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Council discusses successes, struggles with recent city projects

By Anna Jauhola While the Hallock dam project comes to a halt for the winter to allow for settling, frustrations are high with two other projects. The Hallock City Council discussed the dam project, along with the impending mill and overlay of Highways 75 and 175, and the ongoing airport hangar project. Trent Berg of…

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COVID-19 variant found in Minnesota

The Minnesota Depart-ment of Health (MDH) today announced the new variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the United Kingdom was identified by genomic sequencing in positive specimens from five residents of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory,…

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County to get more COVID grant funding

By Anna Jauhola Businesses in Kittson County have another chance to receive grants to help cover costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the middle of December, the Minnesota Legislature passed a $216 million relief package that included $88 million for certain businesses that sustained losses of 30 percent or greater. The Department of…

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Vaccine rollout successful, continues in Kittson County

By Anna Jauhola About 100 healthcare workers in Kittson County received the Pfizer vaccine last week to protect against COVID-19. “Pretty much everybody had a good response,” said Cindy Urbaniak, public health director. “There were a few side effects — maybe a headache, sore arm was probably the most common side effect we heard about,…

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Jones’s genius once again benefits the world

By Anna Jauhola In the early 20th century, Frederick McKinley Jones was busy making life better for the people of Kittson County. He was busy not only fixing machinery, motor vehicles and other items, he was inventing a portable X-ray machine, the ability to project a movie with sound, creating a powerful radio transmitter and…

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Construction on pipeline imminent after final permitting approved

By Anna Jauhola DONALDSON — Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project is inching closer to construction in Kittson County and throughout northern Minnesota. After the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 Friday, Dec. 4 to deny a request to stay important project approvals, workers are continuing to gear up for construction. East of Donaldson on Highway…

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Bundle up, help out, ring a bell

In spite of COVID-19, one of the classic sounds of Christmas will still be heard this season. But you won’t hear it at your local school. In place of Salvation Army bell ringing at high school sports and holiday events, for 2020 the only bell ringing you’ll hear in Kittson County will be outside of…

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Dam project changes landscape

By Anna Jauhola Even though winter changes the landscape by removing leaves and making things look barren, the construction at Hallock’s dam has drastically altered the well-known recreation area. Houston Engineering is in charge of the $2 million project, which began earlier this fall. Spruce Valley Corporation of Middle River is the main contractor. So…

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New nonprofit looks to provide boost for Kittson County youth

By Anna Jauhola Giving back to children of Kittson County has long been on Jacob Hook’s mind. Growing up, he and his family struggled. “We didn’t have a whole lot. We were on welfare,” Hook said, frankly. “But we just always had people in the area to help out if I was in need.” Over…

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