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Thomas Tradewell (pictured left), national Commander in Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, talks with Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren Wednesday morning at the Cloquet VFW Post 3979. Close to 20 people turned out to welcome Tradewell, who was elected Commander in Chief on Aug. 20, 2009. The local VFW organization has 240 members, but Tradewell was meeting with officers during his stop in Cloquet. Tradewell served in the United States Army from 1966-68 and earned VFW eligibility while serving with B Company 26th Engineers 198th Light Infantry Brigade in South Vietnam as a demolition specialist.
Jordyn Rahkola, 5, isn't quite sure what to make of Averie Hoffmann, 18 months, on a hot Tuesday afternoon at "The Beach" in Pinehurst Park. Jordyn's big sister, Ally, 12, was watching Averie and making sure she didn't get in too deep. So far this summer, average attendance is up 25 to 30 people a day at the sand-bottom swimming pond. "It's been very consistent," Pool Manager Frank Bartsch said, noting that the pond has only been closed two days this summer. "Last year, July was cool and we got pounded in August.
On Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 11:40 P.M. Duluth Police responded to a domestic call in the 400 block of North 79th Ave West on the report that a 17 year old was inside the house breaking the TV and windows. The reporting party fled the house and was waiting outside for officers to arrive. While officers were responding, numerous other calls were received from neighbors reporting windows being smashed. As the first officer arrived, a male ran up to the squad car and began swinging a bat striking the squad car repeatedly in the windshield, front end and passenger side.
Scanlon is in. As of last Thursday's Scanlon City Council meeting, the Cloquet Area Fire District welcomed its newest member. Council members and Mayor Jim Putnam voted unanimously to join Cloquet and Perch Lake Township in the fire district. Darren Guentzel, current Scanlon fire chief, said the all-volunteer department is happy to join the C.A.F.D.
Organizers of the first ever lacrosse camp at the Fond du Lac Reservation didn't start with the rules of the game, or a suggested fitness regimen. Instead, they started with a history lesson. The fact that lacrosse was first played by Native Americans - not prep school students - was the core of that discussion. Professional lacrosse player Travis Hill told the 26 Native American teens, whether they knew it or not, lacrosse is in their blood. "For Natives, there's a deeper connection to the game," said Hill.
While the agenda for Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting was definitely on the light side - with the most debate centering around a temporary liquor license for the Cloquet Eagles - that didn't mean a small work load for city councilors or the mayor. With next year's budget process in the early stages, councilors and city staff spent 90 minutes prior to the meeting and nearly an hour afterward going through the numbers. Many of the figures extend out five years, some even longer.
While election signs are proliferating faster than dandelions right now, Paul Vernon is concerned because his signs are disappearing almost as quickly. The Carlton County Commissioner candidate said a person or persons have removed approximately 30 of his signs, out of the 100 he's placed in yards around the county. "They've all been on private property," Vernon said, adding that only about 15 of his first lot of 50 signs are left standing. "And they're not disappearing during work hours, it's at night most of the time." One family actually saw a man take the sign from their yard.
Art Wojtysiak didn't coach when his son and daughter were young - he didn't think he had the patience for it. Enter a certain little girl with light brown hair and blue eyes named Allie, and Wojtysiak decided to give it a try. He started by assisting his granddaughter's basketball coach when Allie was 5 years old. The next year he started helping his wife, Cathy, with Allie's soccer team. When that season ended, it was on to coach-pitch baseball for two years, which turned into softball when Allie turned 8. "I thought I'd be too hard on the kids, expect too much," Wojtysiak said.
Derek Chester Cherrington was arraigned Monday in Carlton County Court for felony second-degree drug possession, for allegedly possessing approximately 8 grams of cocaine. When Cherrington was stopped by Cloquet police the afternoon of Friday, July 23, however, the location of the cocaine wasn't immediately apparent. According to the criminal complaint, police knew in advance that Cherrington was going to purchase drugs in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel on Big Lake Road in Cloquet. Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande observed Cherrington's vehicle arrive in the motel parking lot.
City Community Development Director Holly Butcher sent out 260 meeting invitations last week. It's just one way of getting a full house for a public informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cloquet City Hall on a pending landfill request. "This is a 'hey guys, what do you think, what are your concerns' kind of meeting," explained Butcher, who's been very proactive about preparing the city to deal with the landfill permit, which actually hasn't yet been requested.