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Republican candidates had a big election night in Pine County and East Central Minnesota, with Republican incumbents in the U.S. House, State Senate and State House all returning to their positions for new terms in 2021.

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Pine City Public Schools school board elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. At that election, four members will be elected to the School Board for terms of four years each. 

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Even though there is no Pine County Fair this year, Sunday, Aug. 2 is still going to be a “Fun Day” at the Pine County Fairgrounds. A team of local sponsors have joined up to offer a brown bag full of mystery treats to 300 local youth.

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A fire at the Burnett Dairy Cooperative erupted on the night of Monday, July 20. Eight crews were called to contain the fire. The first calls for the fire began around 10:30 p.m.

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Pine County is behind in its response rate in the 2020 U.S. Census with 50% of households responding. This puts the county well behind the national rate of 62% and the Minnesota rate of 70%.

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The Minnesota State Patrol reports that two separate crashes on Pine County roadways this past week sent two victims to the hospital by air ambulance. 

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The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in Pine County.  The funds will be used to provide legal advice, counseling and representation in court…

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Efforts to bring a new hotel to Pine City have currently stalled in the water, though city officials continue to try to make the development happen. 

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Many Pine County businesses have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, but few more than the ones designated first to close and among the last to re-open. 

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There was 115 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Pine County on July 8, with patients ages ranging from one year old to age 74. There have been two hospitalizations – and as yet, no deaths. 

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has concluded that the Willow River Dam Restoration Project in Pine County does not require an environmental impact statement.

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It can be a dirty job, but a group of local volunteers are trying to collect clean used plastic to make a better town and a cleaner planet. 

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Wayne Gilman has always loved to draw, paint and create. He drew throughout high school and studied art in college. Though education has been his career, art has remained a life-long hobby.

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Recently graduated Pine City Dragon Makenna Nelson will play volleyball at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Members of the Pine City girls basketball program expressed their pride and wished her the best of luck in college.

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 Four family members representing three generations took to the water over the Fourth of July. They are Doug Anderson, Kristin Unverzagt,  Allison Unverzagt and Carson Anderson. 

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Local photographer Jody Karas captured this beautiful shot of the June 5 full moon glowing over freshly-cut haybales.

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In Pine County and elsewhere, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on those living in isolation, and particularly for older adults. Family Pathways reports that it is making changes to its programs to try to serve those in need right now. 

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Trellising, staking, and caging are vertical gardening techniques that can improve your yields and make gardening easier.  Robert Tomesh of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension said vine-type vegetables that grow best on supports are legumes (pole beans, peas), tomatoes, cucumbers, gourds, melons…

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A Kerrick man is facing multiple felony charges of burglary and theft after a string of burglaries were reported in Pine County.

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The new president/CEO of East Central Energy (ECE) has strong local roots – and you could say he has been involved with the local energy cooperative since day one.

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The teenage years are never easy, and there are times when teens need to be reminded that they are loved and not alone – and that there is hope for their future. 

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Though the pandemic slowed down development nationwide, two major housing projects are still moving forward in the Pine City area.

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One of the lessons taught at the Hinckley Fire Museum is that a blaze, once started, can burn out of control.  It’s for this reason that the museum’s board of directors has decided that it will remain closed through the 2020 tourist season

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The Pine City School District is making plans for the 2020-21 school year, but won’t know until the end of July whether to focus on in-class teaching, distance learning or a combination of both.

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This month Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evening sky, while Venus climbs into prominence as a predawn planet.

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The Pine County History Museum (6333 H C Andersen Alle in Askov) has just reopened, and visitors will be able to get a brighter view of the past thanks to a recently completed lighting project. 

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The Pine City community should be proud of the commitment being made to further the education of the graduating Class of 2020. We are aware of over $625,679.88 being awarded for the first year of college, and of that, over $81,525 coming from local contributions. A very big  thank you needs …

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Pine City officials have announced that homeowners within the city limits of Pine City may be able to apply to two programs which can help them make lasting repairs to their homes: (1) the Small Cities Development Program offered through a partnership with Lakes & Pines Community Action …

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Over $3.9 million is on its way to Pine County from the federal CARES Act. The question now: How can it best be delivered to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown? 

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In the time of COVID-19, many Pine City property owners are staying busy improving their homes and yards – and that work is keeping Pine City officials busy processing permits.

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Pine City officials are hoping to find a developer to build a 10-unit town home for the former site of the Pine City Mill near 4th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE.

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A Mora man and woman have each been charged with one felony count of murder in the second degree in connection with the death of a man in Makinen, St. Louis County.

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A few months ago I brought my 3-year-old daughter to daycare. We were an hour late, she didn’t have socks, boots or a jacket on and I was sobbing. 

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