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Council OKs police commander, says no to shipping containers


August 7, 2020

Jana Peterson

Councilors voted 4-3 on the recommendation of the Planning Commission not to allow shipping containers like these to be rented out as mini-storage spaces, to the dismay of Gerry and Mary Thompson, whose mobile storage containers are pictured here and make up part of their business on north Highway 33 in Cloquet.

Slowly but surely, the Cloquet Police Department is getting back up to full strength. On Tuesday, the department got one more spot filled when the Cloquet City Council unanimously approved the appointment of David O'Connor as the new patrol commander.

Police Chief Derek Randall said the appointment will bring the department up to 18 sworn officers (out of 24 budgeted positions), and fill the remaining vacant administrative position. O'Connor comes to the job after working as a police officer for 18 years, starting as a community service officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, then ri...

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