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Rock Creek Lions Club presents the Pine County History Society Museum with a check to completely pay for the lighting of the mural on the building (on the Highway 23 side). This will help with advertising of the facility. Lions President is Tom Duffney.

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A Britt, Minn. man has been charged with felony first degree drug sale, felony second degree drug sale and third degree drug possession after allegedly being caught with over 20 grams of cocaine while drug trafficking at the Hinckley Grand Casino.

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Most Minnesotans were missing one major element in January … the sun. Those who don’t get away on vacation to some warm, tropical environment suffered through 19 days where there was 50-100% cloud cover, according to meteorologist Dave Anderson. 

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning last week stating that there have been seven drug overdoses in January already, and three of them resulted in deaths. 

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Question: My truck was backed into yesterday and the mirror on the driver’s side broke off mirror. It is dangling by the wire now.  Will I be legal to drive if I remove it or do I try to tape it back into position until it can be fixed?

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Question: Hi, I was wondering if you are stopped at a stop light and in a left turn lane and an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens come in behind you (either in the turn lane or the lane to your right), what is the proper procedure? Thank you!

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Winter in Minnesota is no stranger to activities that incorporate snow. From ice fishing, skiing, the Vasaloppet in Mora, to Bentleyville in Duluth, there are always activities happening that make the winter snows more of an enjoyment, rather than a hindrance. Snowmobiling is one such activity. 

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Representatives from the city of Bruno were present at a recent meeting of the Pine County Board of Commissioners. On the agenda was the Pine County recycling contract.

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East Central Regional Library is having conversations about adding Naloxone kits to their libraries’ emergency response equipment; Naloxone is commonly known as Narcan which is a prescription medicine that reverses opioid overdoses. Trained staff would administer the life-saving drug in the …

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With the cold weather and snow this Minnesota winter, area fire departments want to warn residents to make sure their furnace exhaust pipes are clear of snow and ice.

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Hinckley residence on Monday, Jan. 16 which resulted in Old Hwy 61 being closed for several hours.

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Two crashes occurred on State Highway 23 in one week near Brook Park – one on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and the other one which resulted in a fatality on Saturday, Jan. 14. 

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Chances are you know someone who recently dealt with or is dealing with respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. Infants and young children are being hospitalized due to the virus. The Center for Disease Control is warning parents and physicians around the country about the increase…

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A deadly crash occurred on Jan. 14 at about 12:25 p.m. and involved an Express Semi Truck and a Toyota Camry. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 2016 semi truck driven by Bruce Roy Clark, age 64 of Brook Park, was traveling east on State Highway 23 near Cross Park Road when the 201…

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Last weekend ice climbing enthusiasts from all over the country descended on Sandstone’s Robinson Quarry Park for their annual Ice Fest. Sandstone is one of the only places in Minnesota that farms ice for climbing. Clinics were held to teach beginners as well as tents to purchase or trade eq…

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The 2023 Minnesota Senate convened this week for the 93rd Legislative Session. With the start of Session came the traditional swearing in of Senators, new and returning, a discussion about priorities for the state, and a lively debate regarding the merits and traditions of the Senate Rules.  

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Question: I was driving on the freeway during the worst part of a recent storm. Just had a question—are people supposed to use their emergency flashers when they are driving? So many cars on the freeway were, and it made it impossible to tell if someone was actually stopped or moving slowly …

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In accordance with Minnesota State Statues 244.052 and 244.253D, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information regarding Jon Patrick Wright, a level three registrant subject to public notification. Mr. Wright may be released to rural Grasston on Jan. 17, 2023

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Snow removal issues have presented themselves in full force for the city, county and for independent contractors. Pine County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Terry Clementson and owner of Jeff’s Outdoor Services, Jeff Jahnz, spoke with the Pioneer about the recent challenges.   

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Taxpayers in the city of Sandstone will see the tax rate be the lowest it has been since 2010. The City Council approved using some of the city’s fund balance in order to provide a zero percent levy increase for 2023.

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The Pine County budget and levy have been passed by the board of commissioners during their regular meeting on Dec. 20. 

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Now that the holidays are over, what’s there to do when the weather outside is frightening and the fire is slowly dying? Answer: Find a fun outdoor or indoor activity! 

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Pine County on Tuesday of last week, passed a resolution declaring a local emergency for the county after experiencing a winter storm event starting on Dec. 13. This storm caused significant damage requiring significant local resources to respond. 

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Facebook fans have been chuckling lately at a meme that says, “the inventor of the wind chill factor has died; he was 82 but he felt like 64.” Sure, it’s a funny gag but in real life, the inventor of the wind chill factor only lived to be 60. A hard life of research in Antarctica probably di…

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 Question: Are yellow speed signs in curves or busy locations enforceable? I’ve seen 60 mph white speed limit signs then a short distance later a yellow 50 mph sign. The yellow signs don’t say “limit” on them, so I would think going 60 mph in a yellow 50 mph zone isn’t illegal but not a good idea.

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Question: Last week, I noticed a truck with a snow plow blade on it, it took up the whole traffic lane, it was not a Minnesota Department of Transportation truck.  What is the legal length allowed for a snow blade?

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2023 is just around the corner, and with it, new laws. According to Minnesota House of Representatives sparker, Melissa Hortman, Jan. 1, 2023 will see new laws become effective. These new laws impact a variety of different areas. 

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