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Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.

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The one-hundred-year-old red barn in Windemere Township sits empty for the first time since 1921. The sounds of cows waiting to be milked are now silenced, leaving only the twittering of birds who fly through the open windows. In the last century, two families owned the property, several kid…

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As Minnesotans make the seasonal switch to sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, insects are making a seasonal switch as well. Cooler days and especially cooler mornings send signals to certain insects: Winter is coming.

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A Wisconsin author with Pine City roots has set down the journey of her life in stories and poetry, and is sharing it all in her book “My Life in a Nutshell.” 

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The third quarter (July – September 2021) Minnesota Withholding Tax return is due Nov. 1. Since Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday, returns are due the following Monday.

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The jobless rate for Pine County ticked down a fraction of a percentage point to 3.6% in August. According to a recent report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), this puts Pine County’s unemployment at the lowest point yet in 2021 – and among t…

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The family of Helen Johnston would like to thank you for your kindness through our mother’s illness and homegoing. Special thanks to Cindy, Evyn, Glenice, and Accent Care Hospice.

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Our most sincere thanks to all who donated, volunteered, and attended Jacob’s kidney transplant benefit. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support shown by our family and community members. The generosity of all has provided us with the funding to cover expenses related to the tr…

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I would like to thank all my family and friends and VFW Auxiliary for the calls, prayers, cards and Facebook well wishes during my recovery from the surgeries and healing. It’s been a long journey and hopefully ending soon.

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The family of Margaret Bible would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and sympathy throughout Mom’s illness and at her passing. So many people reached out to her in various ways, giving her support and comfort. We, too, feel blessed by the many kindnesses shown in the form of …

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The “From Lu to You” kickball tournament and fundraiser on a warm Saturday, Oct. 9 gave participants a great opportunity to have some outdoor fun while helping out the families of children in need. 

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Pine City High School’s theater will be returning to the stage this fall with the classic “Cinderella.” This show has uncounted remakes and rewrites and retellings, but Pine City will be doing the most traditional and widely recognized version: “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” This …

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Twenty-six year old Kaitlyn (LaFrance) Hawkinson sort of fell in to her career as a pilot in the United States Air Force. 

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Local poet and writer Margaret Marty’s poem “Obsession,” about her beloved cat C.W., has been published in the latest edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat.”

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As the search for Ashley Lynn Miller (Carlson) enters its third week, family and friends of the missing woman are reaching out to help find information that could bring Ashley home. 

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University of North Dakota

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Roberta “Birdie” Dunkley is passionate about teaching Native American youth in Pine County about their heritage. Dunkley is the new Pine County Cultural Community Coach. She visits each of the schools in the county every week and wears several hats, including acting as motivator, communicati…

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When hosting a gathering in the fall, it’s handy to have plenty of desserts available to tempt various palates. Carrot cake boasts an antioxidant-rich main ingredient and offers some semblance of nutrition amid the sugar rush of other offerings. Plus, its orange hue fits in perfectly with th…

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Red, orange and yellow leaves dance in the air as they twirl slowly towards the ground on a warm fall breeze. Colorful trees still edge the roads, lakes, and other bodies of water in some areas during nature’s segue between summer and winter. In many areas the trees have already shed their l…

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The family of James Kvam wishes to thank the Swanson Funeral Chapel for their services, VFW Post 4258 and American Legion Post 51 for their wonderful honor ceremony, and More Than Sprouts for their delicious food served at Jim’s celebration.

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The family of Bob Leibel would like to extend our sincere thanks to those who supported us in so many ways during this difficult, sad time. We greatly appreciate receiving all of the cards, flowers, prayers, food, memorial donations, and expressions of sympathy. 

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Thanks to everyone for the love and support shown to us in so many ways during Dick’s illness and death.

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Those using Pine County’s Health and Human Services (HHS) programs in southern Pine County will be heading to a new location next month, as the department moves from the Pine Government Center in downtown Pine City to the Pine County Courthouse at 635 Northridge Drive NW in Suite 220.

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The family of David Pixley would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our families, friends, and neighbors for your kindness, support, and encouragement during the 2½ year illness and recent passing of our Grandpa, Dad, and Husband.

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Southern New Hampshire University

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Thank you to all who sent cards, prayers, flowers, memorials, and food for the loss of our son and brother, David.  Your caring support during this difficult time is greatly appreciated.

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A celebration of life for Jim Kvam will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at the Pine City VFW Hall at 600 1st Avenue NW.

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With summer winding down and the fall hunting season picking up, area conservation officers of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found themselves dealing with a wide range of issues this past week.

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A county-wide sales tax intended to help pay for improvements to Pine County’s roads – and which might have come to an end as soon as 2024 – has now been extended into the year 2035. 

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