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“You can only ask people to jump in a lake in February so many times before they want something different.”

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February is national “I love to read” month. With that in mind, The Times asked the librarians at Hardwood Creek Library what’s popular right now and what they’d recommend.

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Some of the Forest Lake area’s most politically interested joined others around the state Feb. 6 in participating in their local precinct caucuses.

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Editor's note: this story originally identified Nils Collin Evenson of Lino Lakes as John Paul Vette of Forest Lake. This was incorrect. Vette reported the accident Evenson was involved in. He was not under investigation in any way related to this incident. The Times apologizes for the error.

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Jenny Birkholz, Jack Breitbach, Natalie Grogan, Hailey Knoop, Dana Larson, Maria Leeson, Heather Lipp, Allison Long, Madeline Messin, Nicholas Moser, Shayla Schumacher, Samuel Stachel, Josephine Thill, Trevor Thompson, Mackenzie Vanbuskirk, Julia Walton, Forest Lake; Caroline Hansen, Scandia…

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On Feb. 12, the Forest Lake City Council tabled until its Feb. 26 meeting a discussion on a change in the zoning code that would allow a mental health non-profit The Hills Youth and Family Services to pursue the construction of a proposed residential care facility at the northeast corner of …

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Forest Lake resident Terri Steenblock spent 15 years with the Department of Revenue and was a co-lead of the financial services IRS security summit team established in 2015. Steenblock is choosing to share her expertise in an attempt to educate others.

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An artistic idea that came to life when Eric “Ernie” Ernst opened his Ernie’s Eatery on Lake Street in February of last year will soon be publicized to an even greater extent as the restaurateur plans to host an art opening to feature the paintings he displays on his wall.

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U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, D-Minn., announced Feb. 9 via a statement on Facebook he does not intend to run for re-election when his term ends this year. 

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When Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and a band of rowdy penguins escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and get captured in the subway, they soon find themselves on an unexpected journey to their homeland of Madagascar. Children’s Perform…

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Students of Chisago Lakes Baptist School proved that reading can be lots of fun as the elementary school’s “I Love to Read” month began Jan. 8. The morning began with a magic show called “Amazing Science,” presented by local professional magician Norm Barnhart. Several students were invited …

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It was lunchtime one beautiful autumn day in the north central plains of Montana. The leaves crunched beneath my feet and the sun warmed my back as I walked home from school during my junior year. At least once a week I would take advantage of the open campus policy and have lunch with my da…

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The Forest Lake City Council recently discussed how to find the permanent replacement for former City Administrator Aaron Parrish, who departed for a new position in Rochester at the end of January. After debating the merits of using a consulting firm versus the city handling the hiring proc…

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On Jan. 23, more than 50 fourth graders from elementary schools in the Forest Lake district were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Forest Lake boys varsity basketball game against Stillwater. Students from Columbus, Forest Lake, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia and Wyoming elementaries …

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Eric Joseph Coleman, the man who was reportedly intoxicated on his snowmobile when he crashed into a Wyoming boy and his father on Chisago Lake Jan. 26, is now facing a criminal vehicular homicide charge, due to the boy dying of his injuries Jan. 31.

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“I love to help people. It’s just me,” said Judy Stevens, who heads up the Manna Market, a food rescue and distribution program at Linwood Covenant Church. Stevens and her husband Jim volunteer at local food shelter, and a little over two years ago, they were approached by Forrest Gregory of…

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Ashley Miller, Forest Lake; Breanna Waddell, Scandia; and Kristina Bramley and Jack Plahn, Wyoming; graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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The Forest Lake Times has recently been the recipient of several awards from the statewide Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest and the inter-company ECM Newspaper Contest.

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Being extra cautious on the road and being more aware of your car’s needs are even more important during these cold and snowy months. Maintaining your car during the winter can take more time out of a busy day, but it can help keep your car out of the shop and even help keep you out of the h…

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The Forest Lake Fire Department is implementing a couple of new programs in February, both aimed at improving the safety of Forest Lake and Columbus community members.

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Linwood Township Attorney Bob Ruppe attended the Jan. 23 meeting of the Linwood Town Board. He advised the town that with future variance applications, the Town Board may wish to require a copy of the deed. He went on to say that the legal descriptions of properties on tax documents is often…

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The unofficial start of Minnesota’s 2018 political season begins next week when local precinct caucuses for Democrats and Republicans take place around the state. Precinct caucuses are a chance for local party members to bring forward proposed platform changes and state preferences for polit…

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Past Fourth of July parade grand marshal Norman Anderson was part of the crowd at American Legion Post 225’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Jan. 27 to support the 2018 celebration. Anderson was welcomed by Krista Goodyear, a past commander and event organizer. The Forest Lake High School Dru…

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Alex Bulmer, owner of Big Apple Bagels in Forest Lake, has been gearing up for some time now in preparation for his work as an official vendor for the 2018 Super Bowl on Feb. 4. Bulmer and his wife, Ashley, are currently putting the final touches on their event plans in the week leading up t…

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Guests are invited to spend an hour touring the world through the guitar and voice of Robert Everest during his Latin music program at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at Parmly on the Lake, 28210 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City. The performance will be held inside the chapel.

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An 8-year-old boy from Wyoming has died from injuries he sustained after he was hit by a snowmobile on Chisago Lake shortly before 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Alan Geisenkotter Jr. was out on the lake ice fishing with his family when he was struck. On Alan's Caringbridge site, Alan Geisenkotter Sr. wrot…

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Rachel Baniecke, Forest Lake, graduated from North Dakota State University.

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The Columbus City Council voted 4-1 to approve Bituminous Roadways’ application for a conditional use permit at the Jan. 24 council meeting. The permit allows Bituminous Roadways to build its new asphalt plant at 13345 and 13363 West Freeway Drive in Columbus. This “Triangle” property is loc…

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It was the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend last year, and Pine City residents Karen and Dan Fisher were battling a serious cold that wouldn’t go away. Fisher turned to her husband that evening and said: “Dan, I think we need to go in and get something that will help the cough. ... I think we’…

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Amanda Grundtner, a seventh grader at Century Junior High School, placed third at the annual Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota. The artwork of those students who placed third or higher in their respective categories will be displayed at the Minnesota…

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Alexa Bremer, Jacob Bush, Omoyemi Davies, and Patrick Murphy, Forest Lake, earned a place on the dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica.

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The next two school years will see big changes at St. Peter Catholic School as grades seven and eight will be added to the school’s offerings. The change is one that has been discussed for decades, but only recently has the timing been perfect.

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It was to no avail, but the Jeff Whittrock kids, of Forest Lake, did their best to help rally spirit for the Minnesota Vikings with a snow sculpture featuring receiver Stephon Diggs, the hero of the Minneapolis Miracle victory over New Orleans on Jan. 14. Left to right are Kaily, 11; dad Jef…

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At the Jan. 16 meeting of the Wyoming City Council, City Engineer Mark Erichson asked the council for feedback on several aspects of the upcoming 2018 road project.

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Northbound vehicles on Lake Street in Forest Lake slogged through the heavy snowfall on Jan. 22.