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The remains of Ashley Miller Carlson, a 33-year-old mother of four who was last seen on Sept. 24 near the Lake Lena Reservation of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, were found in Ogema Township, on lands belonging to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 by Chris…

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Sandstone has a Little Free Library. A Little Free Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book. They function on the honor system. Anyone can take a book, even if they don’t share one. If a book or two is taken from the Little Library, try to bring somethi…

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It’s been a challenging couple of years for many people as their routines unexpectedly changed. Some people lost jobs, others lost loved ones and life as we knew it suddenly ground to a halt. In uncertain times it can be difficult to remember to be thankful for what you do have.

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What do you do if Skittles or Xena go missing? Pets unexpectedly escape or go missing every day. Some slip through an open door, others break their chain or slip their leash and take off running. Frantic owners search the area calling their pet’s names, then desperately blast the information…

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As a part of reunion planning, the Sandstone High School graduating classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 will be sponsoring a new scholarship through the East Central Dollars for Scholars program.

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More than 40,000 photos, notes and other archives fill the shelves and file cabinets of the Sandstone History Center. They are waiting patiently to be entered into a new database which will make cataloging and research much easier.

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Askov resident and East Central School Board member, Julie Domogalla, received an exciting award recently. She was named as one of the Volunteers of the Year by Essentia/St Marys Grief Support Center in Duluth Area. 

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Jeannette Kester has served on the Resource Board of Directors since July 1, 1990. Yes, that is 31 years. She has also dedicated 32 years of service to the East Central School District School Board. Jeannette’s outstanding service and dedication to the service cooperative cannot be understat…

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Strawberries dipped in chocolate, gooey caramel covered apples and red velvet chocolate chip mini bundt cakes covered in delicious cream cheese frosting are just a few of the yummy items listed on Ericka Dolibers Doliber Deserts and More page on Facebook.

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We are met today to pay the impersonal tribute. The name of him whose body lies before us took flight with his imperishable soul. We know not whence he came, but only that his death marks him with the everlasting glory of an American dying for his country.

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Dave Will, 72, sat in a booth with his back wedged into the corner as he started talking. He explained that he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder about 10 years ago from a war that ended about 45 years ago for most people.

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The Barnum Bombers played North Woods on Saturday, October 30, at 2 p.m. in Cook, for the Minnesota State High School League’s Section 7A football semi-finals.  

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Daylight saving time starts each year on the second Sunday in March. The practice involves moving clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months and changing them back again in the fall. This year, daylight saving time ends on Nov. 7.

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The smell of caramel floats in the air and mingles with the slightly burnt scent of pumpkin seeds as a group of teens stir, bake, decorate and cut shapes. The Foundation of Food Prep course students bustle about their kitchen areas on Thursday, Oct. 28, as they prepare for a Halloween bake-off.

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The family of Ashley L. Miller (Carlson) is offering a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts and has set up a no-questions-asked anonymous tip line to take calls for anyone who might have information that can bring Ashley home. 

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Many Veterans have gotten sick with illnesses and cancers years and even decades after coming in contact with Agent Orange while in Vietnam and other areas in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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What happens when a large storm system over the Atlantic blocks weather patterns over the eastern half of the Untied States funneling moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico? The answer is the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. This Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of that storm.

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Enjoy beverages in style with drinking glasses designed by you. Learn to master the fun technique of glass etching at the Sandstone Public Library. Each attendee will create two customized glasses, each with a different design (Minnesota Nice and Book Nerd).

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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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Aaron and Tracy Peterson along with their children, Grace and Hunter, live just a couple miles from the former Cloverdale Store. “We drove by often and when we saw it was for sale off and on over the years we wondered what we could do with it,” said Tracy. “We knew there was so much history …

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The Finlayson woods are alive with the sounds of shrieks, screams and evil laughter echoing through the night every weekend in October. Hundreds of people of all ages have been scared out of their wits at the haunted trail in the middle of nowhere. 

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Halloween fun combines with nature education at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 23. The Creatures of the Night is a family friendly event that includes a half mile hike for all ages. This is the second year that staff and volunteers will dress in cos…

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Every summer Peace Lutheran in Finlayson and St Paul’s Lutheran in Bruno host their Vacation Bible School. They pick a mission project to support through offerings the kids are invited to bring each day. In years past, the offerings went to buy tin for roofs in mission outposts and to send C…

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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women after skin cancer.  It is also the second leading cause of cancer death for women after lung cancer.  To put it in numbers:  1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.  In 2021, this means that …

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A Wisconsin author with Pine County 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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Imagine yourself in the heart of Paris sipping coffee and listening to the strolling accordionist. Or how about in a club in Argentina dancing the Tango? Now see yourself sitting in our beautiful Moose Lake Community School auditorium and hearing all those exciting and colorful strains of mu…

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Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks we will be diving into the history of the Quarry in Sandstone. This week’s story talks about the day to day operations of the quarry, including some of the buildings and tools that were used.  Next week’s installment will talk about the different buildi…

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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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When service members go for a hike with loaded packs it’s called a “ruck.” And in the Pine City area this October, veteran service members went on a ruck for a reason: to honor their fallen comrades as part of an effort they are calling “Say Their Names.”

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There are a group of men and women in the Sandstone community and many other communities, who are seldom recognized for the difficult and often dangerous job they do. They are the local Volunteer Fire Department. They are ordinary men and women. They are your co-workers, business owners and …

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The mild fall weather beckons people to meander towards the small corner business in downtown Sandstone Friday, Oct. 8. They gravitate towards the fenced-in patio behind the building, complete with a flower garden, an assortment of tables and an entertainment stage in the corner. 

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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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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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Through five states, mountains, deserts and grizzly bears, 19-year-old Hinckley-Finlayson graduate Howie Hodena rode his bike 2,500 miles from Eureka, Montana to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, to complete the Great Divide Trail.

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Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks we will be diving into the history of the Quarry in Sandstone. This week’s story tells the beginning of the story, how the quarry was formed and some of the different owners. This portion of the story brings us from 1885 to just after the Hinckley Fire …

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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 le…

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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 motivator, communicating with pa…

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East Central Schools will soon have a new outdoor educational space centered on healthy living, science, and agriculture. A school garden is being created utilizing outdoor raised garden beds.  Indoor hydroponic tower gardens will also be utilized in the classroom during the winter.  

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The Mille Lacs Raiders football players honored a fallen player at the start of the East Central Eagles and Raiders football game Friday night, September 24, at Onamia. Cayden Eagle died in a car accident on September 2. 

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