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Kathy Dracy would like to thank the Bruno American Legion for the wonderful Veteran’s Day program and meal on Nov. 11. Thank you to the staff at Nemadji Resources for the preparation of the delicious meal.  To the parents that brought their school age children to the event, thank you. It was…

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I can’t wait to eat turkey at thanksgiving.  It is the small pleasures that make life great. Sometimes it’s just looking forward to eating turkey, talking to relatives, drinking a glass of wine or beer, and taking a mid-afternoon nap in front of the football game. One of the ways that you ca…

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Derrell and Jean Jensen’s friends from Coon Rapids arrived Friday for hunting. They all enjoyed St. Paul’s meatball dinner.

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It is Halloween as I write this.  Hopefully all the little goblins have fun tonight and get lots of candy.  I love fall and all the fun things to do.  Have fun everyone.  One of the fun things that is happening in Willow River is the 13th Annual Willow River Gobble Wobble 2 mile Fun Run/Walk…

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The Wiggins family gathered at Mike and Mary Wiggins cabin in Nickerson on Oct. 22 for the annual highway cleanup and barbecue.  Everyone had a great time. It was good to get together as the annual event had been canceled two years due to COVID.  Thank you to Mike and Mary for hosting the ev…

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In appreciation of the Little Mermaid Cafe employees  and the PCHM volunteers, the cafe and  Pine County Historical  Museum will be closed on Sunday Nov. 6.

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I was so very saddened to hear about the passing of Sharon Scharrer.  She was such a lovely lady and I will miss her warm humor and beautiful smile. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was very active in many events. She was also one of my favorite people. Please remember her in your p…

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Saturday, the Wiggins family gathered at Mike and Mary Wiggins cabin in Nickerson for the annual highway cleanup and barbecue. Everyone had a great time . It was good to get together as the annual event had been canceled two years due to COVID.  Thank you to Mike and Mary for hosting the eve…

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Saturday Jean Jensen, Rita Jensen, Dee Jensen and Mrs Richard Jensen attended the baby shower for Lindsey Jensen Turpin in Milaca. Sunday, Jean had lunch with a childhood friend at Doc’s. They hadn’t seen each other for 58 years. Both enjoyed reminiscing about their home town.

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I was freezing squash and making tomato juice this weekend. The house smelled like fall. When I am running the canner in the summer it is usually with all the windows open and I’m trying to stay cool. But the heat from the canner felt good. I love the fall. When I took the dog out to play in…

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Friday evening, Derrell and Jean Jensen attended the Pine City Art Center for the opening of the art “Pot Luck” show. Twenty four artists displayed their work. Jean had several pieces of her pottery in the show.

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I just got done canning carrots. It was a good year for carrots. At the start of the summer I planted two packets of little tiny carrot seeds. I thought, “Well these seeds are so small. I think I’ll plant two packets, so I get enough to can a few jars.”  We harvested ten gallons of carrots. …

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This weekend someone complained to me that their city was doing mail-in ballots.  I sometimes get frustrated with people complaining about what their local government units are doing or not doing. My response is usually to ask if they’ve gone to their township/city meetings and listen to the…

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Friday, Derrell, Jean and Skyy Jensen had lunch in Duluth to celebrate Terrah Jensen’s birthday. Also attending was Roger Robertson and his mother, Sharon, Linda Schaumburg and Bob Carman.

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Gary and Linda Shaw of Woodford , Va. spent last week in Minnesota staying at the Jeanette Swenson home in Bruno.  They came to attend the graveside service of  Gary’s sister , Dorothy McCuskey of Holyoke.  While here they visited with family and friends.

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The frost is on the pumpkins and we are busy harvesting fall vegetables and fruit.  The Willow River Fire Department is busy preparing for the upcoming annual gun raffle.  The leaves are just thinking about changing colors.  The birds are flocking up and flying away.  The squirrels are gathe…

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Bruno Bear’s Den Veterans ATV ride on Saturday had a good turnout, it was muddy, but they had a great time.     They had a stop at the Nickerson Bar where lunch was provided before they returned to Bruno.

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My grandmother used to say, “Don’t feed a stray cat unless you want it to be yours to feed.” I found myself saying that to several people in the last month.  I was driving through Barnum about a month ago and saw a guy at the four way stop with a sign that said that he needed money for his f…

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Labor day weekend, Derrell and Jean Jensen attended the ABATE State motorcycle rally in Litchfield, They had a great time visiting friends from all over the State.  Sept. 9th weekend, they went to Nisswa to the Wilderness Resort for the weekend with twenty of their friends.

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This past Sunday was the 21st anniversary of 9/11, also known as Patriots Day. The Willow River Fire Department and EMS had the “Never Forget” tanker out on Sunday and the flag at half staff to remember the fallen firefighters, first responders, and the other victims of 9/11.  

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Do you have an interest in gardening? Would you like to take a basic University of Minnesota horticulture online course? Would you be willing to share your gardening knowledge and experience in your community? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you should apply to become a U of M…

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Doreen Peterson and her brother Brian Mercer hosted a surprise 80th birthday party for their mother Carole Mercer at the Route 61 Supper Club in Moose Lake on Saturday evening, August 27.  Those who attended were:  Doreen and Brad Peterson and daughter Daphne of Barnum, Brian and Barb Mercer…

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