April 17, 2019

A well-known and growing entity in Kanabec and Pine Counties is undergoing a rebranding process. FirstLight Health System will soon be known by a different name.

Randy Ulseth, CEO of FirstLight, shared in a phone interview about the process.

Formerly Kanabec Hospital, Fi...

February 2, 2018

It’s a plotline many are familiar with: a parent or parents living in rural communities push themselves to the limit, working hard to make a better life for their children — often juggling more than one job. The children grow up, go to a four-year school, just as their...

February 2, 2018

Governor Mark Dayton released his bonding bill Tuesday, January 16, and though it’s a $1.5 billion proposed bonding bill, it’s difficult to measure its potential impact on the Northern Lights Express (NLX) rail line.

John Ongaro, government relations director for St. Lo...

January 26, 2018

Sweeping sceneries of France, rolling hills of California — these are the pictures that come to mind when we think of wineries. But tucked in a cozy corner, currently framed by branches of white, is a Minnesota winery here in Pine County: Northern Hollow Winery, locate...

January 26, 2018

A final decision was made at January’s regular city council meeting regarding sending a letter in support of the NLX. 

Last month at Hinckley’s regular city council meeting, city administrator Kyle Morell shared Bob Manzoline’s request for the city to draft a letter in...

January 3, 2018

The city of Hinckley has been called upon by Bob Manzoline, executive director of the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance, to draft a letter in support of the NLX railroad line. Mayor Don Zeman said the letter would be sent to Governor Mark Dayton in su...

January 3, 2018

Coming early in 2018, solar panels will be installed at Firehouse Liquor Store and the wastewater treatment plant in Hinckley. The city partnered with iDeal Energies, which boasts on its website to be “the premier Minneapolis-based commercial solar energy developer and...

December 8, 2017

To do unto others as you would have done unto you is the rhythm Karon Schmidt fashions her life after. People are her priority and her dedication to them led to her becoming this year’s Citizen of the Year in Hinckley.

“I don’t know how deserving I am of it, but here I...

December 8, 2017

From the heart, the hands move into action, and there’s no better time for heartwarming — or, rather, hand-warming action than Christmastime.

Northview Bank, which serves 12 locations across the state, kicked off its Hearts to Hands program this year, which director of...

November 8, 2017

Who said reading the newspaper is just for old people?

Students in classes at Hinckley-Finlayson High School are discovering the benefit of local newspaper coverage, thanks to some dedicated teachers and generous donors.

Once a week, Jay Kreger’s civics classes open up t...

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