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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment the Moose Lake Star-Gazette will be reaching out to “Leading Ladies” in our community to find out what voting means to them. Each week until the October 29, 2020 edition of the Star-Gazette we will feature a submission. Writers are aske…

Last week the cheer coach for a local team that happens to also live with me needed some uniforms altered. These peppy gals also needed masks that had Velcro break away attachments. Safety rules and the Minnesota High School League demanded them so I carefully planned out a pattern using the…

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment the Moose Lake Star-Gazette will be reaching out to “Leading Ladies” in our community to find out what voting means to them. Each week until the October 29, 2020 edition of the Star-Gazette we will feature a submission. Writers are aske…

As we begin October we have the same number of daylight hours as we had in the middle of March, but alas, we know which way the sun is going and that the coming weeks will bring only shorter, darker days.  That is why days like this past Sunday are all the more glorious. It started out with …

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment the Moose Lake Star-Gazette will be reaching out to “Leading Ladies” in our community to find out what voting means to them. Each week until the October 29, 2020 edition of the Star-Gazette we will feature a submission. Writers are aske…

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The last few weeks I have found myself in a bit of a funk. Usually this means that it is time for me to take another road trip. A change of scenery always seems to clear up the stuck in a rut feel of the day to day. 

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment the Moose Lake Star-Gazette will be reaching out to “Leading Ladies” in our community to find out what voting means to them. Each week until the October 29, 2020 edition of the Star-Gazette we will feature a submission. Writers are aske…

On the following pages you will find a painstakingly curated collection of words, hopes and plans from candidates running for local offices. Getting these responses to help you learn about candidates, dear reader, was a painful process. 

As summer leaves the stage, there are some beautiful rewards for those who have tilled and toiled in the garden.  The endless days of lugging buckets of water to the beds during the very dry month of June and most of July, is past, but not forgotten.  The fruits of our labor are lying undern…

A few weeks ago I told you all of the adventure I had using a push mower for the first time. I then told you about the horror movie set I created in our yard with a chainsaw on a stick. Well, no sooner had I sent that chainsaw column and pages off to the printer did I find myself parked on t…

In my life I have done quite a few things I never thought I would be able to do. I drove a 20-year-old car across Canada, down to Pensylvania and back home to Minnesota with no mishaps or needed car maintenance. I learned how to operate a snow blower and a push lawn mower. I have used a spee…

Once upon a time, I was part of a set of students working for the university I attended. As part of any of our trainings there was always a set of activities at the beginning, called ice breakers. These short tasks, questions or activities were designed to get folks talking and interacting. 

When we are children learning the names of the primary colors, we come to associate certain colors with certain objects.  Grass is green, apples are red, the sky is blue and the sun is yellow. We draw it as a large, round ball, sometimes with lines of yellow poking out around the edges and s…

My trips to Moose Lake this week so far have been taken in the first car I ever purchased. My senior year of high school I took out a $3,000 loan and paid it off to buy my first car. For ten years I have owned this 1995 Plymouth Acclaim. The old girl and I have had over a decade of adventure…

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During my time in the newspaper industry I have learned quite a bit about newspapers in general. With any job there is a jargon, newspapers are no different. 

 In the history of the United States, certain groups of people have been subjected to horrible treatment.  African Americans were enslaved for two hundred years.  Native Americans were forcibly relocated.  Many of these actions reflected the official policy of the United States Government at…

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I should have listened to Poncho, but it was 12:30 a.m. and I didn’t want to be bothered. With his acute sense of smell and hearing, he knew there were marauders nearby. I got up and closed the window and reprimanded him for barking and disturbing my sleep. He continued to growl and rumble, …

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My first paper day here at the Star-Gazette some wonderful person in front of me in the drive-thru at a certain chain coffee place kindly paid for my lunch. This was a first for me,

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God’s Blessings to Andrew Kachinske, son of Sara and Jake Kachinske, as he was Confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wright on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

In recent years we have been hearing a lot about the crisis facing pollinators – those insects which are critical for the production of a third of our food items - as diverse as cranberries, alfalfa seed, blueberries, apples, melons, tomatoes, wild flowers, almonds and more. Most of these ar…

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“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, please help me!” These were the final words of George Floyd as his life was taken under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. This incident was the cause of domestic terrorism in 75 cities across the nation.

Gene Johnson, Publisher Emeritus, Press Publications, White Bear Lake, MN

During visits after Saturday night sauna at great uncle Krigsholm’s and either of the Reed or Koivisto grandparents, tales were retold to my brothers and sisters of past epidemics that killed family members or our neighbors.

The month of May is the reward for Minnesotans who have made it through another winter. There truly is no other time of year that is more refreshing and uplifting. It begins subtly, with the swelling of buds on the branches of the trees. Then those buds open up and create a flush of red in t…

“Goodbye.” Maybe it’s just me but it seems reserved for formal occasions with suits and ties or when the end just can't come soon enough. The saying goes “out with the old and in with the new” after all, right? Given this, I much prefer the intentionally vague “until next time” which carries…

As boaters across Minnesota prepare to hit the water, they need to keep in mind tips for being safe on cold water as well as their responsibility for staying close to home and practicing socially distancing under Gov. Tim Walz’s “Stay at Home” executive order.

Anniversaries are special occasions. They have us stop and appreciate the perseverance of something through time and admiring progress made, pitfalls overcome, and moments of success. They come of course in many different shapes and sizes. Some celebrate personal events like wedding days whi…

These past few weeks have been a challenge for everyone, including the court system. COVID-19 has made a lot of normal court functions difficult, and the situation has been so dynamic that plans made on any given day might be obsolete in a matter of hours. But it is important for everyone to…

Time is the most precious of currencies. More cannot be made nor can it be accumulated. Maybe most importantly, it has a steady leak of going away never to return. Now, that really sounds sort of glum and morbid mentioning the reality of time and all. But we can look at it another way: sitti…

In these most uncertain of times, we need nature more than ever. None of us could ever have imagined the position we are in now. We are all struggling one way or another to come to grips with the situation. While we have been told to stay home, we have been given permission to go out for phy…

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My daughter is thinking about becoming a lawyer. How supportive I am of that plan probably depends somewhat on the kind of a day I’m having, but I have tried to be honest with her about the pros and the cons of a career in the legal field.

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COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels in the United States. It is time to live with caution and develop new and renew healthy practices at home, at work, in schools in medical centers and senior care facilities. People are frightened, herd buying is taking place at food stores primarily for b…

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Question: What is the proper technique when there is a zipper lane?  For example, coming off of 35 onto London Road, there are two lanes, but everyone merges over to the left lane immediately upon getting onto London Rd.  I learned to drive, and spent most of my driving years in Washington S…

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We’ve gotten a wave of warmer weather lately and the pedestrians have come out to enjoy it while it lasts (because with Minnesota, there’s bound to be another snowstorm around the corner).

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Reduce, reuse, recycle. A common idiom lending itself to be heard and stated so much that you probably give it little actual thought and instead just let it go in one ear and out the other. I know for me, it dates back to elementary school where it first graced my memory.

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I once read that in pre-settlement times, the forests of North America were so great that a squirrel could theoretically travel from the eastern seaboard all the way to the Mississippi River without ever once touching the ground. This thought came to mind as I watched our dog Poncho pursue a…

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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their precious pets for our “Share the love!” compilation in Buddy’s Corner.

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Question: I read somewhere that the number of DWI arrests had declined recently? Is this true? What about non-alcohol related DWI arrests?