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Chances are, most of you who were around for the devastating Cloquet hail storm of August 2000 will remember exactly where your car was parked at the time the big storm hit. I remember I had just leased a brand, new Mercury Cougar a couple of weeks earlier and had it parked on Ninth Street that day, just around the corner from our newspaper office on Cloquet Avenue. The afternoon had grown so dark and the big storm struck so suddenly and intensely, there was absolutely no question of dashing out to the car in time to move it under cover.
There's a new day dawning for the staff and residents of Horizons Assisted Living in Cloquet and Barnum. Owners and founders Don and Elisa Proulx closed on a purchase agreement last week that transferred ownership of the five-facility assisted living operation to New Perspective Senior Living, a Minneapolis-based company with facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin as well. "They have a very solid reputation and have won awards for employee retention," said Don Proulx.
I felt a wave of exhilaration course though my system as I flew along the streets of Two Harbors in the midst of the "peloton" (a term used in big-time bike races to describe the cluster of bicyclists who ride together in a tight group). For the first time in recent memory (if ever), I felt as though my road bike was actually a part of me. I was flying down hills, leaning into the corners and my pedals were absolutely flying.
Cloquet resident Audrey Senarighi held her breath last week as Hurricane Felix, the second Category 5 hurricane to make landfall this season, was bearing down on the southern end of the small country of Belize. For Senarighi, the memories of Hurricane Dean were still too poignant - and far too close to her heart..... Senarighi, a Cloquet resident and program manager for Kids Corner School Age Childcare, was part of a mission team from Asbury United Methodist Church that departed Aug. 18 for the small island country.
The Cloquet Fire Department has added a critical new tactic to its already-potent life saving capabilities. The department's Technical Rescue Team was formed just under a year ago in response to requests from Sappi and other local industries for specialized rescue capabilities in high and low level and confined space rescue.
A motion to rescind the 25-foot minimum smoking restriction in Carlton County's newly-instated smoke-free ordinance never got off the ground at Tuesday's meeting of the Carlton County Board. At the request of a group of local bar owners, the board had held a public hearing on Aug. 27 to consider input on the restriction. At issue is the part of the ordinance that states smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of the entrance to any public building or place of work or any of the air ventilation ducts that service that building. Since the state smoke-free law, which takes effect Oct.
Summer's never over until Cromwell hosts its annual Harvest Fest - and it's coming up this weekend! Slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-9, all events will be held at the Cromwell Park Pavilion, located at the intersection of highways 210 and 73 north of the railroad tracks. Friday will get the excitement started with a steak fry from 4:30-7 p.m. and Sno-Gopher's Cash Bingo from 7:30-9 p.m. The entertainment and fun will be nonstop all day Saturday.
There have been some strangers hanging around town lately - they're known as tourists. It seems tourism has seldom been considered a primary focus of the community of Cloquet, though its picturesque setting and natural assets are plentiful. Instead, Cloquet has traditionally been considered a working man's town over time, and economic development has been judged in terms of yard footage and prevailing wages. It seems the community has seldom deemed to view itself in the eyes of the outside world.
Not so very long ago, I read about a family who, on a car trip out west, paused to take a rest stop at a gas station - and ended up accidentally leaving one of their children behind in the rest room. I remember how angry it made me, wondering how a set of parents could be so careless, so heedless as to forget one of their own children.
Five juveniles are responsible for a Cloquet Country Club break-in early Friday morning, Cloquet police said Friday afternoon. Thanks to a tip from a Cloquet resident, detectives were able to find the boys, aged 13-17, who allegedly damaged the clubhouse and stole liquor, electronics and food. According to Cloquet Police Detective Darren Berg, the break-in to the clubhouse building is thought to have occurred sometime between the early morning hours of 1 and 5 a.m.