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Coming soon: Solem renovations

The new owners of the Hotel Solem building in downtown Cloquet can begin pulling building permits now, after the Cloquet City Council unanimously passed a slew of resolutions that will help fund its transformation into modern apartments.

They also got a blessing from David Guckenberg, the grandson of Hans and Lucy Solem, who built the new hotel at 915 Cloquet Ave. more than 100 years ago.

"A lot of memories in that hotel," said Guckenberg, briefly addressing the council at the start of the meeting. "Anyway, something good is going to be done with that hotel, which is good for the city, good fo...