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Barnum community speaks up on school budget cuts

With major upcoming monetary cuts in the Barnum school district, the community gathered to voice their opinions on those cuts at the school board’s working meeting held in the Barnum High School auditorium on Tuesday evening, February 4. Two main i...

 

Bocce teams hit the ice

On Saturday, February 8, at the Moose Lake City Park, the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 3rd Annual Ice Bocce Tournament Event benefiting the post prom committees of Willow River,...

 

Good deeds go a long way

The snow piles are high and the stress even higher for those of us in Minnesota that have to shovel it. For some, especially the elderly, having to clear a path from their house or around their...

 

Permit approved for Willow River dam project

Councilor Vickie Whitehouse informed the Willow River City Council at their regular meeting on February 3, that the permit for the dam project was reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers and was appro...

 

Kettle River featured on Channel 8

The city of Kettle River is getting its time in the spotlight as one of the featured towns in a new Channel 8 documentary, This Town. The documentary will also feature Sandstone, Ball Club, and Grand...

 

Moose Lake Superintendent Indihar retiring

The news of Superintendent Robert Indihar's retirement was announced at the Moose Lake school board meeting on January 21. Indihar, who has served the community for over twenty years, thanked the...

 

Barnum School empowers admin to make cuts

With looming cuts on the horizon, the Barnum School board approved a resolution at their regular meeting on January 21 directing the administration to make reductions in programs and positions. The board unanimously approved the resolution which...

 

Barnum's one act play

Barnum High School presented their one act play at sub-sections on January 25. Their play, "Shakespeare's Inferno," is a comedy featuring many famous Shakespearean characters who died in their...

 

Moose Lake's one act play takes second at sub-sections, moves on

At the one act play sub-sections held on January 25, Moose Lake took second place out of their group of contestants. They will progress to the next level of competition in Aitkin on February 1. This...

 

Council approves new fire hires

The Barnum City Council approved two hire recommendations made by Fire Chief Corey Hurst at their regular meeting on January 13 (council member Darrel Berry was absent). Prior to the hires it was announced Bruce Smith was retiring from the fire depar...

 

One act plays ready for competition

Sub-sections for the one act play competition will be occurring this weekend, with students from Barnum, Moose Lake, Willow River, and other local schools participating. Barnum High School will be...

 

Moose Lake approves city water project

The Moose Lake City Council approved to move ahead with a plan to construct two new wells and a new wellhouse for the city's water supply at their regular meeting on January 8. The project, presented...

 

Everybody in Moose Lake and beyond knows Mary Ellen Dewey

My plan in going to Moose Lake for a boys basketball game on Thursday night was pretty simple. The subject of the story that would result was Mary Ellen Dewey. I didn't know much about Mary Ellen...

 

Barnum School talks reductions

The Barnum school board convened for a doubleheader on January 7, holding the board’s reorganizational meeting first which was then followed by its working meeting. Superintendent Mike McNulty presented some numbers on possible non-personnel...

 

Ken Nystrom to be inducted into Moose Lake Wall of Fame

Moose Lake High School will be inducting 1991 graduate Ken Nystrom into the Wall of Fame on Friday January 24, 2020 at 7:00 at the school between the girls’ junior varsity and varsity games. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and visit...

 

First baby of new year arrives

Nicole and Seth Goodnature of Sturgeon Lake are the proud parents of the first baby born at Mercy Hospital in 2020. Their daughter, Ellie Mae, was born at 6:43 p.m. on January 4, 2020, weighing 5 lbs, 10.3 oz. Dr. Maggie Neudecker, Gateway Family...

 

Moose Lake School Board finalizes positions and future meeting dates

Steven Blondo is set as the Chairperson of the board, approved at the Moose Lake School Board’s Reorganizational meeting on Monday, January 6. Jerry Pederson was approved as the Vice-Chairperson, and (although unable to attend the 3:30 meeting)...

 

Feasibility study needed to address high water

The next step in addressing the high water levels of Sturgeon Lake is to conduct a feasibility study. That was suggested by a citizen committee assembled to study the high water issue as well as Pine County Engineer Mark LeBrun and affirmed by...

 

$4,000 scholarship available for high school seniors

Scholarship “season” is underway at Lake Country Power. The rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2020. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over fo...

 

Letters to Santa

Barnum Elementary School Mrs. MacDonald’s 1st Grade Class Dear Santa, Merry Christmas!? For Christmas I wont wats and a rc krr and a jiant pool. I hop I get a lot of presens. Blake W. Dear Santa, Haw are the ethis? I wot for Crismiss I wot Dodge...

 

Barnum School Board sets annual levy

The school levy is going up about $57,000 this year, as approved at the Barnum School Board meeting on December 17, and for a school district Barnum’s size, the levy is unusually small. Student representative to the school board and student...

 

Transportation co-op takes step forward

The board approved the transportation cooperative concept with Barnum at their regular meeting on December 16. The purpose of the transportation co-op will be to jointly use the resources of the Moose Lake and Barnum School Districts to the benefit...

 

Windemere Township Board of Supervisors Notes:

Shawn Jansen The Windemere Township Board of Supervisors passed the following measures at the regular meeting on December 12: - Allocated the second-half taxes payment of $168,000 to the Road and Bridge fund. - Approved the proposed 2020 budget...

 

Deficiencies found in Sturgeon Lake financial audit

The Sturgeon Lake City Council reviewed and accepted the findings of the 2018 audit report prepared by RSM. Councilmember Adam Langhorst presented the findings, first reporting that RSM issued an unqualified opinion. Sometimes called a clean audit, t...

 

Mahtowa holding community challenge

TJ’s Country Corner is proud to sponsor and team up with Twice Told Tales, Mahtowa Fire Department, and Mahtowa Township! There are three challenges with several team categories. Each challenge will require participants to complete items off of...

 

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