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Karlstad receives $5.6M in funding for new airport

By Anna Jauhola The Karlstad community is one big step closer to building a new airport. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed the state transportation budget in late June, which grants $5.6 million to the city of Karlstad. This amount will allow for a 4,000-foot paved runway. Al Lundeen, chairman of the Karlstad Airport board, said…

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18th Annual Jerry Wilson Memorial Run a success

By Kristi Steen The 18th Annual Jerry Wilson Memorial Run was held on Saturday, June 26, a day that would have been Jerry’s mom Lily’s birthday. The Jerry Wilson Memorial Run is held in memory of Jerry Wilson, a Lancaster native, who ran marathons and trained others to run marathons, but who mostly encouraged people…

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Urbaniak retiring, Kujava is new public health director

By Anna Jauhola As she prepares to exit her nearly 40-year career in public health in Kittson County, Cindy Urbaniak feels the population is already in good hands. In 1982, Urbaniak began her career in nursing at Kittson Memorial Hospital in Hallock. About half a year later, a position opened with Kittson County Public Health.…

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40 years banking in Kennedy

 Silewski: ‘It’s just like my home away from home’ By Anna Jauhola Forty years ago, Tom Silewski drove his 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88 to Kennedy for a job interview. Cecil “Butch” Fossell was working there at the time and remembers him pulling up to the then Farmers State Bank in “that boat of a car.” “When…

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Hockey board approves indoor training facility

By Anna Jauhola Hockey players will soon have the opportunity for more intense training on and off the ice. This spring, the Hallock Youth Hockey board approved constructing a dryland training facility specifically geared toward hockey skills improvement. Building could begin as early as this summer. “One of the goals for our program moving forward…

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County board insists on 1W1P collaboration, entity is not necessary

By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Board of Commissioners is standing firm in its position to collaborate rather than form a new entity regarding the One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) implementation. During its regular meeting Tuesday, June 1, the board agreed it’s “collaboration or bust” when it comes to the 1W1P. This plan includes a…

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Tax Court ruling places burden on several local jurisdictions

By Anna Jauhola Several entities in Kittson County are facing an uncertain and enormous price tag after a Minnesota Tax Court recently upheld two of Enbridge’s lawsuits regarding overtaxation. Almost 10 years ago, the Minnesota Department of Revenue reassessed values on certain types of property, specifically pipelines between 2012 and 2016. Because the state overvalued…

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Kittson experiencing driest 8-month period on record

By Anna Jauhola Kittson County has steadily been listed in moderate drought since last fall. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 53 percent of the county is in severe drought and the whole county is abnormally dry. The U.S. Drought Monitor classifies severe drought by the following conditions: hard ground, expensive feed, low crop yields,…

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College courses help students find paths after high school

By Anna Jauhola Each year, students across the state take college courses within their high school classes to help prepare them for post-graduation. Kittson Central has offered these classes for years and has a good response from the juniors and seniors who can take them. Kim Jones teaches four math classes, two chemistry classes and…

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