Articles written by A. R. Vander Vegt

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 24 of 24



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...

 
 By A. R. Vander Vegt    News    June 7, 2018

Water tower in Kettle River 'nagging, significant problem'

Chris Clasen of Susan Schiessel, Justin, Clasen & Company, presented the audit of Kettle River at their regular city council meeting on May 8. While the audit of the city came out clean, Clasen did...

 

An open question

A few months back, I read an editorial which discussed the syntax of our national anthem. The writer, who has made his living as a singer-songwriter, points out that the song actually is made up of...

 

Rosie the Riveter receives her diploma

Rose Marie Jirovec was born in 1925, the daughter of Czechoslovakian parents, the youngest of seven. She grew up on a farm west of Willow River, walking two miles through the woods to attend class at...

 
 By A. R. Vander Vegt    News    May 24, 2018

Sturgeon Lake city council moves to 'advance the roads'

In lieu of spreading chloride over unpaved roads this summer, Sturgeon Lake city councilors voted to conduct a trial run of purple basalt at the intersection of Logan Drive and Cemetery Road....

 
 By A. R. Vander Vegt    News    May 24, 2018

Enbridge wins lawsuit in MN Tax Court

On Tuesday, May 15, Judge Joanne Turner ruled in favor of Enbridge’s lawsuit in the Minnesota Tax Court. In the ruling, the judge determined the pipelines were overvalued by $3.2 billion from 2012...

 

'Loving every mile'

Bikers should strap on their helmets and volunteers can roll up their sleeves: The Red Ribbon Ride is rolling into town. Beginning and ending at Camp Heartland Center in Willow River, and going into...

 

Reckoning

This past week, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama. It is the first memorial in the United States to be “dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people,...

 

Barnum student advances to state for History Day competition

Anna Wikstrom probably knows more about the Civil Rights Movement than many twice her age. Her research into it is leading her to compete at state level for what is called History Day. It all started...

 

Out of decay, sculpting beauty

It started with a walk on Wisconsin Point between husband and wife. Down the shoreline, Jennifer Szczyrbak spied out a chunk of driftwood perfect for her garden back home in Moose Lake. Her husband...

 

Ode to imagination

"Imagination! who can sing thy force? / Or who describe the swiftness of thy course? / Soaring through air to find the bright abode, ... / From star to star the mental optics rove, / Measure the...

 

'We won't remain silent'

Paul has 17 names written on a piece of paper in his pocket. He may not know them personally, but he’s standing in the frigid March sun with no coat as a tribute to them, he says. Robin is with...

 

The shade of bittersweet

Last week, Colette closed a chapter here at the Star-Gazette - a bittersweet transition. As she closed a chapter and started a new one, my own life followed suit. With one-day of training and a...

 

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2018