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Mahtowa mourns loss of its best and "wurst" advocate for the community

For more than 40 years, Tom Bislow's smiling face could be seen behind the counter at TJ's Country Corner store in Mahtowa, a tiny town of 100 people located between Barnum and Carlton on Old Highway...

 

Athletic complex for Moose Lake School takes next step forward

The Moose Lake School Board passed a motion to send the plans for completing the athletic complex to the Minnesota Department of Education for Review and Comment at a special meeting of the board on...

 

New updates and projects discussed for Barnum Schools

The offices and the board room would be changed, a family bathroom would be added, and the roof replaced on the 1989 addition to Barnum Elementary, Superintendent Dave Bottem said during the working...

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    February 14, 2019 

Government shutdown impacts contractors including Mercy Hospital

The government shutdown may affect Mercy Hospital, CEO Mike Delfs told the Board of Directors at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 28. This was Delfs’ last board meeting. He is taking a position in...

 

In this digital age, caution is advised

"If a 13-year old girl has a boyfriend in August and sends him a nude photo of herself, and then breaks up with him in October, he could send that photo to all of his friends," said Erik Blesener, a...

 

Art comes in all shapes and sizes ... and metals

"Clang! Clang! Clang!" was the sound in Leon Torkelson's blacksmith shop as he pounded on a piece of hot metal to mold and shape it into a key ring on Wednesday, January 23. Torkelson pounded on the...

 

Moose Lake School Board 4-2 vote passes 3-year contract with superintendent

The three-year contract for Superintendent Robert Indihar was approved with a 4-2 vote at the January 22 meeting of the Moose Lake School Board. Two previous votes, one for a three-year contract and...

 

Updates coming for Moose Lake Water & Light systems

Commissioner Keith Carlson was elected the chair of the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission at the reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Mayor Ted Shaw was welcomed to the commission as a...

 

Moose Lake city council addresses criminal statistics and icy sidewalks

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm told the Moose Lake City Council that there were 40 felony cases in Moose Lake last year. “That’s a lot for a small town,” he told the council at the...

 

Barnum school board considers banners to promote school

Barnum Schools Superintendent Dave Bottem presented an idea to the Barnum City Council on Monday, Jan. 14, about banners on the light poles in the city promoting the school. “It would be a good way...

 

Five Sisters reopens on Arrowhead Lane

It has been over four years since Jenny Moonen opened Five Sisters in Moose Lake on Folz Boulevard. She named the shop after the five sisters in her family. Now she has moved her business to a new...

 

Mayor and city council members sworn in

Three city council members were sworn in at the reorganizational meeting of the Moose Lake City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Mayor Ted Shaw, Councilor Doug Juntunen and new council member Walter...

 

Shopko will remain open despite bankruptcy rumors

The Shopko Hometown Store in Moose Lake is not going to close, said Store Manager David Loose in an interview on Jan. 10. A press release dated Jan. 9 and published in the Green Bay Press-Gazette...

 

Referendum decision will come next week

Lynn Dyer of ICS met with the Moose Lake School Board on Jan. 9 to prioritize the projects that have been listed from listening sessions with the board, the staff, the students and the community. The...

 

Barnum considers multi-district classrooms

The Barnum School Board elected officers at the organizational meeting of the board on Wednesday, January 2. The new school board member, Beth Schatz, was welcomed to the board. Paul Coughlin was...

 

A freeze-dried scoop

Laurie Carlson of Holyoke was at loose ends after she finished renovating her cabin a couple of years ago. But then, she met someone that told her about freeze drying foods, and she found her new pass...

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    May 24, 2018

Proposed power rate increase to be extended over years

The Moose Lake Power Commissioners discussed stretching out the proposed power rate increase over several years at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 15. Instead of increasing the power rates by 15...

 

Updated co-op agreement approved

The Moose Lake School Board approved the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels Cooperative Agreement at the monthly meeting on Monday, May 21. The agreement has been in the discussion and revision stages for...

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    May 17, 2018

Moose Lake City Council approves rebate tax

The Moose Lake City Council approved the proposal to offer tax rebates to residents who build new homes in the city at the meeting of the council on Wednesday, May 9. The new Moose Lake EDA (Economic...

 
 By Lois E. Johnson    News    May 10, 2018

Kettle River hones in on developing tourism

The Kettle River Planning and Zoning Commission discussed developing a plan that focuses on tourism at a meeting on Thursday, May 3. “The Soo Line Trail is a big selling point,” said Todd...

 

Honoring the legacy of the St. Croix

The 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, co-sponsored by Senators Walter Mondale of Minnesota and Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, coincides with the release of the new book, "St. Croix...

 

Volleyball practices will stay in Moose Lake

The Willow River School Board passed a motion to continue junior high volleyball practice in Moose Lake. Their decision was announced at the meeting of the Moose Lake-Willow River liaison committee...

 

Local athlete receives Courage Award

Danny Lilya, a junior at Moose Lake High School, was presented with the Minnesota Honors Courage Award at U. S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, April 29. According to information in a letter that Lilya...

 

Barnum seeks applicants for principal position for fall 2018

The Barnum School Board agreed by a motion to advertise for applications for an elementary principal at the monthly board meeting on Tuesday, April 17. The former elementary principal, Tom Cawcutt,...

 

Mural unveiled

Natalie Frohrip had a dream that became reality when artist Brian Olson of Duluth completed a mural at the Moose Lake Historical Society Museum in December and into January. The mural opened to the...

 

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