The District 1 RBC representative is accused of signing and depositing a check into her personal bank account that was intended for a reservation project. The check in question was for $2,000 from the University of Minnesota to the FDL Band to help with construction of a new bike trail in August 2016.
Deja vu, anyone? The Cloquet City Council adjourned into a closed meeting Tuesday to discuss allegations of law enforcement personnel misconduct. In March 2017, a similar closed meeting resulted in the suspension of then-Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek, pending an investigation. The Tuesday meeting, on the other hand, resulted in a 5-2 vote (councilors Kerry Kolodge and Roger Maki dissenting) to deny an appeal by the Citizen Advisory Board, a three-person board that has historically worked with the police chief on hiring, complaints and discipline within the department.
The most controversial agenda item at the Tuesday, July 17, Cloquet City Council meeting was the proposed 57-apartments planned for the former middle school building. A public hearing on the project was held at the Cloquet Planning Commission meeting last week. The Commission recommended unanimously that the Council approve a change to the land-use portion of the comprehensive plan and rezoning from public/semi-public to moderate-to-high-density residential.
Sitting at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 33 and Cloquet Avenue, a glance to the east reveals the world's only working Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station, the red-brick post office and a wide avenue hinting at many businesses and green spaces stretching down blocks of downtown Cloquet.
At the time of the 1918 fires, Thomson Township had been settled by mostly Finnish immigrants and lumberjacks. It was a land of dairy farms, where the families worked around the enormous white pine stumps left behind from the logging era. Farms in Thomson Township north of West Harney Road were hit hardest.
Cloquet Avenue is getting some long overdue attention, starting this week.
Running a marathon is one thing — running a trail marathon is another beast entirely. Challenges like scrambling up and down muddy hills and navigating through rocks on single-track woodland trails add to the already difficult task of running 26.2 miles.
More than two dozen people attended the July 10 Cloquet Planning Commission meeting, with the majority there to debate plans to convert the old school to apartments. They also found out the now vacant building was vandalized earlier this month.
"We try to get a good variety," he said. "This year, someone suggested we get Brass Messengers. They're kind of like a band you'd hear walking on the street in New Orleans. Last year, we had a Native American drum circle." The Holy Hootenanner's headlined Saturday's all-day event, which also featured music by Langertsons, Mama's Stolen Horses, Nathan Frazer and the AM Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and Jacob Mahon.