• Isle School Board Chair resigns - Karen McQuoid will step down to pursue opportunity in Florida, (Sept. 3)
A business opportunity prompted Karen McQuoid, chair of Isle School Board, to resign.
• Mille Lacs Band DNR boats possible world record muskie, (July 3)
Biologists with the Mille Lacs Band DNR caught and released a potentially record-setting 61.5 inch muskie on Mille Lacs.
• Patchworkers seek answers for mysterious “Red Top Quilt,” (July 10)
A quilting club in Isle was seeking the origins of a 94-year-old quilt bearing dozens of local family names.
• City of Isle has air easement says attorney, (July 17)
City attorney Damien Toven said the Isle airport had easement to remove nearby trees, a long contentious issue with neighboring properties.
• Garrison VFW goes “on air” with Minnesota Military Radio, (July 17)
The Garrison VFW hosted a broadcast of the 475th episode of Minnesota Military Radio program, hosted by Tom Lyons and featuring several local guest speakers.
• Storms roll over Mille Lacs and touch down to the south, (July 24)
Mille Lacs County properties sustained damage after a violent storm rolled over Mille Lacs Lake.
• What to do with a very big bog?, (July 31)
The City of Wahkon discussed the removal of the large bog that a bad storm placed on the city’s beach.
• Ditch ducks roosting near Hwy. 65, (July 31)
Joanne Ledin explained how the tradition of filling a ditch along Hwy. 65 with colorful decoy ducks got started.
• Battle with the bog–Wahkon wins!,
Contractors went to work removing the large bog on Wahkon’s beach, taking the debris to a nearby property.
• “41 years has been rewarding” - Mille Lacs County Auditor/Treasurer Phil Thompson retires, (Aug. 7)
County auditor Phil Tompson provided retrospect on his career as he prepared to retire.
• Eric McQuoid carrying on a family tradition, (Aug. 14)
At the age 19, Eric McQuoid continued the family legacy of running a fishing guide service on Mille Lacs Lake.
• Season at 91 percent walleye allocation, DNR tells MLFAC, (Aug. 21)
Despite being at 91 percent of the seasonal allocation, the DNR told MLFAC that they weren’t projecting a harvest overage to be paid back later.
• Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe begins process to turn Isle property from fee to trust - City unanimously objects to Band’s application, (Aug. 21)
The Isle City Council unanimously voted down an application by the Band to convert a parcel in the city into trust land.
• DNR closes walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Sept. 6, (Aug. 28)
Due to high hooking mortality, the DNR was set to close the Mille Lacs walleye fishery in September to not exceed safe harvest levels.
• Isle school board appoints chair, fills vacany, (Aug. 28)
Jason Gallion was appointed school board chair; Nick Skogen was appointed to fill the open seat.
• Grand Casino Mille Lacs Lends hand to Garrison man, (Sept. 4)
The Grand Casino’s Lend-A-Hand program offered renovated the property of Garrison local Bob Beavers.
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Band DNR clean Mille Lacs Wildlife Refuge, (Sept. 11)
Representatives from the Mille Lacs Band and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service spoke on their joint Aug. 22 effort to clean up Hennepin and Spirit Island, a protected refuge on Mille Lacs.
• Haunted Muni?, (Sept. 18)
Municipal Liquor manager Monica Weets presents to Isle City Council on ghost sightings at the Muni.
• Grand opening for Casey’s in Onamia, (Sept. 18)
A date was set for the grand opening of the new Casey’s General Store and gas station in Onamia.
• New local “Kick Cancer to the Curb” group forms, (Sept. 25)
Tracy Vanderpoel founded a new cancer fundraising group in Mille Lacs County.
• Mayor Reichel’s trip to the U.S. Capitol, (Sept. 25)
Wahkon Mayor Sandy Reichel attended the State Leadership Day conference in Washington D.C.
• Mille Lacs Indian Museum hosts fall camp - Onamia and Pierz schools gain cultural perspective at two-day event, (Oct. 2)
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum put on an cultural event for fourth-graders from local schools.
• 72-year-old hunter honored for 56-year-old Mille Lacs trophy - Boone and Crockett gives recognition for trophy taken in the Mille Lacs area on a 1960s hunting trip, (Oct. 9)
Former local Leroy Damar told the story of how he got his award-winning Mille Lacs buck, recognized years later.
• The Onamia WWII veteran who has seen a century, (Oct. 16)
Onamia resident Fred Herke reflected on his life and military career as his 100th birthday approached.
• A mix of madness, music and chaos - Isle High School band director explains the work that goes into the Huskies musical curriculum, (Oct. 23)
Isle band director Dwight Przybilla highlights the work involved in the school’s band program.
• MLFAC frustrated for lack of involvement in walleye regulation decisions - DNR shares preliminary fish population data and online survey results, (Oct. 30)
While the DNR shared further data, MLFAC expressed discontent with decision-making at the October meeting.
• State scenic byways commission comes to Eddy’s, (Oct. 30)
Representatives from scenic byway committees around the state met for an annual meeting, held at Mille Lacs in honor of their new byway.
• DNR announces winter walleyes fishing regulations, (Nov. 6)
In a conference call with MLFAC, the DNR announced that they would carry over last year’s winter fishing regulations, allowing one fish between 21 to 23 inches or one over 28.
• One hour before sunrise in Malmo township - Local family shares their inter-generational story of hunting tradition, (Nov. 6)
As deer hunting opener approached, Malmo locals Brian and Joey Simonson told of their family’s hunting history.
• “Worst farming season” on the books, (Nov. 13)
Farmers from around Mille Lacs County reported on how a severely wet season had negatively impacted their harvest.
• More than reading and writing at Isle’s ALC - Instructor with musical background brings forte to the classroom, (Nov. 20)
Isle ALC teacher Joe Covert started a new band program with his students.
• Dinner and round table discussion at Isle School, (Nov. 27)
Isle School hosted a dinner along with various activities to gather feedback from local families.
• Deer hunting harvest numbers down from last year, (Nov. 27)
As the hunting season drew to a close, DNR statistics showed deer harvest was down about 20,000 deer compared to the previous year.
• Chaos erupts at Mille Lacs Nexus Academy - Sends staff members to the ER, (Dec. 4)
An episode of violence broke out at the Mille Lacs Nexus Academy, injuring several staff members.
• A taste of wild game at Mille Lacs Health System - Activities department hosts wild game tasting for long-term care residents, (Dec. 4)
Mille Lacs Health System’s wild game tasting was one examples of activities hosted to engage long-term care residents.
• Standing room only at truth in taxation meeting, (Dec. 11)
The Mille Lac County truth in taxation meeting drew a crowd of citizens concerned about property taxes.
• More than just a “good boy,” (Dec. 11)
Mille Lacs County officer Kyle Burton shared the background and history of K9 officer Bongo.
• Mille Lacs citizens plea for bog and fen protection, (Dec. 18)
Wahkon City Council heard comments from citizens concerned about recreational use of a lot of school trust land neighboring the city.
• Letters to Santa - What do Onamia and Isle kindergartners want for Christmas?, (Dec. 25)
Students of local kindergarten classes submitted their Christmas wishes into the Messenger.