Putting on confidence

Leslie Sondreal may put makeup on people as a business, but considers this job as something more beyond the makeup—a way to build confidence.  “You have to love what you see in the mirror when you wash off your makeup,” Sondreal said. “You have to still be confident with who you are.”  Sondreal started “Shut…

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This Saturday: Santa Day and Holiday of Lights

Karlstad and Lancaster are ready to kick off the holiday season with Santa Days, Shop Local, and Light Up the Park events. Karlstad Santa Day: Saturday, December 3 Santa will be will be stopping at the Tri-County School around 2 p.m. and all children are invited to come and have their picture taken with the…

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Increased valuations triggered by housing sales

Homeowners around Karlstad were surprised to see significant increases on their proposed property valuations from Kittson County last week.  While the valuations included typical adjustments from the county, the factor that caused the biggest increase: housing sales in Karlstad.  Kittson County Assessor Marian Paulson said the county received an order from the State Board of…

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North Wind Trading Post opens in Williams

A new business has opened its doors in Williams, as the North Wind Trading Post, housed in the former Northern Light office building, opened for business on November 12. The business, specializing in handmade items, framed photographs and painting, retro candy and more, is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read…

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It all began with a bar of soap

It was 2009 when Kathrine Howard of rural Greenbush decided to make homemade bar soap for herself and as gifts. Having a concerned interest about increasing warnings of the adverse effects of the commonly used chemicals in soaps, she began researching more and more into her ingredients.   Kathrine’s bar soap making  adventure began, using…

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Lake of the Woods MN Fishing Report

The walleyes continue to chow in the lake and river. Some very good days recently with a strong bite in the morning and evening. Those who have not put away the boat are getting rewarded. Many hawg walleyes reaching over 28″ boated. South shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point strong.  Walleye and…

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The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association (FRGRRA) host annual Christmas Tree Cutting on Saturday, December 3

The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association (FRGRRA) will host their annual Christmas Tree Cutting on Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm, at the south-central portion of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (formerly the Lee Nursery) on Highway 32. Signs will be up along the highway, marking the location. Participants…

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GMR School Board discusses levy vote, future options

The Greenbush-Middle River School Board directed administration to look over ways to best move forward in future months after district residents voted down the operating levy by a 982 (66.35%) to 498 (33.65%) vote. This levy, if approved, would have provided the district with a projected $632,831, or $2320 per pupil, annually over a five-year…

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Capturing more than a photo

Ever wondered how the photographer got the newborn to sleep and lay in that peaceful, picturesque pose? It takes more than just waiting for them to sleep and posing them in that position. For photographer Alicia Magner, she enjoys working to get newborns into such positions, incorporating little outfits and props, such as Cinderella carriages…

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Next door neighbors: Presentation on Somali culture aims to bridge cultural gaps in the community

Deka Ali has many stories to tell as a Somali refugee living in East Grand Forks, stories she hopes will bring the community closer together by breaking down cultural barriers. Last Wednesday, Ali shared her story as she hosted a presentation on Somali history and culture at the Campbell Library. Ali, who works with the…

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