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Marie Pike sent in this photo of her daughter Christina fishing with her dad at Eddy’s resort after the storm with a double rainbow behind her.

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After Nick and Katrina, ages three and two, visited Mille Lacs last weekend, I went around the house with a rag and glass cleaner, wiping almost everything at the three-foot level. As I did, I wondered what it would be like here when they are the adults using the Windex.

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There’s an old folk song that supposes “you’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two.” When it comes to providing activities for their residents, Lake Song Assisted Living in Onamia has truly doubled down on that verse. Their new surrey bike has four seats to give residents a r…

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Fr. Jim Herrmann, 82, passed away from the coronavirus on Thursday, May 14, in Minnesota. A tribute from the Portland Tribune was published last week and stated that Fr. Herrmann was an ordained priest since 1970 and served thousands of parishioners and those in need of attention and counsel…

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Nitti’s Hunter’s Point Resort is a long-established name among the resorts along the east shore of Mille Lacs having provided decades of lodging, restaurant service and lake recreation opportunities. This month, the resort has added a new feature to its repertoire, a clothing boutique. Fishi…

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Former local speaks on her leadership role in the St. Louis chapter

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Social distancing was not a problem on Memorial Day when members of the Onamia Veterans Color Guard and Rifle Squad, along with local Pastor Joe Boeringa, songstress Kim Stott and trumpet player Bob Statz gathered at the Veterans and Catholic cemeteries in Onamia for brief, outdoor ceremonie…

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A woman in Duluth wrote me about Mrs. Margaret Anderson. I had to go to Duluth a few weeks later and, having finished with my meeting, walked up the hill to Mrs. Anderson’s address, and climbed the stairs to the apartment where she and Oscar Anderson, her husband, live. There I met Mrs. Ande…

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It was a quiet Memorial Day as far as ceremonies on Monday as all public events were canceled due to the Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order of no public gatherings over ten people in response to the COVID-19 crisis. But the sacrifices of those who served and lost their lives doesn’t go unrememb…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has carried on from weeks to months, the amount of hardship in communities both local and afar has mounted. Though food is a necessity, it’s availability is not always a guarantee, particularly in times such as these. Fortunately, local food shelves exist and do thei…

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“Winning the lottery.” Often it’s a go-to expression for the near -impossible, and it’s odds make it unlikely to happen in any given lifetime. For the Powerball drawing held on May 6 by the Minnesota Lottery, the odds of taking home $1 million dollars in winnings, by matching the five Powerb…

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The officers and staff of the Mille Lacs Band Police Department continue to perform their duties of protecting and serving the public around the clock on a daily basis. No photo was available; this is a group photo from last year. Personnel may have changed.

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Looking back, it’s hard sometimes to differentiate between our mother’s lessons and our own conscience. Often, they become inextricably intertwined. Years later, as adults, we still hear her voice as if it were right over our left shoulder, whispering, “Eat everything on that plate; there ar…

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Garrison Bay Lake Lions dropped off homemade masks to the Garrison Fire Department on Saturday, April 25, to be distributed by the Riverwood Healthcare Center.

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The Vets Club in Onamia had some fun advertising their wings special. Gas prices are at an all-time low, and other unusual signs have been spotted around the Mille Lacs community.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen our school buildings closed off to the students in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, local hospitals are doing what they can to prepare for tending to the sick. Despite school shutdowns, however, one teacher has found a way to p…

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One of the many industries who are suffering during the shelter-in-place order is the salon and barber shop industry. Not only are people’s hair getting longer, but beautician’s pocketbooks are getting smaller as a result of being deemed “non-essential.”

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Customers at the Wahkon Inn were treated to an unexpected surprise on Easter. A local couple, Chad and Tammi Adams, paid it forward in a big way to treat patrons of the Wahkon Inn to a free Easter dinner. In all, 250 meals were paid for, said restaurant owner Tom Remer. The meal consisted of…

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In a historic first, Mille Lacs County Jail saw one of their inmates overcome their circumstances and earn their high school diploma/GED while in jail.

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Jeff Kroschel and Dirk Ykema, of Sugar Hill Enterprises, boil down a batch of sap into syrup at their operation located west of Isle on Tuesday, March 31. Tuesday was Sugar Hill’s final day of cooking down the syrup for the 2020 season.

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Todd Stowell, of Isle, was traveling on Hwy. 65 on his way to Grand Rapids last Thursday. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a barred owl. Being a lover of animals, when he sees animals that are hurt by the side of the road, he’ll try to help them – if he sees a turtle on the road, he’ll he…