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 Danny Lilya is a 2019 graduate of Moose Lake Community High School in Moose Lake, Minn. In the fall of 2019, he was accepted and chose to attend the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. His brother, Michael, is studying to become a commercial pilot at UND’s John D. Odegard School of A…

  Concerned neighbors on the Bromfield Rd., Atkinson Township, voiced concerns about the proposed Enbridge staging yard at the Carlton County Board of Commissioners Regular meeting on October 13. The Atkinson Town Board approval of Enbridge’s use of the road for access and the Carlton County…

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Moose Lake Willow River Athletic Cooperative Board has reversed their decision to not hold practices or games for fall sports if either school is in the hybrid learning model. 

The City of Barnum held a regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15th.  The meeting began with guest Jessica Green from Northland Security to discuss finances on the build-out of the Barnum liquor store.  The company plans to split the project into two resolutions and has allowed for tw…

Barnum Area Community Club President Wayne Suronen with Barnum Elementary School Principal Judi Vitito as he presents the school with a donation of paper towels to assist with additional cleaning protocol.

CORRECTION: The “Voter Guide 2020” in the Sept. 17 issue of the Moose Lake Star-Gazette contained an error in a candidate’s response. On page 12, the Star-Gazette inadvertently included a paragraph in candidate Michelle Lee’s section that was a response from a different candidate in a differ…

Register for COVID Can Kiss My Agates 2020 Virtual Golf Event and play a round of golf between September 8 – 27 at the Moose Lake Golf Club. A $50 registration fee includes: greens fees, a golf cart, a limited-edition t-shirt and a chance to win golf packages and other prizes all while helpi…

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  Federal funds to react to the impacts of Covid19 in Carlton County have started to be allocated. Carlton County Board action on September 8 approved funding in four general categories, drawing from the $4.4 million received in July.

For the 9th year in a row, rat rods hit the streets of Mahtowa to participate in the annual Labor Day weekend Rat Rod Rendezvous. The car show took place Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. Car lovers and owners from all over joined in the festivities. 

Pine County is moving ahead with its plan to distribute over $3.6m in federal CARES Act funds to area businesses, nonprofits, food shelves and individuals in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval at the August 24 Adjourned Session for a plan to disburse $4.4 million in Cares Act money received on July 8 to fund emergency needs of Carlton County government, communities, residents, businesses, and non-profits adversely…

No decision was reached in an ongoing discussion of city water and sewer rates for multiple unit buildings at the August 18 Sturgeon Lake City Council meeting. This discussion will continue at the next meeting. 

  Two sessions on July 27 and August 4 and six hours later the Carlton County Board of Commissioners heard ranging presentations from County departments and budget support for publicly used groups such as the Bookmobile and the County Fair. Highlights focused on the COVID19 impact and the an…

Gavin Thiry presented Barnum School’s School Age Care Program, Bomber Club, his Eagle Scout project on Monday, August 17.  Over the year, he has been working hard planning, prepping, building, and presenting us with two bike racks with helmet hooks for 20 bikes!  Gavin came to Bomber Club hi…

A regional plan for Solid Waste Management has gained support of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at the August 11th Regular Meeting. Solid Waste Officers from Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching, the WLSSD, and the remainder of St. Louis County have been meeting to ori…

Despite the 82 degree temperature a crowd of over 200 supporters arrived to rally in the sun in support of keeping the Willow River Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) open and at its present location. 

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a Carlton County resident. The individual was in their 80’s and did have underlying health conditions. Carlton County has had 158 total lab-confirmed positive cases to date, 148 of which have been rele…

 Severe summer storms and a possible tornado in Carlton County caused over 100 downed trees and several damaged barns and pole sheds on Friday, August 14.  Multiple downed power lines caused power outages that were reportedly restored for a majority of customers by Saturday, August 15. Some …

Barum and Moose Lake Schools will return to in person learning based on Carlton County COVID-19 cases.

About a year of work on a transition plan has culminated in Mercy Hospital official transitioning to Essentia Health- Moose Lake on August 1. 

 For fans of high school sports, the news coming from Tuesday’s Minnesota State High School League Board of Director’s meeting was mixed as the MSHSL voted to allow for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving to be competed as scheduled…

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced that the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Willow River – which has been in existence since 1951 – will be closing due what it describes as a “substantial budget crisis.”

Parents, students and educators all over the state have waited patiently for a formal announcement of what the 2020-21 school year will look like. On Thursday, July 30 that announcement finally arrived from the Governor’s Office, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Depa…

By this time next week school officials at Moose Lake, Barnum and Willow River expect to have a plan ready to implement for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The following area students have been put on the Dean’s List for Winona State University during the spring semester. To be on the Dean’s List students need to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 on 12 credits

  Trail rider groups and local homeowners concerned about noise from disrespectful ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts that literally roar into the access road of the Moose Lake Old Soo Line Pit mostly approved of the ordinance passed unanimously by the Carlton County Board on July 27 at their Adj…

Over 1300 surveys were sent out to residents that live in the Barnum School District. The surveys asked residents about their level of support for a referendum to increase the tax levy in the Barnum School District. One hundred and sixty-eight residents returned the survey. Results were pres…

“Wearing a mask is an important and safe tool in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 along with maintaining social distancing, washing your hands, staying home when you’re sick and getting tested if you have symptoms. These are all ways that Minnesotans can practice good health. Wearing…

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines is pleased to announce a sustainable store shopping map for your area as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project. The map highlights stores that sell responsibly-made, locally-made, and/or Fair Trade Certified products.

Lengthy discussion, followed by two attempts to vote for a Carlton County mask policy compromise, ended with no clear choice for a majority of the Carlton County Board of Commissioners at their Regular Meeting on July 14.

Moose Lake High School has a new principal. Ryan Stewart is a former health and physical education teacher at Moose Lake. 

An explosion and structure fire at a Silver Township home on July 14 sent two women to the hospital with serious injuries. The cause of the explosion and fire are under investigation, the 52-year-old victim reported that when she turned on the furnace inside the residence the house exploded.…

A significant savings was reported by using a pipe lining process instead of replacing pipes. The product has a 50 year life span, the project was completed quickly. In a single day it is estimated to have saved 15,000 gallons of water. The estimated savings by lining the pipe ranges instead…

Following the advice of public health experts, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-78, extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to rapidly-evolving issues stemming from COVID-19. Including Minnesota, 49 out of 50 states remain in…

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Baseball is back! And for the Barnum/Moose Lake/Willow River (BMW) U-13 travel team, it came back with a bang in the home opener. In the bottom of the sixth and final inning, BMW trailed Esko 11-7. Elliott Wasche led off with a walk, PJ Fritch singled and with one out Joey Steen walked to lo…

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2020. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Dr. Susan Larson, dean of the college, has announced the names of students whose superior academic achievement during the second semester of the 2019-20 academic year placed them on the Dean’s Honor List at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. “We offer our congratulations to these students on…

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Tornadoes, straight-line winds, ice storms, blizzards, flooding, wildland fires and droughts are the kinds of natural disasters most likely to cause widespread economic loss and personal hardship in Carlton County. Taking steps to minimize the damage from a natural disaster is key to the Cou…