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 By Bethany Helwig    News    June 13, 2019 

The Last Runner Standing

On the 8th of June, 105 runners gathered at the Grand Avenue chalet of Spirit Mountain to compete in the Last Runner Standing challenge. There is no set end time or length. This isn't your typical...

 

Help arrives for Willow River Days

At the regular city council meeting on June 3, a representative of the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association announced that the association would like to help with Willow River Days. The city is required...

 

Numerous projects approved for Willow River School

The Willow River School Board approved 13 projects to be completed using the long term facility maintenance (LTFM) bond money at their regular meeting on May 21. The LTFM bond fund expires in Septembe...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 23, 2019

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Moose Lake Public Library for an Author Chat event along with Dean Hovey (author of the Pine County Mystery series) and Eric Bergman (author of Addie...

 

Moose Lake school bond fails to pass

After the voting poll closed at 8 pm Tuesday, May 14, and the ballots were tallied, the final count was 610 voted no and 382 said yes to Question 1 of the Moose Lake school bond referendum. Three ball...

 

Sturgeon Lake city clerk resigns

At a special meeting on May 6, City Clerk Carole Lahti of Sturgeon Lake officially resigned and the council accepted her letter of resignation. City Treasurer Kathy Lake was appointed Deputy City Cler...

 

A great day for running

Although Saturday, May 4th started out foggy and overcast in Moose Lake, the sun came out for the start of the Moose Run 5k/10k creating ideal running conditions. A total of 270 walkers, joggers, and...

 

Willow River discusses low funds

City Clerk Diane Nelson cautioned the city council that funds are low in the city’s checking account at Willow River’s regular meeting on May 6. “Our checking account is taking a hit,” she sta...

 

Moose Lake student wins first place in art competition

Charis Blacklock, a senior at Moose Lake High School, recently won the 8th District Congressional Art Competition with her submission of "Birds Nest," a water color portrait. The U.S. House of...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Never give up, never surrender

This past weekend I participated in the Moose Run 5K. After a long, trying road of leg pain issues coupled with asthma and brutal seasonal allergies, I feel like I’m finely getting some traction on...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    May 2, 2019

Who let the dogs out?

I love dogs. Always have and probably always will. Certain dog owners on the other hand,not so much. Over the last couple of months, I’ve encountered six stray/loose dogs, all of them without identi...

 

Cell tower goes up in Sturgeon Lake

At the regular city council meeting held on April 13, Mayor Todd Danelski stated he had received a number of questions from property owners concerning the construction of the new cell tower. Council...

 

Moose Lake School approves budget cuts

At a special meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Tuesday, April 9, a number of potential cuts were approved. The bus supervisor and English teacher positions, which had previously been up in...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    News    April 11, 2019

Construction season is nigh

On April 4, MnDOT Engineer Duane Hill announced the construction projects scheduled for the year in District 1, which encompasses the northeast region of Minnesota including, Pine, Carlton, and St....

 

The sound of music

Agate Encores closed out their 2018/2019 season with a memorable performance by the UMD Faculty Quintet on Thursday, April 4, in the Moose Lake School auditorium. During the intermission of the...

 

The Seam Sisters built a community piece by piece with love and joy

At Joe Jitters, four very upbeat and friendly women gathered over coffee to talk shop about their upcoming Seam Sisters Quilt Show. They represent the planning committee but there are over twenty...

 

Improvements coming to Willow River School, LifeSmarts team heading to nationals

Various plans for improvements and renovations were discussed at the Willow River School Board's regular meeting on March 19. Quotes for an addition onto the bus garage were approved, with Rob Sahlen...

 

Sturgeon Lake city council seeks to improve fire hall, city hall

The Sturgeon Lake city council discussed possible improvements for the fire hall and city hall during its regular meeting on March 14. Fire Chief Mike Mikrot said the fire hall has numerous issues...

 

Women's History Month and empowering women

The second I start talking about women empowerment, I know there is a selection of people that will immediately tune out or even turn away from this editorial with disgust. Some of you may think...

 

Local robotics teams head to Destination: Deep Space

Thunderous cheers and chants filled the DECC arena on Friday and Saturday last week for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Two regional tournaments were played simultaneously on either side of the arena...

 

Barnum elementary talent show hosts full crowd

The talent was in and the crowd was there in full support on Friday, March 7th, for Barnum's elementary talent show. Proceeds for the event will help fund the annual trip to Wolf Ridge for the six...

 

Be the person that makes a difference in someone's life

I recently had the opportunity to attend the robotics competition at the DECC featuring robots created exclusively by high school students. It was exciting and interesting, but more importantly, it...

 

Report on water system and items for sale at Willow River city council meeting

The Willow River City Council meeting opened with a comment from Councilor Vickie Whitehouse that the alarm at the lift station was currently going off. John Mikrot, water and sewer operator, quickly...

 

Willow River students show growth in winter benchmark testing

At the Willow River School Board meeting held on February 19, the results of the winter FastBridge testing reported modest to aggressive growth for both elementary and high school students of Willow...

 

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us

I haven't been having a very good day. I know that's not a very uplifting opening for an editorial, but it's true. Between the frequent winter storms, wrangling varying aspects of my life, attempting...

 

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