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Cloquet celebrates workers on labor day

For more than a century, Cloquet has celebrated Labor Day with parades, picnics and other forms of revelry.

That continued Monday, despite a severe lack of volunteers to run the event.

Still, organizer Chad Tuura was happy.

"For a nonpolitical year, it turned out pretty well," he said.

Both U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber made the trip to the Cloquet for the parade, along with State Senator Jason Rarick and State Representative Jeff Dotseth.

Grand marshal Pete Radosevich had a bird's eye view of the event.

"The crowds were heavy and enthusiastic, and loved all the candy," Radosevich said.

Tuura thought the crowd was a little thinner than past years, likely because of the heat.

A handful of volunteers stepped up to help that day, and donations from parade entries and the food vendors will go toward making next year's event even better, Tuura said.

"I think that might be Labor Day celebration number 105?" he said. "I guess we have a year to figure that out."