GMR kindergartners learning environment enhanced

A couple students sit at a desk and write fall seasonal words that hang in front of their eyes, including apple, apple tree, fall, leaves, acorn, and autumn. They not only copy the word, but also draw or color the corresponding photo. At another station, a couple other students sit on blue-colored cushioned seats with…

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report 10/03/2016

The fall bite is on.  Anglers are catching walleyes at many spots along the south shore including Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island and the Lighthouse Gap. Key depths vary based on clarity of water and bait, but a good start is 20-24′. Jig and a minnow or frozen shiner is the go to with…

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Chromebook’s add to GMR learning experience

Greenbush-Middle River High School teacher Mara Gust had already twice applied for a grant through Education Minnesota related to getting to technology into her classroom, but to no avail. The third time proved the charm. Education Minnesota awarded her a $3000 grant, allowing her to purchase 17 Chromebooks that her Spanish Two students started using…

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The artistry of wood carving

For Mitchell Peterson of rural Strathcona, his experience of working with wood began at a very early age when he pounded nails into a gymnasium’s wood flooring that his father, Kenneth Peterson, was installing. When Mitch got a bit older he began to dabble in carving small totem poles. Before long, he graduated to making…

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Cause of elevator fire under investigation

The Kennedy Farmers Elevator burned to the ground early Wednesday morning, September 21. The fire was reported around 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday, and fire crews from twelve local communities helped battle the flames. According to manager Zach Beaudry, the elevator is a total loss. One grain bin was still standing after the fire, but he…

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

Walleyes and Saugers continue to move closer to the south shore. Good fishing in 23 feet of water outside the Lighthouse gap and all along the south shore. Shiner minnows in the area keeping large schools of walleyes active! The bite will continue to improve in the coming weeks. Anchoring and jigging with a shiner…

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LaValla pleads guilty in GoFundMe theft case

Sentencing is scheduled for October 19 Retina LaValla, 29, of Baudette, will avoid a jury trial after pleading guilty last week to two charges of theft relating to a GoFundMe account she started last fall for the families of three boaters missing on Lake of the Woods. The trial was set to begin September 28…

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Kennedy Elevator burns down

The Kennedy Farmers Elevator burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. The fire marshal is determining the cause of the fire.  Flames were still visible in the rubble on Wednesday, as area fire departments monitored the site in four hour shifts. More details will be available in next week’s North Star News. 

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GMR School addresses Park Ave drainage issue

Based on board approval, the Greenbush-Middle River School District went forward on a project to attempt to resolve the drainage problem along Park Ave properties on the west edge of the Greenbush site property.   Discovering damaged drain tile in the area impacted by the drainage issue, Spruce Valley Corporation went forward with the work.…

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A price too high: One man’s story of heroin addiction

“Keith’s” story of addiction begins like so many others. At the age of 16, he started partying, hanging out with friends, seeing girls, he explained. First, it seemed like harmless fun —drinking a bit, smoking a little pot. But circumstances changed and Keith soon found himself living the life of a heroin addict. Keith told…

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