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Members of the Cloquet Area Fire District combed Big Lake for two hours Thursday night, looking for a snowmobile that may have fallen through the ice. The search on the lake west of Cloquet was unsuccessful, CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder said — because there was no snowmobile. It was a dog. And it didn’t fall through the ice. Schroeder said a resident had reported seeing a light coming across the lake that “suddenly disappeared,” and was worried a snowmobile had gone through an open area in the ice.
A member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's governing body is facing possible sanctions resulting from an alleged check theft. Vanessa Northrup, District 1 representative on the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee (RBC), is the subject of an investigation by Carlton County as well as a reservation petition to have her removed from office.
A Wrenshall man is expected to go to prison after admitting that he carved the word "snitch" into a teen's chest while holding him against his will in May. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, pleaded guilty to felony charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault last week in State District Court in Carlton. He also pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats in a previous unrelated case that involved gunshots fired into a car, according to Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese, who prosecuted both cases.
A public meeting last week regarding the future of the Carlton school district yielded no easy answers, but provided proof that many Carlton residents are passionately engaged in their school district — they just don't agree. School facilities were the immediate concern at the Tuesday night meeting. However, the issue of what to do about the aging school buildings following a failed building referendum earlier this year is part of the larger question of long-term plans for the school district.
Residents of the Cromwell-Wright school district will vote Tuesday on a $5.08 million building referendum for school facility improvements. The proposal includes a new industrial arts addition, dedicated band and choir space, updated auditorium, gymnasium addition, dedicated weight room space and parking lot improvements and expansion.
A semi truck slid off Interstate 35 and into the St. Louis River at Scanlon amid snowy conditions early Friday, and personnel from numerous law enforcement agencies and and fire departments responded to search for the driver. Just before 9 a.m., when rescuers had been searching the river for several hours, Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder confirmed that the driver had been found. He said he didn’t know if the truck driver was alive or not. “We’ve recovered the driver and we’re just trying to get him removed from the river area right now,” Schroeder said.
In a surprise move, Mayor Dave Hallback and the Cloquet City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to remove the "interim" part of the title and appoint former police Sgt. Jeff Palmer as the new Cloquet police chief without going through the usual hiring process. The vote came after a contentious work session discussion regarding how the council, which includes the mayor as a voting member, wanted to proceed with the police chief hiring process. That debate ended without agreement as the time for the 7 p.m. council meeting drew near, with a standing-room-only crowd on hand.
Since voters in the Carlton school district rejected a facilities bond referendum in early August, district officials have focused their energies on two possible future paths: consolidation with Cloquet, or spending more than $13 million to fix the district's aging schools. Meetings between board members and the superintendent from both Cloquet and Carlton are ongoing, as are discussions by the Carlton School Board and advisers regarding ways the district can get the money to fix its facilities without gaining voter approval.
Cloquet city councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to deny requested permit changes for the industrial landfill in town, despite the threat of legal action.
The Cloquet City Council is scheduled to consider conditional use permit changes for SKB Environmental Cloquet landfill — including longer hours and the removal of a cap on how much paper sludge waste it can accept — at its meeting on Tuesday.