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Siding colors, fixtures, and carpet colors are all decisions that the Barnum City Council are working on making for the new Municipal Liquor, Community Center and City Hall building. 

As warm weather spreads across Minnesota, many bodies of water in the state are now free of ice. People are eager to hit the rivers and lakes for some early boating fun. 

Age 16+? It’s YOUR TURN for the COVID-19 Vaccine – call 218-499-6310 to schedule an appointment!

 $1400 and a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 response bill is big news at this time. With some glitches, electronic transfers and checks are on the way. Yet another big story included in the response bill centers around $86 billion set aside to stabilize distressed multi-employer pension funds for th…

 The Carlton County Board of Commissioners gave their blessing for two township grant projects that will compete for limited transportation funding from an annual Legislature initiative for Greater Minnesota. County Engineer Neumann requested the Board’s support at the Adjourned Session of t…

The Willow River Community Club and Willow River Fire Department hosted a visit from the Easter Bunny on March 27. Rainy weather moved the event inside the Willow River Fire Hall.

Local taxpayers trying to make sense of the changing tax deadlines and guidelines can find help from the Lakes & Pines free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

After Pine, Carlton and St. Louis counties were issued a Red Flag Warning for extreme fire risk by the National Weather Service, on March 20, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has issued new spring burning restrictions for the state. 

Every year just after Easter shelters and adoption centers face a flood of abandoned “Easter bunnies”, chicks, and baby ducks that were purchased as gifts during the season. 

In a letter to Carlton County All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) clubs, Greg Bernu, Carlton County Land Commissioner, asked that riders be made aware of changes to the trails at the Soo Line Pits. Shown on the map above, trails in green are now the only allowed riding trails in that area. Blue trails…

Power in Moose Lake has been returned to normal operations after a transformer failure earlier in the month. The transformer has been fully replaced at the Moose Lake Northern Substation of the Moose Lake Power Plant. 

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Options continue to open up to Pine County residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

It wasn't long ago  when a "public meeting" of the city council or state legislature meant  the general public could show up to watch and, quite often, speak about  proposals and perceived problems.

Commercial Roofing of Barnum and Redneck meats BBQ of Moose Lake teamed up to serve 300 free meals for those in need Monday, March 8. Chris Mikrot, owner of Commercial Roofing contacted Dinel and Lance Hollerbach, owners of Redneck Meats BBQ and asked if they would be interested in partnerin…

  Fifty-four local small businesses and non-profits were approved by the Carlton County Board of Commissioners using $691,466.50 of COVID-19 County Relief money provided to the County from the State of Minnesota Legislature. All grants must be awarded by March 15 and the funds distributed by…

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 The Carlton County Board of Commissioners gave their blessing for two township grant projects that will compete for limited transportation funding from an annual Legislature initiative for Greater Minnesota. County Engineer Neumann requested the Board’s support at the Adjourned Session of t…

 A Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole , announced by a legal notice in the local papers, convened Tuesday February 23 at 1 p.m., covering several proposals for the County Board to consider and including a power point of information impacting each possible choice.

Turning 93 is not an every day occurrence and neither is receiving $93 with the instructions to help others. 

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Moose Lake Power should be running on regular power soon. An explosion was reported on Feb. 8 at the North substation for Moose Lake Power. A regulator had failed causing a transformer to go down and the city to lose power. Over night repairs had the city running on their backup generators u…

With temperatures dropping to more than 20 below here in Minnesota, area fire departments are warning residents to make sure their furnace exhaust pipes are clear of snow and ice.

  Zoning and Solid Waste Management Administrator Heather Cunningham presented a plan to reorganize the operation of the Transfer Station, ending a contract with private contractor Mahkahta, and hiring two full time 49ers, union employees, to run the processing of demolition refuse coming in…

  In this age of pandemic, this year’s presentation of the Carlton County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) highlighted our Carlton County citizens that volunteer daily to respond to medical emergencies. Steve Trenhaile, Moose Lake Fire Department, as head of the Carlton County EMS Association…

Problem solving is nothing new for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics students. The program offers endless opportunities to problem solve.

Six years ago, Rick Rayburn and six other locals discovered that liens had been placed on their properties in amounts varying between $11,000 and $30,000. This started a grassroots campaign to stop liens being placed on estates for health care expenses. 

The Pine County Attorney’s Office will not charge Pine County Deputy Josh Pepin in the fatal shooting of Anthony Michael Legato, 25, of Oak Park, citing Pepin’s use of deadly force in the line of duty was necessary to protect himself or others from death or great bodily harm.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021, the Moose Lake Police Department was dispatched to the 400 block of Douglas Avenue for a reported explosion at the Moose Lake Power North Substation. Upon arrival, it was determined that a regulator had failed, causing the North Substat…

The Duquette native gripped the sled behind her team of enthusiastic dogs as they leapt into action down the snow covered trail. She is the first descendant of John Beargrease to participate in the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The rookie musher wearing bib number 414, came in 16…

A small group of people drive single file down a trail dotted with deer stands and wooded areas on a balmy Saturday morning in January. They slow down as they pass the trail groomer bumping slowly down the trail at four miles per hour. Several people wave as they pass. They are eager to reac…

One person's trash is not always another person's treasure. The Disabled American Veterans have 23 green boxes set up around Carlton County to accept donations of clothes, jackets, shoes, purses and blankets in good condition.

The Nemadji River Watershed only covers a small area of Pine County, but the recently approved Nemadji Watershed Plan budget could have a big impact on the 20 or so property owners with homes and cabins on Net Lake on the county’s northern border. 

For nearly a decade Guyal Nelson has been learning and practicing the art of making ice at Moose Lake’s Riverside Arena.

Pine County has set its 2021 property tax levy at $19,935,014, which is an increase of 3% over the 2020 property tax levy.