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Building remains in stairway limbo


May 20, 2022

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The back stairwell at the Victory Apartments in Cloquet has been deemed too dangerous for use and the city has ordered it to be fixed or residents on the upper floors will be evicted by June 1.

After another round of seeking funding to fix the failing outdoor back stairs to his apartment building, Roger Bruhn said this week that he has come up empty again. It likely means that by June 1, upper-level residents at the Victory Apartments will need to find housing after the city of Cloquet deemed the stairs a hazard and the top two floors "uninhabitable" without a fix. The stairs serve as the only direct exit for the upper floors of the building at 17 Eighth Street, across from the Pedro's restaurant building.

Cloquet community development director Holly Hansen said Tuesday that despi...

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