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The Moose Lake City Council has approved rezoning the the former Shopko building from a commercial property to medical, opening the way to a possible new day surgery center on the site.

 Carlton County takes its turn to determine whether the current PLA (Project Labor Agreement)  in force for County construction projects should be dropped or amended. The Cloquet City Council just completed an intense discussion followed by a council vote first to drop the PLA for city proje…

“All we are asking is that people stay off and be patient,” said Jason Boyle part of the team with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) working on the Willow River Dam project in a phone interview about concerns over vegetation growth at the Willow River Dam. 

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Bears, wolves and misidentified eagles were among the variety of issues and situations that area conservation officers of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found themselves dealing with this past week.  

A woman faces charges of felony assault of a peace officer and felony assault of hospital emergency personnel – along with DWI and other charges – after a traffic stop led to a biting attack on a state trooper. 

 The morning quiet of May 31, 2021 at St. Isadore’s Church in Sturgeon Lake was broken by a rifle salute to fallen Veterans. Many in the area joined together for presentations, speeches and programs honoring service members who lost their lives in service. Shown on page one Moose Lake Cub Sc…

A man was killed on Saturday, May 29 in a crash on Interstate 35 in northern Pine County.

A number of road projects across Pine County have been planned for the summer of 2021, and county commissioners have approved more than $5.3 million in road construction projects 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that a construction on a new cable median barrier on I-35 between Hinckley and Carlton will begin on June 1. Barrier installation is at intermittent points on I-35 and will begin just south of Hwy 48 in Hinckley and continue north. Mot…

Crisp peppers, flavorful onion and other fresh ingredients topped with a special sauce make for a successful pizza business, said Crystal Davis, owner of Pizza Pub in Sturgeon Lake. 

 Anticipated to be an uneventful hearing for a new county-wide Parking Ordinance, the May Carlton County Committee of the Whole meeting was anything, but ordinary. Over 20 people gave their opinions, repeatedly straying from the details of the ordinance to wide-ranging complaints of trespass…

Kenneth Westerberg is the second oldest child in a family of 14 siblings from Barnum, Minn.. He loved outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, riding snowmobiles and dirt bikes. He played baseball and was in track. One of the highlights of his summer months was traveling out of town to help…

Moose Lake seniors and juniors celebrated prom on May 22. The theme for the evening was Bohemian Gardens and was held at Moose Lake Community School.

On May 21 the Carlton County Sheriff's Office received a report of an ATV crash in Moose Lake Township on private property. 

  New County Jail planning, though slow and methodical, comes closer to a decision on site and building design. The Carlton County Jail Steering Committee and the Property Management Department headed by County Coordinator Dennis Genereau have recommended the green site as the preferred buil…

Moose Lake Police Department has been operating short one full-time officer. Chief of Police Darren Juntunen and City Administrator Katie Bloom brought two possible solutions to the May Moose Lake City council meeting for consideration.

The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, said Nate Crotteau, owner of Holistic Wellness Services. He said hemp has a THC level of 0.3 and is legal to grow in Minnesota and marijuana is not. 

Prior to their May meeting, Barnum City Council celebrated breaking ground on the new Barnum City Complex. The building is estimated to be completed in October of this year. A community center, city offices, a municipal liquor off sale and a bar will be housed in the building. Barnum Mayor J…

Barnum High School sophomores, Kate Ferrin and Ava Gran placed first in the nation in their event, Small Business Management Team, at the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition. This year, due to COVID-19, the competition was held virtually over two weeks with the resul…

Lana Newman fell in love with plants and gardening many years ago. Her eyes light up as she remembers her grandma’s gardens.

  The Carlton County Board of Commissioners scrambles at the Committee of the Whole meeting May 4 to support Minnesota Legislative action to have the State of Minnesota cover tax collections in the last few years in which the MN Tax Court ruling was that state utilities and pipelines have ha…

Pine County is hoping to build up the area’s economy and bring more investment and housing to the region with the hire of a new economic development coordinator. 

Carlton County Wranglers 4H Club cleaned a two mile stretch of County Highway 4 during their meeting on Sunday. The Wranglers adopted completed the clean up as part of an adopt a highway program. 

A whole lot of humans headed out to enjoy nature’s splendor in the area this past week, and local officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were there to make sure that residents and visitors were doing right and staying safe in the great outdoors. 

Pictured above are the new members of the Barnum National Honor Society. Front row: Luke Dinger, Kate Ferrin, Ryan Manahan and  Brady Coughlin. Back row: Murray Salzer, Dylan Wallace, Gavin Thiry, Rayna Klejeski and Lenora Korpela.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers who might want to keep northern pike when the season opens on May 15 to familiarize themselves with the regulations and be prepared to measure the fish.

Vibrant red, sunny yellow and bright pink petunias, pansies and other favorite flowers are ready for customers to take them home. Local greenhouses are stocked and ready for winter weary residents to stop in for bright spring colors and nose tingling scents. 

Completion of construction on the stone arch dam in Willow River has raised concerns from the Willow River City Council about increasing All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) traffic in the area. 

Unemployment in Pine County fell more than a full percentage point between February and March 2021, dropping from 8.8% in February to 7.7% in March, according to a recent report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). With a labor force of 14,008, …

Seniors, veterans, disabled residents and other groups are invited to make fun memories this summer on a fishing cruise provided by Let’s Go Fishing.

For the first winter in a long time, no residents had their water pipes completely freeze in Moose Lake according to Public Works Superintendent Phill Etner. Several residents were asked to keep water running to prevent freezing and a few pipes did freeze, but nothing compared to previous years. 

  It is now apparent that the construction of a new Jail/Justice Center will be the most significant Carlton County project since the Courthouse was built in 1922. County Coordinator Dennis Genereau related that one of the candidates for a new Carlton County Auditor/Treasurer position shared…

Escape to a secluded rustic log lodge complete with swimming pond and yard, reads one advertisement. This beautiful house was built in 1912 and refurbished back to its original glory with an updated kitchen, says another.

The Carlton County Riders (CCR) hosted a Youth All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Certification class Saturday, April 17 at the Barnum Fire Department. The CCR provided a free helmet and goggles to each of the 24 participating youth through their Lids 4 Kids program, said Eric Senarighi, club president.

Green and white golf carts are lined up in a neat row waiting for golfers. Light drizzle creates the shimmering raindrops that decorate the cart tops. The droplets reflect a serene scene of song birds twittering enthusiastically while playing in puddles among neatly trimmed pine trees on an …

  No more than eight months is left to dig into the details of which new Carlton County Jail building plan is chosen and the best site for the complex. Up to this point the County’s Building Committee, the Justice Partners, the Court system, the Finance committee, and the Jail Steering Commi…