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Two Northland Towns Named In ’15 Best Small Towns To Visit in Minnesota’

Crazy Tourist recently made a list of the '15 Best Small Towns To Visit In Minnesota,' and a couple of small towns in our region made the list. 

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Nominate A Non-Profit To Be Awarded $5000 From Gifts Of The Season With Grand Casino

This is an incredible opportunity for our local non-profits to get a bump in their bank account around the holidays thanks to the generosity of Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley.  I bet you know of a group that could use it.

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Footprints In Our Yard Spurred Investigation, Guess Who They Belonged To

Last week I looked out the window to see if it was still snowing and saw the footprints you see in the picture above.  My first thought was what in the world was my husband doing, the footprints made no sense.  I asked him what he was looking for out in the yard and in the wood shed.  He said he hadn't been out in the yard so I brought him to the window to show him the footprints and he immediately went out to investigate.  Can you guess to whom those footprints belonged to? 

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Update: Missing Former Proctor Woman And Her Family Have Been Found

The woman formerly of Proctor and her missing family were found Tuesday morning in Mpls.  She and her two children had been missing since last Thursday and that had Lakeville, MN authorities are asking for help in locating them.

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90 Year-Olds Celebrate Jewish Home's 90th Birthday
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City Of Duluth Honors Local Centenarians With A Huge Party During The Senior Expo

The City of Duluth is very good to it's Senior Citizens.  They're looking to honor Senior Citizens locally and in the surrounding area, who are reaching or have reached the young-at-heart age of 100 and beyond! 

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Love To Be In The Great Outdoors? The U.S. Forest Service Is Having A Hiring Fair

If you love to work outdoors or recently graduated with a major that would have you seeking a position with the Forestry Service, there's a hiring fair coming up that could help you realize your career goals.  There will be a Student and Recent Graduate Hiring Event with the U.S. Forestry Service coming up in November.

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Solon Springs Firefighters Climb At Lambeau Field To Support National Fallen Firefighters Foundation [VIDEO]

Jonathan Brostowitz and his family have listened to B105 since I started in 1996.  That's how I met him when he was a young boy with big dreams.  He has always been kind and compassionate and he took those qualities into his career of firefighting and now to support the fallen firefighters of our National 9/11 tragedy.  An additional Solon Spring Firefighter and local resident will be climbing at Lambeau Field with Jonathan in a very moving, symbolic event in full gear.  Here's why.

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Nick Cooper TSM Duluth
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Best ‘Growing Up In Minnesota’ Tweets

If you grew up in Minnesota, you probably can relate to these tweets.  There were a lot to choose from, but these are ones that made me actually laugh out loud.

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A Reminder Warning to Spring Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Cleanup Crews

A few years ago, the Carlton County Transportation Department made us aware of a potential danger to our Adopt-A-Highway volunteers or and others that walk a long the roadway with our families or pets. Usually, the biggest safety concern is being hit by a passing vehicle, or if you are doing a highway clean-up project, being cut or poked by a piece of glass or metal.  But, this concern is much more dangerous and could leave you disfigured.

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Flooding in Carlton County Causes 9-1-1 Phone Issues

Flooding from our recent Spring snrain (snow+rain) storm has caused phone issues in Carlton County.  They have determined the issue is a break in a fiber optic line.  Repairable?  Yes, however, at this time the area that needs to be repaired is underwater and that's compounding the problem.  Crews are working on the situation.

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Ken & Cathy Talk About Laskiainen, and Cathy Tries To Pronounce It [VIDEO]

My family and I are traveling up North to the Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo.  It's a Finnish tradition of celebrating the coming of spring and preparing for the upcoming season.  There's arts, crafts, music, food, and most importantly a sliding hill.  Cathy's had some problems in the past pronouncing these Northern Minnesotan festivals, (who can blame her) so I wanted to see how she would do with this one.

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Birkebeiner Ski Races Offer Volunteer Opportunities

Tired of being stuck in-doors?  Want to get a free Birkie hat? The American Birkebeiner and BirkieTour are coming up soon and have volunteer opportunities available in several areas. You'll get out in the fresh air, earn a free hat and get an invite to an appreciation dinner in February.

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