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Cloquet police chief on leave, but cleared of all allegations

According to city administrator Aaron Reeves, Cloquet Police Chief Jeff Palmer was placed on "voluntary paid leave" effective April 16. Reeves said he could not elaborate on Palmer's absence, but said it wasn't a result of the investigation of former police chief Wade Lamirande's complaints about Palmer.

Palmer has been cleared of all eight allegations contained in that complaint, according to Reeves and to a redacted copy of the investigative report shared last week by Teamsters Union 320 - which represents Palmer - with the Fox 21 television station in Duluth.

The retired chief's numerous co...