Mercy Hospital considers transition to 501(c)(3) status

Mercy Hospital is going to be examining whether changing its status to a 501(c)(3) managed operation would be of benefit. In a press release dated Oct. 4, it was explained that the current board and...

Windemere residents ask questions about resolved lawsuit

At the September 13 Windemere Township meeting, the board discussed the timeline of the Palon Road improvement project. Tree and brush clearing began on the week of September 17 along with silt fence installation and delivery of culverts. The week...

Kalevala area remembers 1918

The historic Finnish Church (Suomalainen Kirkko) north of Kettle River is set up like it was during the 1918 Fire, thanks to local residents John and Janice Gran. The church was used during the fire...

Test scores are an emerging concern at Moose Lake Schools

When the Moose Lake School District was promoting the new school before people voted on the $34.7 million bond referendum, one reason given for a new school was that more students would come to Moose...

Local author raises the stakes in latest novel

In the fourth installment of the International Monster Slayers series, local author Bethany Helwig makes her most ambitious move with The Brood of Nightmare set to publish October 16. The series...

Fire! Fire!

That was the cry of the people as the flames swept in from the west, hurled by a 60-mile-an-hour wind, that afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918. Mothers were making supper, and fathers were out...

The survivors speak

Lillian Baakari Sebring Kettle River, age 6 months Her mother, Lillian Elizabeth Baakari, was just six months old at the time of the 1918 fire, said Judy Madsen of Kettle River. Her grandparents,...

Cross Country runners take on tough course

On Saturday, September 29, the top 10 runners from the Boys and Girls MLWRB Cross Country teams attended the Roy Griak Invitational Meet in St. Paul. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, the Roy...

First homecoming win in four years for the Rebels

Despite the cold and drizzly weather, the Rebel seniors were determined to win a homecoming game before they graduate. Last Friday the Moose Lake-Willow River football team took on the Crosby-Ironton...

The theater

My history with theater goes back 55 years when I played the villain in a Chamberlain High School class play. I had the part of an aging night manager at a two-bit hotel. It was a classic...

Suggestions for talking with survivors of sexual assault

Because we do not ever want to speak an incorrect or insensitive word when someone confides in us that they have been sexually assaulted, we immediately become uncomfortable while saying very little,...

A time for reflection

History is one of my favorite subjects. I don’t often share that with people, mostly because the inevitable question that follows is, “Which era?” For me, it’s not about studying a certain...

Falling into spring

I recently (reluctantly) started the process of winding down the yard and garden for the season. One of the happiest days of the year is filling the hummingbird feeders for the first time in the...

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