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When the restrictions associated with the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic were implemented in March of 2020, many looked forward to a vaccine which would end the pandemic.  Now that vaccines are available, however, some individuals have questioned the safety of vaccination against COVID-19. 

On my way into work Monday, traveling through the roundabout on the outskirts of Moose Lake I ended up nearly in a pile up with a car and semi. 

January is a month that normally sees a covering of white on everything, but the past four days we had the unusual condition of rime frost on the branches of all the trees, both pines and bare limbed hardwoods.  The frosted forests painted a winter scene not often encountered, but which was …

Folks send things in to the paper all the time and I love it! Getting to see the things that are going on in the community that people care about and want to share is one of the best parts of my job. 

Despite a heavy focus on COVID-19, health officials are seeing both confirmed cases and hospitalizations from influenza (flu) this fall. National Influenza Vaccination Week is a call to all Americans six months and older to get their annual flu vaccine if they have not already. Since COVID-1…

This will be the second year that I have waffled over chiming in on what I like to call “the great December debate”. By this I mean the grand divide between folks who say Merry Christmas and those who say Happy Holidays. (Sorry folks who say Happy Christmas, you get a pass on this one.)

It’s the last month of a very long year; at least it feels that way. One time I tried to put a color with each month and for December I chose black. It seems an appropriate choice because our general mood. This time of year is normally filled with festivities enhanced by the many colored lig…

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A few weeks ago there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our house. Isolation protocols were speedily developed and put in place. We did our best over a week to sanitize, isolate and keep the sick safe while the healthy stayed healthy.

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases in our house. Despite caring for sick folks for a week, my own COVID-19 saliva test came back negative on Saturday.

Now we have turned our clocks back an hour and for some of us, this is just additional reason to consider hibernating.  The darkness comes far too soon and lasts longer each day until December 20th.   It doesn’t help that November brings gradually increasing cloud cover. It ranges from 49%- …

Election coverage for newsrooms was described as the being like that big football game for sports casters on a recent radio broadcast I listened to on my way up to Moose Lake. 

This will be my first election season as an editor. Over the last few weeks I have learned a few things and will learn a few more in the next two weeks as the results wrap up and officials are elected. 

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…