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Busy council talks budget, park and PLA

Cloquet city councilors approved a master plan for Pine Valley Park Tuesday and continued their ongoing debate over the current Cloquet Project Labor Agreement. Additionally, councilors got a quick overview of the proposed 2022 budget, which included a proposed preliminary levy increase of 3.49-percent, or $109,400.

City administrator Tim Peterson said department heads did a good job of holding the line on expenses, but there are increases the city doesn’t have control over, including a 35-percent increase for workers’ compensation insurance, which will cost the city an additional $170,000 nex...