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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...

 

Moose Lake ACT scores above state average

Moose Lake High School’s average ACT score increased in 2018 and continues to remain above the Minnesota average score. Moose Lake Community School’s composite score for 2018 was 22.0, an increase from 21.6 in 2017. The Minnesota average was...

 

Age to Age starts up in Barnum

Age to Age is coming to Barnum. Lynn Haglin, vice president, and Jan Amys, program associate, met with members of the Barnum community on Thursday, Oct. 11, to explain about the Northland...

 

Willow River approves new playground sets

Students who performed well on their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments last spring received commendation from the Willow River School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, October 16....

 

Emphasizing phonics

As the superintendent I get put in situations where I am constantly learning new things. Last year we were not satisfied with our reading scores and I spent time going over the latest research on teaching reading. We were seeing a trend we did not...

 

Upcoming opportunities to help

Our school board has made the commitment to replace some of our playground sets. Outdoor recess is a necessary part of our students’ day. Kids love the opportunity to run, play, and renew their physical and mental energies. Upgraded playground...

 

MCA math scores in ML take a 'dive'

The data from last spring MCA tests were presented to the Moose Lake School Board at the monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 15. “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet the goals for math and reading,” said...

 

Shield616 equips MLPD

All the officers at the Moose Lake Police Department have now been equipped with gear that will protect them from rifle fire. A presentation was made of four sets of gear from Shield616 on Thursday,...

 

Local woman traverses MN parks, finds comfort and companionship

Eleanor Eskuri was grieving after the death her husband, Archie, when she started to walk in the state parks in 2008. She completed walking in each of Minnesota's 72 state parks on August 22 this...

 

Kalevala area remembers 1918

The historic Finnish Church (Suomalainen Kirkko) north of Kettle River is set up like it was during the 1918 Fire, thanks to local residents John and Janice Gran. The church was used during the fire...

 

Test scores are an emerging concern at Moose Lake Schools

When the Moose Lake School District was promoting the new school before people voted on the $34.7 million bond referendum, one reason given for a new school was that more students would come to Moose...

 

Local author raises the stakes in latest novel

In the fourth installment of the International Monster Slayers series, local author Bethany Helwig makes her most ambitious move with The Brood of Nightmare set to publish October 16. The series...

 

Fire! Fire!

That was the cry of the people as the flames swept in from the west, hurled by a 60-mile-an-hour wind, that afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12, 1918. Mothers were making supper, and fathers were out...

 

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