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Chris Nathan is the new Principal/Administrator at Harvest Christian School. Chris served previously as District Camp Director at Trail’s End Ranch in Montana for four and a half years having returned November 2019. In the past, Chris worked as a teacher at Harvest, and during the 2020-21 Sc…

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On Aug. 18, Regen Industrial Hemp USA – a new Pine County business – hosted a workshop at the Kunze family farm near Hinckley to talk to local farmers about the potential hemp holds for growers and manufacturers. 

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 Two Sand Lake business representatives expressed concern that a proposed shoreland ordinance is too restrictive and could have a negative impact on shoreland property owners future expansion projects, including businesses.

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On September 1, 1894 Hinckley and the surrounding areas were engulfed by a firestorm we now know as the Great Hinckley Fire. Although there were many tragic stories that day there were a few amazing stories of survival. 

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East Central Minnesota Pride is pleased to announce that its 16th Pride celebration, to be held Saturday, September 18, will have a full lineup of fun and entertainment.

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that an encounter between a deputy and a small woodland animal got a little nutty this week. 

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Take classes or join a bee club, advise beekeepers Tony Letourneau and Bill Randall. They agreed that advice helped them become more successful in the beginning of their ventures and avoid a few common pitfalls.

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Despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, this pandemic persists, in part due to resistance to the vaccine. While I do not support vaccine mandates and believe in personal freedom of choice in health matters, it is important that people make sure they are basing their decisio…

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Bear-human relations continues to be a major area of focus for local conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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“A museum in motion” doesn’t begin to tell the story of what the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show has to offer. The White Pine Show was started in 1979 and is now in it’s 43rd year. It is held every year on Labor Day weekend, with the exception of 2020 which was canceled due to the pandemic.

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Masks will be optional in the school building, but a requirement on school buses due to a Federal mandate on public transportation, said Superintendent Andy Almos. Parents are urged to remind their children to bring their mask for the bus ride, but drivers will be prepared with masks for the…

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A Hinckley woman has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and damage to property after allegedly throwing bricks through windows of a residence and at the woman inside. 

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Harvest Christian School dedicated their new facility on Sunday, August 15, 2021.  The fire that caused the elementary building (The Depot) to be condemned just before the beginning of the school year last year led to the acquisition of the former Gateway Clinic near the interstate exchange. 

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A non-denominational rally, known as the Revive Alive Rally is set to be held August 20-22 at the Hinckley Community Center. 

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The baby grand piano undulates in a warped fashion, like plastic left in the heat too long. A man’s bespectacled face peers out from underneath as he appears to try to hold the piano up.  The whimsical piece of art is the creation of Finlayson resident, Roger Knudson. 

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Community involvement runs deep within the Spartz family, and it truly shows. Norma, Pete and Andy Spartz were chosen to be this year’s Grand Marshals for the Quarry days parade because of all they do for the community. “They all have big hearts and helping hands,” said Rose Spencer of the S…

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Jeremy Jones Richardson, 40, of Willow River has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of felony first-degree burglary in the death of Curtis Chromulak of Finlayson – a man Richardson described as a long-time family friend. 

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Reunions are about memories, renewing friendships, sharing stories and remembering the past.  In 2014 we focused on all of that, in which we could bring everyone together, not just a specific class reunion. Anyone that had attended the Old Sandstone High School; anyone that attended the ‘new…

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The Highway 123 project in Sandstone will get underway Monday, August 16. Phases one and two will be completed between August and mid October, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager Douglas Kerfeld. Residents should plan alternate routes as there will be lane clo…

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Colorful stuffed animals and furniture displaying a vintage camera sit in the windows framed in purple in downtown Hinckley. A display of photos featuring children hangs on a brick wall inside, as do several large pieces of material with a variety of designs. A bed is near a wall in a back r…

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The East Central Drug & Violent Offenders Task Force reports that a Pine County meth dealer has been sentenced and two suspected drug traffickers from the area have been arrested and found with cocaine and fentanyl. 

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National Night Out is a collaboration between communities and law enforcement to help improve the relationship between the two. The evening allows residents the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

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Tall trees sway gently in the breeze as campers leisurely clean up after breakfast on a perfect summer morning. A lone woman and her large brown dog amble to the fenced in dog park. A large mural of a variety of dogs decorates the far end of the dog area. About 100 RV’s are parked on sites t…

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The Hinckley Knights open the Eastern Minny League playoffs against the Braham Snappers Saturday in Game 1 at 4:00 p.m. at Brennan Field. The winner will play the Quamba Cubs in Game 2 at 7 p.m., with the winner of that game advancing to the region tournament. The losers of the first two gam…

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After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pine County Fair is back in business in 2021. And to mark the occasion, the Fair kicks off a day early – on Tuesday, Aug. 3. 

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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 annual…

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

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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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Finlayson Fourth was a day filled with hugs, laughing and much conversation as people came together to celebrate on Independence Day for the first time in two years.

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A year ago when we were doing our first Readers Choice Best of Isanti-Chisago, Kanabec and Pine County contests, a story was shared with me. The sales consultant had met with one of their customers to talk about advertising in the section where we were publishing the names of the winners of …

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 There’s a new face in town. Al Fritsche recently joined the Hinckley group of newspapers as a sales representative. He sells advertising for the Hinckley News, Askov American, Pine County Courier and Evergreen newspapers.

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Pine County law enforcement has seized significant amounts of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cash after capturing the parties allegedly involved in an illegal drug deal near Hinckley.

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 The 1945 surrender of Japan not only signified the end of World War II, it was also Michas Ohnstad’s 19th birthday. 

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