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Members of the Barnum American Legion, Mahtowa Fire and Rescue, Blackhoof Township Fire Department and Carlton County Sheriff’s Officers gathered with members of the community to remember September 11 at the pavilion outside of TJ’s Country Corner.

Orange pumpkins, corn mazes and tractors pulling groups of excited children are signs that fall has arrived at Ru-Ridge Corn Maze. “The leaves start falling off of the trees and people start coming in,” said Angela Line, owner and operator of the event. “Friends and families get together lik…

No initial tax levy was set at the regular Barnum City Council meeting. An initial tax levy for Barnum is due to Carlton County by September 30. 

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At approximately 10:50 a.m. on September 11, twenty years after the Twin Towers collapsed in New York City, volunteers in Willow River City Park were raising and dedicating a flag pole donated by the Sturgeon Lake Hansen Anderson American Legion Post 361. The Willow River City Park has been …

Barnum Area Schools welcomes six new teachers.  They are from left to right: Hunter Fetters, teaching Second Grade; Haley Egge, teaching Fourth Grade; Angela Tate, teaching High School English; Courtney Sieckert, teaching Elementary Special Education; Tara Kisler, teaching Elementary Special…

Pine County hosted the Second Annual Pine County Collaborative Youth Fishing Event on Sturgeon Lake on Wednesday, August 25. It was a great day for fishing as 24 Pine County youth participated in the event. Pine County Probation Supervisor Kevin Glass organized the event, which he enlisted t…

School board meetings across Minnesota have gathered larger than normal crowds in recent weeks. As students, staff, parents and communities wait for the return to school and an answer to the question, do we need a mask or not? 

Sturgeon Lake City Council members Adam and Jessica Langhorst tendered their resignations from the council effective immediately during a closed session at the August 17, 2021.

 Two Sand Lake business representatives expressed concern that a proposed shoreland ordinance is too restrictive and could have a negative impact on shoreland property owners future expansion projects, including businesses.

Willow Stangeland is excited for the opportunity to compete at the National Silver Glove Championship in Independence, Missouri, August 30 - September 2. The petite 14-year-old from Sturgeon Lake has only been boxing for one year. She joined a class at Front Street Training Center in Barnum …

Take classes or join a bee club, advise beekeepers Tony Letourneau and Bill Randall. They agreed that advice helped them become more successful in the beginning of their ventures and avoid a few common pitfalls.

Jessica Klejeski leads Nala around the yard by her bright pink halter. The 300 pound brown Jersey heifer ambles along happily, stopping to stretch and eat leaves instead of posing for her photo. Next she notices a young black and white calf and they go nose to nose, sniffing curiously.

Jeremy Jones Richardson, 40, of Willow River has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of felony first-degree burglary in the death of Curtis Chromulak of Finlayson – a man Richardson described as a long-time family friend. 

An approximately $21,000 invoice was received by the City of Barnum from the Meyer Group for an estimated 40 hours of work on a specification spreadsheet and other unknowns in relation to demolition costs. 

Dozens of sponsors and scores of volunteers came together to make Sunday Funday at the Pine County Fair an amazing day of experiences and excitement for the younger generation, with free performances, a petting zoo, a bike giveaway, power wheels derby, a visit with Pine County's K9 unit – an…

Sturgeon Lake hosted National Night Out on August 3, 2021. The event was held at Sturgeon Lake City Park. Sturgeon Lake Fire Department was there with the hoses and a portable water tank for kids to enjoy a swim. A Pine County Sheriff's Deputy stopped by to visit with area kids and show them…

A planning commission is being reformed in Willow River. At their August meeting the City Council accepted eight members onto the commission. The new commissioners are Mayor Brent Switzer, Alley McGreanor, Art Underhill, Dave Prachar, Harold Blatz, Tom Brabec, Leon Herzog and Pat Herzog. 

The Pine County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a man has been charged with murder in connection with another man’s death in Finlayson. 

Unanimously, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners voted to build the proposed Jail/Justice Center next to the Carlton County Transportation Building at the Carlton Junction. Requested by Twin Lakes Township official Diane Felde Finke, a motion by Commissioner Dick Brenner, seconded by M…

With students, families, and K-12 educators preparing for the start of the 2021-22 school year amid concerns about an uptick in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant, health and education officials are recommending that schools follow CDC’s guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schoo…

The small white building holds a variety of treasures for sale, from hand sewn stuffed keychains, decorative oars and sun catchers to hand thrown mugs, bowls, dragons and much more. Our New Adventures opened October 2020 in downtown Moose Lake. 

Willow River held National Night Out on August 3 at the Willow River City Park. Residents were encouraged to bring a dish to share for a community potluck. Willow River Fire Department was there with the fire trucks and rescue vehicles. The Willow River Commercial Club gave out ice cream con…

Barnum Community Education's Age to Age hosted Barnum National Night Out in the Barnum City Park on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Blackhoof Township and Barnum Fire Departments were there with the fire trucks. Hoses were run so that kids could play in the water. Carlton County Sheriff's Deputies …

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Moose Lake held National Night Out at the city park. There were fun games for the kids, area businesses had booths, a climbing wall and plenty of good things to eat and drink. 

A man has been arrested by the Pine County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly exposing himself to two juvenile females at West Side Park in Hinckley on the evening of July 23. 

 The air quality alert issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) continues for most of Minnesota until Tuesday, August 3, at 3 p.m. However, the air quality alert has been cancelled for portions of southeast Minnesota. The remainder of the state remains in the air quality alert.

In a ceremony to celebrate and remember those they had lost in 2019 and 2020 people from the Willow River area joined together at the Music and Memories program. During the program participants could enjoy live music and light candles to remember those who had lost their lives during 2019 an…

The information is in. Architects and engineers have told Carlton County that moving the new justice center, consisting of the Jail and the Courts, to the “green site” located north east of the Transportation Building on Old 61 will save site work costs of $3.5 – 3.9 million. The present Cou…

Moose Lake Summer Science Camp found twenty-two students, teachers Charlie Borak, Brad Hubred and guest teacher from Little Falls, Jeff Opelia excited about creating physical science projects. Designing and launching bottle rockets were highlights of the week. Pictured above using dry ice an…