Bio-cremation uses water and a chemical solution under high heat and pressure to dispose of body tissue. Funeral home operators say it's more energy efficient than traditional cremation. A Cloquet facility will seek a permit from the city council this week.
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Cloquet Council firmly denies bio-cremation
After weeks of debate, the Cloquet City council denied funeral home owners in the region the right to practice, so-called "bio-cremation." The controversial process is water-based instead of fire-based and is considered a "greener" option. The vote was 6-1 to against the measure.
'Green cremation' service becomes Minnesota first
A funeral home and cremation service in Stillwater has become the first in the state to offer "green cremation." The process uses a combination of water and alkali to speed up the natural process of your body breaking down. The owner of the service says green cremation reduces your carbon footprint by 75 percent and also eliminates mercury emissions from dental fillings.
Cremation becomes preferred method of burial in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Health says the state had 20,175 cremations last year, compared with 18,070 burials. The Cremation Association of North America also notes that Minnesota had the 17th-highest cremation rate in the country at just under 50 percent in 2010 -- well above the national average of 41 percent.
Arrest made in cold-case killing of Cloquet woman
A convicted sex offender from Cloquet has been arrested for a killing 12 years ago considered one of the most high-profile cold cases in the Northland. Trina Langenbrunner's body was discovered off a rural road in southern St. Louis County in September 2000. The 33-year-old was the mother of three. One former investigator said, “It just goes to show that you never give up.”
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A drop in water pressure caused the Minnesota Department of Health to issue a Do Not Drink order for the water in Lino Lakes. Low pressure makes the water vulnerable to bacteria. Nearly two dozen restaurants face closing unless they can arrange a substitute water supply.
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