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 By Bethany Helwig    Opinion    August 22, 2019 

The "Buddy Effect"

When I first started working at the Star Gazette, I told my coworkers about my dog Buddy and was quickly encouraged to bring him into the office. I never imagined he'd end up becoming the office...

 

Carlton County Fair Preview

It's the 129th Annual Carlton County Fair this weekend, August 15-18, at the fairgrounds in Barnum. As always, a number of events will be taking place throughout the fair in addition to the regular at...

 

Moose Lake fills school board vacancy

Ben Anderson was selected from among five candidates interviewed by the Moose Lake School Board on Wednesday, August 8 to fill the open seat on the board. The seat became vacant after the resignation...

 

Willow River campground considered for ATV use

A representative from the DNR brought up a proposition concerning the campground at the regular meeting of the Willow River City Council on August 5. Mary Straka from the DNR informed the council...

 

A matter of motivation

I recently fell into a slump where I didn’t want to do anything. When I went home, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch or in front of my computer. I took a lot of naps and watched too much...

 

Rocky Run Stables visits Barnum and Moose Lake

Students and staff got up close to a pair of therapy miniature horses, Gracie and Maggie, that stopped by Barnum Elementary and Mini Moose Lodge on July 26. Rocky Run Stables is part of Pet Partners,...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    Sports    July 25, 2019

Moose Lake Triathlon

Early in the morning on July 20, racers lined up on the beach of Moosehead Lake for the start of the Moose Lake Triathlon. Despite the hot and humid week preceding the race, a cool breeze off the...

 

Meal improvements for Willow River School

Changes are coming for meals at Willow River School for the 2019-20 year as approved at the regular meeting of the school board on July 16. Superintendent Bill Peel said one of the things most asked...

 

Bike & Build rides through Moose Lake

Small groups of cyclists, spread out over a distance, could be seen passing through Moose Lake on July 18. From their cycling jerseys and formation, you might have thought you were witnessing a race...

 

A look behind the curtain

By some miracle, the smothering heat and humidity (mostly) cleared away this last weekend. The end result was decent weather for the Moose Lake Triathlon. This was my first year volunteering with the...

 

Development coming to Sturgeon Lake

At the regular meeting of the Sturgeon Lake city council on July 11, Councilor Rick Lewis informed the council that he was working on a housing development project east of the Embassy on Green Leaf...

 

The volunteer crisis

There has been a disturbing trend as of late in our small town communities. Events that once drew in crowds and fueled our local businesses are suffering and even being cancelled. There is no Willow R...

 

Pleasing the masses and Art in the Park

I’m what you would call a “people pleaser.” I have a constant fear while writing (both my own books and this newspaper) that people aren’t going to like what I have to say. There’s also a na...

 
 By Bethany Helwig    News    July 4, 2019

A celebration of running

According to the story, in 490 B.C. a soldier, Pheidippides, ran from a battlefield near the city of Marathon to Athens-a journey of some 25 miles-to announce the defeat of the Persians. He shouted...

 

Passing the torch

The torch-bearer, volunteers, and officers from the Moose Lake Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office gathered at Veterans' Park just before noon on June 20 to prepare for the next l...

 

Willow River school prepares for 2019-20 year

At the regular meeting of the Willow River School Board on June 18, the board approved the budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget incorporates $2,000 for the playground for additional items no...

 

My hero goes by "Dad"

This past weekend my sisters and I went on a hike with my father then later treated him to a movie and dinner for Father’s Day. The whole time he was acting like a dad—wanting to pay for...

 

American Ninja Warrior

Moose Lake will be able to watch one of its own, David Moonen, 22, compete on the popular television show American Ninja Warrior. Moonen, a 2015 graduate of Moose Lake High School, recently participat...

 
 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...

 

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