According to a press release from Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish, on November 9, his office received a report that James Christian Voels, 53, of Blackbird Island, was missing. The reporting party stated that Voels was last heard from on October 30, 2016. On November 9, Chief Deputy Daryl Fish and Investigator…

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Public invited to voice thoughts on Greenbush’s Main Street revitalization

Imagine improved benches and flowerpots, brighter streetlights, or revamped storefronts on Main Street in Greenbush. These are just some early ideas brought up to the city in regards to a proposed Main Street revitalization. “It’s interesting because I’ve already had people contact me (and) say, ‘Hey, this would be neat or this would be neat,’”…

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Ripple Effect #297 Water Conservation: Our rivers are counting on you.

What if someone told you, you could only use 7 gallons of water per day?  What changes would you have to make?  Could you do it?  On average, residents use 50 to 100 gallons of water per day.  The World Health Organization recommends two gallons per person daily to meet the requirements of most people…

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GMR thespians to showcase Peter and the Star Catcher

Many know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up with his “Lost Boys” by his side, and his rival Captain Hook, the pirate with one hand. Did anyone ever wonder how these two characters came to be who they are, how they both came to live on Neverland, how Peter became…

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Karlstad Fire Dept plans to expand

At Monday’s city council meeting, Karlstad Fire Chief Jeremy Folland continued the discussion with the council on plans to expand the fire hall. The discussion had begun at the city’s budget meeting on October 26. Plans are not solidified yet, but the Karlstad Fire Department (KFD) was given the go ahead to begin laying the…

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Find voting results at website developed by Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State has developed a website with election information. Things you will find on the site include: Register to Vote, Find Your Polling Place, Vote Early by Absentee, Get Informed, Election Dates, Election Results and Frequently Asked Questions. For this information and more, please visit

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

Excellent fall fishing continues.  Lots of fish in front of the gap and Pine Island.  Anglers have been catching walleyes, saugers, and perch in 15-20 feet on the lake. Action has been hot with anglers going through a lot of bait and catching good numbers of walleyes and saugers.  Spots along the entire south shore…

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Area Veterans Day Programs

Tri-County School The Tri-County School and Karlstad American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting the surrounding area’s Veterans Day program in the Tri-County School gym, Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  The honored guest and speaker at this year’s program is Joanie Krantz.  Joanie is currently the 9th District President of the American Legion Auxiliary.…

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Veterans Day program will be held in Greenbush and Middle River

The students and staff of Greenbush-Middle River School invite everyone to their Veterans Day programs. The program at the Middle River campus will be held on Friday, November 11, at 10:15 a.m. The program at the Greenbush campus will be held on Friday, November 11, at 2:00 p.m., with Army Reserve Lt. Col. Martha Lystad…

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GMR District holds public info meetings

Last week, the district held three public meetings, two in Greenbush and one in Middle River, to discuss the proposed operating levy that district residents will have a chance to vote on next week. GMR Superintendent Tom Jerome presented a power point presentation and opened the floor to questions. Last year, the district proposed one…

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