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Pine County Dispatch received a call about a number of gunshots at a residence on Cedar Creek Road, southeast of Hinckley, Minn. Shortly thereafter, dispatch received a call from a resident of the property, reporting they had been shot. Deputies responded and discovered two adult male victim…

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Whether or not the City of Sandstone should continue with their contract with the Pine County Sheriff’s Office for a deputy to cover the town specifically 50 hours per week is up for discussion by the city council. 

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Walking into the newest business in Askov, you are greeted with a smiling face and a calming, peaceful atmosphere that makes a person feel at ease. 

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Empower Learning Center has opened Empower Hour, a food pantry of non-perishable items for the greater Hinckley area.  

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The American Legion Post 151 of Sandstone, the American Legion Post 563 of Bruno, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 563 of Bruno have announced the junior students to represent this area at the annual American Legion “Legion Boys State” and “Legion Girls State.”  

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The team at the City of Sandstone and its Park Board members have been working hard to get the Panther Park project going. They have been busy looking at plans, raising money through donations and applying for grants.

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Pine County announced today that it was awarded $5,576,250 of federal funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, by the U.S. Senate on march 10, and then signed into law by President Biden.

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Although he is a familiar face around Hinckley-Finlayson High School, current principal Brian Masterson is looking forward to being a larger part of the community with his new role as superintendent. 

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This past weekend Hinckley-Finlayson students in grades K-12 had the opportunity to learn about ice fishing. The Finlayson-Giese Sportsman’s Club provided rods for the kids to use during the event  which they were also able to take home with them. Kids and guardians alike enjoyed free food a…

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Ask someone my age about robotics and names like Robby, B-9 and Proteus come to mind. Say robotics to high school kids around here and names like Circuit Breakers, Jagobotics and Bombatrons roll off the tongue. The FIRST robotics revolution sure has taken over in the last 15 years. Even my s…

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Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “What good is a _____?” Insert the name of an insect, mammal or bird. For people who are not interested in nature these other creatures that share the earth with us may just seem like decorations  or worse, as impediments to economic growth, as in endangered s…

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The East Central Eagles had three games last week and it didn’t go as planned. They went 1-2 with a win against McGregor and losses against Rush City and Braham.   

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Genevieve (Genny) Swenson is the newest member to the East Central School Board. Genny is not new to East Central as she graduated in 2000 from the district school. Genny was raised in rural Bruno and remains in the same area. She was active in sports, academic excellence and also the Homeco…

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Jacob James Braun, 28, of Vail, Arizona, is facing felony charges of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, assaulting a peace officer, fleeing a police officer, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for an event that occurred on Feb. 9 in southern Pine County.

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Economic development was at the forefront for Pine County as a resolution was recently passed by the Pine County Board of Commissioners assigning Economic Development Authority (EDA) powers to the existing county Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

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Hannah Bernhardt and Jason Misik live just outside of Finlayson on 160 acres of land with rolling hills and beautiful scenery. They own and operate Medicine Creek Farm, a farm that uses sustainable farm practices. They raise grass fed beef, lamb and pastured pork. 

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On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 41-year-old Jeremy Jones Richardson, of Willow River man, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison in Pine County Court for second degree murder involving the death of Curtis Chromolak, 56, of Finlayson. The murder took place on July 25 of 2021.  Richardson had been charge…

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The Northern Lights Express continues to push for funding and support and met for their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 26 at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone. Andrew Johnson, former vice chair and Minneapolis council member, was appointed as the chair. Mentions of support…

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With strains of COVID-19 heavily circulating, people are asking where they can get tested or find an at-home test. Below are options available to the public.

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That familiar face that peeked around an emergency room curtain or door, offering a smile, a hug or a comforting touch to let you know that someone cares is now missing. After 41 years, Donna Orstad is retiring from Essentia Health - Sandstone.

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“We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty.” A familiar phone call that most people have heard, and have most of the time, hung up on. This is just one of many scams that try to trick you into getting your information.

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The National Institute on Aging defines dementia as the loss of cognitive functioning, thinking, remembering and reasoning, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. 

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A Chevy 2500 pickup truck went through the ice on Pokegama Lake Jan. 17 as the driver was on a well-traveled ice road at the north end of the lake. 

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All month long, the knot of bright winter constellations occupies center stage in the south during the prime early evening viewing hours. This grouping boasts five stars that rank among the top ten brightest in the night sky: Sirius (No. 1), Capella (No. 6), Rigel (No. 7), Procyon (No. 8) an…

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The East Central Drama department is at it again. Under the direction of Courtney Riley they will be competing in the One Act Sub Section contest this weekend at East Central. 

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Pine County chose last week the least restrictive option of the vaccine mandate, choosing the option to allow employees to provide proof of their vaccination(s) or test every seven days they are in the building and wear a mask. 

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People have bundled up to trudge across frozen lakes in search of fish for centuries. Over the years the pastime has evolved from a necessity to eat in the winter months to a hobby or a way to keep busy in the long, cold days of winter. The simple days of bringing a pole and line to entice t…

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Hinckley-Finlayson Superintendent Rob Prater has made the decision not to renew his contract with the district when it expires at the end of June 2022. Prater informed the school board members and staff via a letter last week. 

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Political caucuses are coming up February 1, 2022. What is a caucus you might ask? A caucus, or precinct caucus is a meeting for those interested in participating in and influencing the election of candidates. Caucuses kick off the next two years of political activity.

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Residents of Sandstone Township will have fire coverage through March of 2022 from the City of Sandstone.

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Ice! shouts a person clinging about 50 feet up on a slippery slag of white and opaque aqua colored ice. The shout is followed by the sound of ice shattering as it makes contact with the frozen ground. The quiet chatter stops for a few seconds as people look towards the sound.

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One of the most comprehensive studies conducted on beavers has conclusively demonstrated that beavers are essential for freshwater conservation and ecosystem stability by creating and preserving aquatic and wetland environments in Minnesota. This new research from the Natural Resources Resea…

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Charges have been made against the driver who crashed into the Brook Park Post Office late this summer. Andrew Joseph David, 42, of Hinckley was allegedly the driver of a vehicle that crashed into the Brook Park post office. He has been charged with a misdemeanor for traffic collision – fail…

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The Christmas holidays are behind us and many residents are left with a sad, dry tree to dispose of. The local Lions clubs will come to the rescue in the city limits of Hinckley and Sandstone.

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