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 By Lois E Johnson    News    November 22, 2018 

Verizon drops proposed cell tower in ML

A plan from Verizon to bring a cellular phone tower or small cell towers to Moose Lake has been dropped, reported Rick Adams, an independent telecommunications consultant for Verizon, to the Moose...

 
 By Lois E Johnson    News    November 22, 2018 

Barnum's old fire hall to be taken down

Barnum Fire Chief Corey Hurst reported that the new fire truck is scheduled to arrive the first week of December, at the meeting of the Barnum City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The city council...

 

Three days. 8,000 cookies. A family tradition.

Sheets, plates and pans of cookies were everywhere in the log home of Paula Engstrom on the shore of Sand Lake Saturday, Nov. 17, as two families gathered for their annual three-day cookie baking...

 

Uptick in drug overdose fatalities

There has been an unusual number of drug overdose fatalities on reservations, reported Tony Bastien, investigator for the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Carlton County...

 

Mercy Hospital board discusses single payer healthcare

Mercy Hospital CEO Mike Delfs spoke about the candidates in the upcoming election and his concerns about their promotions of changing the health insurance system at the meeting of the Mercy Hospital...

 

Despite initial trepidation over MCA scores, ML resident regains confidence

Byron Kuster of Moose Lake was very concerned about the low MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores at the Moose Lake Community School that came out in early October. The tests were given in...

 

Love for dance, love for life

Fun and great exercise, that's what Ernie and Verna Olson of Moose Lake have been teaching in dance the last few years. "It keeps us busy and keeps us moving," said Verna in an interview in their...

 

Glimpse into 1918: Armistice Day

Despite a large portion of northeastern Minnesota having been destroyed by a devastating forest fire on Oct. 12, people still rejoiced when the Armistice ending the Great War on the 11th hour of the 1...

 

World War II vet reflects on time in service

Morris Gjessing of Moose Lake was just 15 when the news came over the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. "We would listen to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the...

 

Enrollment in Barnum is dropping

The enrollment at the Barnum Schools is dropping. Superintendent Dave Bottem reported at recent school board meeting that the families aren’t moving out of the school district, there are just less...

 

Moose Lake School looking at future needs

Two staff members of ICS, the firm that is assisting with planning the proposal for the athletic complex, Early Childhood playground and completing other needs at the Moose Lake Community School met...

 

Moose Lake purchases new squad vehicles

The Moose Lake City Council approved the purchase of two squad vehicles at the monthly meeting of the council on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Sergeant Mike McNulty, who reported to the council as Chief Bryce...

 

Kettle River refurbishes water tower

Refurbishing the water tower in Kettle River is underway. Bernadine Reed, the city clerk, reported that work on the tower began the week of Oct. 15. “They cleaned the inside and coated it with an...

 

Age to Age starts up in Barnum

Age to Age is coming to Barnum. Lynn Haglin, vice president, and Jan Amys, program associate, met with members of the Barnum community on Thursday, Oct. 11, to explain about the Northland...

 

MCA math scores in ML take a 'dive'

The data from last spring MCA tests were presented to the Moose Lake School Board at the monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 15. “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet the goals for math and reading,” said...

 

Shield616 equips MLPD

All the officers at the Moose Lake Police Department have now been equipped with gear that will protect them from rifle fire. A presentation was made of four sets of gear from Shield616 on Thursday,...

 

Local woman traverses MN parks, finds comfort and companionship

Eleanor Eskuri was grieving after the death her husband, Archie, when she started to walk in the state parks in 2008. She completed walking in each of Minnesota's 72 state parks on August 22 this...

 

Mercy Hospital considers transition to 501(c)(3) status

Mercy Hospital is going to be examining whether changing its status to a 501(c)(3) managed operation would be of benefit. In a press release dated Oct. 4, it was explained that the current board and...

 

Test scores are an emerging concern at Moose Lake Schools

When the Moose Lake School District was promoting the new school before people voted on the $34.7 million bond referendum, one reason given for a new school was that more students would come to Moose...

 

Fire! Fire!

That was the cry of the people as the flames swept in from the west, hurled by a 60-mile-an-hour wind, that afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918. Mothers were making supper, and fathers were out...

 

Changing history books, altering the future

Moose Lake Social Studies students learned about the migration routes of early man on Friday, Sept. 21, when they listened to Terry Kero, a former Moose Lake resident and author of the trilogy, "Walki...

 

Moose Lake native performs on stages across the world

Editor's Note: Prudence Johnson, singer, and Dan Chouinard, pianist, will be performing in a concert at the Moose Lake Community School auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. Johnson is a Moose Lake...

 

New device monitors abnormal heart activity

Dr. Sharon Gossett brought a new device for diagnosing issues with the heart to the monthly meeting of the Mercy Hospital board of directors. "The Confirm Loop Recorder is implanted in the body at an...

 

Year-long generator project 100% complete

The new generator has been tested and is functioning well, Superintendent Harlan Schmeling reported to the Moose Lake Power Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The year-long project is 100 percent comple...

 

Local author releases latest novel

Local author Dean Hovey just came out with another book, "Whistling Wings," the third book in the series that are set in an assisted living facility in Two Harbors. "In my first book, 'Whistling...

 

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