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 By Lois E Johnson    News    December 6, 2018 

Pain management program is an asset

No one was elected from the City of Barnum to serve on the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, it was said at a meeting of the board on Monday, Nov. 27. “There were three people who received two...

 

Consultants give report to ML school

The results of the staff, students, school board and community meetings were presented to the Moose Lake School Board by ICS staff at the monthly meeting of the board on Monday, Nov. 19. The school...

 

Power Commission updated on new power provider

Plans to switch over to a new power provider were discussed at the meeting of the Moose Lake Power Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Jessica Darling of AEP, the company that will be supplying power to...

 

Use of e-cigarettes, dress code discussed

The use of e-cigarettes and the dress code were two areas of concern that the Student Council representative, Henry Collier, brought to the Barnum School Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. “T...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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