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MORE AND MORE people are advocating term limits for those serving on Capitol Hill in Washington. Many people once they are elected focus on making financial benefits for themselves rather than what’s best for the American people.

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The Denham/Sturgeon Lake American Legion Post 361 donates much to the community, including about $3,500 in scholarships a year, the Willow River football scoreboard, bikes for the Sturgeon Lake National Night Out, Mercy Hospital Lights of Love and more. 

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Moose Lake Willow River Rebel’s football game on Thursday, October 14, was canceled by the opponents, Hinckley-Finlayson, due to illness. The last regular scheduled game for the Rebels was on Wednesday, October 20, after this paper went to press. The Rebels traveled to Rush City for the game…

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The train chugs down the track through Sturgeon Lake, Willow River, Groningen and others, then through Hinckley and Pine City as it continues towards the Twin Cities. Another train zips past Nickerson, the Askov water tower, the track over the quarry in Sandstone and continues to head south.

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The East Central Eagles’ volleyball team had a home contest on Tuesday, October 12, against the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars. The Eagles lost all three games: 0-3 (21-25, 14-25, 17-25).

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The Finlayson woods are alive with the sounds of shrieks, screams and evil laughter echoing through the night every weekend in October. Hundreds of people of all ages have been scared out of their wits at the haunted trail in the middle of nowhere. 

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The East Central Eagles’ football team didn’t have the game with Chisholm on October 8 because of illness. On October 15, they traveled to Braham, short about a dozen players, to play the Bombers. The Braham Bombers won the contest 67-6.

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Halloween fun combines with nature education at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 23. The Creatures of the Night is a family friendly event that includes a half mile hike for all ages. This is the second year that staff and volunteers will dress in cos…

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Not too long ago, I took a road trip with a friend and my daughter up around the North Shore. A nice weekend drive. My daughter, 9 at the time, was a pretty good road trip guru in training. She knew that you use the bathroom at every stop, you have snacks on the ready, you stay quiet during …

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Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.

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Pine County Probation Agent Michelle Sellner has been awarded the Outstanding Performance Award through the Minnesota Association of County Probation (MACPO). This award  is given to a probation officer in good standing with MACPO who has demonstrated professionalism and leadership within th…

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The one-hundred-year-old red barn in Windemere Township sits empty for the first time since 1921. The sounds of cows waiting to be milked are now silenced, leaving only the twittering of birds who fly through the open windows. In the last century, two families owned the property, several kid…

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Historical society celebrates 20 years of great memories

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As Minnesotans make the seasonal switch to sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, insects are making a seasonal switch as well. Cooler days and especially cooler mornings send signals to certain insects: Winter is coming.

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When most people retire, they think about sitting back, putting their feet up, and enjoying the upcoming years of rest and relaxation.

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Chainsaws, an indoor maze, tunnels, and plenty of actors dressed up as creepy clowns and other characters attract hundreds of visitors to a small Minnesota town each year.

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A Wisconsin author with Pine City roots has set down the journey of her life in stories and poetry, and is sharing it all in her book “My Life in a Nutshell.” 

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The players and coaches on the Pine City High School girls tennis team kept their eyes on the prize all season long, and after a conference-championship winning regular season, the squad dominated their competition in the playoffs to secure a spot in the state tournament in Minneapolis. 

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The third quarter (July – September 2021) Minnesota Withholding Tax return is due Nov. 1. Since Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday, returns are due the following Monday.

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The jobless rate for Pine County ticked down a fraction of a percentage point to 3.6% in August. According to a recent report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), this puts Pine County’s unemployment at the lowest point yet in 2021 – and among t…

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The family of Helen Johnston would like to thank you for your kindness through our mother’s illness and homegoing. Special thanks to Cindy, Evyn, Glenice, and Accent Care Hospice.

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Our most sincere thanks to all who donated, volunteered, and attended Jacob’s kidney transplant benefit. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support shown by our family and community members. The generosity of all has provided us with the funding to cover expenses related to the tr…

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I would like to thank all my family and friends and VFW Auxiliary for the calls, prayers, cards and Facebook well wishes during my recovery from the surgeries and healing. It’s been a long journey and hopefully ending soon.

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The family of Margaret Bible would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and sympathy throughout Mom’s illness and at her passing. So many people reached out to her in various ways, giving her support and comfort. We, too, feel blessed by the many kindnesses shown in the form of …

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Sandra Kay Hintz, of Grasston, passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.  She was 70 years old.

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Joyce Jean Jackson was born on Feb. 21, 1952. The Lord called her home on Oct. 8, 2021, at the age of 69, after a courageous battle with cancer. Joyce’s biggest accomplishment was becoming an entrepreneur. She owned and operated Destine In-Home Care Services. She was so proud of her business…

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Every summer Peace Lutheran in Finlayson and St Paul’s Lutheran in Bruno host their Vacation Bible School. They pick a mission project to support through offerings the kids are invited to bring each day. In years past, the offerings went to buy tin for roofs in mission outposts and to send C…

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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer.  It is also the second leading cause of cancer death for women after lung cancer.  To put it in numbers:  1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.  In 2021, this means that …

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A Wisconsin author with Pine County roots has set down the journey of her life in stories and poetry, and is sharing it all in her book “My Life in a Nutshell.” 

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Imagine yourself in the heart of Paris sipping coffee and listening to the strolling accordionist. Or how about in a club in Argentina dancing the Tango? Now see yourself sitting in our beautiful Moose Lake Community School auditorium and hearing all those exciting and colorful strains of mu…

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Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks we will be diving into the history of the Quarry in Sandstone. This week’s story talks about the day to day operations of the quarry, including some of the buildings and tools that were used.  Next week’s installment will talk about the different buildi…

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As Minnesotans make the seasonal switch to sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, insects are making a seasonal switch as well. Cooler days and especially cooler mornings send signals to certain insects: winter is coming.

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When service members go for a hike with loaded packs it’s called a “ruck.” And in the Pine City area this October, veteran service members went on a ruck for a reason: to honor their fallen comrades as part of an effort they are calling “Say Their Names.”

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There are a group of men and women in the Sandstone community and many other communities, who are seldom recognized for the difficult and often dangerous job they do. They are the local Volunteer Fire Department. They are ordinary men and women. They are your co-workers, business owners and …

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