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Growing up, Thanksgiving was always the epitome of indulging in the most delicious delicacies my father and mother concocted in the kitchen. The local grocer always saved the biggest turkey for our family, usually somewhere close to 30 pounds. We saved up bread crusts for months, storing the…

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Beyond traditions, turkeys, and trying to pull off a Thanksgiving not cooked with family arguments or burnt buns, there is the humorous side of this holiday.

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This week in our “Heard it on the Streets” section, we asked people to tell us what Thanksgiving Day looks like for them. Most people first think of eating and a turkey dinner. But when asked to dig a little deeper and think about what else goes on, they would say football, games, shopping, …

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Our huge thank you goes out to the first responders, Pine City, Brook Park and Hinckley Fire departments, for fighting our house and garage fire on the afternoon of November 6. All of you performed your job professionally and efficiently to try to keep us safe and trying to limit the level o…

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Violet, my youngest daughter, is five years old, and she has questions. Lots and lots of questions. When the snow fell, it was, “Dad, is fall over?” Yes, it’s winter now! “Do I have to do school in winter?”

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It’s Deer Season! This has always been part of my favorite times of the year, for countless reasons beyond merely “buck fever.” I have always loved the clear air, the low clouds scuttling before a 15 mph north wind that’s unsullied by any city air. I love the bleak landscape that reveals eve…

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The topic of why we have an elected sheriff came up a few times this past election cycle. I can answer to the benefits of elected vs. appointed from my perspective. 

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ARE THEY REALLY over? It looks like there are several races too close to call on the national level. There are three Senate races at the time of this writing and we know in Georgia there will be another election to make the final decision. So far it looks like the House of Representatives is…

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In September, the Pine County Board of Commissioners, along with the other counties, cities and school districts across the state, adopted preliminary property tax levies and certified them to the county auditor of each county. 

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My mother-in-law told us she wasn’t up to in-person voting but still wanted to vote. So we started thinking about the best way to do this and about the process of getting an absentee ballot. We’ve done this before but not being sure if things have changed post-COVID, I reached out to the cou…

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Greetings from Pine City Schools. I often think about the quote from Gretchen Rubin, “The days are long but the years are short.” It is already November – time does indeed fly. In the education system, it is important to take a moment to “stop and smell the roses.” Here are a few of the mome…

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“MORAL EXCELLENCE COMES about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” Aristotle

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 (ESV)

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Question: I see school buses that do not use their flashing lights or extend the stop arm as they’re picking up kids. Cars are passing them from behind and from the front. What are the requirements for bus drivers to use their safety lights? Thank you for your time.

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As night falls on November 1, a just-past-first-quarter moon hangs below Saturn, with brilliant Jupiter off to the east. The moon continues to wax as it glides between the two planets on the 2nd and 3rd and below Jupiter on the 4th. 

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When I was a kid, we had something that was a game changer if you were just learning some skill or sport. It was also significant for those who may not have been the best, but wanted to keep trying and participating. Not everyone liked the practice. Some thought it was unfair. 

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My dad loves to tell and re-tell an old shaggy-dog story about a guy who was being tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. As the story goes, after he was deposited on the outskirts of the city, the fellow was asked how he felt about the experience. 

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Since 1990 the aviation community has been collecting and distributing toys to hospitals across Minnesota. It is difficult for a child to be hospitalized anytime, but more so over the holidays. As one hospital spokesperson stated, “These gifts make it possible to create a more comforting and…

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I opened the closet doors, thinking it would take about 15 seconds to find the pair of shoes I wanted to wear. It took 10 seconds to see one of the shoes; the other shoe required me to pull out all the shoes and boots belonging to my husband and me. The other shoe was found ten minutes later…

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If you’ve followed the news, both nationally and locally, you’ve likely seen that we are in a teacher shortage. And to me, it feels more like a crisis as I can’t recall hearing about so many open teaching positions in my lifetime. When I first began teaching in 2008, applications for the tea…

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Sitting in the lobby of a hotel in downtown Minneapolis, enjoying late night coffee and conversation with fellow journalists learning the trade, the evening was coming to a close as we all had an early morning ahead of us. 

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EARLY VOTING IS now underway in Minnesota and the in-person Election Day is November 8, 2022. Minnesotans have a good record of election turnout and credibility at the polls. The key is for voters to be informed. Our news staffs have been working hard to provide you voter guides with the can…

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Greece is a wonderful country. While my expectations of the country were only from movies that gave a coastal perspective, experiencing the country by bus gave me a richer view.  Greece is mountainous, with flat valley land that extends to the sea. The culture is rich in national pride and, …

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Each year in the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery precisely at 11 a.m., on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month.  This moment was being remembered when the cease fire was declared to signif…

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THE FLORIDA SOUTHWEST coast was hit Wednesday, September 5 by a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane Ian was devastating.  

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It’s that time of year again when we mail out our free issues of the Pioneer for this week and for two weeks after that on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. The goal is to give the Pine City community a glimpse of what they would be receiving each week if subscribed. 

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I recently had the privilege of speaking to a panel for another community. This time away gave me the opportunity to compare communities, walk their downtown, evaluate staff structure, travel their roadways, and look at their city hall. 

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