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Why not beer here?

Cloquet thinks brewery trend might spur West End development


July 5, 2019

Jana Peterson

Cloquet economic leaders toast to the idea of drawing a brewery, cidery taproom or other business offering a modern dining and drinking experience to Cloquet's historic West End during a press conference last week outside the First National Bank Plaza building.

Lara Wilkinson and the other members of the Cloquet Economic Development Authority are tired of seeing Cloquet residents drive up and down Interstate 35 to spend money at places like the Moose Lake Brewery, or at Bent Paddle in Duluth.

Standing under a banner bearing the slogan "Got beer? Bring it here," more than a dozen community leaders raised empty purple plastic party cups in a toast to future business partners that could bring new life to Cloquet's historic business district.

"Let's keep those experiences and those dollars here in our community. Let's bring business to our own local b...

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