Area News

Ecumenical men’s lenten breakfasts to be held

Hallock, Minn. – Area churches will once again hold ecumenical men’s lenten breakfasts with the theme “Seven Essential Questions.” The questions include: Who is Jesus? What matters most? Am I accepted? Where is God? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? Is there hope? Each breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and will start Wednesday, Feb.…

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LBSP: Get your groom on

Cabin Association covering insurance for groomer By Anna Jauhola Last week, Lake Bronson State Park received news it had been anxiously awaiting since December. A local entity stepped up and will cover the insurance needed to use the park’s trail groomer. The Lake Bronson Cabin Association began investigating the possibility of adding the groomer to…

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Kittson Healthcare operated at deficit, making changes to remedy financials

By Anna Jauhola After making drastic changes over the last year, Kittson Healthcare in Hallock is working to get financially back on track. At the Kittson Memorial Hospital Association meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Interim CEO Everett Butler and CFO Jeni Schwenzfeier said revenue was down and spending was up, leaving the facility operating in…

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U.S. Census Bureau looking for workers for 2020 collection

By Anna Jauhola The census is coming and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for local people to be census workers. The bureau hopes this decade’s census collection will be the most convenient and complete. Sheila Lacher, partnership specialist with the Census Bureau, has been stationed at the Hallock Public Library every Thursday in January…

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Commission to revisit request for working condition reclassification

By Anna Jauhola For the last 10 years, Keith Klegstad has been the assistant county engineer. As the position’s duties have changed due to the loss of personnel, Klegstad’s position has become increasingly hands-on. At the Kittson County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Klegstad again requested to be classified under working…

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‘This is a step forward for us’

Trade Deal touts positive U.S. agricultural impact By Anna Jauhola The last few years have been tough for farmers amid trade disputes between the U.S. and China. After President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the first phase of a large trade deal, farmers all over the state of Minnesota can probably…

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Lancaster knocks down debt on community center

By Anna Jauhola After a profitable year at the municipal liquor store, the Lancaster City Council approved another $10,000 payment toward the debt service on the city’s community center. In its regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8, the council approved transferring $10,000 from the Lancaster Municipal Liquor Store’s checking account to the city’s Community Center…

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DNR permitting delays Hallock Dam project

By Anna Jauhola Bidding on the new Hallock Dam structure and project will not happen likely until this summer. After the overly wet fall, plus flooding, much of the project to replace the Hallock Dam was put on hold. Engineer Jeff Langan, of Houston Engineering in Thief River Falls, visited with the city council at…

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‘Book Blizzard’ is library’s new adult reading program

By Anna Jauhola Now with the hubbub of the holidays left in 2019, Hallock Public Library is encouraging adults to get back into reading with its annual adult reading program. “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” was the previous program offered statewide. However, they eliminated the program after last year. Instead, the library will now feature…

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Take caution, check ice frequently

By Anna Jauhola The ice houses are out and the fish are biting at Lake Bronson. State Park Manager Jenny Eastvold said last week the ice has reached at least 17 inches thick on parts of the lake. “But we always urge people to check conditions and use caution,” she said. Anyone looking to get…

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