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The Disabled American Veterans of Carlton County work hard to raise money to help those in need. They hold several community events including two huge rummage sales every year and man the B&B food wagon three times a year. They also organize a free Thanksgiving meal for the community eve…

Moose Lake has been in a battle against aging infrastructure. One strategy to improve sewer services has been to complete sewer pipe lining projects in town. 

“There is an older lab, possibly a spaniel mix. It’s limping and slow moving,” reads the post on Missing Pets in the Northland Facebook page. “Perhaps it has an injury. It’s lying in a plowed field on County Road 12 just outside of Kettle River.” Other posts plead for information about their…

 “Come in,” said Ray Gurske, a spritely 95-year-old World War II veteran with bright blue eyes. “Ma, we have company,” Ray said to his wife of 75 years in the other room of their Wright home. “The first time you are company, the next time you are family.”

 The Minnesota Department of Transportation has installed the first of 12 signs to permanently mark the boundaries of the 1854 Treaty between the United States and three Anishinaabe Tribal Nations. The sign is located on southbound Highway 61, just south of the Canadian border and entrance t…

Many Veterans have gotten sick with illnesses and cancers years and even decades after coming in contact with Agent Orange while in Vietnam and other areas in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The family of Ashley L. Miller (Carlson) is offering a $10,000 reward for information on her whereabouts and has set up a no-questions-asked anonymous tip line to take calls for anyone who might have information that can bring Ashley home. 

  Masks will be mandated and the policy guidelines will go into effect on November 1 in any County owned buildings, ordered by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their October 25th Adjourned Session. The vote was four to one with Commissioner Mark Thell voting no and with no discussion.

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Essentia Health needs your help to understand the community in Moose Lake better. In partnership with Carlton County Public Health they have a new survey out online that hopes to help them prioritize health care needs in the Moose Lake area, but they are seeking community input.

Over 3,600 Blue Ribbons have been given out to community members in Moose Lake. There are still ribbons available, anyone interested should contact Brad Hubred at brad.hubred@isd97.org to pick them up at Moose Lake School. On October 19, Moose Lake became the second city in the world to host…

While many people worked on hobbies or projects during the pandemic, 90-year-old Andi Carlson wrote her first book. Yes...Virginia! We made it! 90 Plus! The 267 page book is a memoir about the adventures of Carlson’s life. 

Many veterans in Pine County use the Veterans Services van program for transportation to medical appointments. While there are plenty of people interested in utilizing the service, there is a shortage of drivers to bring them.

The other Sunday, I just had to go down to the cities and see the Rolling Stones. Those guys are my father's age but I just can't envision my dad moving like Jagger. That day, traffic stopped moving just south of Cloquet and I'm told didn't start moving freely again until Forest Lake. So, I …

Enthusiasm for academic achievements were announced at the monthly Moose Lake School Board meeting Monday, October 18. Legacy of Excellence took the stage to present the success of one of their pioneering programs called Student Bridging the Gap for elementary students. This tutoring program…

Pine County is ranked near the bottom of the state when it comes to high-speed internet access, but those involved in a new county-wide effort hope to get things moving to bring resident faster connections through a $100,000 grant.

It’s that time of the year when adorable little ghosts, goblins and witches take to the streets and charm neighbors out of their candy. Many towns have switched to a trunk and treat format that is organized by local churches, schools or other entities to create a safer event for the kids.

Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.

The pressure is on. A directive has come from State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea to the Courts in the 6th Judicial District, of which Carlton County is a member, that all backlogged cases due to the Covid19 pandemic are to have judicial action before the end of this year.

The Denham/Sturgeon Lake American Legion Post 361 donates much to the community, including about $3,500 in scholarships a year, the Willow River football scoreboard, bikes for the Sturgeon Lake National Night Out, Mercy Hospital Lights of Love and more. 

City Administrator Katie Bloom resigned her position with the city of Moose Lake. Her last day is October 22. The city council entered into contract negotiations with Finance Director Ellissa Owens to fill the position. 

  Carlton County is considering requiring masks inside all County buildings in any public spaces. A proposed County policy was discussed at the Committee of the Whole (Justice Center project working committee) on Monday October 17. No Board action was taken.

Moose Lake Homecoming King Logan Overdahl and Queen JoJo Fossum pose with the rest of the homecoming court. Back row: Sam Dewey, Landin Kurhajetz, Caden Privette, Logan Overdahl, JoJo Fossum, Adelyn Szczyrbak, Ava North, Ally Jensen-Fichtner. Middle row: Brady Bailey, Duane Broughton, Austin…

Maxwell Moors and Lexi Korpela were crowned Barnum Homecoming King and Queen. Royalty candidates for the Bombers included: Henry Dammer, Brooke Doran, Cole Evans, Evan Gustafson, Lexi Korpela, Ruby Korpela, Reese Miletich, Maxwell Moors, Lacie O’Leary, Joseph Peterson, KayeLea Poirier, Willi…

The jobless rate for Pine County ticked down a fraction of a percentage point to 3.6% in August. According to a recent report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), this puts Pine County’s unemployment at the lowest point yet in 2021 – and among t…

Over 12 years, Darlene Pavek sews 2,500 heart pillows for veteran heart patients

Willow River shop students built a bench for Steven J. Gordon, Airman First Class. Gordon is the son of Tabitha and Jamie Zimmer and Todd Gordon. He was killed June 3, 2020 in a motorcycle accident. The bench was requested by friends and family to be installed just outside the school entrance. 

Imagine yourself in the heart of Paris sipping coffee and listening to the strolling accordionist. Or how about in a club in Argentina dancing the Tango? Now see yourself sitting in our beautiful Moose Lake Community School auditorium and hearing all those exciting and colorful strains of mu…

In the October 14 edition of the Moose Lake Star-Gazette we ran a salute to area fire departments. The following were submitted after deadline, but we wanted to include these local heroes in our recognition.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced a modification to its guidance on face coverings in court facilities. Face coverings are required in courtrooms and public spaces in a court facility effective Oct. 19, 2021, according to an order issued by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S…

Minnesota’s waterways were unusually deadly this year, with 17 people losing their lives in boating-related drownings and crashes—the highest number since 2005. And with weeks of open water left this year, there’s a chance that total could climb higher.

The one-hundred-year-old red barn sits empty for the first time since 1921. The sounds of cows waiting to be milked are now silenced, leaving only the twittering of birds who fly through the open windows. In the last century, two families owned the property, several kids were raised on the p…