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District contemplates huge facilities gift

Credit union has plan to donate up to $1.5 million for athletic complex

Cloquet school board members got happy news Monday, when superintendent Michael Cary informed them the district has an almost certain major sponsor - Members Cooperative Credit Union - for the proposed $4.5 million outdoor athletic facilities project.

The regional credit union, which began as Cloquet Co-op Credit Union in the 1930s, is in talks with the district to cover the entire "community" portion of the project costs. As the exclusive sponsor, MCCU would pay $1.25 million (roughly the cost of a new turf field in the stadium) and up to $300,000 for a new scoreboard at the football/soccer f...