see a new tax for 2014: an ambulance service tax, courtesy of the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD). The cost of the new tax is roughly $10 per $100,000 of property value, which means $12 per year on the average $120,000 home. CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder sees it as an issue of fairness. "Up to now, the three fire district members (Cloquet, Perch Lake and Scanlon) have been subsidizing the ambulance service for the other areas," Schroeder said. "Before the fire district, it was Cloquet that subsidized other areas ...
When Charlie Boedigheimer was a middle school student in Cloquet, he attended at least one class in the bowels of the oldest part of the school, in a room where furnace ducts hung low enough from the ceiling for students to sign their names. "It's a storage room now," said Boedigheimer, now lead janitor at Cloquet Middle School. "It was deemed unusable over the years by the Fire Marshall ...
Forget wine tastings, Kris Papas has an alcohol-free alternative for kids and adults -- honey tastings! In fact, she held an impromptu tasting at the beekeepers' booth during last summer's Carlton County Fair. Like wine, honey takes on flavors from its surroundings. "I opened five or six jars," Papas said, rattling off the honey types, "... basswood, choke cherry, wildflower, clover." The she smiled. "Goldenrod tastes good but it smells like dirty socks," Papas adds, noting that beekeepers will often let their bees keep the goldenrod honey to get them through the winter.
Game Galaxy has opened a store at 905B Cloquet Ave. (two doors down from Mexico Lindo) in Cloquet, following the success of the company's Duluth store at 18 W. First St. A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting event was held Nov. 5, shortly after the store opened in Cloquet. Game Galaxy sells, buys and/or trades new and used video games from retro (think Nintendo 1984) to modern-day game systems.
The $170 million "Project Athena" is complete and Sappi Fine Paper Managing Director Rick Dwyer is retiring. Dwyer has been replaced by Mike Schultz, a former mill managing director who directed the recently completed conversion project, which transformed Cloquet's pulp mill from producing hardwood kraft pulp to chemical cellulose.
Cloquet Police are asking for the public's help to help them solve a Veterans Day burglary at CornerStone State Bank, 1516 Cloquet Ave. Burglar(s) used a brick and a rock painted with pink and white hearts and the name "Christen" to shatter a large plate-glass window near the bank's drive-through lane at approximately 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill, and steal an undisclosed amount of cash.