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 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Police department carries on without chief

Cloquet police chief Jeff Palmer resigned last week, something which will change operations at the police department very little, as he had already been on “voluntary paid leave” since April 16. P...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Cloquet authority to call the shots at CAT-7 comes into question

Cloquet city officials got some unexpected news last week. It appears that Cloquet city administrator Aaron Reeves had no authority to make any decisions regarding the CAT-7 cable access station -... Full story

 

This week in state history

Historic Minnesota events that took place Aug. 16-22....

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Suspicious couple leads to meth arrest

A Pequot Lakes man was arrested early Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Brandon James Salgy, 34, was charged Monday, Aug. 12, with first-degree possession of drugs in Sixth...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Iowa pastor arrested in Cloquet on sex charges

A singer and pastor from Iowa was arrested Saturday, Aug. 10, by Cloquet police officers on a warrant accusing the man of fondling two minor girls. Emanuel J. Rodriguez, 44, was charged in Douglas...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Esko examined under comp plan study

About a dozen people gathered at Thomson Town Hall Thursday evening for a brainstorming session on both the present and the future. On Tuesday, at the National Night Out celebration in Esko,...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Citing trafficking, Enbridge donation denied

It was quite a first meeting for interim Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor Chris Swanson last Wednesday. The agenda appeared simple and uncontroversial. Then Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb made a motion to... Full story

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019

Cromwell road project delayed

The Highway 210 project through Cromwell is unable to be delivered in 2020 as planned, and MnDOT staff will attend the Cromwell city council meeting Aug. 21 to give an update and field any questions. The project is now scheduled to be constructed in...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019

VFW plans for picnic, meeting

The Eighth District VFW and its 22 member posts are holding two events this weekend. Attend a picnic in Cloquet’s Veterans Park 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Open to all VFW members, auxiliary members and their families. The cost is $7 per...

 
 By Pine Knot News    News    August 16, 2019

Vaping linked to lung injuries

The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesota health care providers to be on alert for novel cases of severe lung disease potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and young adults. Children’s Minnesota has...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    August 16, 2019

County auditor job to return to appointed status

With little public input, the Carlton County commissioners unanimously voted to change the Office of Auditor/Treasurer from an elected to an appointed position. Cloquet’s Clarence Badger was the only person to address the board during the public...

 
 By Mike Creger    News    August 16, 2019

Big Lake sewer plan in mediation

The stalemate over a joint powers agreement between the Big Lake Area Sanitary District and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa required a mediation session this week. Results of that...

 

Our View: Cheers & Jeers

A look at the good and bad in the area this month: Cheers: To good folks at Kingdom Builders Ministries who organized the annual Wood City Music Festival last week. It’s a positive event for our city, an excellent use of Veterans Park and draws...

 

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...

 

Letters: Stop bear hunting, save the Sasquatch

Now that we have the insane wolf hunting stopped, what about adopting a sane policy regarding the unnecessary bear hunting season? ... And while we’re at it we might take notice of the beauty of our woods and lakes and rivers while they’re still...

 
 By Tim Krohn    Opinion    August 16, 2019

Guest Commentary: Passing on Enbridge donation sets a bad example

At last Wednesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 4:3 to refuse a $1,000 donation from Enbridge to help defray expenses for the city’s National Night Out event at Veterans Memorial Park and also any future donations. I am, among other...

 

The Political Account: Right to have guns shouldn't be an absolute

Last week I wrote about the problems we face when examining preventive measures in regard to the horrific acts at the hands of the mentally ill. Acts that have taken the lives of so many ...

 

Letters: Redraw the blue line in Cloquet

As a matter of civic duty, I share my thoughts. As our city continues to recover from bad politics, our newest interim police chief is perhaps demonstrating why he wasn’t picked as interim when former police chief Steve Stracek was forced into...

 

Letters: City can ponder its police use

Here are a few thoughts for consideration by our elected official and concerned citizens. With the departure of the city administrator and the police chief, the mayor and city councilors have many decisions ahead of them. The current turmoil and...

 

See you at the fair!

It's fair time! With the official start of the 129th annual Carlton County Fair only a couple days away, on Tuesday the 4-H students were showing off their projects in hopes of impressing the judges... Full story

 

Death Notices

Stephen Richard Krogh, 72, of Duluth died at St. Luke’s Hospital April 22, 2019. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Cromwell United Methodist Church. Debra Louise Kucera, 58, of Cloquet died peacefully at... Full story

 
 By Mike Creger    News    August 16, 2019

Clarity surfaces between school boards

The second joint board meeting this summer to broach the idea of consolidation between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts, in Wrenshall Monday, went much like the meeting in July at South Terrace in Carlton. Until it didn’t. After a series...

 
 By Jana Peterson    News    August 16, 2019

Cloquet raises ticket costs to cover staffing expenses

In light of cuts to academic programs earlier this year to help with budget costs, Cloquet school board members said Monday that they were happy to vote in favor of increasing fees to help cover...

 

Cloquet author finds stories from home

Author Tim Jollymore continues to evolve. He grew up in Cloquet in the 1950s and '60s and held many different jobs from tree planter to traveling salesman to corporate manager to teacher. He moved...

 

Thunder Thoughts: Tribal college has a lot going on these days

Although it is summer and no classes are in session, much work continues at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. We are looking forward to having students back on campus and to another great year. The college’s $1.157 million bonding project i...

 

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