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Again the pendulum swings. Two weeks ago, following a surprise board plan to cut several teachers, community members came to the Carlton School Board meeting calling for board resignations. Ten days ago, most of the 200 audience members at the board's finance committee meeting were focused on figuring out how they could help save the school district, which was facing a June 15 state deadline to deal with its statutory operating debt (SOD).
Weekly columnist Jill Pertler keeps a map of Minnesota near her writing desk. It's covered with dots, each one indicating a newspaper that publishes her column, "Slices of Life." Where Cloquet lies, just south of the tip of Lake Superior, there's a big red heart instead of a dot. "Cloquet is where I first started, right here at the Pine Journal," said Pertler, who's now syndicated in 78 different newspapers around the Midwest, adding that the first step was pretty tough. "For me, it took a huge amount of courage to put my words, my columns, out there.
Cloquet's Washington Elementary School got an unwanted coat of paint this weekend, when vandals spray-painted messages on three sides of the school as well as some of the playground equipment. Terry Hill, deputy chief of police, said the Cloquet Police Department doesn't have any suspects at the moment.
In a plea agreement Wednesday, Davarquez Chavez Wheeler pleaded guilty in Carlton County Court to first-degree aggravated robbery, while a second charge of possession of a firearm by a felon was dropped. Wheeler, 21, confessed in court to going to the soccer fields near Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Feb. 4 to "purchase" a large amount of marijuana.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Author unknown This weekend, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving Minnesota families a chance to discover fishing - with as little hassle as possible. While the DNR is not handing out bait or fishing rods, what they are doing is waiving the fishing license requirement for any Minnesotan (16 or older) fishing with a child aged 15 or younger. "This is a great opportunity to discover fishing," said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator.
When Josh Pritchett of Cloquet was called to 'Come on Down' during a recent taping of the television game show "The Price is Right," he couldn't believe it. It was also so chaotic at the time, he never even heard those infamous words. "It's so loud," he said. "They hold up cards and I saw my name ... and all the guys I was with started pounding on me." So started Pritchett's "15 minutes" of fame. "Every person I've seen for the past couple days has asked me how it was," he said.
Two men were charged in Carlton County Court last week in connection with multiple burglaries at a Cloquet gas station in which more than $8,000 was stolen. Lucas Adam Johnson of Cloquet is charged with five felonies including one count of theft, three counts of burglary in the third degree and one count of possession/sale of stolen/counterfeit checks. Cody Allyn Anderson, 19, faces charges of theft and two counts of third-degree burglary in the incidents, which took place in mid-May. Johnson, 21, is a former employee of Northern Fuel of Cloquet, located at 703 Highway 33, according to Cloq
The Cloquet City Council unanimously approved more than $180,000 in budget cuts at Tuesday's regular meeting. The reductions will be used to eliminate the 2010 General Fund budget deficit Cloquet incurred as the result of a reduction from the state in the city's Market Value Homestead Credit of $170,435. The approved recommendations to make up those lost funds include a reduced contract with Cloquet Community Education, hiring fewer seasonal employees and paying those hired lower wages, leaving a part-time aide position at the library unfilled and no longer printing city council meeting minu
With the restored swim pond, a refinished band shell, new signage and a few big ideas, it almost seems like someone has an actual vision for Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. Turns out that someone is Frank Bartsch, Cloquet Community Education's recreation, aquatics and facilities coordinator. And while it may not be his vision alone, he's definitely viewing Pinehurst with an eye toward bringing it back to its former splendor as a community gathering place. "I've done some research on how it used to be," he said.
Citing recent unallotments in local government aid, Carlton city officials cut the position of full-time fire chief/emergency management director on Monday. The position, held by Steve White since January 2007, was slashed to keep Carlton's budget in check, according to Carlton Mayor Leola Rodd. "It's been a tough road and this is certainly not one of those cuts we wanted to have to make," Rodd said. "It's a sad thing." Monday was White's last official day on the job.