Although the bulk of the fire was out by between midnight and 1 a.m., a mostly fresh crew of firefighters remained at the business Friday morning, tackling smaller fires as they flared up from the smoldering remains of the showroom and warehouse. "With all the piles of flooring and storage, there's deep seated fire underneath," Schroeder said. "As the excavator pulls the top away, it gets oxygen and flares back up again. There's no way we can get enough water and stuff through 17 rolls of carpet to actually put the fire out." <
"I can't believe we're talking about an $800,000 deficit — and it may be different budgets — and maybe we can save $100,000 and we're saying that it's junk. If you've ever looked at one of those Morton buildings, they're beautiful and they'll be around longer than you will," board member Jim Crowley said. The board also approved hiring Cloquet's John Justad as the theater consultant and Scarbrough presented the board with over $400,000 in proposed budget cuts, including: • Reducing three professional staff positions because of retirement or resignation by veteran staff members.
> Had the fire still been burning Friday when the wind switched to a northeasterly direction — or worse, had the refinery's supply of hydrogen fluoride caught fire and created a poisonous gas cloud — Schroeder said Carlton and Wrenshall would have faced evacuation again. Happily, the fire was contained before the wind shifted. Schroeder praised the Superior Fire Department, noting that some people may have thought they weren't doing anything initially, just because they didn't race in there and start spraying down the fire. "Just because they're not actively fighting a fire doesn't mean they're not doing other things to mitigate the emergency," Schroeder said, explaining that although the situation looked terrible from a layman's viewpoint, it was relatively contained from a firefighter's point of view.
Voters will decide in November who will finish the last two years of Bailey's term; Bailey moved outside city limits so had to relinquish his seat last month. Other city elected positions up for election in November include the position of mayor as well as Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 councilors — all four-year terms — and the at-large position for two years. The filing period for the city of Cloquet elected officials runs from May 22 through June 5. Affidavits will be accepted at Cloquet City Hall, 1307 Cloquet Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day to file will be June 5, and City Hall will remain open until 5 p.m. that day.
> Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder said the fire was "well involved" when crews got to the Jazdzewski home at the corner of Park Avenue and Chestnut Street. No one was injured. The garage was very close to two other neighbor's garages, which both sustained damage from the fire but didn't burn down. A camper parked in the neighbor's driveway was severely damaged, and a coworker's car that was parked in front of the name's garage is a burned out shell.
A huge plume of black smoke rose north of Cloquet after a large fire broke out at the Cloquet Interiors store at 227 Minnesota Highway 33 just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The adjacent highway was closed while firefighters battled the fire and tried to keep it from spreading to the dry grass, brush and trees that surround the site. According to Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder, the main showroom and carpet warehouse were the site of the fire.
"This is 20-times more than I ever dreamed," an ecstatic Frohrip said Saturday during the official unveiling of the new mural. Many of the approximately 50 people at the unveiling echoed Frohrip's excitement over the mural. It was funded by a grant from the ARAC, although the Moose Lake Area Historical Society had decided it would fund the mural no matter what after seeing the drawing that Duluth artist Brian Olson conceived.
Harper Ostby, 2, knew it was dancing time. Wearing a glittery gold creation, she happily ran across the gym floor in tiny shoes and then back to her father, Matt Ostby, to hold his hands and dance some more. Too young to talk much, Harper is already a three-year veteran of the Cloquet dance. "She knows (it's time to dance)," said Matt, as the toddler starting spinning around again.
> In the book "The Fires of Autumn," Celia Kowalski described seeing an automobile loaded with a family of children crash. "They hit the curve, careen off the road into the rocks and burning stumps and overturned," she said. "I will never forget the terrible screaming of those poor souls slowly burning to death." Another 60-some people died within 2 miles of "Eckman's Corner," 3 miles from Moose Lake — some in the old West Side Church and the Eckman School. Farm families, loggers and others who could flee into water did so, covering themselves with wet clothes or blankets that they had to repeatedly douse with water, as the fire dried them out almost instantly. Some took shelter in creeks and rivers, others in the lakes that dot the area.
"Our government is too caught up hating one another to realize we need the support of everyone to get (stuff) done; it's time for us to give them a reality check," he said, adding later: "Today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with students across the nation for those who can't anymore. We stand for change." The speeches finished with a minute of silence. The students stood together, heads down, somber and silent. Juniors Emma Wells and Abby Johnson gripped tightly a sign with "Never Again" written across one side, and the names of the 17 students killed in Parkland scrawled on the other.