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Cloquet officially designates 'school forest'

The largest classroom at Cloquet schools is poised to receive some expert help from the state, and all the Cloquet School Board needed to do is give the classroom a name. This week, the board approved designating the 15 acres of woods, fields and water around Cloquet Middle School as the “Cloquet School Forest and Outdoor Classroom.”

The official name means the district can enter the forest into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources school forest program.

“It doesn’t cost money,” said earth science teacher Matt Winbigler when describing to the board at its Monday meeting what students...