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County has Top 4 Red River flood, will only receive state aid

By Anna Jauhola The Red River presented a Top 4 flood this year in Kittson County as the river crested at Drayton at 43.35 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The Board of County Commissioners heard more about the flood at its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21. The river crested at 50.2 feet at Pembina.…

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Food pantries have more clients and great community support

By Anna Jauhola Kittson County food pantries have seen increased client numbers and less contact since COVID-19 began impacting the state. But, that has not deterred organizers from operating and it has not diminished supply. The Cornerstone Food Pantry in Hallock and the Care and Share Pantry in Lake Bronson have both suspended clients the…

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Lancaster approves city’s 2019 audit

By Anna Jauhola The city of Lancaster is averaging a good increase in revenue each year, according to its 2019 audit. The Lancaster City Council met virtually over GoToMeeting for its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The group heard from Gordon Dale, CPA, who completed the town’s audit. “The total receipts are $1.3 million.…

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Commission declares flooding emergency

By Anna Jauhola As spring flooding was nearing its peak on Tuesday, April 14, the Kittson County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency. “Interestingly enough, Drayton recorded 43.2 feet this morning,” said Scot Olson, emergency manager for Kittson County, of the Red River. “That’s significant in the fact it eclipsed last year’s number…

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Hands-on classes not stifled by required distance learning

By Anna Jauhola Shop teachers and students at Kittson Central and Lancaster have not been deterred by the lack of classroom time. Since schools closed in Minnesota due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hands-on classroom teachers have had to get creative. Some students were able to bring projects home and finish because they had room and…

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Commission approves construction project bids

By Anna Jauhola Bids on upcoming county highway projects came in mostly under estimated costs. Despite higher prices for precast concrete box culverts increasing the final bid on a project in St. Vincent Township, the Kittson County Board of Commissioners approved all the bids. The big project to begin this year is the reconstruction of…

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Nursing home residents making best of lockdown

By Anna Jauhola A good sense of humor coupled with creative entertainment has kept nursing home residents in Hallock in high spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. “They really need the face-to-face time, though,” said Jimann Cozzen, activities director at Kittson Healthcare Nursing Home, lower level. “We’ve been using Facetime, Skype, and they find this fascinating.”…

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Sewing experts busy creating cloth masks, donations needed

By Anna Jauhola Distance learning has turned into volunteerism for one Kittson Central junior. Rylee Bergeron finished her quilt top for Family and Consumer Science class last week and quickly turned to sewing reusable masks from her leftover material. “I saw there was a need for them and just wanted to help out any way…

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Governor Walz expands outdoor recreation opportunities

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today issued Executive Order 20-38, which expands allowable outdoor recreational activities. The changes will allow Minnesotans to continue to enjoy the outdoors close to home while following social distancing guidelines.   Executive Order 20-38 allows Minnesotans to engage in a range of activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting,…

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Governor Walz Signs COVID-19 Relief Package

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed HF 4556, the fourth legislative package passed and signed this month to help Minnesotans weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will increase access to affordable health care during the pandemic and provide greater flexibility for Minnesotans as the state combats the spread of COVID-19.   “Our…

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