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 By Staff reports    News    December 7, 2017 

Kerrick home destroyed by fire

A rural Kerrick home was destroyed in an early Tuesday morning fire. Local firefighting crews responded to 94592 Koecher Road around midnight and found the home fully engulfed. According to a press release from the Pine County Sheriff's Office, on...

 

286 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop

On November 21, 34-year-old Kimberly Norton of Askov (formerly of Hinckley) was pulled over for speeding as she headed east on Interstate 94 in West Fargo, North Dakota. She was clocked doing 63 mph...

 

Two years of 15% rate increase

The Moose Lake Water and Light Commission voted to drop the electrical rate increase from 25 percent to 15 percent each year for two years at its meeting on Wednesday, November 15, after hearing from...

 

Co-op to close

The following is a press release dated November 17 from the Moose Lake Cooperative Association announcing the closure of the company: Concluding 97 years in business with fiscal 2018, Moose Lake...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    November 16, 2017

No rest for health care coalition

Minnesota resident Rick Rayburn lives the creed "Power to the People." In early 2017, Rayburn and a grass roots coalition, formed to fight the state legislature, celebrated a victory for those 55 to...

 

Getting help for addicts

Help rather than enforcement is the method used to assist people who use opioids, said Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake and Fond du Lac Police Chief Mike Diver at the November 1 meeting of the...

 
 By Press reports    News    November 2, 2017

Deadly start to snowy season

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 44-year-old Duluth man was killed in the early morning hours of October 27 when his Freightliner semi tractor slid off Interstate 35 and into the St. Louis River at Scanlon amid early season snowy...

 

Make way for electric

The ribbon was cut on Wednesday, October 18, to open the new fast charger for electric cars at Doc's Sports Bar and Grill in Sturgeon Lake. This fast charger completes a network of fast chargers...

 

PUC holds public pipeline hearings

On October 12, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held two public hearings at Grand Casino Hinckley. These were meetings nine and ten of 18 meetings. The purpose of the meetings was to...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    October 19, 2017

Revenues continue to rise with sales tax

Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert reported at the October 10 regular meeting of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners, "We had anticipated that sales tax monies for county road improvements would come in at about $1.8 million/year. Sales tax...

 

Highway 210 reopens

Aaron Gustafson, Minnesota Department of Transportation Resident Engineer, cuts the ribbon to officially open Highway 210 through Jay Cooke Park on October 4. The highway was extensively damaged in...

 
 By Press reports    News    October 5, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court: MSOP constitutional

The United States Supreme Court announced on Monday, October 2, that it would not revisit a ruling by the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which found the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) constitutional. Gov. Mark Dayton issued the...

 

Hunter rescued from Nemadji Forest

On Tuesday, September 19, at 6:45 a.m., Pine County dispatch received information about a lost hunter, identified as 61-year-old Robert Kniefel of Lakeville, in the Nemadji Forest area of Pine...

 

Multiple accidents reported in area

According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, at 2 a.m. September 24 the Pine County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a motorcycle accident on Northstar Drive near Thornbury Way in Sturgeon Lake. Emergency responders and deputies arriving on...

 

Sappi North America, Cloquet, awarded

Sappi North America, Cloquet, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packing products, received an award September 20 for its investment in the state of Minnesota from the Minnesota...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    September 21, 2017

County supports broadband expansion

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners agreed to sponsor a Broadband Development Grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development on behalf of Frontier Communications at their regular board meeting September 12. According to...

 

Local man jailed for firearms, drugs

Brian Joseph Vandenest, 55, of Moose Lake was arrested on September 8 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, two counts of felon in possession of ammunition or a firearm and...

 

Moose Lake man jailed for burglary

A Moose Lake man is facing felony charges related to the burglary of a cabin on Doyle Road east of Askov on June 26. According to the charging documents, around 6:15 a.m. Monday, June 26, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to a...

 
 By Staff reports    News    August 31, 2017

Willow River man faces attempted murder charge

A Willow River man is facing attempted murder charges following a stabbing near Interstate 35 in Pine City on Sunday morning. Jesse James Jensen, 20, is facing 20 years in prison for attempted murder...

 
 By Press reports    News    August 24, 2017

Girl injured at fair

According to news reports, 13-year-old Grace Bartz of Barnum was injured at the Carlton County Fair Sunday. After just finishing her race, the horse Grace was riding caught her off guard when it made an abrupt turn. Grace fell to the side, with her...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    August 24, 2017

County to explore mini truck ordinance

The appearance of more mini trucks and golf carts on local roads recently has sparked discussion of possible regulation of special vehicles by the Pine County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, August 1. County Commissioner Steven Hallan...

 

'No to hate'

People stood near the town square in Moose Lake on Sunday afternoon chanting "No to hate and yes to love." Passing drivers honked after reading signs that stated, "Honk for love." The demonstration...

 

County adopts ATV ordinance

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners adopted a county ordinance to allow ATVs to travel on the shoulders of county roads at the meeting of the commissioners on Tuesday, August 8. The ordinance ap...

 

Clean energy focus of LEED tour

People interested in clean energy toured the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified quarters for the Fond du Lac Band's Resource Management Division as well as the one...

 

Willow River teen injured in crash

At 1:27 p.m. Monday, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a car versus motorbike accident near Kandiyohi Lane in Willow River. A Willow River EMT first on the scene reported serious injuries and a helicopter was sent. Responding...

 

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