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 By Traci LeBrun    News    May 18, 2017

Remains of missing man found near park

The remains of Kenneth Scott Kleppen were found in Sandstone, near Robinson Park, on Saturday, May 6. Kleppen, of Sandstone, has been missing since March 3, 2015. On May 6, members of the United...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    March 9, 2017

Countywide zoning raises concerns

A public hearing was held Tuesday, February 21, on the adoption of the Pine County Comprehensive plan which is meant to be a roadmap for the county until 2030. Concerns over the county’s recommendation to implement countywide zoning in the areas...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    February 16, 2017

Welcome Chaos, PCSO's new K9

A new pup named Chaos has been purchased by the Pine County Sheriff's Office (PCSO). Chaos is a year old Belgian Malinois, a special breed imported from a company called Jinopo in the Czech Republic...

 

Debate continues: Appoint or elect auditor/treasurer?

Pine County is currently seeking special legislation which would allow the county board to select the county auditor/treasurer instead of keeping the position elected. The bill, SF 592, authored by state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and HF 655 by s...

 
 By Traci Lebrun    News    January 12, 2017

Murderer gets max sentence

Traci LeBrun Pine County Prosecuting Attorney, Reese Frederickson, and defense attorneys for Jonathan Michael Loun reached a plea agreement on Thursday, January 5. Loun, 32, of Hinckley, plead guilty...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 29, 2016

Major flood restoration project complete

A major erosion control project has been completed this November in Sturgeon Lake. The project was a result of the 2012 floods of the Moose Horn and Kettle Rivers and the devastation caused to...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 15, 2016

Two Pine County positions cut

In September, the Pine County Board stated the preliminary budget was out of balance by approximately $1.6 million and they would need to make adjustments to department budgets to ensure the budget is near the approximate $1 million levy amount. At...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 8, 2016

Mills recount efforts suspended

Republican candidate for the U.S. Representative District 8 seat, Stewart Mills, has suspended his recount effort against democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. On Tuesday, November 29, Mills filed for a recount request with Secretary of State Steve Simon...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 1, 2016

Mills calls for recount

Stewart Mills, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative District 8 seat, is calling for a vote recount against Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. Mills' top reason for requesting a recount is the...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    July 14, 2016

Bruno teen drowns in Kettle River

A drowning occurred in the Kettle River at Banning State Park, west of Askov, on Wednesday, July 6. The victim, 15-year-old Dustin Compton of Bruno, was swimming with friends when the accident...

 

Giving back in the spirit of Grace

A special project has been taking place in memory and honor of a very special girl. The inspiration of the project comes from the very heart of who Gracelynn Rae Stadin was - a girl who loved abundant...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    October 23, 2014

Human remains likely part of historic burial site

Rumors of Al Capone slayings and missing person identification may have been laid to rest over the weekend at the site in Pine City where two bodies have been recently unearthed. Hamline anthropology...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    August 28, 2014

Future of long-eared bat could have massive economic impact

The five-year highway improvement plan was presented to the Pine County Board of Commissioners on August 19 by County Engineer Mark LeBrun. One obstacle in road construction, stated LeBrun, may be the long-eared bat. “Trees could possibly only be...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    August 15, 2013

Fast flood, slow recovery

“It has come to light that the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) properties can’t move forward any time soon,” stated Kelly Schroeder to the county board at its regular meeting in Sandstone August 6. Schroeder, the land services...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    August 8, 2013

Pine County works 'Toward Zero Deaths'

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 75,954 crashes occurred in 2012, with 395 deaths resulting from those accidents. Of the 395 deaths, 131 were alcohol related and 116 were...

 

Willow River Lumber and Hardware under new ownership

Joel and Tori Ribich took over ownership of the Willow River Lumberyard in December of 2012 from Art and Shelly Underhill. Joel had worked in sales for the lumberyard prior to taking ownership and...

 

Meet Bigfoot of Moose Lake

Several sightings of a Bigfoot-like creature have been reported by Moose Lake area residents and many crazy stories have developed from those reports. We were able to contact this creature and in...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    February 7, 2013

President pushes for gun control

President Obama met with local officials, community activists, victims of gun violence and local law enforcement at a round table discussion in Minneapolis Monday afternoon. He spoke with them and sta...

 

After flood, Habitat helps local family

“Water was up over our knees on the main floor of the house,” stated Crystal Powell of Willow River. “The floor was moving underneath us from the pressure of the water in the basement while we w...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    August 16, 2012

Burglaries reported in Denham area

Residents and cabin owners of the Denham area and southeastern Aitkin County have been on high alert after a recent string of burglaries. One citizen stated the burglaries appear to be connected. "Whoever did this had obviously cased the...

 

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