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Christensen resigns top county job

 By Anna Jauhola The search for a new county administrator began this week after Eric Christensen tendered his resignation at the Tuesday, May 19 commission meeting. “There’s no easy way to do this, so I’ll just read it out,” Christensen said to the board before reading his resignation letter. “It is with some sadness that…

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Lancaster class trip change of plans

By Anna Jauhola The Lancaster School Board approved doubling the per diem set for seniors to use on their class trip. During the May 20 board meeting, held virtually over Zoom, Superintendent Shannon Hunstad said he met with senior parents on May 19 and discussed the class trip situation. “The state has given us freedom…

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MnDNR implementing phased campsite openings

By Anna Jauhola A limited number of developed state park campgrounds are set to open on June 1. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working with state park managers to create a reopening plan. “It really depends on how much staff we can get back, because we’ve had to recall seasonal staff,” said Kim…

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Greenhouse dream comes true

By Anna Jauhola LAKE BRONSON, Minn. — Paul and Eden Johnson didn’t imagine opening their greenhouse in the middle of a national pandemic. But, with support from all over the county, and beyond, the couple forged ahead and officially started the rural Lake Bronson business May 1. The Garden of Eden has not officially opened…

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Mail-in voting encouraged amid pandemic

By Anna Jauhola While mail-in voting has been the norm for most of Kittson County for many years, the coronavirus pandemic may push this rural area toward all absentee ballots. The county commissioners discussed voting in this social distancing age during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12 and how it will affect people going to…

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Graduation ceremonies set for outside this weekend

By Anna Jauhola Graduation ceremony plans are beginning to solidify, but the situation is still a bit fluid even though seniors are set to graduate this weekend. Lancaster School and Kittson Central held emergency school board meetings, virtually over Zoom, last week to discuss options for ceremonies. Although each board decided on one of two…

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No traditional services are organized for Memorial Day

By Margie Holmgren This coming weekend is known for its ceremonies planned to honor those who sacrificed their lives in service to their country. But for the first time in many, many years there will be no formal services in any of our area communities Lancaster American Legion Post, along with their fellow Legion members…

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Kittson County Fair canceled

By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Fair Board decided last week to cancel this year’s fair, due to issues regarding COVID-19, the virus caused by the novel coronavirus. “The decision to cancel this year’s fair was not made lightly as it impacts so many inviduals and businesses in the county,” said Taylor Lindegard, board president,…

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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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