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Local drivers exam stations to reopen soon

By Anna Jauhola Drivers exam stations across Minnesota are set to reopen by the end of January after having been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. This is good news for the youth of Kittson County in particular. In May 2020, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shut down 93 local exam stations…

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All local dialing must now include the 218 area code

By Enterprise staff As of Sunday, Oct. 24, residents around Kittson County had to start dialing local phone numbers including the area code. According to the Wiktel website, the 10-digit dialing is now required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “in support of connecting 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.” The use of 988 to…

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‘A huge fire burning’

Wind, drought contribute to nearly 2,000 acre wildland fire by Lancaster By Anna Jauhola Nearly 2,000 acres of mostly state-managed land burned last week 10 miles east of Lancaster. Plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away and Lancaster Fire Chief Casey Faken knew it was a bad one. While he did not go…

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‘Just stay home’ if you are ill

Health officials: Testing still important, COVID still very real By Anna Jauhola Over the last several weeks, Kittson County has experienced a steady rise in COVID-19 cases. While the good news is these haven’t been linked to large gatherings, the not so good news is the positivity rate shows community transmission is a part of…

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Reflections on the trail

Former Hallock pastor publishes book about North Shore hike By Anna Jauhola One little moth just trying to blend in and not get eaten led to a former Hallock pastor writing a book about his growth and experience hiking a 310-mile route on Minnesota’s North Shore. Last week, Frank Johnson released his book, “Rocks and…

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Energy Assistance funding available

Applications for the 2020-21 Energy Assistance Program are being taken to help households with fuel deliveries, natural gas and electric bills. To apply please either call Northwest Community Action at 1-800-568-5329 and request an application or visit our website at www.nwcaa.org. Energy Assistance eligibility is based upon household income and household size. Both homeowners and…

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Karlstad receives $5.6M in funding for new airport

By Anna Jauhola The Karlstad community is one big step closer to building a new airport. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed the state transportation budget in late June, which grants $5.6 million to the city of Karlstad. This amount will allow for a 4,000-foot paved runway. Al Lundeen, chairman of the Karlstad Airport board, said…

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Urbaniak retiring, Kujava is new public health director

By Anna Jauhola As she prepares to exit her nearly 40-year career in public health in Kittson County, Cindy Urbaniak feels the population is already in good hands. In 1982, Urbaniak began her career in nursing at Kittson Memorial Hospital in Hallock. About half a year later, a position opened with Kittson County Public Health.…

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40 years banking in Kennedy

 Silewski: ‘It’s just like my home away from home’ By Anna Jauhola Forty years ago, Tom Silewski drove his 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88 to Kennedy for a job interview. Cecil “Butch” Fossell was working there at the time and remembers him pulling up to the then Farmers State Bank in “that boat of a car.” “When…

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