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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has launched the pilot of the Free COVID-19 Test at Home saliva testing program. You can now order a COVID-19 saliva test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it. Currently the pilot program is only availabl… Read more

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Mille Lacs County has a new county engineer on board. Neal Knopik came on staff as the interim county engineer on July 27 and was recently re-titled as the county engineer upon the transferring of his engineering license. Read more

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Some local candidates for various seats in the Nov. 3 general election gathered on Monday evening, Oct. 12, at McQuoid’s Inn in Isle for a candidate forum. Read more

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Mille Lacs County Auditor Eric Bartusch said that as of Friday, Oct. 2, the county auditor’s office has issued 3,350 ballots which includes all absentee, mail ballot and early in-person voting. Read more

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MSA Flagship (Military Service Association) is a veterans organization that owns a bar and restaurant on Mille Lacs Lake. Many activities at held at the Flagship including Bingo, meat raffles and Karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays. “We have veterans who are members and also auxiliary members,”… Read more

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Last week, an article from Minnesota Public Radio, entitled “Another COVID-19 ripple effect: Many meat processors booked up through deer season,” by Hannah Yang, indicated that Minnesota’s hunters may encounter trouble finding a processor for their wild game this season. The article cites th… Read more

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With cost being covered through CARES Act funds, the Mille Lacs County Historic Courthouse will see sleek new handrails. Mille Lacs County Facilities Operations Manager Noelan Lange said the refinishing is a direct result of the COVID-19 cleaning process. Read more

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Adrian,14, is a charming and intelligent teen who enjoys drawing, watching movies and reading books. He also loves Marvel and DC superheroes and Legos. Read more

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A rollover and subsequent vehicle fire occurred on Friday around 3 p.m. on Maben Ave. N, southeast of Isle. Witnesses said that a driver in an SUV swerved into a resident’s mailbox on Maben Ave. N. and back onto the road, into the other ditch and rolled the vehicle over, catching fire. Read more

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Since 1970, the Mille Lacs Area Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) has worked to provide vocational opportunities in the local community for those with disabilities. However, as is the case for many organizations, the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic has made that mission more diff… Read more

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Local municipalities and school boards closed for candidate filing on Aug. 11. The following cities and school districts will elect council members, mayors and school board seats on the General Election held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Below is a list of the candidates and their respective city or s… Read more

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A thunderstorm rolled over Mille Lacs on Friday evening, Aug. 14. Earlier in the evening, weather spotters reported tornadoes in other areas of central Minnesota with possible tornado damage near Spicer. Mille Lacs was left with tree damage, some minor building and roof damage and reports of… Read more

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Damaging winds and torrential rain knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses across East Central Energy’s (ECE’s) service territory on Aug. 14. Toppled trees and downed power lines left around 6,700 members without power, stretching from the St. Cloud, Minn., area northeast towa… Read more

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A tribute to Dennis Trombley took place at Memory Lane Park in Isle on Monday, Aug. 3. Family and friends gathered around the sugar maple tree for a time of reflection on his life and silent prayer. Read more

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) through a spokesperson shared an update on the Hwy. 47 road project from Ogilvie to Isle. Read more

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It is currently an election year, which means, come Nov. 3, votes will be cast for leadership at a national level; however, there are a number of local offices also up for ballot. Those looking to file an affidavit for a municipality or school board candidacy can do so beginning Tuesday, Jul… Read more

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On the afternoon of Monday, July 13, a freightliner was struck by a pickup on Hwy. 169, near Wakidaaki Drive, resulting in injury for a 61-year-old driver from Mazeppa, Minn. Read more

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U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber (R - District 8) paid Isle a visit last week on Thursday and lent his ear to local input by business owners concerning the Mille Lacs Lake fishery and the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. Read more

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Effective July 6, Adams Publishing Group, the parent company of the Mille Lacs Messenger, will be opening office doors to the public again. Doors were closed March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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A pedestrian was struck and injured with non-life threatening injuries in Onamia around noon on Sunday, June 28. Read more

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The topic of issuing permits and who has the jurisdiction to do so on the original 1855 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservation was one among several topics readers submitted to the Messenger earlier this year when we committed to address concerns that may arise if the courts rule in favor of … Read more

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On the evening of Wednesday, June 17, a fire broke out at Woodline Sawmills in Onamia, causing infrastructure damage. Four different agencies were present fighting the blaze, putting it out in three hours. Woodline Sawmills owner Katie Vivant spoke on the effort to fight the fire and how it … Read more

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Mille Lacs County is starting a phased approach to reopening all county facilities. Resident and employee safety remains our primary focus to ensure that services are restored in a safe manner that mitigates the potential transmission of COVID-19 throughout county facilities. Read more

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The election season is officially underway as political hopefuls were allowed to file for candidacy from May 19, 2020 until June 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. The following is a list of candidates who will be seen on the ballot come election day on Nov. 3: Read more

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A bait shop that served the Mille Lacs area for nearly 80 years went the way of a wrecking crew on Wednesday, May 20. Read more

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One of several shelter-in-place violations around the state occured in Mille Lacs County. An Elk River woman was charged with violating an emergency powers order (shelter-in-place) and also charged with a third degree DWI and second degree test refusal for an incident occurring in Princeton … Read more