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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

City cuts staff time to make public access TV budget


January 18, 2019

CAT-7 Cable Coordinator Eric Lipponen monitors the screens during Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting. Lipponen's position was cut to half-time starting in 2019 to help balance the budget at the community access television channel.

In addition to local newspapers, political junkies in Cloquet frequently sought another avenue for the latest candidate comments in advance of last fall's election: CAT-7 TV.

The local community access television channel - which broadcasts on Channel 7 for Mediacom subscribers and YouTube for those who don't use cable TV - had a starring role in election coverage, from broadcasts of Cloquet City Council meetings, to candidate forums, to the local political talk show "Harry's Gang," which hosted every city council candidate at least once in advance of the election.

Now the city of Cloquet is...

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