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On Aug. 18, Regen Industrial Hemp USA – a new Pine County business – hosted a workshop at the Kunze family farm near Hinckley to talk to local farmers about the potential hemp holds for growers and manufacturers. 

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 Two Sand Lake business representatives expressed concern that a proposed shoreland ordinance is too restrictive and could have a negative impact on shoreland property owners future expansion projects, including businesses.

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On September 1, 1894 Hinckley and the surrounding areas were engulfed by a firestorm we now know as the Great Hinckley Fire. Although there were many tragic stories that day there were a few amazing stories of survival. 

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that an encounter between a deputy and a small woodland animal got a little nutty this week. 

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Take classes or join a bee club, advise beekeepers Tony Letourneau and Bill Randall. They agreed that advice helped them become more successful in the beginning of their ventures and avoid a few common pitfalls.

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Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, this pandemic persists, in part due to resistance to the vaccine. While I do not support vaccine mandates and believe in personal freedom of choice in health matters, it is important that people make sure they are basing their decisio…

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Bear-human relations continues to be a major area of focus for local conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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“A museum in motion” doesn’t begin to tell the story of what the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show has to offer. The White Pine Show was started in 1979 and is now in it’s 43rd year. It is held every year on Labor Day weekend, with the exception of 2020 which was canceled due to the pandemic.

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Masks will be optional in the school building, but a requirement on school buses due to a Federal mandate on public transportation, said Superintendent Andy Almos. Parents are urged to remind their children to bring their mask for the bus ride, but drivers will be prepared with masks for the…

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The annual Askov Rutabaga Festival and Fair is on again in 2021. The popular aebleskiver and medisterpolse are on the menu as well as a variety of fries, corn on the cob and of course rutabaga sausage. For those not familiar with the festival namesake, the rutabaga is a humble root vegetable…

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A Hinckley woman has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and damage to property after allegedly throwing bricks through windows of a residence and at the woman inside. 

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Harvest Christian School dedicated their new facility on Sunday, August 15, 2021.  The fire that caused the elementary building (The Depot) to be condemned just before the beginning of the school year last year led to the acquisition of the former Gateway Clinic near the interstate exchange. 

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“Hey Judy!  My husband bought something at an auction.”  How many women have spoken that salutation; more times than I can count!  The next business day I walked into the bank to see Judy step out from behind her desk, offering a kind smile and a wave saying, “come on back.”

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A non-denominational rally, known as the Revive Alive Rally is set to be held August 20-22 at the Hinckley Community Center. 

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Your Future. Our Focus. These are the words we live by at East Central Schools. As the preparations for another school year come together the word “Refocus” should probably be included. During the pandemic student learning remained our top priority. Our staff worked tirelessly to meet the ne…

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Jeremy Jones Richardson, 40, of Willow River has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of felony first-degree burglary in the death of Curtis Chromulak of Finlayson – a man Richardson described as a long-time family friend. 

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Fifty four years ago on August 3, 1967, the parents of Private 1st Class Raymond A. Youngberg received a telegram from the Marine Corps stating their son had been shot while serving in Vietnam the day before.

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Arla Budd, 77, is a long time resident of Askov, a past city clerk, school teacher, local historian, reporter and has a wealth of knowledge of the small town’s history. Her parents, Arol (Red) and Hertha Hansen, were lifelong residents and she currently lives in the house built for her great…

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The East Central Drug & Violent Offenders Task Force reports that a Pine County meth dealer has been sentenced and two suspected drug traffickers from the area have been arrested and found with cocaine and fentanyl. 

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National Night Out is a collaboration between communities and law enforcement to help improve the relationship between the two. The evening allows residents the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

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Tall trees sway gently in the breeze as campers leisurely clean up after breakfast on a perfect summer morning. A lone woman and her large brown dog amble to the fenced in dog park. A large mural of a variety of dogs decorates the far end of the dog area. About 100 RV’s are parked on sites t…

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After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pine County Fair is back in business in 2021. And to mark the occasion, the Fair kicks off a day early – on Tuesday, Aug. 3. 

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The little Nisse has gone into hiding once again. The mythical creature is historically described as looking similar to a garden gnome. They wear conical or knit hats in gray, red or another bright color, according to Wikipedia. The Nisse are thought to be mischevious and illlulsionists.

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 The sound of a jungle cat roar breaks the peaceful Minnesota summer morning in rural Sandstone on a given day. Huge “catios” house a variety of exotic cats in their own fenced areas. Lions lazily lounge on or under large wooden cat walks in fenced in enclosures while a nearby tiger strolls …

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Dean Hovey has published his eighth Pine County mystery. Titled, “Deadly Mixture,” this one has familiar characters in law enforcement attempting to unravel a mystery involving teenage drug use and a missing girl. 

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When you meet Ginger Leach, you are immediately drawn to her stature and her calming welcome. This reporter experienced that in 1989 when she knocked on my door and offered me a kind welcome and a loaf of lemon poppy seed bread. 

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A dream came true last week for David and Hannah Mitchell. They are now the owners of Quarry Pizza. “I’ve always wanted to own my own pizza place, so when this came up for sale I said let’s do it,” said David.

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The Enbridge Energy Line 3 project hit a snag while drilling under the Willow River near Palisade, Minn. Tuesday, July 6. The company was using a process called horizontal directional drilling when there was a release of drilling mud into the river, according to Randall Doneen, Department of…

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Families with children under age 18 may see additional money coming into the household as new child tax credit changes go into effect. More than 36 million American families who, based on tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service, may be eligible to receive monthly Child Tax Credit…

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The annual Best of Pine County contest is now accepting votes at www.Pinecountynews.com/bestof/

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Use your creative & artistic energy as you transform a two dimensional wooden shape of a rutabaga into a work of art. 

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At a meeting of the “St. Croix Fundamentalist Ministers Association ‘’ in 1932 it was decided that a Young Peoples Bible Camp should be created. The ministers, from Hinckley, Pine City, Mora and Grantsburg, first planned on the camp to be at Yellow Banks Boy Scout Camp. At a later meeting th…

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A year ago when we were doing our first Readers Choice Best of Isanti-Chisago, Kanabec and Pine County contests, a story was shared with me. The sales consultant had met with one of their customers to talk about advertising in the section where we were publishing the names of the winners of …

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 There’s a new face in town. Al Fritsche recently joined the Hinckley group of newspapers as a sales representative. He sells advertising for the Hinckley News, Askov American, Pine County Courier and Evergreen newspapers.

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Pine County law enforcement has seized significant amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cash after capturing the parties allegedly involved in an illegal drug deal near Hinckley.

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 The 1945 surrender of Japan not only signified the end of World War II, it was also Michas Ohnstad’s 19th birthday. 

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Plump, juicy, red bursts of sweetness are ready for picking, eating, and making into tasty treats. That’s right, Spectrum Strawberry Farm in Carlton is now open for the fourth year. 

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“We are the Panthers, couldn’t be prouder, if you can’t hear us we’ll yell a little louder!” Sandstone Mayor Pete Spartz remembers this cheer from back in his high school days. Spartz is hoping others that remember it as well will help keep the Panthers’ memory alive by donating to the new park.

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Last year business owners wondered if there were enough customers to support the labor, this year business owners wonder if there is enough labor to support the customers, said Chris Hickle, one of the owners of Tobies Restaurant and Bakery in Hinckley. While store hours are shortened to bal…

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“All we are asking is that people stay off and be patient,” said Jason Boyle part of the team with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) working on the Willow River Dam project in a phone interview about concerns over vegetation growth at the Willow River Dam. 

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