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Windemere debates road maintenance report

Windemere Township Treasurer Ron Mossberg attempted twice to give a report he prepared comparing road maintenance in-house operations to contracting out road work, during the regular Windemere Township meeting on May 9, but was stopped by the board...

 

Willow River Area Days needs new leadership

The future of Willow River Area Days is uncertain. Willow River Mayor Brent Switzer said in an interview Wednesday, May 8, that the Willow River Commercial Club notified the city by letter back in September of its decision to step down from...

 

Willow River School to lease seven new buses

The Willow River school board approved a three-year lease agreement with TCF Equipment Finance for seven new gas-fueled buses at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 16. The contract is for three annual payments of $16,941 under the condition the...

 

Willow River considers allowing livestock within city limits

The city of Willow River will take up the issue of whether or not to allow the raising of livestock, specifically chickens, within city limits at its May meeting. A resident couple asked the council to consider the issue at its regular meeting...

 

Windemere Township Supervisor Kirkeby resigns

The Windemere Township Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Supervisor Dale Kirkeby at its regular meeting Thursday, April 14. Board Chair Pete Steen said Kirkeby submitted his resignation, effective immediately, just before the meeting....

 

Windemere discusses new comprehensive plan

The Windemere Township Board of Supervisors accepted delivery of the comprehensive plan at their March 14 meeting, though they were not willing to go so far as to adopt the plan as it was presented. Cindy Carlson, a resident who worked on the plan...

 

Willow River fire department receives new equipment, city discusses needed repairs

Willow River Fire Chief Gerard Bennett reported to the Willow River City Council Monday during the regular meeting that they received six pagers paid for with the Lions Club and private donations received recently. Bennett stated the pagers cost abou...

 

Windemere Township implements new purchasing policy and discusses attendance issues

Windemere Township is making progress implementing changes recommended by its first audit, which was conducted last year. The board approved a purchasing policy and a fund balance policy at a special meeting called on December 18. The purchasing...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    January 17, 2019

Many road projects coming to Windemere Township

A couple of long awaited projects in Windemere Township will be moving forward. At Thursday’s regular meeting, the Windemere Township Board of Supervisors approved up to $30,000 or in-kind work to remove the collapsed culverts to Island Lake that...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    January 3, 2019

Teen vaping on the rise nationally, locally

Underage vaping, the inhalation of vapor from an electronic device or e-cigarette, is not only on the increase nationally, it is on the rise locally. And it is the result of companies directly marketing the products to youth, according to Kristine...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    December 27, 2018

Pine County receives grants to help combat opioid and substance abuse

Pine County is the recipient of two grants that will address the opioid crisis. MaryJo Katras, University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension, and Laura Palombi, U of M-College of Pharmacy, addressed the Pine County Board of Commissioners about the...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    December 20, 2018

Pine County juvenile justice continues to make progress

Pine County Probation is moving ahead in its vision to reform juvenile justice in the county. Terry Fawcett, Pine County probation director, told a room full of community stakeholders at the Pine County Courthouse Wednesday, December 12, that he no...

 

Pine County enters preliminary budget talks

Pine County’s personnel costs seem to be driving the 2019 budget. The Pine County commissioners have been reviewing proposed budgets submitted by the various departments for 2019 over the past few weeks. Predictably, salary and insurance costs are...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    September 6, 2018

Pine Co. shops for health insurance

Pine County is shopping around again for insurance for its employees. It was reported at the Pine County Board of Commissioners meeting August 21, that insurance was expected to increase 9 percent next year. County Administrator David Minke...

 

Primary numbers in Pine County

Voter turnout in Pine County was slightly down from the last major primary in 2014. In the 2014 primary, Pine County had a showing of approximately 3,990 voters as compared to an approximate 3,750 voters in this August’s primary according to the...

 

Peace officers and mental health

“I think daily someone in our office deals with somebody that’s having some type of a mental health crisis, if you will, or needs some type of referral,” said Pine County Chief Deputy Paul Widenstrom in a recent interview. Mental health calls...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    July 19, 2018

Fire hall continues to leak in Sturgeon Lake

Fire Chief Mike Mikrot and Assistant Fire Chief Al Cekalla addressed the Sturgeon Lake City Council with a few concerns at its regular meeting July 12. The fire hall roof continues to leak, and no contractor has been found to do the work. There are...

 

Kerrick bar joins ranks of 'good ole 23'

Although selling real estate is Tom and Jamie Jensen's passion, owning a bar "is in the blood". They have gotten the North Pine Saloon in Kerrick up and running in just a couple months. Tom said...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    May 3, 2018

Pine County considers adopting a county zoning ordinance

The Pine County Board of Commissioners gave the nod to a process for adopting a county zoning ordinance at the April 17 board meeting. “It ties back to the comprehensive plan,” said Kelly Schroeder, county assessor, as she presented the board...

 

After 39 years, T&M Athletics to close

After 39 "wonderful" years in sporting goods retail, Tom Brabec will close the doors of T&M Athletics in Willow River this spring. It will be like saying goodbye to a longtime friend. "This store was...

 

One Heartland: 25 years helping youth

Do you remember going to summer camp? It's a tradition full of fond memories for many. Thanks to One Heartland, for the last 25 years, camp has become an option for young people who would never have...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    January 25, 2018

County board reviews new building plans

The Pine County Board of Commissioners reviewed architectural drawings for the new county facility in Sandstone at its regular meeting in Askov Tuesday, January 16. Commissioner Josh Mohr of Pine City said, “We had a lot of discussion with IT....

 

Dam options reviewed at presentation

On the evening of December 6, well over 100 Willow River area residents and city, county and state government officials settled in at the school auditorium for a long-awaited presentation concerning...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    August 24, 2017

County to explore mini truck ordinance

The appearance of more mini trucks and golf carts on local roads recently has sparked discussion of possible regulation of special vehicles by the Pine County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, August 1. County Commissioner Steven Hallan...

 
 By Shawn Jansen    News    January 19, 2017

Pine rolls out comprehensive plan

Water quality, agriculture and Internet access are among the concerns to be addressed by county policy over the next 15 years. These issues and more came up as the Pine County Board of Commissioners...

 

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