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Our View: Investigations cost is money well spent

Well, it’s not exactly money well spent. But it’s essential to spend it. Our system depends on it. We’re talking about the money it costs the city of Cloquet to continually investigate complaints against city officials, police and councilors....

 
 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    May 17, 2019 

Pondering postal fixes

Most of us take the mail for granted. For years, you dropped a letter into the mail and it reached its destination, for the small price of a stamp. “Lost in the mail” is a joke: Mail doesn’t get...

 
 By Sen. Jason Rarick    Opinion    May 17, 2019 

WINDOW is our valuable resource

Virtually everyone from east central Minnesota is familiar with WINDOW Victim Services in Carlton, Kanabec and Pine counties. They have been providing safe, specialized and accessible services to survivors of domestic assault and sexual violence for...

 

Here's what we have for a budget

We’re in the final days of this year’s legislative session, and as negotiations continue for what will be Minnesota’s budget for the next two years, I wanted to highlight the important investments we made in the DFL House, and our pathway...

 
 By Uriah Wilkinson    Opinion    May 17, 2019 

A comprehensive look at a strained America: The 'obsequious culture'

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me ... well, maybe just a little ... no, wait ... they definitely hurt me. Whether or not you voted for our current president, the...

 

Letter: Sales tax should go to infrastructure first

To the editor: In your last editorial, “State needs to modify Cloquet sales tax,” I agree that a modification needs to be made to allot for usage of the designated funding. I disagree with your statement that since “the original $4.5 million...

 

Letter: Wrenshall referendum has future in its sites

To the editor: Some of those opposed to the upcoming Wrenshall school referendum have expressed a desire for consolidation as a reason for their opposition. What might not be recognized is that the current referendum plan positions the district well...

 

Letter: Better acess to internet needed

To the editor, It’s painful to admit, but our area is part of the underserved nine percent of the population in the state when it comes to having access to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet service. We can’t wait any longer — and it...

 

Letter: Vote 'no,' and 'yes' to more information

To the editor: Contrary to what some community members say, community members with different perspectives do support education and advocate “common sense.” Many community members want to wait until the major risk factor, the energy/utility tax...

 

Letter: Art education runs deep in Cloquet

To the editor: Exploring art and culture is important for everyone because it connects us and brings our community together. Culture is a part of people's lives, history and family. If one culture doe...

 

Bias pervades our daily life

There’s a lot of talk about the bias people bring to their jobs, especially in the media. Most of the grousing is by people who don’t like to hear any news that challenges their own beliefs. For e...

 

A comprehensive look at a strained America: Making progress

In my last article, I left off with the question: What is progress? This very question is coupled with the terms “perception” and “social norms,” relating to how we Americans view and handle...

 
 By Luke Heine    Opinion    May 3, 2019

Guest column: A motherboard of an opportunity

Cloquet Senior High rocked. Sure, that hockey championship remained elusive (I see you, Edina), and we weren't getting Lakeside views (I see you, East), but - as far as I'm concerned - we had the best... Full story

 
 By Uriah Wilkinson    Opinion    May 3, 2019

A POLITICAL ACCOUNT: A step off in the right direction Part 2

Let’s get into it — it’s the donkey in the room — we still have a race issue in this nation and it’s not going away anytime soon. Nowhere else in the world is there as racially diverse a...

 

Our View: State needs to modify Cloquet sales tax

Cloquet’s local sales tax revenue is dedicated to specific projects and needs in our community. Seven years ago, the Minnesota Legislature and local voters allowed Cloquet to collect the tax — to be used specifically for park/trail improvements,...

 

Letter: There are many reasons to support school referendum

To the editor: We got the letter yesterday, telling us we will raise our taxes if we vote “yes” on the May 14 Wrenshall school referendum. Strange system. People actually get to vote to decide if they want to raise their own taxes. Usually tax...

 
 By Pete Radosevich    Opinion    May 3, 2019

Opinion: We appreciate Rick Nolan

I appreciate Rick Nolan. After Chip Cravaack broke the stranglehold Jim Oberstar had on the 8th Congressional District seat in 2010, Rick Nolan came out of political retirement and challenged...

 

Opinion: Don't give up on West End

When the city of Cloquet was in its youth, the West End was the place to be. The area west of what is now Highway 33 — which didn’t exist then — was the heart of the city. Included in its many offerings were banks, myriad shops, a newspaper,...

 

Opinion: Who's looking out for the businesses?

When someone is looking to start or expand their business in Cloquet, they usually call City Hall first. If they do, they’ll be directed to Holly Hansen, Cloquet’s community development director....

 
 By Jack Eudy    Opinion    April 26, 2019

Opinion: Open enrollment benefits Wrenshall

Open enrollment brings different opinions on its effects in a school district. If you have a conversation with someone about open enrollment, you find out how much they do not understand the benefits...

 

Letter: Investigation costs cut both ways for Cloquet

To the editor: After reading that councilors Steve Langley and Dakota Koski and Sarah Marczak Palmer were concerned and questioning the cost to the city of Cloquet of investigations into allegations sent to the city by Wade Lamirande, I was left...

 

Letter: Some tips on tipping the referendum balance

To the editor: Tony’s tips for referendum failure: Form an “advisory” committee of community members (some can be from outside the district); advise having another referendum for $2 million more than the one that failed; hire a company as they...

 

Opinion: A step off in the right direction

A dark room inhabited by 50 people, barely lit with an amalgamation of dimmed overhead lights, fluorescent signs and lit smartphones. The atmosphere is stuffy and thick, a direct result of too many...

 
 By Ann Markusen    Opinion    April 19, 2019

Book Review | Girl Gone Missing

In this, the second Cash Blackbear mystery, Marcie Rendon serves up her Native woman protagonist's experiences as an older student in a largely white college. In probing the sudden disappearance of a...

 

Dirt

The thing about dirt is that it is. Dirt. When you’re planting raspberries, you want some, and with geraniums too, and maybe lilacs. Petunias. You get the point. The other thing about dirt is that...

 

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