Rush City,

Rush City Aquatic Center stays busy

There have been a lot of smiles and positive interactions at the Rush City Aquatic Center. During the Rush City Council meeting on June 14, Lee Rood, the Rush City High School athletic director who also oversees activities at the Aquatic Center, said that an average of 350 people, mostly youngsters, have been using the facility per week. He said that there were more than 520 people at the center on June 13.
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Osceola native founds ‘Gold Standard Outdoors’

Whether you’re talking about fishing rods or French presses, the phrase “gold standard” means you sit at the apex of your industry. It’s a lofty goal for a small company, and Joe Swanson wants to live up to it. The Osceola native and UW-Eau Claire student founded Gold Standard Outdoors,...
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Why we live here

Even though it has felt like it for a while, summer officially arrived on Sunday. I am so happy summer is here, but I’m a little upset we were milked out of the first half of June, traditionally the best time of the year. Not too warm, not too cool, a “Goldilocks” time of the year — just right.
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Taylors Falls,

Summer adventures await at Wild Mountain

If it’s adventure you’re seeking this summer, or just a fun day trip to wear out the kids add Wild Mountain near Taylors Falls to the list. It is known for its winter recreation, but they’re also making a name for themselves when it comes to summer attractions. There’s a water park, lazy river, go karts, an alpine slide and a free fall air bag.

Inbox: It's natural to hope he finally gets his breakthrough

I've got $88 that says Wes only used 295 points so that Spoff would get a thousand questions about it on Friday. Too bad there's no math in the Inbox and gambling is illegal at Bushwood. Congratulations, Kyle. Of all the Inbox replies to Wes's math deficiencies - and trust...
Pine City,

News Briefs

The Dragon Wagon, which provides free education and entertainment for very young children, began its stops at local parks on June 22. 10-10:45- They will be at the front playground at the North side of the Elementary School. 11-12- Robinson Park. 12:45-1:30- Rock Creek Lions Park. They will adjust their...

New GypsyCurl Salon opens in Isanti

We hope all our readers enjoy this story, but our subscribers help make this reporting possible. Please consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the County News Review by clicking here or calling 763-712-3544. After more than a decade of hairstyling, Emma Anlauf has decided to open her own GypsyCurl...

Public Notice - Zoning Ordinance

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Isanti County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on July 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in the County Board Room of the Isanti County Government Center, 555 18th Avenue Southwest, Cambridge, Minnesota, 55008 to amend the Isanti County Zoning Ordinance, Section 4 Rules and Definitions and Section 6, Agriculture/Residential District to allow recreational camping areas as a permitted use. A full copy of this proposed ordinance can be viewed on the county website @ and/or the County Auditor’s Office.

From the Editor's desk: The greatness of a culture can be found in its festival

I suppose you could say a parade looks like a bunch of people excited about being in traffic. I see much more than that though. It is mid June and I have already been to my fair share of parades this season. Most of them have been to watch my daughter ride through various communities as part of the Amery Royalty. This past weekend she headed off to Somerset, while I set sail for Baldwin to capture photos of their parade for the newspaper.

From the Publisher's Desk: An innocent man

My dog still thinks I’m trying to kill him. George, my nine-year-old terrier mix, has Cushing’s Disease and requires a dose of medicine daily. I wrote about the struggles getting him to take the medicine in an earlier column. The good news is he’s taking the medicine. The bad news?...
Forest Lake,

Back for Fun in '21!

The parade will be begin Saturday, July 3 at 10:00 am and fireworks will kick off at 10:00 PM at Lakeside Memorial Park on Sunday, July 4, at 10:00 PM! For a full schedule of events and parade route, please visit our 4th of July page!. Are you interested in...

An innocent man

My dog still thinks I’m trying to kill him. George, my nine-year-old terrier mix, has Cushing’s Disease and requires a dose of medicine daily. I wrote about the struggles getting him to take the medicine in an earlier column. The good news is he’s taking the medicine. The bad news?...
Forest Lake,

Activities in the Park!

Classes featured are offered due to a partnership with the Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education and are only available to residents living in the FLAS district. To see class descriptions and to pre-register, please click here. Pre-registration closes at noon on the day prior to the scheduled activity. Drop-ins are welcome with a low cost $5.00 drop-in fee!

Amery Art and Craft Fair Saturday

Mark your calendars to stroll through an outdoor mall of sorts this Saturday, June 19, at Amery’s North Park as the Woman’s Club hosts the Art and Craft Fair for the 43rd year. Years ago the event started on the sidewalks of Keller Avenue and today sits nestled along the...
Yellow Lake, WIBurnett County Sentinel

Yellow Lake Food Distribution

WEBSTER— 9 a.m. – gone. Caring Hearts Thrift Shop will be holding the Yellow Lake Food Distribution. This food distribution takes place the third Thursday of each month.
Forest Lake,

Create pockets of habitat with grants for native plants

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With native plants and bumblebees and monarchs all in a row?. According to the people who tabulate these sorts of things, Minnesota is home to 146 species of butterflies and more than 400 species of native bees. 320 species of birds use the St. Croix River Valley as a migratory corridor and 40% of the waterfowl in North America use the Mississippi River as a flyway. Minnesota is also home to 162 species of fish, 80 mammals, 29 reptiles, 14 frogs, and 8 types of slippery, slimy salamanders.

Flexibility key for C-I Schools’ food services

During normal years, a schools’ food services is relatively static. Besides the prices and choices of meals, not a whole lot changes through the course of a school year. However during this past school year, food services had to adapt to an ever-changing environment. “No doubt, it was a tough...