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Flyovers honor COVID-19 frontline workers

Moose Lake was able to enjoy being a part of a statewide effort made by the National Guard to honor those on the COVID-19 frontlines. On Wednesday, May 13, pilots from the Minnesota National Guard's 1...

 

Moose Lake tentatively hires new police chief

Pending a background check and appropriate evaluations, a contract for Darren Juntunen to take the position as Moose Lake Police Chief was formally approved at the regular meeting of the council on...

 

Sturgeon Lake approves bid to fix fire hall roof

The Sturgeon Lake city council accepted the bid by Beaver Roofing to make repairs to the fire hall roof to remedy numerous leak issues, at their regular meeting held remotely on May 12. The bid by...

 

Barnum to host drive-in graduation

Barnum School’s current plan for commencement will be holding a drive-in ceremony at the high school on May 29 at 6 p.m., as discussed at the working board meeting on May 5. High School Principal Gr...

 

Willow River school board approves co-op committee in contested vote

The Willow River school board approved the Barnum-Moose Lake-Willow River School Board Cooperative Committee at their regular meeting held remotely on April 21. Prior to the committee being approved,...

 

B&B Market makes generous donation to Moose Lake residents

Last week, workers from B&B Market delivered 45 bags of essential groceries to residents at Hillside Manor East, including meat, potatoes, bread, oranges, and of course a treat! They returned again...

 

Agate Days canceled

The Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce voted on Monday to cancel the annual Agate Days that was to be held July 18-19 this year due to safety concerns over the coronavirus. In an email announcement,...

 

Sturgeon Lake approves water and sewer service

CORRECTION: Noted within article. The city council of Sturgeon Lake approved hiring PeopleService for water and sewer utility service at their regular meeting on April 14. City employee Scott Helfman...

 

Local author releases second book

Tiffany Lonetto of Barnum may be young at 19 years of age, but she already has two published novels on her list of accomplishments. My Adventure, her most recent book which came out this January, is...

 

Campground opening postponed

With the extension of the Stay Home Order, at the regular meeting on April 8 the council agreed to push the opening date of the campground from May 1 to May 22. However, the date is still tentative si...

 

An inside look at distance learning

With new safety precautions implemented due to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), last week schools moved to a new model for education—distance learning. Both teachers and students are striving to ma...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    News    April 2, 2020

Moose Lake DOC inmate tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Moose Lake Department of Corrections (DOC) facility is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Carlton County. According to a press release from the DOC, over the past weekend one inm...

 

A call out for hospital supplies

Mercy Hospital is accepting sewn face masks from the community. The Mercy Foundation is coordinating this effort. People interested in making masks should contact Michelle Anderson, The Mercy Foundati...

 

STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSINGS

With the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading, Governor Tim Walz ordered the temporary closure of schools statewide. The executive order signed on March 15, authorized the closure of K-12...

 

Officer resigns from Moose Lake Police Department

The council accepted the resignation of Officer Jamie Jungers from the Moose Lake Police Department, during their regular meeting on March 11. Interim Chief Mike McNulty stated a number of...

 

Rock 'em, sock 'em robotics

Schools from around the region, country, and even Sweden converged on the DECC in Duluth on March 6-7 for the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals of FIRST Robotics. This year, FIRST partnered...

 

Pot 'O Gold scavenger hunt to highlight local businesses

Put your detective hat on because Moose Lake local businesses will be having a scavenger hunt March 12-17. Start at Art’s Cafe to pick up your “Pot ‘O Gold passport” and then follow the clues...

 

Keeping an eye out for pedestrians

We’ve gotten a wave of warmer weather lately and the pedestrians have come out to enjoy it while it lasts (because with Minnesota, there’s bound to be another snowstorm around the corner). As one...

 

Grand reopening of Sonshine Closet next week

The Sonshine Closet in Moose Lake, located on Folz Blvd, will be celebrating their grand reopening over the week of March 10-14, presenting their new logo and store perks. "During the week of our...

 

Complaints against bar in Willow River

Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson paid the Willow River city council a visit at their regular meeting on March 2 to discuss several complaints law enforcement has received about a bar in the city stayin...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    News    March 5, 2020

New bill aims to wipe the medical assistance record clean

Senator Jason Rarick introduced a new bill to the Minnesota Senate on February 24 that would eliminate medical assistance welfare data for those who were newly placed on Medical Assistance (MA)...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Sports    March 5, 2020

Frozen Moose hotly contested

Runners from across the state converged on Moose Lake for the Frozen Moose 2 mile, 5 mile, and 3 hour snowshoe and running events on February 29 at the Moose Lake Depot. Despite the chillier temps in...

 

Willow River School part of $1.5 million grant pool

Willow River School is one of nine districts that were awarded a Career and Technical Education (CTE) grant pool of $1.5 million over a two-year period, Superintendent Bill Peel announced at the...

 

Buddy's Corner fanfare

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their precious pets for our “Share the love!” compilation in Buddy’s Corner. When I first brought Buddy to work with me over a...

 

Snow and ice still hazardous on Moose Lake sidewalks

With Moose Lake covered in several layers of snow and ice, property and business owners were reminded to clear their sidewalks and fire hydrants at the regular meeting of the Moose Lake city council o...

 

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