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Barnum school board makes personnel cuts

More reductions were approved for next year’s school budget at Barnum’s school board meeting on March 17, which the public was asked to view online instead of attend in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chair Colleen Fetters thanked all that...

 
 By Dan Reed    Local News    March 26, 2020 

Kettle River re-lights Christmas tree

The Kettle River Christmas tree lights have been turned on again to provide a light of hope during these darkening days of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ma & Pa Kettle Days Committee activists with the electrical support of the Federated Co-op of...

 

COVID-19: Flatten the curve

The Minnesota Department of Health believes that COVID-19 is spreading broadly across Minnesota. As testing capacity increases, we know that the number of confirmed cases in our area will increase. This is why we need to take seriously our role in...

 

STATEWIDE SCHOOL CLOSINGS

With the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading, Governor Tim Walz ordered the temporary closure of schools statewide. The executive order signed on March 15, authorized the closure of K-12...

 

Moose Lake School discusses outbreak response, budget cuts

The Moose Lake school board held its regular meeting, in the school’s cafeteria, on March 16 with the school’s response to the coronavirus pandemic taking up a large part of the evening’s discussion. “Basically, we need to take eight days...

 

Officer resigns from Moose Lake Police Department

The council accepted the resignation of Officer Jamie Jungers from the Moose Lake Police Department, during their regular meeting on March 11. Interim Chief Mike McNulty stated a number of...

 

Sturgeon Lake bonding bill enters legislation

At the Sturgeon Lake city council’s regular meeting on March 10, Tim Korby noted that the $1.8 million bonding bill to help fund a new City Hall and Fire Station has entered legislation. Another bill for $2 million earmarked for roads has entered...

 
 By Submitted    Local News    March 19, 2020

Barnum takes 8th place at Minnesota State Math League Tournament

The Barnum math league qualified and competed at the Minnesota State Math League Tournament held March 9 at South St. Paul High School. Math league is a math competition consisting of 5 meets held...

 

Rock 'em, sock 'em robotics

Schools from around the region, country, and even Sweden converged on the DECC in Duluth on March 6-7 for the Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals of FIRST Robotics. This year, FIRST partnered...

 

Barnum Schools and community discuss alternative cuts

With the Barnum school district facing big financial cuts for the upcoming school year, representatives from the Barnum community and from Barnum schools met on March 4 to discuss the future of the schools, come up with alternative cuts to...

 

Pot 'O Gold scavenger hunt to highlight local businesses

Put your detective hat on because Moose Lake local businesses will be having a scavenger hunt March 12-17. Start at Art’s Cafe to pick up your “Pot ‘O Gold passport” and then follow the clues...

 

Local guide catches students' interest with fishing trip

Sunshine, fishing lines, and grubs made it a perfect day for ice fishing on Sturgeon Lake with about 35 Willow River sixth graders and a handful of high school students. Local fishing guide Tony...

 

Grand reopening of Sonshine Closet next week

The Sonshine Closet in Moose Lake, located on Folz Blvd, will be celebrating their grand reopening over the week of March 10-14, presenting their new logo and store perks. "During the week of our...

 

Complaints against bar in Willow River

Pine County Sheriff Jeff Nelson paid the Willow River city council a visit at their regular meeting on March 2 to discuss several complaints law enforcement has received about a bar in the city stayin...

 

First National Bank of Moose Lake honored for community involvement

First National Bank of Moose Lake is one of 40 Minnesota banks recently recognized by the Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their...

 

Barnum school board tables personnel cuts

The Barnum school board held its regular meeting Tuesday night, February 18 in the high school’s auditorium. The board took action on several non-personnel reductions, while tabling personnel cuts in lieu of a community meeting on March 4. The...

 

Willow River School part of $1.5 million grant pool

Willow River School is one of nine districts that were awarded a Career and Technical Education (CTE) grant pool of $1.5 million over a two-year period, Superintendent Bill Peel announced at the...

 

Agate Encores' final concert of season

You don’t need the “Luck of the Irish” to catch an exciting concert by Ring of Kerry, a foot tapping, bursting-with-energy Irish music group, that will perform here in Moose Lake! You just need to be sure YOU are in the audience as Agate...

 

Mercy invites community to program on meal planning

Press Release Mercy Hospital invites community members to a free program on the benefits of meal planning. Meal Planning & Prepping 101 will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in Mercy’s Board Room. Led by Lifestyle Coach Amanda...

 

Willow River holds "Hugs and Hellos for Heroes"

The Willow River Early Childhood Program recently held their 6th Annual "Hugs and Hellos for Heroes" event. Mrs. Chas Balut, the Early Childhood Coordinator, shared that this is the 6th year the...

 

Moose Lake School's admin to recommend budget cuts

The Moose Lake school board gathered on Tuesday evening, February 11 to discuss several items and resolutions. One resolution that was approved, which they do every year, directed the administration...

 

Snow and ice still hazardous on Moose Lake sidewalks

With Moose Lake covered in several layers of snow and ice, property and business owners were reminded to clear their sidewalks and fire hydrants at the regular meeting of the Moose Lake city council o...

 

Serving up kindness

I recently joined the Sturgeon Lake Area Lions Club for two reasons: 1) my husband, Jim, did, and 2) the Lions are a community-supportive organization. I didn't really know anything more about the...

 

Personnel policy stirs debate in Sturgeon Lake

Councilor Marsha Helfman presented a personnel policy at the Sturgeon Lake city council’s regular meeting on February 11. She requested the council read through and make comments on by the next...

 

Willow River students conquer Wolf Ridge

Cold temps and piles of snow were no match for Willow River Area School's fifth graders who bundled up and met each challenge during three cold days at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in...

 

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