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Political caucuses are coming up February 1, 2022. What is a caucus you might ask? A caucus, or precinct caucus is a meeting for those interested in participating in and influencing the election of candidates. Caucuses kick off the next two years of political activity.

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Ice! shouts a person clinging about 50 feet up on a slippery slag of white and opaque aqua colored ice. The shout is followed by the sound of ice shattering as it makes contact with the frozen ground. The quiet chatter stops for a few seconds as people look towards the sound.

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One of the most comprehensive studies conducted on beavers has conclusively demonstrated that beavers are essential for freshwater conservation and ecosystem stability by creating and preserving aquatic and wetland environments in Minnesota. This new research from the Natural Resources Resea…

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The Christmas holidays are behind us and many residents are left with a sad, dry tree to dispose of. The local Lions clubs will come to the rescue in the city limits of Hinckley and Sandstone.

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Pine County is bracing for the federally mandated vaccine requirement which goes into effect Jan. 3. Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) said last Wednesday that it will adopt the federal order on Jan. 3 as well. 

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The Pine County Board of Commissioners discussed a number of items including an opioid lawsuit settlement and elected official salaries, among other topics.

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The Sturgeon Lake Lions Club continued its decades-long tradition of delivering fruit baskets to area residents.

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Our biggest beef is the size of the building and the effect on the lake,” said an irate Sand Lake resident.  He was one of many residents to address concerns on how a new project will impact the environment as well as the quality of life for the homeowners on the lake. Several residents voic…

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The East Central School Board members voted to accept the Pay levy increase of 2.95%, or $2,918,636 at their regular board meeting Monday, Dec. 13. No members of the public attended the Truth in Taxation hearing held that night. 

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Pebernodder, medisterpolse and rice pudding are still staples in many Askov homes over the holidays. Askov was originally a Danish settlement and many descendants still live in the area, according to resident historian, Arla Budd. Generations of Danes grew up celebrating typical Christmas tr…

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The head elf will put his toy making duties aside for a day and head to Banning next week. The jolly elf said he checked his list of names and is looking forward to his visit with the good students at East Central on Wednesday, Dec. 22. 

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With the COVID-19 numbers rising, reports of hospitals being overwhelmed and people becoming very ill or dying from the virus, the CDC and local hospitals recommend getting vaccinated. 

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An annual truth in taxation hearing was held for the Pine County budget and levy on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 9. A number of budget and levy items were presented by County Administrator David Minke before the board of commissioners. 

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Have you purchased your Christmas tree this year? If not, it could prove to be difficult. Many tree farms/growers in the area are running out of trees for the 2021 season.

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Happy Land Tree Farms has once again won the title of Grand Champion at the Minnesota State Fair. But what goes into growing a tree of that quality? “Ge-net-tiques,” says owner Ken Olson in his best French Canadian accent.

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East Central School District will hold their Truth in Taxation Public Meeting Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The board voted to approve the proposed tax levy at the maximum amount of 4.88% during a September meeting, which is down from 12.05% last year. The board can vote to keep the levy at the …

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When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

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The remains of Ashley Miller Carlson, a 33-year-old mother of four who was last seen on Sept. 24 near the Lake Lena Reservation of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, were found in Ogema Township, on lands belonging to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 by Chris…

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Changing Gaits, an equine therapy non-profit organization located in Brook Park, Minnesota, has been making strides toward their goal of raising $60,000 for one year’s worth of care of the program’s 35 therapy horses. 

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It’s been a challenging couple of years for many people as their routines unexpectedly changed. Some people lost jobs, others lost loved ones and life as we knew it suddenly ground to a halt. In uncertain times it can be difficult to remember to be thankful for what you do have.

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What do you do if Skittles or Xena go missing? Pets unexpectedly escape or go missing every day. Some slip through an open door, others break their chain or slip their leash and take off running. Frantic owners search the area calling their pet’s names, then desperately blast the information…

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As a part of reunion planning, the Sandstone High School graduating classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 will be sponsoring a new scholarship through the East Central Dollars for Scholars program.

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Where have all of the people gone, asked Stephanie Youngberg, East Central High School principal.

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Three men – two with local ties – have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution ring in east central Minnesota.

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Dave Will, 72, sat in a booth with his back wedged into the corner as he started talking. He explained that he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder about 10 years ago from a war that ended about 45 years ago for most people.

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What do you do if you have an old caboose laying around? One option is to donate it to a historical society.

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Daylight saving time starts each year on the second Sunday in March. The practice involves moving clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months and changing them back again in the fall. This year, daylight saving time ends on Nov. 7.

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The smell of caramel floats in the air and mingles with the slightly burnt scent of pumpkin seeds as a group of teens stir, bake, decorate and cut shapes. The Foundation of Food Prep course students bustle about their kitchen areas on Thursday, Oct. 28, as they prepare for a Halloween bake-off.

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The family of Ashley L. Miller (Carlson) is offering a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts and has set up a no-questions-asked anonymous tip line to take calls for anyone who might have information that can bring Ashley home. 

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Area residents and businesses are being asked to share what they know about child care in Pine County.

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Many Veterans have gotten sick with illnesses and cancers years and even decades after coming in contact with Agent Orange while in Vietnam and other areas in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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