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Pine County Dispatch received a call about a number of gunshots at a residence on Cedar Creek Road, southeast of Hinckley, Minn. Shortly thereafter, dispatch received a call from a resident of the property, reporting they had been shot. Deputies responded and discovered two adult male victim…

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Walking into the newest business in Askov, you are greeted with a smiling face and a calming, peaceful atmosphere that makes a person feel at ease. 

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Brian Collins is formulating a plan for the future in his new position as warden at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Moose Lake. 

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Pine County announced today that it was awarded $5,576,250 of federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, by the U.S. Senate on march 10, and then signed into law by President Biden.

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Spring is springing! While the first official day of spring isn’t until Sunday, March 20, the weather seems to be warming up and the snow and ice are melting! Spring is by far my favorite season. Flowers start blooming and the first hints of green grass will show soon. However, it can’t come…

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It’s playoff time! Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team (19-8) won the first two section playoff games this past week. On Thursday, March 10, they were host to the Mesabi-East Giants winning 109-58. On Saturday, March 12, they traveled to Hermantown to face the Virginia Blue Devils …

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This past weekend Hinckley-Finlayson students in grades K-12 had the opportunity to learn about ice fishing. The Finlayson-Giese Sportsman’s Club provided rods for the kids to use during the event  which they were also able to take home with them. Kids and guardians alike enjoyed free food a…

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Ask someone my age about robotics and names like Robby, B-9 and Proteus come to mind. Say robotics to high school kids around here and names like Circuit Breakers, Jagobotics and Bombatrons roll off the tongue. The FIRST robotics revolution sure has taken over in the last 15 years. Even my s…

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The crowds ebbed and flowed as they admired and laughed at the row of 25 creative cardboard and duct tape sleds at the Denham Run Bar and Grille. Some were an obvious nod to Red Green, including popular quotes from the television show. Others were minimal effort with a few pieces of cardboar…

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Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “What good is a _____?” Insert the name of an insect, mammal or bird. For people who are not interested in nature these other creatures that share the earth with us may just seem like decorations  or worse, as impediments to economic growth, as in endangered s…

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I was just like many little boys living in Saigon dreaming of having a big boy bicycle when South Vietnam fell to communist forces in April of 1975. Chaos ensued shortly after, but that story is for another time. My Vietnamese mother was a long-time employee of the United States and us child…

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The East Central Eagles had three games last week and it didn’t go as planned. They went 1-2 with a win against McGregor and losses against Rush City and Braham.   

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Genevieve (Genny) Swenson is the newest member to the East Central School Board. Genny is not new to East Central as she graduated in 2000 from the district school. Genny was raised in rural Bruno and remains in the same area. She was active in sports, academic excellence and also the Homeco…

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Economic development was at the forefront for Pine County as a resolution was recently passed by the Pine County Board of Commissioners assigning Economic Development Authority (EDA) powers to the existing county Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

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