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 By C.M. Swanson    News    July 14, 2016

FIGHTING FLOODWATERS

Though Tuesday afternoon provided clear skies and welcome sunshine, it did not stop the threat of rising rivers and lakes. Storms throughout the regions Sunday and Monday filled water sources to...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    June 9, 2016

Gov. Dayton signs Omnibus bill

Sunday night a tight knit group of activists in rural Minnesota broke out sparkling grape juice and chocolate cake in a victory celebration. Rick and Rose Rayburn, Scott and Ellen Killerud, Robert...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 26, 2016

Bill terminates MA estate claims

Though it was after 11 p.m., Pine County resident Rick Rayburn was well pleased with Monday night's telephone call from Sen. Tony Lourey (D). "He called when they were still voting!" said Rayburn....

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    April 7, 2016

Support for disarming MA estate liens grows

Late last year, Rick and Rose Rayburn, Scott and Sue Killerud and Robert and Julie Gelle, all of Pine County, unearthed a gruesome fact for many Minnesotans between ages 55-65. Over 80,000 people in...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    March 24, 2016

Rayburn, Killerud testify on Medical Assistance estate claim issue

Finlayson resident Rick Rayburn sat beside Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick, in St. Paul March 14 testifying to the Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing. Rayburn told the committee how he and...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    March 17, 2016

Flying doctor, storyteller extraordinaire

When he was in junior high school, Tom Stillwell wanted to become a pilot. His pursuit was delayed by one of those pesky adults in an authoritative role who told him wearing glasses would disqualify...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 25, 2016

Unaware MA recipients appeal DHS estate claims

C.M. Swanson This is Part Three in a three article series regarding claims set by the state on personal assets of Medical Assistance (MA) recipients in the 55-65 age group who enrolled in the health c...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 18, 2016

Making sense of MNsure

C.M. Swanson Part Two of a three article series This is the continuing story of three married couples, all in or nearing retirement age, each pondering their next moves in their search for mandatory...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    February 11, 2016

Locals: Beware of 'MNsure trap'

This is the ongoing story of three couples finding themselves in what they term the "MNsure Trap." What they have in common is feeling bamboozled into state-paid premiums upon enrollment in a MNsure...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    January 28, 2016

Gary Black, pilot for the love of it

Gary Black is the kind of pilot who doesn't take anything for granted. Though his vast flying experience could easily create overconfidence, Black remains steadfastly faithful to the rules of flight....

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    September 4, 2014

A nightmare in the making

Though Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) sounds like a theme from a science fiction movie, this concern for Minnesota lakes is real; it is ongoing, and it has no scenario where we wake up and it all goes...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    August 14, 2014

No tips policy causes concern

Local business owner Dave Lund held a public meeting at his restaurant, the Lazy Moose Grille, on Friday, August 8, to take comments from interested parties and to disseminate information regarding a...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    August 14, 2014

Father, son team mark success in elk business

It was the majesty of the bull elk that caused Craig and Klint Wylie to create Wolf Creek Elk Ranch in Sturgeon Lake, and the opportunity of a growing business that kept them there. "The way we got...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    June 26, 2014

Moose Lake building comes down

Ted Philman, owner of Ted's Glass Service in Moose Lake wasn't the only person watching the building directly south of Market Place Foods' parking lot being demolished June 21. There were a number of...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    June 26, 2014

Fly-In to fun

It's not often that a 10-year-old boy has a clear vision of what he would like to do when he grows up. However, Evin Davis, son of Barnum residents Randy and Lacy Davis, is exactly that focused....

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    May 29, 2014

'Watoto' means love

If you missed the Watoto Children's Choir concert May 22 at the Moose Lake High School, you missed an opportunity that may well have impacted the way you live the rest of your life. Joy, energy, hope,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 22, 2014

Dollar General in the works

Dave Herbert and ground man Gordy Chalberg expect to finish demolition of the old R-3 Baits building in about three hours. "The building will be gone," said Herbert, owner of Dave's Excavating based...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    May 15, 2014

Film unveils politics behind Lyme disease

Editor's note: The following is a review of the documentary titled "Under Our Skin." May is Lyme Awareness Month. A powerful resource for awareness of Lyme disease history and controversy over its treatment is the film "Under Our Skin," produced by...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    May 8, 2014

Prevent Lyme disease with common sense

As Department of Natural Resources (DNR) area supervisor for the Parks and Trails system, Martin Torgerson's job often takes him into wooded areas. As an avid outdoorsman, he is commonly in the...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    May 1, 2014

Fighting Lyme disease with education

Lyme disease is "an acute inflammatory disease caused by a spirochete (Borrelia burgdorferi), transmitted by ticks, usually characterized initially by a spreading red annular erythematous skin lesion...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    April 24, 2014

Battling Lyme disease

Forty-six year old Jeffrey Moffatt has a great sense of humor, a positive attitude, and a tendency to erupt often in good-natured laughter. These traits may not seem overly remarkable until you find...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    April 3, 2014

Options available for Lyme disease treatment

A self-admitted workaholic, Lisa Hoche-Mathews woke up the morning of September 15, 2013, not feeling well. She simply put her feelings aside and arose to get ready for work. “That’s when I found myself lying on the floor, drenched in sweat,” s...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    December 5, 2013

Seth Franco offers basketballs, inspiration

Seth Franco knows how to lead a crowd. Even before the recognizable Harlem Globetrotter's theme music began, even before he walked on the Moose Lake High School auditorium stage November 5, Franco...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    October 17, 2013

Sharing the burden of grief

Though the gathering for the Fifth Annual Suicide Awareness Memorial Walk held October 12 in Carlton was a somber event, there were smiles amidst the tears. Angie Cook, the main speaker at the event,...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    Lifestyles    October 10, 2013

Mother, daughter on mission trip to Haiti

What did Sturgeon Lake resident Thane Sheetz say when Cathy, his wife told him she wanted to go on a missions trip to Haiti? “I guess the first thing I thought was, well of course you do,” said...

 

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