State Kicks Off ‘Vax to School’ Student Vaccination Campaign

July 30, 2021

  Campaign begins 5 weeks out from the school year — the length of time to go from first dose to fully vaccinated; Only one-third of Minnesotans 12-15-years-old and less than half of Minnesotans 16-17-year-old are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor also announces “Get vaccinated, Get $100” Governor Tim Walz announced Minnesota’s ‘Vax to School’…

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Ballard’s Resort notes 60th Anniversary

July 30, 2021

  “Pack up, we’re moving north,” Keith Ballard said to his wife Rosie after returning from a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods with his co-workers. The year was 1960 and by that spring, Keith and Rosie opened Ballard’s Resort on the Rainy River. The resort was known as Smith’s Resort when the Ballards decided…

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Badger Heritage Community Wall nears completion

July 29, 2021

  Almost six years ago, Sherri Kruger-Kukowski began thinking about the idea of a Badger Heritage Community Wall. At the time, she was thinking about an 8 by 10 foot wall. The artwork portion of the wall has since grown to 12 feet by 25 feet and with it Kruger-Kukowski’s responsibilities have grown to an…

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West Nile Virus Identified In Grand Forks

July 29, 2021

  A pool (group) of mosquitoes collected today from Grand Forks has been identified as having West Nile virus. The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis. This mosquito…

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Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Wednesday, July 28, through Friday, July 30, for nearly all of Minnesota

July 29, 2021

  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air quality alert for nearly all of Minnesota, except the North Shore. The alert takes effect Wednesday, July 28, beginning at 10 p.m. and runs until Friday, July 30, at 3 p.m. The affected area includes Detroit Lakes, International Falls, Duluth, St Cloud, the Twin…

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Steam and Gas Show is this weekend

July 29, 2021

  Organizers of the 49th Annual Lake of the Woods Steam and Gas Show, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and August 1, are billing this year’s event as “back to normal.” This, after a scaled back event took place in 2020, due to COVID-19 precautions. This year, the snack shack will return serving up…

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Covid concerns close Care Center, Arc to visitors again

July 29, 2021

  Julie Bergman Editor On Wednesday evening, July 21, residents, their families and staff at the LakeWood Care Center and Parker’s Arc received the bad news that visitors will not be allowed for the near future due to COVID-19 concerns. Jeffry Stampohar, President of LakeWood Health Center, confirmed that two people with direct contact to…

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Native American Artists-in-Residence to Focus on Jingle Dress, Canoe Making and Quillwork Artists selected for 2021 program represent regional Ojibwe and Dakota nations

July 27, 2021

  The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) announced today three recipients for the 2021 Native American Artist-in-Residence program. This is the sixth year of the program which is designed to help revitalize traditional forms of Native American art. Artists will serve a six-month paid residency to study the collections at MNHS and other institutions to aid…

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Highway 32 closed between Thief River Falls and St. Hilaire

July 23, 2021

  At the request of the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 32 between Pennington County Road 7 and County Road 3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. today, July 23. The eight-mile stretch of roadway will remain closed until further notice. The area has become extremely congested with people, campsites and…

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GMR FCCLA represents at National Conference

July 23, 2021

  Greenbush-Middle River FCCLA students Bella Burkel, Berlyn Burkel, and McKenna Bennett did some line dancing for about an hour at a dance studio in Nashville, Tenn. “We went with actually everyone from the state of Minnesota (to line dance), which wasn’t very many people,” Bella said, mentioning how it was one of the highlights…

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