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The Pine County community came together along the sidewalks of Pine City to celebrate at the Pine County Parade on Saturday, Aug. 3 during the Pine County Fair. Groups, businesses and organizations from around the region put their best foot forward, while kids along the parade route rushed t…

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On May 4, Army veteran and Kroschel resident Loren Rabe experienced what he considers one of the biggest honors of his lifetime, joining approximately 100 other veterans on an Honor Flight.

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Mason Gahler (left) and Joey Piha (right) were among the many cheerful survivors of a shark attack at National Night Out in Robinson Park on Aug. 6.

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has declared an outbreak of hepatitis A in multiple counties among people who use street drugs (injection or non-injection), are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing, or have been recently incarcerated.

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A recent uptick in reports of dead loons and test results indicate an impact from West Nile virus (WNV), according to nongame wildlife staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Applications are now being accepted to become a Pine County Master Gardener.  To apply now and until the Oct. 1 deadline, call or email Terry Salmela, Pine County Master Gardener Coordinator at the Pine County Extension office at the Courthouse in Pine City at 800-657-3813 Ext. #3 or 612-390…

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The Hinckley Saddle Club held its 57th annual horse show this past weekend. Forty-three riders – including Pine City’s Paige Wimmer(above) – enjoyed themselves and all the competitive events.

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Since Aug. 1, all Minnesotans can breathe easier. That day, a new law went into effect that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces where smoking is already banned.

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Whether driving up to the cabin, carpooling kids to camp, or towing your boat to the lake, Minnesotans spend much of the summer on the road. From these busy final weeks of summer to the dead of winter, we must do everything we can to ensure our families arrive where they’re going safely. Tha…

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Wave after wave of runners will be making their way up Highway 61 this Friday and Saturday as the “Reebok Ragnar Minnesota” rolls through Pine County.

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The Pine City and Willow River schools each held a food drive on Aug. 4 at the Pine County Fair, and also received donations of $50 each to help students in need get a healthy meal in the upcoming school year.

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The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that a deputy’s squad car was struck from behind on Aug. 13 on Main Street in Pine City, and both the deputy and the other driver were injured in the crash.

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Pine View farm, owned by Jason and Jade Zastera, is this year’s Pine County Farm Family of the Year.  The family includes Jason, Jade and two-and-one-half-year-old Zoe.

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Around 16 million sunfish each year are caught on Minnesota lakes, making them the most harvested fish in the state. In order to avoid stunted populations of sunfish, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) is encouraging anglers to release larger sunfish, instead keeping the …

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During the summer of 2017 a committee in charge of the archives at the Hinckley Fire Museum decided to go over all the files of documents and photos collected at the museum since it opened. Colleen Volden chaired the committee. I was aware that the local Ojibwe tribe was planning to have a b…

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The Greater Pine Area Endowment is inviting local non-profit organizations to submit grant requests for the upcoming fall review date.  The deadline for submission of grant applications is midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz visited the Pine County Fair on Thursday afternoon to meet the people and check out the action. He stopped in the beer garden and shared a few words with Pine County Fair Board President Pete Leibel and Pine City Lion Terry Rothenbacher.  Walz swung by the animal …

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Ronald Benjamin Stillday, 30, of Hinckley has been charged with felony motor vehicle theft and felony fifth degree possession of a controlled substance after a vehicle disappeared from a Hinckley motel on July 29.

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The southbound Interstate 35 ramps at County Road 7 will close Monday, Aug. 12. They will remain closed for three weeks. The ramps at County Road 11 in Pine City and Highway 70 in Rock Creek will be open and will be used as the detour route.

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Property values have been steadily increasing in Pine County. Pine County Assessor Lorri Houtsma and Deputy Assessor Troy Stewart shed some light on the property valuation process recently.

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Kathleen Witke, with husband Eric by her side, was formally installed as Pine City’s postmaster on Friday, July 26 in a short ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues.  She swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and promised to well and faith…

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Two local students were among nearly 2,000 high schoolers who participated in the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 14-20. Delegates sponsored by East Central Energy (ECE) were Abby Larsen of Milaca and Gavyn Jensen-Schneider of North Branch.  The seven-day trip …

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The public is invited to a “meet & greet” for Superintendent Curt Tryggestad and his wife, Cathy, from 3- 4 p.m. at the Pine City District Office on Thursday, Aug. 8. This photo, taken by Wes Wiedenroth in May, 1997, shows Curt

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If you have a phone, then chances are you’ve received at least one unsolicited robocall—likely more.

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A Sturgeon Lake man is facing felony charges after incidents on July 23. Richard Joseph Zuk, 41, is being charged with first degree burglary, second degree burglary, terroristic threats and drug possession.

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Q: On most days I observe college students who are wearing dark jackets and hats, listening to “tunes” while walking, or walking in the same direction as motor traffic rather than facing that traffic. This street has no sidewalks so all the walking occurs close to the cars. I am concerned th…

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Good weather is expected as the Pine County Fair – one of only three free gate, free parking county fairs in Minnesota – rolls into town with five big days of summer fun from July 31-Aug. 4.

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Though July 2019 brought heat, humidity and storms, there were plenty of idyllic moments where the beauty of nature in the Pine City area shone out.

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The Morning Glories Wednesday morning golf league held their Rally for a Cause tournament and raised $565 for the Pine City Senior Center. Pictured are Diane Olson-golfer, Kathy Hang-Senior Center secretary, Joanne Stoffel-Senior Center membership chairmen and Carol Peterson-golfer.

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How does Pine County prepare for potential utility-scale solar and wind projects? The Pine County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on just that from the Great Plains Institute at the county board meeting July 16 in Sandstone.

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The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently released a report on the evolving opioid crisis across the United States. Since 2010, rapid increases in deaths from illicit opioids have outpaced deaths from natural and s…

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The County Road 7/Hillside Avenue/Pokegama Lake Road overpass over Interstate 35 came down Monday morning. The 1962 bridge was demolished to make way for a new, wider bridge in 2019. Construction is expected to continue into October.

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Myrtle Smekofske still likes a good party. And on the occasion of her 107th birthday, the longtime Willow River resident was all smiles as she unwrapped gifts and visited with the friends around her at her home in Northern Pines Assisted Living in Pine City.

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Meg Moynihan and her husband, Kevin Stuedemann, own Derrydale Farm in Minnesota’s Le Sueur County where they milk about 70 certified organic cows. In March 2016, the cooperative that picked up Derrydale Farm’s organic milk changed its route, leaving them without a buyer. Moynihan and Stuedem…

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Heading out to Sturgis South Dakota this July were new Pine City residents Colleen Jurek and husband Mark (on left). Julie and Leonard Dickey, their son Bradley Dickey and his wife Kerry (holding the Pioneer) also joined in the fun.