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 The sound of a jungle cat roar breaks the peaceful Minnesota summer morning in rural Sandstone on a given day. Huge “catios” house a variety of exotic cats in their own fenced areas. Lions lazily lounge on or under large wooden cat walks in fenced in enclosures while a nearby tiger strolls …

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Dean Hovey has published his eighth Pine County mystery. Titled, “Deadly Mixture,” this one has familiar characters in law enforcement attempting to unravel a mystery involving teenage drug use and a missing girl. 

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When you meet Ginger Leach, you are immediately drawn to her stature and her calming welcome. This reporter experienced that in 1989 when she knocked on my door and offered me a kind welcome and a loaf of lemon poppy seed bread. 

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OVER THE LONG Fourth of July holiday, people were getting out of town with a vengeance, traveling to their cabin, their favorite camping park, or visiting with friends and families.

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The Hinckley Knights town ball team will wrap up the regular season Sunday, with a 2 p.m. game against the Mora Blue Devils. The matchup will have playoff seeding implications, as Hinckley, Mora and Quamba are all in contention to win the division. The Knights will play a warm-up exhibition …

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Here’s a chance to learn about beginning grape growing  - both table and wine grapes. Do this at a Beginner Grape Grower Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. check-in) at the Ann River Vineyard and Winery south of Mora. It will be presented by University of Minn…

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Earlier this month, I spent the Fourth of July with Minnesotans in Aurora, Gilbert, Ely, and Duluth. Across our state, we walked in parades, shared meals at picnics, and watched incredible fireworks --— celebrating the great American experiment in democracy as it entered its 245th year.

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Whether it was  homemade crafts or live music, pottery or jewelry, food or face painting, the annual Art Fest on Saturday, July 17 offered a day of sunshine and shopping opportunities for visitors – and a chance just to get out and share a moment of sweet summer goodness with others in the c…

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Volunteers from the Pine City Leos offered their help to the Pine City Public Library for a book sale on the library lawn on July 17, in conjunction with Art Fest in Robinson Park. The Leos made $421.35 for future library programs. 

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The sound of a jungle cat roar breaks the peaceful Minnesota summer morning in rural Sandstone on any given day. Huge “catios” house a variety of exotic cats in their own fenced areas. Lions lazily lounge on or under large wooden cat walks in fenced-in enclosures, while a nearby tiger stroll…

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Dean Hovey has published his eighth Pine County mystery. Titled, “Deadly Mixture,” this one has familiar characters in law enforcement attempting to unravel a mystery involving teenage drug use and a missing girl. 

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Minnesota is facing drought conditions with no end in sight, and Pine City officials are asking residents and businesses to begin taking steps to limit their water use. 

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On July 8, 2021, the Judges of the Tenth Judicial District presented Attorney Michael Bjerke with the Honorable Robert Varco Pro Bono Award. Pro Bono Publico means “for the public good.” In the legal profession the phrase refers to providing free legal services.  The award is presented annua…

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Wayne Robert Mills passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at age 86.  

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Dewey Samuelson of Pine City passed away Friday, July 2, 2021, at his home at the age of 88.

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A new way to help senior men share their talents, foster friendships, reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve health and well-being has taken rural communities in other countries by storm and is spreading to Minnesota.

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A home is more than a building. It is a place of safety, a place to raise a family, make memories and dream of the future. Two families will receive homes later this fall in Sandstone.

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A dream came true last week for David and Hannah Mitchell. They are now the owners of Quarry Pizza. “I’ve always wanted to own my own pizza place, so when this came up for sale I said let’s do it,” said David.

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Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) have been around for billions of years. Typically blooming during the summer months, they tend to prevail in nutrient rich standing waters.  When nutrient concentrations throughout the watershed (and associated runoff) increase, blooms become more frequent an…

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The Enbridge Energy Line 3 project hit a snag while drilling under the Willow River near Palisade, Minn. Tuesday, July 6. The company was using a process called horizontal directional drilling when there was a release of drilling mud into the river, according to Randall Doneen, Department of…

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Families with children under age 18 may see additional money coming into the household as new child tax credit changes go into effect. More than 36 million American families who, based on tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service, may be eligible to receive monthly Child Tax Credit…

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The Hinckley Knights town ball team has three league games this weekend, that will make a big difference on where they will finish in the league standings at the end of the month.

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The annual Best of Pine County contest is now accepting votes at www.Pinecountynews.com/bestof/

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These days, just about everything can be purchased as a subscription. Video and music streaming services are hugely popular. Meal delivery services provide pre-measured ingredients and easy recipes on a subscription basis. You can sign up for regular shipments of snacks, clothing, personal g…

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At a meeting of the “St. Croix Fundamentalist Ministers Association ‘’ in 1932 it was decided that a Young Peoples Bible Camp should be created. The ministers, from Hinckley, Pine City, Mora and Grantsburg, first planned on the camp to be at Yellow Banks Boy Scout Camp. At a later meeting th…

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Gary Wertish praised President Joe Biden for signing an executive order that encourages more competition in the marketplace.

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The other day I got a tune stuck in my head that I couldn’t place for the life of me. Has that ever happened to you? It drives you crazy, like an itch you can’t scratch. This one was a weird little synthesizer ditty, something from childhood. 

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The Fight Like a Girl Motorcycle Ride is back for its ninth year on Saturday, July 17, starting with 9 a.m. registration at Kountry Kettle in Bock. This motorcycle ride and community event to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer, begins at 11 a.m. and continues to Bailey Ray’s Roadho…

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