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 By Mike Gainor    Local News    July 2, 2020 

Area cities, townships get $3.9 million from CARES Act

Mike Gainor Over $3.9 million is on its way to Pine County from the federal CARES Act. The question now: How can it best be delivered to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown? On June 29, Pine County Administrat...

 By Mike Gainor    News    July 2, 2020 

Identity theft, unemployment scam hit Pine County

A Pine County man – and his son – are among many Minnesotans targeted by scammers making phony unemployment claims. The Pine County man works for an area college, while his son works in the offices of a professional Minnesota sports team. They ha...

 By Mike Gainor    News    June 18, 2020

A Place For You helps the homeless in challenging times

Since it opened in 2012, A Place For You has served hundreds of men and women – 81 in the past year alone – from Pine, Kanabec, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti and Mille Lacs counties, giving them a...

 By Mike Gainor    News    June 18, 2020

By Dad, with love

Pine County author Dale Kuzel has released his ninth book, sharing his reflections on life, nature, fatherhood and more. "I often preached to my children that life has a lot of ups and downs," Kuzel...

 By Mike Gainor    News    June 4, 2020

Unemployment is bad; we've seen worse

Pine County employment took a hit with the COVID-19 shutdown, but the unemployment rate is still well below the worst that the county has endured. Pine County unemployment rose to 12% in April 2020 according to the Minnesota Department of Employment...


New rules for presidential primary election on March 3

Early voting is now open for the March 3 presidential primary election in Minnesota, and Pine County Auditor/Treasurer Kelly Schroeder wants the public to know that there will be a number of changes this year. “This election is very different than...

 By Mike Gainor    News    January 30, 2020

Help judge the Highway 61 Film Festival in 2020

The Highway 61 Film Festival is seeking a few good judges to pick the festival winners in 2020. With scores of films submitted to the festival this year from filmmakers around the world, organizers are looking to send the very best ones to their...

 By Mike Gainor    News    January 16, 2020

Deputy Neel passes away after entering hospice

The family of Ben Neel said farewell on the evening of Jan. 8, soon after the longtime Pine County deputy and K9 officer went into hospice care. Neel, 37, had been in a coma since early December,...


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