Work on the new Essentia Health Clinic in Cloquet is underway. The health care system held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Nov. 22.

The new clinic will be located on the site of the former Driftwood Motel along Minnesota Highway 33. It will encompass 10,000 square feet and feature primary care service as well as urgent care, physical therapy, lab and radiology services and future specialty outreach care.

According to Essentia, there are about 600 families in Carlton County who travel outside the area to utilize Essentia's services who will be able to receive care closer to home when the clinic is completed.

The building is slated for completion in the summer of 2020.