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After 12 years, city planner Cottingham retires

City planner and zoning administrator Al Cottingham received a round of applause during Tuesday's Cloquet City Council meeting - a meeting he hopes will be his last.

Cottingham is retiring June 6, after 12 years with the city of Cloquet.

"I will very very much miss seeing you here every day and keeping the rest of us on point," said city administrator Tim Peterson.

Cottingham said he will miss the people, the job not so much.

"It's time to retire and go do some things that I've been putting on hold for a while. I'll enjoy that, but I will miss the people also ... the coworkers, the different c...