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Keeping kids connected

By Anna Jauhola In mid-March, Wikstrom Telephone Company promised to keep people connected throughout the coronavirus emergency. This has been vital as schools have switched to a distance learning platform at least through May 4 and businesses have set up employees to work from home as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread.…

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Distillery donates sanitizer to essential businesses, organizations

By Anna Jauhola Minnesota’s furthest north distillery has transformed its business to include the production of hand sanitizer. Through emergency changes in federal regulations, Far North Spirits is able to help essential businesses and organizations by manufacturing and donating 5-gallon jugs in Kittson County. “Distilleries in Minnesota started doing this when we realized it’s something…

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Healthcare community: Stop with social mixing

By Anna Jauhola The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly making its way toward Kittson County. Neighboring Roseau County confirmed its first presumptive case of the disease on Monday, April 6. This means the case has not officially been declared positive by the state testing lab. Polk County, of which Crookston is the county seat, also confirmed…

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Snow system slows spring flooding, Two Rivers crests

By Anna Jauhola In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency personnel up and down the Red River Valley are ramping up for spring flooding. Last week, the Lake Bronson Dam opened one gate on Monday, March 30 and by Tuesday, March 31 all three gates were fully open. The water was flowing at 1,725…

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‘We’re going to learn a lot’

 Area schools prepare, enter first week of distance learning By Anna Jauhola Educational instruction geared back up this week for local schools thanks to the hard work of teachers and staff. Although distance learning will be a new challenge for both educators and parents, administrators at Lancaster and Hallock are confident everything will go well.…

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County closes courthouse, highway department building to public

By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency at an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20 in response to the spreading coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The commissioners called into the meeting via a digital service called GoToMeeting, which is allowed for public meetings during a peacetime emergency. Commissioners Theresia…

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Drones expand possibilities for Lancaster School students

By Anna Jauhola Through a grant, Lancaster School graphic design students are using drones to learn about technology and possible careers they maybe wouldn’t have considered otherwise. The class has been learning how to use drones the school purchased with an Innovation Grant. Math teacher Becky Johnson, who also teaches graphic design and math trades,…

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City of Lancaster declares emergency

By Anna Jauhola The City of Lancaster has declared an emergency ahead of any coronavirus diagnoses in Kittson County. During an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 18, the council gathered in Lancaster City Hall at tables and spread out at least 6 feet from each other. The declaration acknowledges that should the virus break out…

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Hallock Council approves emergency declaration

By Anna Jauhola The City of Hallock declared a state of emergency in an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20. The city council met at the city hall in the basement and spaced more than 6 feet from each other. Councilor Kevin Waller attended and voted by phone, which is allowed in emergency instances. City…

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