Area News

MnDOT asks homeowners, businesses to avoid plowing snow onto sidewalks, roads

BEMIDJI, Minn. – MnDOT snowplow operations are currently working to remove snow from the roadways and sidewalks. Homeowners and businesses are asked to avoid pushing snow onto the roadways and sidewalks to allow crews to complete the snow removal. Motorists are encouraged to avoid distractions. A plows’ sole purpose is to make the roads as…

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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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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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Hand-painted murals set to be installed along Hwy 75 in Hallock

By Enterprise Staff In the coming week, keep an eye out for a pop of color along Highway 75 on the south side of Hallock. Through a grant and funding from the Hallock Community Fund, 19 murals will be placed along the fenced-in stockyard by the PKM Electric building. Connie Nelson received a $5,000 grant…

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COVID procedures, funding dominates regular county board discussion

By Anna Jauhola Updating COVID-19 procedures and spending down CARES money dominated the conversation at the regular Kittson County commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The board approved two annexes for the county COVID Preparedness Plan. Annex B relates to paid leave if employees must care for ill family members, become ill themselves or care…

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Project produces prodigious pumpkins

By Anna Jauhola Last year’s kindergarten school project yielded 17 pumpkins for one Hallock family. Six-year-old Nicolette Gubbels babied her seeds she received from her teacher, Shannon Christenson, at Kittson Central. She put them in soil in a section of egg carton, along with green bean and radish seeds, and watched them sprout last spring.…

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