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What do a squirrel, lightning strike and air conditioner have in common?

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Imagine herds of huge, shaggy animals with a massive head, long horns and a huge hump on its shoulders plodding across Minnesota. They are nearly six feet tall, 10 feet long and weigh around 2,000 pounds. A few stray into Pine County.

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I teach intro to meteorology every winter semester at Lake Superior College.  Part of the curriculum is a series of videos by Professor Eric Snodgrass of the University of Illinois.  In one recent lecture, Dr. Snodgrass cautioned students to be wary of the media’s misuse of the term “polar v…

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The City of Pine City Council currently meets twice a month on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the last Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. To balance its commitment to public participation and the health of our community, City Council meetings are being held virtually via Rin…

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Minnesota’s 1,781 townships will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, March 9. Known as Township Day, these annual meetings are held every year on the second Tuesday in March. Residents of the townships will meet to voice their opinions about local issues with other township residents and a…

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On Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, Simon James Hanson, cherished son, brother, proud uncle, and best friend, left this earth and all of its troubles to be with Jesus in heaven. 

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Online Mental Health Support Groups for Individuals and Families

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Cancellations are likely. Confirm times with group before attending.  

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Ricki Kryzer of Pine City passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at his home at the age of 64.

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St. Cloud State University

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Donna Mae Makie, a 40-year resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at home.  She was 73 years old.  Donna was born on Jan. 27, 1948 in Pine City Village, to the late Nels Makie and Pearl Evalyn McKay.  She was very proud of her time as a former radio sales/account exec…

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Presenting ECRAC’s Proposed Programming and Focus for the Next Two Years

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While activities surrounding this year’s Vasaloppet may have been subdued, the enthusiasm of ski racers and volunteers was unrestrained. Overall the event upheld a spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie and perseverance.

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Nicholas John Coffield, 41, of East Gull Lake, Minnesota has been charged with felony identity theft and mail theft after allegedly stealing from mailboxes in Pine County and around the state. 

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The East Central Eagles had a home game on Tuesday, February 23, against Onamia and went to Hinckley-Finlayson on Thursday, February 25.   The Onamia game was a close one, the Eagles lost by five, 50-45. Cassidee Thorvig had 24 of those 45 points, 13 rebounds and 6 steals. Alyson Huntington …

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The Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars boys’ basketball team had a tough schedule last week: they  played the first and second place teams in the Great River Conference in East Central and Pine City. Unfortunately, the Jaguars lost both games.

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Total number of cases: 2,820

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Six years ago, Rick Rayburn and six other locals discovered that liens had been placed on their properties in amounts varying between $11,000 and $30,000. This started a grassroots campaign to stop claims being placed on estates for health care expenses. 

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Nicholas John Coffield, 41, of East Gull Lake, Minnesota has been charged with felony identity theft and mail theft after allegedly stealing from mailboxes in Pine County and around the state. 

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The East Central Eagles (11-1) had two games this past week and won both of them, keeping their winning streak alive. On Monday, February 22, they defeated Barnum and on Friday, February 26, they had a big win over Hinckley-Finlayson to culminate Snow Week.  

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On Monday, February 22, the Hinckley-Finlayson Lady Jaguars hosted non-conference opponent Moose Lake/Willow River.  The Rebels have a pair of high scoring guards and play in a very tough conference up north.  The Jags played a great first half of basketball despite trailing 34-28.

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The boys varsity hockey team has picked up momentum as the season has gone on, and after starting the season with four straight losses, the Dragons have gone 7-2 in their last nine games, notching victories, passing milestones, and blazing their way to a statement comeback win over St. Francis. 

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As a polar vortex hunkers down over Minnesota, you may find yourself reaching for an extra sweater, blanket or space heater. Our plants are all tucked in for the winter or getting ready to be started from seed.

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Donna Vettling passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at her home in Pine City at the age of 89.

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