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Over the past several weeks I have received a few insect identification questions that resulted in the Six-spotted tiger beetle. Most often when I am writing about or discussing insects, I’m doing so to inform you on the status and prevention measures for Emerald Ash Borer, Spotted Wing Dros…

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There are over 2,900 described species in the milkweed family. Minnesota is home to 14 native milkweeds, all of which are herbaceous perennials. In the summer of 2020, a vining milkweed was discovered along the Lake Wobegon Trail by a University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist. Thou…

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Grillmasters insist that just about everything tastes a little better when cooked over a flame. Even though grilling often is reserved for lunch or dinner, there’s something to be said about preparing breakfast on those hot grates as well.

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After getting delayed from last November due to COVID, plus additional work being completed, the Braham VFW is set to hold an official dedication ceremony for their Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Freedom Park.

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During the month of June, baby birds are abundant. Listen for incessant chirping as these baby birds plead for their parents to bring them food. June hatchlings include American robins, Baltimore orioles, bluebirds, gray catbirds, chipping sparrows, house finches, purple martins, mourning do…

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Oxygen levels in the world’s temperate freshwater lakes are declining at rates faster than in the oceans, according to new research from the University of Minnesota and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It’s a trend researchers found is largely driven by climate change and land use, threaten…

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Those who are first to respond when people need help can come away with their own, non-physical injuries. The trauma experienced by first responders was recently recognized after a harrowing fatal crash. The good news: there are services and people ready to step in when these helpers are the…

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This is the 34th year of IMAGE, an annual judged art show, sponsored by the East Central Regional Arts Council. This year ECRAC will host the show online, followed by a showing of award winning artwork in July 2021 at the ECRAC gallery in Hinckley, where Best in Show will be judged and announced.

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The Minnesota Department of Public Health has announced that Minnesotans getting their first shot over next month will be able to choose their own reward from a wide range of options—including state parks passes, fishing licenses and State Fair tickets.

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The number of new, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in steep decline across the nation and Kanabec County is no exception. The 14-day case rate per 10,000 people in Kanabec County was 10.62 for the May 9-May 22 time period— the lowest case rate seen in the county since August 2020. 

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Each Memorial Day as we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, we also remember the families they left behind and look at how the government supports them. Family members such as a surviving spouse, surviving parent, or dependent child are eligible for some …

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The American Pickers are excited to return to Minnesota. They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout your area in July 2021. We at American Pickers are taking the pandemic very seriously and will be following all guidelines and protocols for safe filmin…

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An ancient and abiding tradition comes to life in downtown Mora on Friday, June 18, when the Dala Heritage Society (DHS) hosts an annual Swedish Midsummer Celebration. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Library Park with the raising of the midsummer pole, dressed in greenery and flowers. The D…

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The Mora Aquatic Center will open to the public Saturday, June 5.  This is the first time the pool will be opening in a year due to the pandemic. 

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Students of Jennifer McCauley’s agriculture courses at Mora High School released classroom-raised rainbow trout fingerlings into Grindstone Lake.  

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Look for roughly 20 species of warblers including American redstart, black-throated green, black-throated blue, blackburnian, blackpoll, Canada, Cape May, chestnut-sided, common yellowthroat, golden-winged, magnolia, Nashville, northern parula, orange-crowned, palm, Tennessee, yellow and yel…

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As the seasons change, it’s time to freshen up food and beverage offerings so they align more closely with seasonal vibes. Light, fresh and fizzy cocktails seem tailor-made for warm evenings. Some cocktails get their effervescence from sparkling wines. as bellini or mimosa devotees can attest. 

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Longtime local resident and business owner, Dr. Brenda Junnila, DDS, is retiring from her practice at the Ogilvie Dental Office. Her business has been part of the town for over 40 years, and Dr. Junnila has enjoyed her time spent serving the community. 

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Ogilvie eighth grader Chloe Sanborn is the daughter of Jason Sanborn and Becky Coleman. She is involved in numerous activities, including swim team, figure skating and 4-H where she participates in the Kanabec County Fair. Her hobbies include drawing and eight years of playing piano. Chloe’s…

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The Wildcat Sanctuary reports that it has accepted several big cats including tigers, lions and hybrid big cats seized last week by the U.S. Department of Justice from Jeff and Lauren Lowe, the owners of Tiger King Park, made famous by the 2020 Netflix documentary “Tiger King.”

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On Tuesday evening, May 18 the city council recognized Paul Larson for his years of public service to the Housing & Redevelopment Authority of Mora. At the end of next month, Paul will be retiring from his seat on the Living Solutions II Board. He has served a total of 21 years for the HRA. 

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The Minnesota Department of Health has released the new Minnesota Suicide Mortality, Preliminary 2020 Report showing that 723 Minnesotans died by suicide in Minnesota. This is a decrease from 830 in 2019, which was a record number.