Fifty Lakes, MN

Hackensack Celebrates Completion of First Street Redesign

As the old saying goes, “it takes a village.” The town of Hackensack embodied this saying as they held a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday to recognize the work of local non-profits and the city government for completing the redesign of First Street. Despite the rain, Hackensack...
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ATM Stolen from Brainerd’s Paul Bunyan Land in Early Morning Burglary

Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd’s amusement park, was broken into early Monday morning, and the search is on for suspects in the burglary. For over 70 years, Paul Bunyan Land has been an attraction for visitors to spend a day having fun and making memories, but an unpleasant story formed Monday morning when a troubling discovery was made by the park’s owners.
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Random Act of Kindness Helps Flood Relief Efforts in Randall

Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen shared a tremendous feel-good story over the weekend from Randall. Thursday night (June 23rd) brought over a foot of rain to the Randall area and left roadways flooded into Monday morning on some parts of Hwy 10. It also left most of the businesses in the town closed Friday and into the weekend.

Pamela Amelia (McNeil) Voll, 61

Pamela Amelia (McNeil) Voll was born November 5, 1960 to Edger & Arlene McNeil in Grand Rapid, MN. Pam grew up in Hill City, MN on her family's ranch. She loved school and could still recite her high school anthem, along with the cheerleading routine. Pam started raising German Shepherd dogs when she was 12 years old. Raising German Shepherds was something she loved, took great passion in and was well known for. She also raised and rode horses for most of her life, competing in suicide races, team penning events and more. Pam enjoyed the simple country life and was a social butterfly, making friends wherever she went. She had a love for gardening, canning and cooking, she was an amazing cook! Something she loved more than anything though was kids! Pam ran a daycare and fostered kids for many years. She loved her kids the most though and nothing was more important than them. Pam was so proud of each and every one of her six kids! The last nine years of her life were devoted to being the best grandma she could be. She loved spending any time she could with her grandkids and took her role in their lives very seriously. Her five grandkids adored their grandma and will miss her tremendously.

In Business: Artists Showcase Their Work at Brainerd’s Arts in the Park

Brainerd Community Action held their 40th annual Arts in the Park on Sunday to support the arts community and let the public see what vendors had to offer. Held in Gregory Park, the free event lets any vendor or artist submit their work, as long as what they have being showcased is handmade. Items on offer included woodworking, pottery, and jewelry. One local vendor present was Minnesota Makerspace, which had woodcut artwork on offer.

Teacher peddles a middle school mountain biking club and the kids love it

CROSSLAKE, Minn. — There is a clear line connecting Crosslake Community School to mountain biking at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Mike Newton started as the kindergarten-eighth grade music teacher in 2019 in Crosslake. He began mountain biking in 2020. In 2021, his students had heard of his riding adventures and wanted to hit the trails themselves.