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A Hinckley man, Joseph Michael Dunkley Sr., 43, has been charged with one felony count of murder in the third degree after drug sales cost another man his life. If convicted, Dunkley could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and/or a fine of $40,000. Dunkley was recently detained o…

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Pine County Health and Human Services is partnering with the United Way to bring a multitude of resources to Pine County residents at no charge at their upcoming Operation Community Connect (OCC) event. This resource fair is open to all and will be held at the Hinckley Community Center on Tu…

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Question: Is it legal for me to have a blue soft lighted “RAM” lettering logo on the front grill of my truck? It’s not flashing, but always illuminated. Any answer is appreciated.

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The City of Hinckley presented an update of the city’s budget as well as a projection for 2023. City Administrator and Clerk, Kyle Morell, presented the budget information at the September city council meeting. 

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You may have noticed this past week that the trees are changing colors, another sign that fall is officially here. Taking a drive throughout Pine County and beyond becomes a beautiful sight to behold. 

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If you enjoy a Honeycrisp, Haralson, SweeTango or First Kiss apple at your local orchard or farm stand this fall, you can thank the University of Minnesota apple breeding program for putting it there.

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Question: I have recently noticed several semi-trucks with lug nuts on their front tires that are pointed and stick out beyond the edge of the cab.  I’m concerned that they could cause damage to other vehicles. Is there a law about this?   

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On Aug. 18, at 5:50 a.m., the Pine County Sheriff’s office received a report that a woman had been woken by her four year-old child who informed her that there was a stranger sitting on the couch in their Brook Park home.

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The widely popular attraction of the dog park has become one of the fastest growing trends in pet friendly communities across the state. With these puppy playgrounds becoming welcomed additions to many towns, man’s best friend may soon have a place to frolic close to home.

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Nationwide unemployment rates have ticked down and the labor force has shrunk. This trend has impacted all states and Minnesota is no exception. 

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Welia Health has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Welia Health is in the top 6 percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering emergency care services. 

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Christian Joseph Rarick was born in Welia Health. His parents are Daniel and Kara Rarick of Pine City. Christian is welcomed home by siblings Zach and Dallas. Grandparents are Rik Rarick and Joe and Lisa Husnik.

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Question: Is it legal for farmers to load hay on a state highway? Our neighbor bales several miles of state highway ditches.  To load the round bales he drives down the highway with a pickup and bale wagon.  His son is in the ditch with a tractor and loader.  The son gets a bale on the loade…

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As Pine County prepares to set its levy for 2023, the board of commissioners discussed their preliminary budget at the Sept. 6 regular board meeting. The board will have to adopt a preliminary levy by the end of September, presumably at the Sept. 20 board meeting. A special meeting will be s…

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The “Great Pumpkin” is hiding under a sheet at a rural farm in Sturgeon Lake. There are actually several large pumpkins on Jerry Gibson’s farm and their names are Big Bertha, Florence, Albert and Frank.

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Can birds see in color? The answer is yes, but there are qualifiers to this answer.  Research into bird vision and their ability to differentiate colors began back in the early 1970s. In the following decades scientists compared the three kinds of cone cells in our retina; the ones used to s…

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The East Central Drug Task Force and the Pine County Sheriff’s Office have been working on a narcotics investigation since January of this year. On July 26, an arrest was made in Pine County, north of Pokegama Lake, bringing a lengthy investigation to a close.

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In the Old Testament book of Esther, we read of a young orphaned Jewish woman who was elevated to the place of Queen of a vast land. This took place while the Jews were under captivity to the Persian empire, and were considered but slaves, so it was no small thing for a woman of such heritag…

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Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores have been released to the public and can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Website at https://rc.education.mn.gov/

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On Aug. 27, 2022, Tyler Thorvig bagged a win at the Minnesota Grocers Association contest held at their corporate offices in St. Paul. This win was fueled by the drive to beat his father, who had come in third place at the National bagging contest in 1991.

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On County Highway 61, dust kicks up and the sound of hooves pounding the gravel can be heard in the afternoon wind. Work is busy on Danjer Farm Racing and Breeding located at the edge of Sandstone. Dan and Jeri Roland, along with their daughter, house over 40 horses, all with unique jobs of …

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Several Pine County residents expressed frustration during the public forum at the Sept. 6 county board meeting regarding a book in the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) system. 

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Hot and dry weather covered much of the northern hemisphere this summer with drought in China, Europe and the western United States. Here, summer 2022 was good for rain for most of northern Minnesota. Aitkin and Carlton counties were near normal. But, northern Pine County continues to be abn…

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East Central Community Theatre presents SHE LOVES ME! A musical based in a 1930s perfumery. Two shop clerks who don't usually see eye to eye, have no idea they have fallen in love after responding to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper. SHE LOVES ME showcases a small but strong …

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It is that magical time of the year.  That time when our children get crabby because bedtime comes a little earlier and as parents we get filled with excitement because maybe there will be just a bit of quiet time before we put ourselves to bed.

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The Pine County Animal Welfare Society is back and ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. The volunteers focus on educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering pets as well as trapping, fixing and releasing feral cats throughout Pine County.

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Two individuals, Duke Lloyd Roseland, 27, of Pine City, and Brooklyn Marie Lundgren, 25, of Maplewood, are being charged with aggravated first degree burglary and aggravated third degree assault in connection with a fatality that occured on Aug. 30 in Sandstone. 

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The old Sandstone High School, better known to locals as The Rock, was built in 1901 and then struck by lightning in 1909 which destroyed the interior of the building leaving only the Sandstone shell. By 1910 the building was rebuilt, doubling in size. The auditorium was added in the 1930s. …

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Question: Why are so many vehicles allowed to be on Minnesota roads with only a rear license plate? This seems to be especially true of late model expensive makes (Tesla, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, etc.). Isn’t the lack of a front plate a primary offense and the vehicle therefor subject to a traff…

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This year, Hinckley-Finlayson High School is rolling out a new and exciting physical education class; fishing. Yes, that’s right, fishing. Students in grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to take this new, semester-long fishing class. 

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A ceremony took place at the Pine County Courthouse last Thursday, Aug. 25, to dedicate the conference room on the main level of the courthouse to former, deceased Pine County commissioner, Steve Chaffee. 

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