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Kissing trees

Early in the Disney movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Quasimodo sings a song about the privilege others have of simply being “out there,” meaning outside the bell tower to which he is...

 

Joy in creating, joy in learning

Sometimes our hobbies choose us, we don't choose them. "I saw a Santa Claus in a wood magazine and wanted one." Sometimes our hobbies turn into much more than a simple hobby. They turn into...

 

Dinner theater a tradition at Oak Lake Lutheran

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas music playing at every turn, your heart may not be with your head quite yet when it comes to getting into the Christmas Spirit. Never fear, for O...

 

Questions over blight procedure, cost

Questions of blight procedure and cost were brought up at Sturgeon Lake’s regular city council meeting on Friday, November 9. In October, Sturgeon Lake residents had attended the meeting with...

 

There's plenty to pass around

My heart needs a healthy dose of thankfulness. When I look into my interior world, it matches that of the exterior — cold, dreary and overall pretty bleak. I could use a defibrillator to jumpstart m...

 

Clean audit in Sturgeon Lake

An “outstanding (voter) turnout” was reported by Clerk Carole Lahti at Sturgeon Lake’s regular city council meeting on Friday, November 9. Lahti also noted an uptick in registration. “A lot...

 

Zmyslony files for recount, voter turnout reaches record

Following impressive turnout to August’s primary elections, Carlton County voters again participated in high numbers in last Tuesday’s midterm election with 80.64 percent of eligible voters...

 

Time for goodbye

This may come off a bit morbid, but I've been thinking a lot about mortality these past few days. I've been thinking of how scared many are of it, how we do almost anything to prevent the inevitable....

 

Slow going for repairs at Sturgeon Lake City Hall

City hall in Sturgeon Lake may not be getting its repair work done any time particularly soon. “I don’t have good hopes of it getting done this year,” public works officer Scott Helfman...

 

Willow River approves new playground sets

Students who performed well on their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments last spring received commendation from the Willow River School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, October 16....

 

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...

 

'Can't help but smile'

The Great Pumpkin has been found, and apparently he doesn't just appear Halloween night, but rather is cultivated all summer long. Jerry Gibson of Sturgeon Lake has some pumpkins that won't exactly...

 

Sturgeon Lake continues budget work

Budget talks resumed at Sturgeon Lake’s regular city council meeting on Tuesday, September 13, in addition to regular business. Since the last budget meeting, Clerk Carole Lahti, Treasurer Kathy...

 

Sturgeon Lake council discusses 2019 budget

Sturgeon Lake council members met together Thursday, August 23 in a meeting to discuss 2019’s budget. A preliminary budget is due September 20 with proposals to raise taxes, if such a proposal were...

 

As easy and difficult as pie

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of tips for young women to stay safe outside. Anything from “Don’t wear your hair in a ponytail, because it’s easier for an attacker to grab it,” to...

 

Primary makes way for Nov. election in Carlton County

Last week’s primary election saw a record turnout of voters in Minnesota. Secretary of State Steve Simon reported 902,119 people voting in the primary, which is the highest number of primary voters...

 

Recognizing the humanity in the arts

We all have our own ideas of what 'the arts' means. Some think of symphony orchestras, others picture painted masterpieces and others think of carefully crafted literary works. Maybe you think of...

 

Your vote counts

Primary elections are right around the corner — a few short days from publication date. Tuesday, August 14, don’t forget to cast your vote in the primary. What is the purpose of a primary...

 

School supplies?

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." Moose Lake isn't New York City,...

 

American Legion Posts 361 & 163 named WR grand marshals

"It's my honor to do this," Dennis O'Brien says to me after the Denham-Sturgeon Lake American Legion Post 361's monthly meeting. Dennis, or Denny as he introduces himself, is one member of Post 361....

 

It's the small things

As I flipped through pages of the Star-Gazette, eyes peeled for an interesting picture to include in the Historical Reflections section, a headline at the top of the first page caught my eye — “An...

 

Barnum teen publishes first novel

It's been no ordinary spring for 17-year-old Tiffany Lonetto, published author of "No Ordinary Summer." "It's something I never even would have dreamed of," she said during a recent interview. Maybe...

 

An inside look to River Road Fellowship

The case of Victor Barnard has been a source of interest and baffled horror for people not only in Pine County, but across the world. Reese Frederickson, Pine County Attorney and prosecutor of...

 

Ketola puts in bid for Carlton County attorney

Lauri Ketola filed candidacy for Carlton County attorney on June 4. Her filing, she shared, comes after encouragement "by many people from all facets of our community ... including members of law...

 

Adding to the noise

When I had just gotten out of high school, some pretty big news broke out in my hometown: A teacher was arrested. Reading the article online was a major shock. I really liked this teacher. He was one...

 

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