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Unexpected Discovery along the Soo Bike Line Trail

by Kari FrischRecently I set out on the sunny afternoon to bike a portion of the Soo Bike Line, a bike trail that is accessible off of Highway 10 just south of Little Falls. Last summer I had biked 25 miles of the trail. Although I wasn't expecting to go that far, I was certainly thinking I'd get ...

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Pequot Lakes Back to School Open Houses Welcome Community Exhibits

Community groups and organizations that serve students or their families are welcome to set up an exhibit table at each of the Back to School Open Houses in the Pequot Lakes school buildings. Call Pequot Lakes community education at (218) 568-9200 to reserve a table at the Middle School / High ...

Confessions of a Tree Hugger

by Barry BabcockI am lucky – I own and live on eighty acres of forested land with a diverse plant community. Living amidst these trees, shrubs, and herbs and forbs has given me a different perspective.Living with and amongst trees makes me believe that they are undeniably the most important ...

Music General - Celebrating 30 years of music and dance

by Sheila HelmbergerWith their amazing drive and talent Sue and Dan Kuhn could have ended up anywhere. Luckily for the residents of Brainerd, the dancer from the Twin Cities and the musician from Pittsburgh decided to settle here.This year the couple will celebrate 30 years as owners of Music ...

Esh-ke-bug-e-coshe the Great Chief of the Chippewa

by Barry BabcockSometimes it may happen that one interested in the history of human events stumbles upon a personality of such immense proportions and who for some unknown reason has slipped through the cracks of our national recognition.So it is that I stumbled onto William Whipple Warren and the ...

ITASCA GREENHOUSE: Growing Trees for a Green World

by Margaret A. HaapojaA sea of green—thousands of tiny tree seedlings--stretches out in front of us as we walk with Bill Sayward through one of his greenhouses. Soft tamarack needles recently pruned beg to be touched, and the sharp scent of balsam poplar perfumes the air.Bill and Cathy Sayward ...

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Section volleyball: Rapids falls; Raiders and Hornets advance

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Get out while you can - Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Get out while you canBrainerd Daily DispatchThe Soo Line South Trail, a former railway trail, spans from the southern edge of Lake Mille Lacs, north to Superior, Wis. ...

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Pine River dairy farmers awarded $6.3 million in lawsuit against power cooperative - Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Pine River dairy farmers awarded $6.3 million in lawsuit against power cooperativeBrainerd Daily DispatchLast year, there were at least six active lawsuits by Minnesota farmers against utilities companies seeking damages from stray voltage, according to a Star Tribune story. ...

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Michigan man pleads guilty to drug charge after 11 pounds of pot found in vehicle - Bemidji Pioneer

Michigan man pleads guilty to drug charge after 11 pounds of pot found in vehicleBemidji Pioneer29 on U.S. Highway 2 after a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper clocked him at 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. ...

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Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels

Sharyn Mccrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels - eleven total with the latest a novella: Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past."My books are like Appalachian quilts," says Sharyn McCrumb. ...

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Bipartisan support for broadband in MN – the difference is the fuding mechanism

The Austin Daily Herald recently posted higlights from a debate between the candidates for Minnesota House District 27A: the incumbent Shannon Savick, a Democrat from Wells and challenger Peggy Bennett, a Republican from Albert Lea. ...

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Magpie irruption?

Magpie Black-billed Magpie This fall I have noticed that there have been many more Magpies in the area. The Black-billed Magpie is a very beautiful bird that is closely related to the Crow and Raven, as well as the Blue and Gray Jays; the family that they all belong to are called Corvids. The species that we have in most of North America is the Black-billed Magpie. ...

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Save Money With a Flexible Spending Account

Some of you will be getting information from your employer about open enrollment options for your health care in the upcoming weeks. Don’t just brush this paperwork aside or breeze through it!  There is important information in those documents that can save you money.  This is the time of year where you will determine if (and how much) you will contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA). ...

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