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One arrested in stabbing outside Cloquet bar

A Cloquet man turned himself in Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed a man outside a bar on Cloquet Avenue Monday night. Cloquet police were called to Mike's Cloquet Bar & Lounge just before 9 p.m. Monday on a report that a man had been stabbed...

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A Cloquet man turned himself in Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed a man outside a bar on Cloquet Avenue Monday night.

Cloquet police were called to Mike's Cloquet Bar & Lounge just before 9 p.m. Monday on a report that a man had been stabbed with a knife, according to Cloquet Police Detective Darrin Berg.

The victim and suspect were gone when police arrived but they interviewed witnesses and found the victim, 24-year-old James J. Westerberg of Cloquet, at Community Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for a stab wound near the left side of his abdomen, Berg said. He had been released from the hospital as of Tuesday morning, according to Deputy Chief Terry Hill.

The wound was at least an inch deep and police reportedly recovered a six-inch knife with a fixed blade they believe was used in the incident.

Berg was still collecting reports, but said the two men knew each other and were in the bar before both went outside. He didn't know if either of them had been drinking alcohol.

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In addition to the stab wound on the victim, the suspect had a black eye as well as cuts and scratches on his face and hands, Berg said.

"I think a fight occurred," he said. "The suspect doesn't deny that [the stabbing] happened. He is saying it was a self-defense issue. Westerberg, on the other hand, is claiming he was attacked."

The suspect, a 29-year-old Cloquet resident, was arrested without incident at his Cloquet home around 11 a.m. Tuesday. He remains in Carlton County Jail on possible charges of felony second degree assault and terroristic threats and is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday. The Pine Journal generally does not name suspects until they are formally charged.

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