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 By Pete Radosevich    News    October 18, 2019 

Council to interview city administrator candidates

Tuesday’s Cloquet City Council meeting marked the move of the “public comment” portion to the beginning — rather than the end — of the meeting. The council changed the process to allow public input on issues before voting, rather than...

 
 By Pete Radosevich    News    October 18, 2019 

Cloquet, Carlton County consider raising tobacco age to 21

The Cloquet City Council heard a presentation on a proposed ordinance on tobacco sales from the Carlton County Public Health and Human Services Department at its Oct. 15 work session. “Tobacco 21” is an initiative backed by the health department...

 

HARRY'S GANG: It's not the government's fault

“Sorry to bother you on a Saturday, but my walk-in cooler isn’t working and if you can’t fix it today, I’ll have to throw everything out ... or do an awful lot of eating tonight!” That’s...

 

Pardon might be the Trump card

President George W. Bush used to say he was a “uniter; not a divider” and in a lot of ways he was right. I wasn’t a particularly big fan of his conservative politics and I felt he jumped onto...

 

Harry's Gang: A lot changes in a city in 20 years

It’s been 20 years, and Cloquet has changed a bit since I first moved to town on Oct. 1, 1999. There were two weekly newspapers then, too, the old Pine Knot and the upstart Cloquet Journal. But...

 

Harry's Gang: Protecting vulnerable kids is job No. 1 at First Witness

It’s been happening since people started having kids, but in recent years some people are trying to do something about it. I’m talking about First Witness, a group dedicated to protecting...

 

Esko's Corner runs out of gas

Esko's Corner won't have a gas station after today, when the Esko Self Serve closes down after more than 40 years in business. Beth Belden, whose family has operated the popular store known around...

 

Harry's Gang: Come back, Brian, the city needs you

They say you can’t go home again, but it sure would be nice sometimes if some people did. For example, former Cloquet City Administrator Brian Fritsinger served Cloquet for over 18 years ...

 

A new life for The Old Log Church

Del Prevost was looking sharp in his colorful jacket, tie, and creased slacks, but when he stepped to the pulpit at the end of Mass at the rededication of the Sawyer Log Church at Saints Mary and... Full story

 

HARRY'S GANG: Hey, Coach! Enjoy this court ruling

I have a lot of respect for coaches; they are mostly parents or teachers who take on the task of guiding children through soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and a dozen more sports popular with kids these...

 

Harry's Gang: Our parks should be used - a lot

Cloquet Ford, one of the community’s prominent high-profile small businesses, has held a sales event at Veterans Park in Cloquet a couple of times in the past, but when it went to reserve the park...

 

Harry's Gang: Immigration policy deserves better

I’m fascinated at how political the immigration issue has become in America. The fact is, the issue is much too complicated to be solved easily, and all sides are not too far apart. But it’s just...

 

Harry's Gang: When is a milkshake not a milkshake?

I took a bribe the other day. And I’ve been a little uneasy about it ever since. For politicians, there are some pretty strict laws against bribery, and for good reason. A small bribe can be pretty...

 

Harry's Gang: City hires should be lasting

The “Help Wanted” sign is out again at City Hall. Not only does Cloquet need to hire a new police chief, we also need to find a good city administrator. Those are two of the most important city po...

 

Harry's Gang: America found at revered memorial

The Washington Monument is a pretty impressive structure, located in the heart of the "swamp" of Washington, D.C. It's an obelisk, a four-sided tapered tower with a pyramid on top. It's just about...

 

Harry's Gang: Administrator responds to CAT-7 questions

Admittedly, I have a vested interest in CAT-7, the local public access television station. I’ve hosted “Harry’s Gang” on that channel for almost 20 years, and I’ve developed close...

 

Harry's Gang: We have elections for a reason

I’m always tempted to apply for elected positions in government when there is a vacant seat. Running for election is too much work. It would be an honor to serve … but too much of a chore to run a...

 

Harry's Gang: History is a trip at the library

The Cloquet library is a godsend to parents in the summer. No sooner did we walk in last week than several kids greeted Tommy and Patrick, apparently friends of theirs from school. Soon, the girls...

 

Harry's Gang: Time to think about new jail

For years, I’ve been asking candidates for sheriff (there’s been only one for more than a decade) and county board how they feel about a new jail. I get to do this because “Harry’s Gang...

 

Harry's Gang: Who should be able to vote?

For years, the only people eligible to vote were male property owners. Yet humanity flourished. In America, women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. Blacks were given the right in 1870 but many act...

 

Harry's Gang: Treasured pond could use tweaks

Now that summer has arrived, The Beach at Pinehurst Park is open and ready for swimmers. Or is it? The City of Cloquet spent millions to renovate Pinehurst Park to make a clean, safe swimming facility...

 
 By Pete Radosevich    News    June 14, 2019

Esko approves comprehensive plan consultant

The Thomson Township board approved the hiring of a comprehensive plan consultant at its June 6 meeting. The current comprehensive plan is 20 years old and township officials are working on updating...

 

As we age, we need directives

My dad would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. Out of respect for him, and because my siblings look for any excuse to get together, we are all assembling at my sister’s house in St. Paul for a...

 

Get a will; here's the why

Not everyone needs a will. But everyone should consider having one anyway. In Minnesota, if you pass away without a will, the law takes over: everything you own will pass to your heirs. If you have ch...

 

Queen of Peace church is at a mission crossroads

Queen of Peace school has been around town a long time. Since before the big fire. Since 1911, to be precise. The new principal, David Douglas, is just finishing up his first year at the school....

 

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