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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…

Jeremy Allen Franko was born June 6, 2020 at 1:39 a.m. at Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake, weighing 7 pounds, 12.3 ounces.

“The Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce created a COVID-19 Support Fund to help area chamber businesses during these unprecedented times. During round one the Chamber approved every business that applied for a grant and awarded $9,750. It could not have happened without the generous support…

Charles "Chuck" Rosten Coon, age 78, of Willow River died peacefully at his home Sunday, May 31, 2020. Chuck was born Dec. 25, 1941 in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Marjorie (Rosten) Coon. He graduated from Fontana High School and continued his education in English education at…

The Community Garden and Orchard's raised beds are ready for planting. The Moose Lake Community Education AGE to age Program has been working on this project for the past two years. They were awarded a generous grant from the Northland Foundation of Duluth. Over twenty raised-garden boxes we…

Are you ready to read, investigate and discover this summer?! Arrowhead Library System invites kids and families of all ages living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to “Dig Deeper” into reading and books by participating in two exciting a…

Area conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stayed busy on local trails, farms and waterways this past week.

Jeanette M. Guite, 98, of Carlton, went to meet her Savior and join her loved ones on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Commissioner Gary Peterson announced at the beginning of the week that the Carlton County Transportation Department, after much study and citizen input, had decided to keep the Kettle River County Garage open as a base of operations for the area’s grader. Letters are going out to all governm…

On May 27, 2020, at 7:22 p.m., Carlton County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a missing 73-year-old male. The male had been on the property at 2298 County Road 4 plotting for future tree planting on the property. The male failed to return as expected.

Many around the country were distraught over destruction in Minneapolis after riots and protests swept through late May due to the death of George Floyd.

The following students have been named to the University of Wisconsin-Superior dean’s list for academic achievement during the Spring 2020 semester.

Raymond Earl Ring, age 23 of Sturgeon Lake, died Friday May 15, 2020 at his home in Oak Harbor, Washington. Ray ended his life unexpectedly. He will be remembered as a kind, dedicated and loyal, son, grandson, brother and friend.

As the summer season brings beautiful weather to northern Minnesota, the food and beverage industry is able to take advantage of outdoor seating.

Summertime is a great time to fire up the grill and toss burgers on top to sizzle to flame-licked perfection. With Canada Day and Independence Day on the horizon, you might already be planning your holiday party menu. Delicious burgers are often a given.

After more than a year’s wait Carlton County departments are being moved to the old Cloquet City Hall. The departments being moved are the County Coordinator/HR/Property Management office led by County Coordinator Dennis Genereau and the Economic Development office.

Due to COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions related to the pandemic, Lake Country Power's 2020 director elections and annual meeting were postponed in April. The LCP board of directors recently met and approved to carry out the 2020 director elections in June for Districts 3, 6 and 7.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses and employers to shut down their establishments, communities are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Pine County employment took a hit with the COVID-19 shutdown, but the unemployment rate is still well below the worst that the county has endured.

We are almost half way done with the year 2020 already. Some will feel that’s a good thing since this year has rivaled 1918 for pandemic problems and 1965 for civil unrest. Weather unrest has not been much of a problem so far, thankfully.

In response to the COVID-19 impact on the local economy and health, the Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved a limited freeze on hiring with the County Board pledging to make a step-by-step study of each position before a new person is hired.

For many people, Memorial Day is a holiday that marks the beginning of the summer season, a holiday where we can get together with our families and friends and enjoy the three-day weekend. But for many Americans, it is also a time to mourn those loved ones lost and a time to commemorate our …

Augustana Care Moose Lake, Moose Lake, MN has enrolled with Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health) to participate in the Nurse Home Quality Improvement Collaborative. Together, and along with other nursing homes facilities, they will work to improve health outcomes for their resi…