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A Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal councilor will not face criminal charges for the theft of a reservation check because she's participating in a diversion program instead, and a petition seeking her removal from office has been dismissed.
Carlton County is suing to get compensation for all the additional expenses — for the sheriff's office and county jail, the courts and health and human services — caused by opioid addiction. Earlier this week, Carlton County commissioners voted unanimously to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers, joining a number of counties from around the state and other cities and counties across the country. St. Louis and Douglas counties are among those pursuing legal action over opioids.
A Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal councilor facing felony charges for the alleged theft of a check intended for the band now is the subject of a petition seeking her removal from office. A 40-page petition containing 247 signatures of resident eligible voters was delivered to the Reservation Business Committee this week, seeking to remove Vanessa Northrup from office for "malfeasance in the handling of tribal affairs by taking a check intended for a reservation project and signing and depositing it in her personal account."
A Wrenshall man who carved the word "snitch" across a kidnap victim's chest and posted a photo of the victim on Snapchat was sentenced to 50 months in prison Tuesday. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged in May 2017 with seven felonies related to the alleged kidnapping and assault of a 17-year-old teen at his Silver Brook Township home on May 15. Lindgren was released from jail after posting bond and subsequently fled. He was re-arrested May 31 in Washington state after a warrant was issued for alleged threats of violence and witness tampering.
Cloquet city councilors decided Tuesday to keep the Ten Commandments monument in its longtime location in front of the shared Cloquet police and fire building. The monument, which the Eagles Club donated to the city in the 1950s, was knocked off its concrete base by a car accident Dec. 29. City Attorney Frank Yetka explained to councilors Tuesday that the city received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation earlier this month noting concerns about the separation of church and state.
In 2010, Helen Olson — then 99 years old — recalled watching Cloquet burn as a 7-year-old from a hillside near what is now the hospital and Raiter Clinic.
Carlton School Board members are poised to approve approximately $5.55 million worth of health and safety improvements to school district facilities, money that would come from bond sales not approved by voters. The board will hold a public hearing Monday on $630,591 in abatement bonds that would be used to pay for parking lot and sidewalk improvements at Carlton High School and South Terrace Elementary School. The hearing will be during its 7 p.m. meeting at Carlton High School.
A recording of an emergency meeting of the Cloquet City Council in March — a meeting that was closed to the public shortly after it began — appears to confirm that city officials likely violated the state's open meeting law during some parts of the meeting.
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.