February 2, 2018

What to do about getting access into a memorial forest owned by Pine County was part of a discussion of a county board committee of the whole meeting last Tuesday in Pine City.

There was no decision made at the meeting and it was referred back to the land committee, but...

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...

February 2, 2018

Pine County will now have three judges chambered at the courthouse for the first time in the county’s history. The county currently has two judges, the Honorable Krista K. Martin and the Honorable Heather M. Wynn. Until 2001, the county had only one judge chambered. 

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January 26, 2018

The sound of drums welcomed attendees to the 34th annual State of the Band address held in Onamia on Tuesday, January 9. An invocation was presented in Ojibwe primarily focusing on the opioid drug epidemic. 

Guests included the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO) elected a...

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

Pine County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO) won a Local Government Innovation Award (LGIA) in the Local Government & Native Nation Collaboration Winners category. The award was presented December 7 at the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affa...

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...

October 13, 2017

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe recently contributed $25,000 toward a new position in the county of a community coach. Chief Executive of the Band Melanie Benjamin presented a ceremonial check to Pine County Board Chair Matt Ludwig and County Commissioner Steve Hallan. 

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September 22, 2017

Hinckley city council members approved 2018’s preliminary budget at their regular meeting, Tuesday, September 12.

The preliminary budget “represents a two percent tax rate increase over the 46.61 percent that the city levied last year,” coming to a proposed levy of $800...

August 4, 2017

Despite the headlines of meth and heroin use, underage drinking is still a problem in Pine County. Last year, a state Planning and Implementation (P&I) grant was awarded to Pine County Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent underage drinking among youth specificall...

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