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DNR reviews engineering proposals to proceed with Bronson dam design

By Anna Jauhola Within the next month, the state will likely have an engineering consultant in place for the dam replacement project at Lake Bronson. Jason Boyle, state dam safety engineer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said proposals were due Wednesday, Jan. 19 and his office is currently reviewing those received. “We hope…

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Freeze-thaw in Kittson County a favorable scenario this spring

By Anna Jauhola Over the last couple of weeks, Kittson County has been experiencing a classic freeze-thaw spring. Considering how much snow fell this winter — between 40 and 60 inches — that is probably the most favorable scenario possible. Not only will it help prevent any extensive flooding, the slow melt will give soils…

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Deer are resilient, survive harsh winters

By Anna Jauhola Snow depths over 15 inches. Many days with below zero temperatures. Heavy winds causing blowing snow and crust. Predators. These are all factors that have affected the deer population in Kittson County throughout this particularly harsh winter. However, overall the deer appear to be adapting well to the situation. “The last two…

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Snow removal causes machine issues and public concern

By Anna Jauhola This winter has been a tad brutal and those on snow removal duty in the county have felt it the most. The official weather station at the Lake Bronson Dam has recorded more than 43 inches of snow since Dec. 5. Reports from Hallock have shown 60 inches. And those totals are…

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Kittson Co. Hospice hires paid administrator, first in 18 years

By Anna Jauhola Kittson County Hospice continues to look toward the future with a new administrator, consistent income and strong support from volunteers and the area communities. The hospice board held its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 25. They recently hired Macyn Lofstrom, RN, as a paid administrator for the program. For the last 18…

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‘Weather is a nonlinear, chaotic system’

Ritchison speaks on NDAWN’s contributions to farming, weather predictions By Anna Jauhola Long-time regional meteorologist Daryl Ritchison was the main speaker at Kittson County’s 2022 Crop Improvement Day. Appropriately enough, for a January event, Ritchison fought the weather during the first half of his trip to Lancaster on Thursday, Jan. 27. “Did I tell you…

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Bearcats hockey loses in overtime to Ice Dawgs

By Dylan Johnson Due to weather delays, the Bearcat hockey team only had one game last week. On Saturday, Jan. 22, they played MayPort in Hallock. The Bearcats beat the Ice Dawgs once at the beginning of the season with a score of 5-3. Going into the first period of the game, it was a…

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Bearcats girls basketball team defeats Freeze, Warriors at home

By Mark Johnson, coach KCC 55 – NF 54 The Bearcats put the bus away for a week and played two North Border Conference games in Lancaster on Monday, Jan. 17 against the Northern Freeze and Thursday, Jan. 20 against the Warroad Warriors. Neither game would be for the week of heart. KCC got off…

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‘I felt like a real doctor again’

Dr. Vanessa Cook joins Kittson Healthcare on rotating schedule By Anna Jauhola Dr. Vanessa Cook has had her eye on Kittson Healthcare for a while. In 2018, Cook was working in Kansas when a physician’s position opened in Hallock. At the time, Kittson Healthcare employed a different candidate and Cook took a medical director position…

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CPA firm transitioning to new, local owners

Hatton, Reese working with Sobolik, Friedt to ensure future of accounting, tax work in county By Anna Jauhola Over the next few years, the next generation will be taking on accounting and tax preparations for Hallock and the area. Dahl, Hatton, Muir and Reese has been a household name for tax prep and accounting since…

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