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Pine County is hoping to build up the area’s economy and bring more investment and housing to the region with the hire of a new economic development coordinator.  Lezlie Sauter started the job on Monday, May 1, and said she is excited to focus on development activities and spurring business …

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The Minnesota FFA Foundation announced 27 Minnesota students who will receive the James W. Tracy scholarship, including Ellen Harth of Hinckley-Finlayson High School. 

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On Wednesday, May 5, Izaty’s Golf and Yacht Club held a Great River Conference golf meet. The team from Barnum was first with the lowest score of 415. Braham came in second with 427; Pine City third 431; Moose Lake Willow River finished fourth with 440 and Hinckley-Finlayson was fifth with 462. 

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The spring, summer and fall are looking much brighter. The sun has finally come out and our garden club, spring sports and elementary recess are getting the sunshine and exercise that kids of all ages need so much right now.

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As the winter constellations head into the sunset, Mars struggles to avoid the same fate. 

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Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds on May 10, state officials announced that Minnesota is ready to begin vaccinating this age group this week.

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I recently had the fun job of taking photographs and writing a story about local greenhouses. I noticed I take a lot of close up photos and started to wonder what a greenhouse and the flowers mean in my world.

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The Hinckley Knights townball team will open their 2021 season this weekend under the lights at Brennan Field. The hometown club will face the Anoka Bucs Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Blaine Fusion Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Both opponents are from the Class ‘B’ Metro Minny League.

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A two-vehicle crash on Highway 23 in Pine County resulted in life-threatening injuries to three people on May 4. 

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Area bird watchers have spotted any number of winged wonders as the weather warms and flocks migrate north – including this Baltimore Oriole taking a break in a Pokegama Township yard. 

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Over the course of 45 years working with kids as a teacher, principal, and coach, I have experienced the proverbial “lump in the throat” on many occasions. It always happened when I spoke to a graduating class for the last time. Sometimes, it happened when a student or athlete performed extr…

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Cool and windy weather conditions along with a trio of long-time rivals confronted the boys tennis team but the locals were up to the challenges as they finished with lopsided victories over Chisago Lakes, Aitkin, and North Branch. “It was a busy week but we picked up three nice wins and two…

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Pine City will hold a special park dedication ceremony to officially announce the new name for the city softball complex located at 100 Hurley Avenue SE. Family and friends are invited to join city staff and committee members for the unveiling of the LeRoy Samuelson Memorial Park at 5 p.m. o…

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The Pine City High School track squads had a meet in Milaca called “Battle for the Rum River” on Thursday, May 6. 

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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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Roberta Yvonne Reilly a.k.a. “Reilly” passed away Dec. 26, 2020 at Lakeside Health and Rehab in Pine City at the age of 82.

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Grady Lucas Thompson was born on March 1, 2021 at Welia Health. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long. His parents are Ashley Bryant and Jared Thompson of Mora. Grady is welcomed home by siblings Oliver (three years old), and Eli (one year old). Grandparents are Jim…

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Pine City had a library before 2011. But it was an afterthought, pushed into a cramped corner of one building after another – the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in 1921, a power company in 1924, city hall in 1939 and then a corner of the 1978 city hall building. 

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On Wednesday, May 5, Izaty’s Golf and Yacht Club held a Great River Conference golf meet. The team from Barnum was first with the lowest score of 415. Braham came in second with 427; Pine City third 431; Moose Lake Willow River finished fourth with 440 and Hinckley-Finlayson was fifth with 462. 

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Royal Neighbors Grasston Chapter donated 38 homemade May baskets filled with candy, four lap blankets and three shawls (also handmade) to residents of Elmhurst Commons Assisted Living on May 1. Pictured are Angel of Elmhurst Commons and Teresa Kukowski of the Royal Neighbors.

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After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sounds of music will finally return to Hinckley’s Westside Park. Sweet Summer Sounds will be entering its fifth year of bringing unique entertainment to the downtown area. 

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Pine County is hoping to build up the area’s economy and bring more investment and housing to the region with the hire of a new economic development coordinator. 

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A North Branch woman died in the waters of Rock Creek after a single-vehicle crash on the morning of May 5. 

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Eleven-year-old Wheeler Wiedemann bagged a nice gobbler with a 7 1/2” beard east of Pine City with his Grandpa Tom.

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A protest is being planned at Pine City High School after racist and profanity-ridden messages directed at an Asian-American Pine City High School student by other students were shared on the school’s Facebook page on May 5, in order to bring attention to the bullying that this student was f…

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Unemployment in Pine County fell more than a full percentage point between February and March 2021, dropping from 8.8% in February to 7.7% in March, according to a recent report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). With a labor force of 14,008, …

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The JV baseball team improved their record to 4-0 last night with a convincing win over Oglivie 12-1 in 6 innings. The Jags were led offensively by Griffin Stiel, Lane Von Rueden, and Mac Storlie who all contributed 2 hits, a double each for Stiel and Storlie. The Jags hitters tallied a tota…

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Pine Technical and Community College has a new tenant in its Innovation Center on the corner of Main Street and Hillside Avenue S, and is planning roughly $500,000 in improvements to the seven-year-old building this summer. 

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Spring has finally arrived! I hope you and your family have been out enjoying some of the nice weather. As a farmer, I know many of us are getting ready for the planting season ahead. Just a reminder, as farmers start their work in the fields more farm equipment will be on our roads, almost …

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