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Our View: State needs to modify Cloquet sales tax


May 3, 2019

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, public infrastructure and infrastructure improvements for a potential commercial development — but required that specific dollar amounts be tied to the three project areas.

That included $5.8 million to develop the swampy corner adjacent to Highway 33 and Interstate 35. At the time, that area was thought to be a prime spot for development, wi...

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