Area Breaking News

The Balancing Communities Initiative: Bridging child care, housing, economic opportunity, and creative placemaking

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation and Lead for Minnesota are teaming up to launch the Balancing Communities Initiative. Four core pillars of a balanced community are having adequate childcare, affordable housing, a skilled workforce, and an active arts and culture scene. Northwest Minnesota Foundation will be providing four $10,000 grants to support the placement of four…

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Lancaster School District to vote on capital project levy

By Anna Jauhola About 20 people attended a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1 to hear more about the Lancaster School District’s decision to present the voters with a new levy on the November ballot. The school board voted in August to place the following question on the ballot: “The board of Independent School District…

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Area company contracted for Hallock dam restoration project

By Anna Jauhola A Middle River company is set to be the contractor to work on the dam project in Hallock. The Hallock City Council approved a resolution Monday, Oct. 5 to accept the low bid from Spruce Valley Corp. for the Two Rivers fish passage restoration project. Spruce Valley’s low bid came in at…

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County updates technology with federal CARES money

By Anna Jauhola The Kittson County Board of Commissioners designated more of its CARES Act funding to provide updated technology during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Requests from the Kittson County Sheriff’s Office and the department heads led the board to spend just over $33,000 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security…

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Lindegard excited to reintroduce dedicated art classes at Kittson Central

By Anna Jauhola It’s been almost 20 years since Kittson Central had a full-time, dedicated art teacher. With some creative rearranging, the school is on its way to give students that chance again. Leanna Lindegard, a 2004 Kittson central graduate, started her position this year as a part-time art teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade.…

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‘Music is where my heart lies’

Karlstad’s Dariann Leigh climbing the country music ladder By Anna Jauhola KARLSTAD — True to country music, much of Dariann Leigh’s inspiration is drawn from her rural Minnesota life – good friends, back road cruising and family. Leigh grew up in Karlstad, Minn., and now the 20-year-old splits her time between her hometown and Nashville,…

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Mutual aid agreement between Canada, Kittson nearly complete

By Anna Jauhola Nearly two years ago, Kittson County Emergency Manager Scot Olson began seeking a formal mutual aid agreement with Emerson, Manitoba. He is now on the home stretch of getting that contract finalized. The Canadian Border Services Agency drafted the document that will cover crossing procedures for Kittson County and Canadian officials in…

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Fog doesn’t deter elk hunter

Grygla man bags 7-by-7 bull north of Lake Bronson By Anna Jauhola After 19 years of applying for an elk tag, a Grygla man finally experienced the hunt of a lifetime in Kittson County. Gavin Nordby shot a 7-by-7 bull elk north of Lake Bronson during the state’s annual hunt on Sunday, Aug. 23. Until…

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Dancing Sky awards grants to local entities to offset COVID costs

By Anna Jauhola      As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact nonprofits and small businesses, many are seeking assistance through grant applications.      Two entities that support seniors in Kittson County have found relief through the Dancing Sky Area Agency On Aging. The Hallock Area Senior Citizens Center and Karlstad Korner each applied for and received grants,…

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Governor allows local control when opening schools in September

By Anna Jauhola School is on for fall. Gov. Tim Walz announced on Thursday, July 30 the state will give local flexibility to open schools based on COVID-19 cases in each county. Kittson Central and Lancaster school staff and teachers have been working on three different plans since the beginning of June as recommended by…

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