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Barnum considers multi-district classrooms

The Barnum School Board elected officers at the organizational meeting of the board on Wednesday, January 2. The new school board member, Beth Schatz, was welcomed to the board. Paul Coughlin was...

 

Cloquet conservationist made strides in urban forestry and pollinator habitats

In this second article about the 2018 Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) conservation awards, we introduce you to Bob Nelson of Cloquet, who was given the title of 2018 Urban...

 

New year, exciting plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already January and the year is 2019. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and had time to re-energize to get through the next few months of winter. Willow River Area School was busy over the holiday...

 

A freeze-dried scoop

Laurie Carlson of Holyoke was at loose ends after she finished renovating her cabin a couple of years ago. But then, she met someone that told her about freeze drying foods, and she found her new pass...

 

Coming home

Jim Roth has come home. Roth and his wife, Barb, have opened Roth Chiropractic in Moose Lake. "I grew up in Sturgeon Lake and graduated from high school in Willow River in 1977," he said in a recent...

 

2018 in review

January Carlton County officials began examining the findings from the 2017 jail study. The 196-page document recommended the jail have a peak capacity of up to 119 beds, an increase from the 38 beds the county is licensed to operate currently. Rick...

 

School taxes in Barnum remain low

The school taxes in Barnum have gone down, it was reported at the working meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, Dec. 4, during the Truth in Taxation report. “The taxes have gone down by...

 

A journey of faith, family, friends

"Sometimes beautiful things can rise from the destruction," Jason and Mel said. Their 11-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer - something that destroys everything in its path, they said. Even if...

 

Willow River principal rethinks how MCA downtime is spent

The Willow River School Board approved the 2019 levy at its regular meeting Tuesday, December 18. The levy will be a 1.79 percent decrease from last year, Business Manager Laura Carlson reported...

 

2019 Barnum levy approved

The Barnum School Board set the levy at $733,166.04, which is a 1.67 percent drop from last year’s levy of $749,590.59, at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The board also approv...

 

Moose Lake 2019 tax levy sees 2% increase

The Moose Lake City Council discussed the Small Area Land Plan at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The plan for the school district property had been shown to the public at a presentation...

 

ICS recommends referendum

Lynn Dyer and Kevin Warmuth of ICS met with the Moose Lake School Board to once again narrow down the list of facilities that is needed to finish the athletic complex at the Moose Lake school on...

 

Moose Lake media center receives funding for youth coding programs

Moose Lake Community School's library/media center announced recently that they have received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December...

 

Joy in creating, joy in learning

Sometimes our hobbies choose us, we don't choose them. "I saw a Santa Claus in a wood magazine and wanted one." Sometimes our hobbies turn into much more than a simple hobby. They turn into...

 

Dinner theater a tradition at Oak Lake Lutheran

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas music playing at every turn, your heart may not be with your head quite yet when it comes to getting into the Christmas Spirit. Never fear, for O...

 

Use of e-cigarettes, dress code discussed

The use of e-cigarettes and the dress code were two areas of concern that the Student Council representative, Henry Collier, brought to the Barnum School Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. “T...

 

Three days. 8,000 cookies. A family tradition.

Sheets, plates and pans of cookies were everywhere in the log home of Paula Engstrom on the shore of Sand Lake Saturday, Nov. 17, as two families gathered for their annual three-day cookie baking...

 

Despite initial trepidation over MCA scores, ML resident regains confidence

Byron Kuster of Moose Lake was very concerned about the low MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores at the Moose Lake Community School that came out in early October. The tests were given in...

 

Love for dance, love for life

Fun and great exercise, that's what Ernie and Verna Olson of Moose Lake have been teaching in dance the last few years. "It keeps us busy and keeps us moving," said Verna in an interview in their...

 

Moose Lake Covenant Church hosts Operation Christmas Child drive

The week of November 12 will be National Collection Week for shoe boxes being prepared by individuals for distribution by Samaritan's Purse to needy children and their families throughout the world....

 

World War II vet reflects on time in service

Morris Gjessing of Moose Lake was just 15 when the news came over the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. "We would listen to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the...

 

Enrollment in Barnum is dropping

The enrollment at the Barnum Schools is dropping. Superintendent Dave Bottem reported at recent school board meeting that the families aren’t moving out of the school district, there are just less...

 

Moose Lake School looking at future needs

Two staff members of ICS, the firm that is assisting with planning the proposal for the athletic complex, Early Childhood playground and completing other needs at the Moose Lake Community School met...

 

Witches brew up donations to food shelf

Unless you've been on a Hollywood movie set, you've probably not seen a party like the ones thrown by Verlena Jones and Gale Lance. Sisters Jones and Lance are area residents with a flair for costume...

 

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