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 By Tim Franklin    News    March 16, 2017 

Loun sentenced to 40 years

"A beautiful little boy who loved to tease and play ... and had a big smile on his face." "Just pure joy to be with ... you lit up my life." "A little conductor in the sky, wailing on his horn for...

 

I-35 wrong-way driver arrested

On Saturday, March 11, just before 3 a.m., Carlton County dispatch received numerous calls in regard to a wrong-way driver on Interstate 35 in Carlton County. The callers first reported the vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane of I-35...

 

School construction progresses

Construction on the new Moose Lake Community School building on County Road 10 continues. The above photo was taken via drone Sunday, March 5. The projected completion date remains on schedule for...

 
 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...

 

Sewer pond repair options discussed

At the February 6 Willow River City Council meeting, Mark Lundgren, environmental engineer at MSA Professional Services, briefly discussed options for repairing the sewer ponds that were damaged during last summer’s flooding. He explained that MSA...

 
 By Staff reports    News    March 2, 2017

Local man faces burglary charge

A 35-year-old Moose Lake man has been charged with third degree burglary, felony theft and felony motor vehicle theft in Pine County. On February 10, the Minnesota State Patrol pursued Nathan Jay Schwarz and another occupant of a vehicle while they...

 
 By Dan Reed    News    February 23, 2017

Public input sought on roadwork

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners set March 7, 6-7 p.m., at the transportation building (1630 County Road 61, Carlton) for a hearing to receive public input for new additions to a dedicated list of county road reconstruction projects. These...

 

Canister transfer station possible

At the February 6 Willow River City Council meeting, Caleb Anderson, Pine County land and resource manager, discussed a potential one-year waste disposal pilot project with the council to help...

 
 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...

 

Funds short for athletic fields

At the working meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Monday, February 13, board members were disappointed to learn bids came in higher than anticipated for finishing the new athletic fields....

 

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...

 

Four sent to prison for Sturgeon Lake home invasion

Gabriel Lee Rocha of St. Paul was sent to prison for 75 months for leading a December 28, 2015, home invasion in Sturgeon Lake. Rocha has four prior felony convictions and is also serving prison time...

 
 By Tim Franklin    News    February 2, 2017

Cult leader, sex offender appealing sentence

Less than three months after agreeing to a plea deal to serve 30 years in prison, former cult leader and convicted sex offender Victor Arden Barnard is now appealing his sentence to the Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, January 24, Barnard’s court-appo...

 

Child killed in crash

On Friday, January 20, just before 7:30 a.m., Carlton County dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle accident with injuries on County Road 3 in Twin Lakes Township, just east of the railroad tracks. Angela Loven, 42, from Esko, lost control of...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    January 26, 2017

Coalition: 'Let us off the merry-go-round'

One would think if a bill is passed by state legislators and signed into law by the governor, a sense of completion would occur. Not so for the grass roots coalition lobbying for change regarding the...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    January 19, 2017

Pine rolls out comprehensive plan

Water quality, agriculture and Internet access are among the concerns to be addressed by county policy over the next 15 years. These issues and more came up as the Pine County Board of Commissioners...

 

Moose Lake mayor, councilors sworn in

Ted Shaw was sworn in as mayor to serve another two-year term, and Kris Huso and Greg Sarvela were sworn in as councilors at the reorganizational meeting of the Moose Lake City Council on Wednesday,...

 
 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...

 

School construction on schedule

Construction of the new school in Moose Lake is on schedule, and the building will be completed in the spring, construction managers from Boldt Construction reported. "In the spring, the finishing...

 
 By Staff reports    News    January 5, 2017

Court: MSOP is constitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturned the district court's finding that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) is unconstitutional. In June 2015, District Court Judge Donovan Frank ruled the MSOP is in need of major...

 
 By C.M. Swanson    News    January 5, 2017

Grass roots coalition wins 13-month battle

Thousands of Minnesotans have cause to celebrate a freedom recently won on their behalf by a grass roots coalition who believed they could fight the government and win. On December 20, 2016, the...

 

Man arrested in fatal shooting

Wayne Joseph Bosto, 33, of Cloquet appeared in court in Carlton County on Tuesday, December 27. He was charged with second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bail was set at $1...

 

Church burglar jailed

A 42-year-old Moose Lake man is in jail following the December 18 burglary of Zion Lutheran Church in Cloverdale. According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) complaint, the morning of...

 
 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 Dan Reed    News    December 22, 2016

Enbridge continues permitting process

Enbridge Pipeline has applied for a Certificate of Need and a route permit from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to construct a replacement pipeline in a new corridor for the old Line 3 pipeline that runs through Carlton County from...

 

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