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You could call Minnie a “pandemic puppy” or a “birthday puppy” or just “I need a big dog again” puppy. Or you could blame social media I guess. I saw her on a friend’s post, showing pictures of her puppies, available for a rehoming fee. 

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Recently a Facebook friend and former student appeared to be struggling from the tone of his posts. His friends were commenting on the post asking how he was doing. 

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For the next three weeks, all Pine City households will be receiving a copy of the Pine City Pioneer as a sampling of sorts of what you’ll see from week to week when you are a subscriber. 

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It seems like this winter it’s been nothing but virus after COVID after flu after another virus. But the recent bout came at a most inopportune time.

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March is a month we dedicate to appreciation of music in our schools. Our family and so many others have been blessed by the music program in Pine City Schools. 

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IT WAS PRESIDENT Ronald Reagan in 1983 who called the Soviet Union the “Evil Empire.”

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It’s been fun to see people in the Pine City community send in their story ideas over the last few months I’ve been here. Please continue to send those stories and tips in. Even if you’re not sure it’s a story, it just might be, and we’d love to hear from you. 

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“We have a situation,” I told my publisher, Jeff, last week. “We have a ghost. It’s in Tami’s office.”

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The big discussion at the State Capitol this week centered on the release of the new redistricting maps. Due to population changes from the 2020 census, legislative districts needed to change in order to provide equal representation no matter where Minnesotans are living. 

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Last weekend could only be described in one word: cold. I was cold wherever I went. Saturday was especially cold as I helped our Mora editor take some photos at the Vasaloppet and later spent time on the ice during Lake Appeil’s annual Golf on Ice tournament. 

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The first few months of any City Administrator’s tenure is usually a blur: Meeting new people; learning the culture of the Community; jumping into endless projects which were left unfinished; hiring new staff; and creating a vision for the future of the community.

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DURING THE PANDEMIC, volunteers have become more important than ever. They have bridged the gap for transportation, groceries, medical care, child care and overcoming loneliness.

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HERE WE GO again as the new virus raises its ugly head. The Omicron variant spreads more rapidly than the previous strains and could be with us for a long time.

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I recently read an article by NPR titled “How to talk to vaccine doubters” which had the post described as: “If someone states a false belief, you can validate them by acknowledging that it’s hard to make our way through the disinformation landscape. Then pivot to the truth.” The article wen…

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I don’t know if anyone else thinks it’s ridiculously cold, but it’s ridiculously cold. 

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In January Venus emerges from its short trip between Earth and the sun to become a “morning star.” It begins a rapid climb over the southeastern horizon in mid-month, making its way toward much dimmer Mars. Try looking just before the sky starts to lighten on the 29th. Venus will be to the u…

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Recently we flew to Vegas for a four day getaway. And Google, knowing me as well as it does, provided the article “Tips if you crash in a plane” in my newsfeed on social media the week before we left. 

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Christmas shopping was more difficult this year. I’ve heard others say that as well. I’m sure COVID has taken some of the wind from our Christmas shopping sails, but maybe it’s because we’re all generally busy.  

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