Gym conversion creates fitness center


September 1, 2023

Brady Slater

The original gymnasium at Cloquet High School has been converted into a fitness center, where phy-ed classes and weight training will be conducted.

Walking through the halls of Cloquet High School last week, principal Steve Battaglia noted the pending return to school days.

"The timing always seems right," he said.

As summer waned and the $4.7 million reconstruction of the school's outdoor athletic complex neared its October completion, one project inside the building unfolded in relative quiet.

Without tearing down a wall or building an addition, the high school has a new interior fitness center thanks to ingenuity, elbow grease and roughly $15,000 in rubberized flooring.

"The space is phenomenal," Battaglia said. "This is as good a spac...

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