Cloquet celebrates workers on labor day

 

September 8, 2023

Edward Schulstrom

Norm Eastman, right, brought his 1930 Ford Deluxe Coupe to the annual Labor Day car show at the Northeastern. He's owned the mostly original car since he bought it in 1968, tore it apart and put it back together, better than before.

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.

Edward Schulstrom

A Vietnam veteran hands out American flags during the Labor Day parade Monday.

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.


B&B Market Catering & Quality Meats. On top of Big Lake Hill in Cloquet.

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

 
 

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