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Proposed Cloquet Library project advances

The proposed Cloquet Public Library's estimated $2.3 million renovation and expansion project has moved another step closer to reality.

The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday, March 19, with Meyer Group Architecture in Duluth for engineering and architectural services.

The council agreed to pay Meyer Group $123,000 for services relating to the design and construction of a library addition.

In December, Cloquet received a $784,000 library construction grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to expand the 12,000-square-foot facility by 7,000 square feet.

Cloquet City Administrator Aaron Reeves said the city would pay itself back for the services when it bonded for the remainder of the money.

He also said that if cost estimates came back higher than expected, the city can still put a halt to the project. In that scenario, the city would still owe $123,000, which would come from the city's library or general funds.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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