Walls of wood irk neighbor


March 29, 2024

Jana Peterson

Jesse Fitzsimmons operates a Liebherr log loader to transfer logs from a woodpile to a logging truck on land he leases from LT Diamonds Inc. Several businesses lease space on the property. That's Deb Kamunen's garage on the left. She's concerned about the wood piles directly behind her home, pictured left.

The woodpiles weren't a problem until they moved behind her house last fall, said Deb Kamunen.

The Cloquet resident has lived next to the former Diamond match mill for 37 years. When the mill was still operating at 1800 Cloquet Avenue - under various owners - the lot behind her home was used for parking.

Now it's a woodyard, piled high with logs stored there for the Potlatch mill in Brainerd. That is an allowed use, according to Cloquet city code.

Woodyard manager Jesse Fitzsimmons leases several sites from LT Diamonds Inc., the local company which bought the large industrial property in 2017....

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