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Last weekend I came out of the closet -- with an armload that included an old Christmas sweater, two pairs of mom jeans and a maternity top from 1997. I'd been aware of the need for an organize-the-closet day, but had been avoiding the task. Now I was (finally) coming clean, much to my own surprise. I hadn't planned to spend the day sorting through my impressive collection of leg warmers and shoulder-pad-laden blouses, but I woke in the morning with an inexplicable desire to reinvent the bedroom closet.
As a now-defunct tower is removed in Pine Valley, Cloquet City Councilors and Mayor Bruce Ahlgren voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T) cell phone company to install a 190-foot mono-pole tower on city-owned land north of Carlton Avenue and west of Scanlon Way. A public hearing was held at the Cloquet Planning Commission meeting Oct. 8, and commission members unanimously recommended the council approve the CUP.
One suspect pleaded guilty Monday, while another faces new charges after the pair allegedly robbed two young teenage boys of their shoes, wallets and a cell phone Aug. 18 when the boys were walking down Doddridge Avenue in central Cloquet. Kamal Jamalludin Fardan, 21, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting simple robbery Monday in Carlton County Court during a settlement hearing. "His involvement was pretty minimal," said defense attorney Joanna Wiegert, noting that Fardan doesn't have much criminal history as well.
Charges of theft against a Carlton County transfer station worker took a surprising turn last week when a man who burglarized her home twice in the fall of 2010 claimed he took cash from her home far in excess of what he was convicted of stealing. Joanne Marie Wappes, 63, of Cloquet is charged with felony theft of public funds and theft by swindle -- of sums that allegedly could add up to more than $1 million, according to the criminal complaint and previous hearings -- after an investigation by her supervisors and the Carlton County Sheriff's Office revealed Wappes allegedly was manipulating
Nurse Valerie Zack doesn't usually watch medical shows on television because it's too frustrating. "They're not that accurate and they glamorize," Zack said. "And sometimes they show doctors doing procedures they would never do." "They're soap operas with doctors," added fellow emergency nurse Cheryl Schilla. Besides, Zack and Schilla don't need to look to television for exciting medical care -- as emergency room nurses at Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Cloquet, all they have to do is go to work.
Thumbs down to the continued government shutdown. Can anyone say irresponsible brinksmanship? Washington, D.C.
Carlton County transfer station worker Joanne Marie Wappes, 63, of Cloquet made her third appearance in Carlton County Court Wednesday, on the heels of Tuesday's release by the county of a list of previous complaints issued against her during the course of her employment. Wappes, appearing once again without an attorney, faces charges of theft of public funds and theft by swindle. Wappes told Judge Robert Macaulay that she was planning to hire an attorney from the Twin Cities area, and the judge reset the hearing for two weeks, on Oct.
A Cloquet woman has been charged with stealing from her employer, Best Oil Company. Lori Ann Kelley, 43, was charged in Carlton County Court Sept. 4 with three counts of felony theft, with each count covering a different six-month period starting in January 2012 and running through June 25 of this year. According to the criminal complaint, Kelley would allegedly take receipt of payments at the business and allegedly take payments for herself.
Practice makes perfect. Cloquet River Run race director Yvette Maijala credits a practice one-mile run/walk at Churchill School last Tuesday for spurring a greater number of children to run in Saturday's one-mile and 5K races. "I think that run/walk earlier in the week really stoked the kids," Maijala said. "A lot of them realized, 'Hey, I can do this.' We had an amazing turnout of younger kids." And that's really what the Cloquet River Run is all about -- the kids.
When Travis Blacketter enrolled in geographical informational systems (GIS) studies at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, the 36-year-old wildland fire fighter had no idea it would lead to a six-week internship at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility in Alabama. "I've been a complete blue collar worker my whole life," Blacketter said. "Marine Corps, wildland fire ...