A thick haze of smoke hovered over Mille Lacs Lake and surrounding areas on Tuesday, July 20. The smoke, which smelled like a nearby campfire,…

Fun at Father Hennepin! Little Ruby Jacobson splashes in the southern shores of Mille Lacs at the Father Hennepin beach. Ruby is vacationing w…

Bridget, 16, is an active, likable teen who can be very outgoing once she feels comfortable around you. She enjoys both playing and watching b…


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On May 7th of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published i…

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It’s official! The Mille Lacs Messenger called ice-out on Mille Lacs Lake Wednesday, April 7. The big lake thawed about two weeks earlier than…

A local woman, Cindy Hoag, spent the day out on Mille Lacs Lake last week busting out the left behind wood pieces stuck in the ice. Pictured i…

Isle Fire and Rescue in action. They tended to a chimney fire over a local garage last week on Whistle Road. Damage was controlled by passersb…

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Kids Connect: Kids Connect is a Wednesday morning tutoring program sponsored by the Isle Free Church,  held Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to  noon…

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