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Talks of NBC News special focused on Pine County's Project RISE

Discussion with NBC News has been taking place, according to Probation Director Terry Fawcett, about the work that Pine County has been doing with their truancy initiative, Project RISE. Fawcett told the county board on June 4 that the news program...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    June 13, 2019

Pine County seeks state funding for phase one of Oberstar Trail

Pine County Auditor/Treasurer Kelly Schroeder requested permission at last week’s county board meeting to request funding in the state’s 2020 capital budget for phase one of the Oberstar Trail, a bike trail which would provide the missing link...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    March 7, 2019

2020 Census is coming

The goal of “counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place” is now underway through 2020 Census outreach and promotion efforts. Jim Accurso, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, highlighted the importance of public...

 

Rarick endorsed by local Republican Party

The Republican endorsing convention held on January 8 determined there will be no primary for the Republicans and that District 11B State Representative Jason Rarick will be the lone GOP ticket on the ballot. The convention was held at 7:00 p.m.at...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 13, 2018

Increased taxes, increased tension

Things got heated at the truth in taxation meeting on December 5 as the Pine County budget was presented and as county officials allowed for public comment. The source of angst for those residents who showed up to the meeting at the Pine County...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    November 29, 2018

Historical trauma presentation brought to Pine County board

Briana Michels, from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Learning and Development Services department, addressed the Pine County Board of Commissioners earlier this month on the topic of historical trauma. This past year, the county and the Band have been...

 

Kettle River Film Project reaches across genres

The Kettle River Film Project, an award-winning film company consisting of local producers and actors, has dabbled in several genres of film including horror, documentary and local film adventures but...

 

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...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    June 21, 2018

Pine County probation update

The Pine County probation caseload is trending upward, said Pine County Probation Director Terry Fawcett as he presented the county’s 2018 comprehensive probation plan at the June 5 regular county board meeting. He highlighted the caseloads,...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    May 17, 2018

A new approach to truancy

As students pass by in the halls of Crossroads Learning Center in Sandstone, Lawrence Staples greets them with "Aanii" and follows up with "Aniish na?" In Ojibwe, this means "Hello" and "How are...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    May 10, 2018

New technology for Pine County Sheriff's dept.

The Pine County Sheriff’s department is moving forward with new technology. The department now has a new records management system which went live on April 9. The system from Zuercher Technologies based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    April 26, 2018

Break-in at the future North Pine Saloon in Kerrick

On Tuesday, April 5, at 2:40 a.m., Northview Bank security cameras caught headlights coming from the North Pine Saloon in Kerrick. That morning is when the business, which is set to open May 1, was...

 

Locals help keep children warm this holiday season

"As my grandmother always said, idle hands are the devil's playground," quips Joyce Tabor as she helps fill two large boxes with custom knit sweaters and winter wear for children in Pine County. "I...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    May 18, 2017

Remains of missing man found near park

The remains of Kenneth Scott Kleppen were found in Sandstone, near Robinson Park, on Saturday, May 6. Kleppen, of Sandstone, has been missing since March 3, 2015. On May 6, members of the United...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    March 9, 2017

Countywide zoning raises concerns

A public hearing was held Tuesday, February 21, on the adoption of the Pine County Comprehensive plan which is meant to be a roadmap for the county until 2030. Concerns over the county’s recommendation to implement countywide zoning in the areas...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    February 16, 2017

Welcome Chaos, PCSO's new K9

A new pup named Chaos has been purchased by the Pine County Sheriff's Office (PCSO). Chaos is a year old Belgian Malinois, a special breed imported from a company called Jinopo in the Czech Republic...

 

Debate continues: Appoint or elect auditor/treasurer?

Pine County is currently seeking special legislation which would allow the county board to select the county auditor/treasurer instead of keeping the position elected. The bill, SF 592, authored by state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and HF 655 by s...

 
 By Traci Lebrun    News    January 12, 2017

Murderer gets max sentence

Traci LeBrun Pine County Prosecuting Attorney, Reese Frederickson, and defense attorneys for Jonathan Michael Loun reached a plea agreement on Thursday, January 5. Loun, 32, of Hinckley, plead guilty...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 29, 2016

Major flood restoration project complete

A major erosion control project has been completed this November in Sturgeon Lake. The project was a result of the 2012 floods of the Moose Horn and Kettle Rivers and the devastation caused to...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 15, 2016

Two Pine County positions cut

In September, the Pine County Board stated the preliminary budget was out of balance by approximately $1.6 million and they would need to make adjustments to department budgets to ensure the budget is near the approximate $1 million levy amount. At...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 8, 2016

Mills recount efforts suspended

Republican candidate for the U.S. Representative District 8 seat, Stewart Mills, has suspended his recount effort against democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. On Tuesday, November 29, Mills filed for a recount request with Secretary of State Steve Simon...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    December 1, 2016

Mills calls for recount

Stewart Mills, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative District 8 seat, is calling for a vote recount against Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. Mills' top reason for requesting a recount is the...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    July 14, 2016

Bruno teen drowns in Kettle River

A drowning occurred in the Kettle River at Banning State Park, west of Askov, on Wednesday, July 6. The victim, 15-year-old Dustin Compton of Bruno, was swimming with friends when the accident...

 

Giving back in the spirit of Grace

A special project has been taking place in memory and honor of a very special girl. The inspiration of the project comes from the very heart of who Gracelynn Rae Stadin was - a girl who loved abundant...

 
 By Traci LeBrun    News    October 23, 2014

Human remains likely part of historic burial site

Rumors of Al Capone slayings and missing person identification may have been laid to rest over the weekend at the site in Pine City where two bodies have been recently unearthed. Hamline anthropology...

 

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