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The Forest Lake City Council expressed openness during its Feb. 11 meeting to pursuing a request for proposals for its refuse contractor. The city’s current contract with longtime city trash hauler SRC is up this August.

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Forest Lake Times Sports Editor Brad O’Neil (left), News Editor Ryan Howard and Community Editor Hannah Davis recently received awards in both the 2017-2018 Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and the 2017-2018 Adams Publishing Group - East Central Minnesota Editorial …

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Gatehouse Capital, the development company that wants to buy the Forest Lake Houle’s Feed Mill property and build a hotel and convention center on the site, discussed the proposal in a public forum for the first time at a Jan. 28 joint meeting of the Forest Lake City Council and Forest Lake …

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Editor’s note: The following story is one of a few commissioned for The Forest Lake Times’ 2019 Community Guide, an information look at Forest Lake and the surrounding area that you can find inserted in this week’s issue.

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Forest Lake city government will be discussing a couple of hot topics during Jan. 28 meetings: a new license application for the currently closed Cloud X Vapes and potential details surrounding the proposed Houle’s Feed Mill property sale.

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Forest Lake Area Schools, in partnership with Lakes Center For Youth and Families, was granted $95,000 from the Minnesota Department of Labor. The grant will offer students employment training in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

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The ownership of Houle's Feed Mill is hoping for city action soon on a project proposal that would result in the sale of the 3.2 acre Houle's Feed Mill property. Houle's co-owner Gary Houle told The Times Jan. 3 that the business is anticipating discussion of the project at the Forest Lake E…

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Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories about local Share Tank grant winners. The previous story can be found in the Dec. 6 issue or online here.

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Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series about the recent grant recipients of Faith Lutheran Church’s Share Tank event. The first article, “Share Tank recipient helps refugees in need,” can be found in the Nov. 29 issue of The Times or online here.

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Forest Lake e-cigarette shop Cloud X Vape had its tobacco license revoked at the Dec. 3 Forest Lake City Council meeting after the shop committed its third compliance check failure in a year. Cloud X Vape opened at 843 West Broadway Ave. in early October 2017; its first violation was a littl…

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Adams Publishing Group announced Dec. 3 they have purchased the assets of the Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership from W.D. Hoard & Sons Company. The Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership publish 13…

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Running Aces Casino & Racetrack broke ground on Thursday, Nov. 15, for the construction on its new hotel, which will be located on the east side of the casino in Columbus. The hotel is projected to open in the beginning of December 2019.

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Forest Lake-area diners are losing a few dining spots but gaining a new restaurant from another local favorite. ACQUA Restaurant group, the ownership group that has operated Acqua, Pi Pizzeria, The Meet Market and The Grill at Forest Hills, recently closed Pi and The Grill at Forest Hills an…

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Southwest Dental, a dental practice under the Illinois-based Heartland Dental umbrella, is set to open next door to Tim Horton’s in Forest Lake. Despite a setback of flooding of the building on Monday, Nov. 12, the dental company, which just hired its first dentist, is still hoping for a gra…

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Juggling twins was the impetus of an invention that’s become a booming family business based out of a warehouse and storefront on the border of Forest Lake and Wyoming. When Mia Carr had her twins 12 years ago, she struggled with balancing the needs of each infant.

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At the Oct. 24 Columbus City Council meeting, the council approved a conditional use permit for the addition of RV sales and repairs to the Gander Outdoors store located at 14640 West Freeway Drive. Formerly Gander Mountain Inc., Gander Outdoors sells hunting, camping, fishing and other outd…

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The Forest Lake Economic Development Authority is mulling a land purchase along State Highway 97 that could one day end up as a business park, a potential southern “gateway” to the city’s downtown. Not all EDA members are convinced, however, and the body is seeking Washington County grant fu…

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Area residents browsed local services at the Forest Lake YMCA Oct. 13 at the local OurLife Expo, an expo for residents age 55 and older and for children of aging parents. The event is sponsored by Adams Publishing Group - ECM division, which includes The Forest Lake Times.

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ESR Inc., a private nonprofit agency that supports adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs in Washington County, has merged with Rise, a Minnesota-based similar nonprofit. The move to merge followed the retirement announcement of ESR Executive Director Ed Boeve this pa…

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The city of Columbus is seeing strides toward significant economic development in a spate of recent business news. With the five-story hotel near Running Aces still making progress toward construction, the city was also bolstered by two pieces of development news that haven’t been previously…

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After another tense, drawn-out discussion on Sept. 24, the Forest Lake City Council approved a rate increase for local trash hauler SRC – but it wasn’t a compromise that made anybody particularly happy.

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Forest Lake’s new high-end apartment complex, Lighthouse Lofts, is up and running, with residents enjoying their new digs and new first-floor restaurant Mallards earning positive reviews. However, one part of the project remains incomplete: the rebuilding of Second Avenue, the street on the …

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Garbage hauler SRC did not get its requested rate increase from a deadlocked Forest Lake City Council on Sept. 10, which couldn’t reach a decision after multiple failed compromise votes. Unless the council changes its tune at a future meeting, SRC’s city contract will stay the same, which ow…

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Work continued Sept. 11 on the new building in one of the Forest Lake City Center outlots. When completed, the building will be home to the Forest Lake branch of the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union.

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The Forest Lake Area Historical Society is working toward creating a permanent display and museum, highlighting local history in culture, people and businesses. It’s been a goal of the society’s since it began in 2011, and though the organization leaders don’t have a timeline, they are looki…

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What was once Chiko’s Bar & Grill, a Mexican-American restaurant in Scandia, has now become a second location for Brookside Bar & Grill in Marine. Brookside Pub, the new Scandia location for Brookside, opened its doors on Aug. 13, nearly six months after the initial acquisition of th…

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After local waste collection company SRC came to Forest Lake citing recent increases in its expenses, the Forest Lake City Council will soon decide whether to increase the garbage hauling prices in SRC’s city contract. According to SRC owner Marge Strand, the consequences of not raising the …

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Polaris Industries recently granted Forest Lake Area High School $79,500 for the purchase of equipment used to build student-created designs. The new Polaris Engineering, Design and Build Lab will include 3D printers, a plasma cutter used to cut patterns out of steel, a machine jette lathe, …

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When Forest Lake resident Shane Warnke Jr. heard that his longtime friend and co-worker Joseph Gomm had been killed by an inmate at the Stillwater state prison July 18, he was shocked and saddened. His response to the tragedy, and the public’s response to his efforts, have resulted in an out…

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It all started with a pair of leggings. When Gretchen Mosner’s sister, who owns her own clothing and home decor business in Wisconsin, asked her to try on a pair of leggings, Mosner was skeptical.

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The cafe at Target in Forest Lake has now closed, and the area is undergoing renovations. The remodeling of the area aligns with what Targets across the country are seeing in an effort to grow and change as the retail market does. Target Corporate declined to tell The Times what is going in …

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Cherrywood Pointe is hosting a presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 7 called, “Is This Normal Aging?” from 6 to 8 p.m.  The Michelle Henefin from Horizon Health is presenting on the normal and not so normal things seniors may do or experience, which could be signs of dementia or just “senior moment…

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RE/MAX Synergy will host a summer block party Aug. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m., featuring free food and entertainment. The band “Good For Gary” will perform and Vannelli’s By The Lake is serving burgers, hot dogs and other treats for guests. Prizes will be given away and and all proceeds go to loca…

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Mike Zajac stood in roughly four inches of water of the Marine Landing b.o.t.m. restaurant the afternoon of June 22, answering calls from people who wanted to know if the business was open. “No,” he said, but it would be soon. It was just another day in the life for the manager of the restau…

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If you called Tim and Melissa Andrews “cultural crypt-keepers,” well, that’s exactly the kind of retro pop culture reference they might appreciate. In fact, if you’re lucky, depending on the day you walk into Remix, the Andrews’ record, comics and collectible store on the back side of Schill…

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It was a move about wanting to be involved in the community six years ago that eventually led Nannette LaNasa to her new job as the executive director of the Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce, and that’s something she continues to be passionate about today.

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The Forest Lake Economic Development Authority is working with an area nonprofit on a once-a-week senior busing project it hopes is the start of a more widespread engagement with the city’s public transportation issues.

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Tim Andrews, owner of Remix in Forest Lake, served attendees of MSP Comicon 2018 from Remix’s booth at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 19 and 20. Remix is a recently opened record store in Forest Lake that also sells comics and a variety of other hobbyist items. The business is locate…