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A Forest Lake family lost a shining light, and the countless people she touched lost a teacher, advocate and friend when Margaret “Meg” Maurer, 21, of Forest Lake, died in a bizarre accident last week.

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The Forest Lake Area School District sent an email to parents March 7 regarding an incident that took place that day at the high school. The email said the district is investigating the incident and would not comment further. During the incident, students were put into a hold, a procedure by…

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The Forest Lake Area School Board approved two school makeup days of March 11 and April 22 to compensate for days lost to winter weather in recent weeks. Both days were previously scheduled as professional development days for the district.

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Forest Lake Area High School music students performed in a chamber concert on Feb. 21. The Forest Lake Area High School Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Chamber Strings each performed several music selections. The chamber choir sang music selections various jazz and pop songs, followed by th…

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Lakes Center for Youth and Families has been providing counseling and career development services of area youth for over 40 years, but the organization has recently gone through many changes to help expand its programming. The organization has not only expanded its counselors to keep up with…

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Nearly 35 years ago, Christian Andre’s grandfather Ray Andre was a flight engineer for the C-130 E model airplane, a position he held during his time with the Air Force from 1963 to 1985. Soon, Christian, a senior at Forest Lake Area High School, will be one of four people across the country…

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While the Minnesota Legislature grapples with what to do with its surplus, school districts across the state, including Forest Lake, are lobbying and meeting with representatives about education funding. Key in the conversation is the importance of special education funding.

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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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It’s a gift that will save Forest Lake Area teachers thousands of collective dollars. The Forest Lake Lions recently opened up a grant program that allows teachers to be reimbursed for items they’ve purchased for their classes. The total amount the Forest Lake Lions are giving away: $20,000.

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On Dec. 10 in the Forest Lake Area High School media center, Forest Lake Area Schools Superintendent Steve Massey, along with several Forest Lake Area School Board members, held the first of multiple community conversations regarding how the district will spend the money from the recently ap…

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The voters of the Forest Lake Area School District approved a levy referendum Nov. 6, with a tally of 12,525 votes for and 10,963 against the per pupil increase. The approval means that the new operating levy will be at $1,286.67 per pupil, an increase of $825 per pupil from the current oper…

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Director Tim Newcomb and the cast and crew of the Forest Lake Area High School’s production of “Our Town” work through a dress rehearsal for the show on Oct. 22. Performances of the classic play about small-town life will be held at the high school auditorium Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3 …

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On Nov. 6, voters in the Forest Lake Area School District will go to the polls and vote on a district operating levy referendum of $1,286.67 per pupil. The Forest Lake Area School Board voted unanimously in April to put the levy question on the ballot; if passed, the new levy amount would be…

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Local students (left to right) Elizabeth Johnson, Lindsey Johnson, and Charley Babcock pose with Linda Nanko-Yeager, Rotary President. The students were recognized by the Forest Lake Rotary for their academic success and student involvement. 

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Columbus Elementary is hosting a special appearance of children’s book author and musician Douglas Wood. Wood will be on hand for an evening of singing and storytelling Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Pizza will be provided for those in attendance (while supplies last), and award-winning author W…

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Forest Lake Area High School crowned homecoming king Vincent Dimitrov and homecoming queen Lexi Goeken at the coronation ceremony and homecoming pep fest on Friday, Oct. 5. 

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Forest Lake Area High School students stuck it out in the rain Oct. 1 for the powderpuff football games between the high school classes at the Ranger football field.

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The Forest Lake Lake Fest has moved to a new season, now being held in coordination with the Forest Lake Area High School’s homecoming festivities on the evening of Oct. 5 and then at Lakeside Memorial Park on Oct. 6.

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Heavy rainfall on Sept. 20 left a sizable pond in the excavated area next to the old Southwest Junior High building (soon to be the new site of Forest Lake Area Schools’ Central Learning Center).

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Some local Forest Lake municipal candidates are hosting events at the following parks around Forest Lake on the following dates. The gatherings are not meant to be debates or forums, but times when Forest Lake residents can have candidates in a setting close to their homes.

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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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An open house will be held at the Forest Lake YMCA on Sept. 29 and again on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for the public to meet the Forest Lake school board candidates. The candidates are Jeremiah Boe, Alex Keto, Kate Luthner, and incumbent Jill Olson.

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North Lakes Academy is set to build a new school in a lot between the Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Lao Temple Vipassana Center on 232nd Street North, located just northwest of Cub Foods. The Forest Lake Planning Commission recommended the approval to the City Council of NLA’s conditional us…

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Construction at Southwest Junior High School has begun as crews remodel the building over the next year into the new Central Learning Center. The former Southwest Junior High building will be the new host for current programming at the CLC, including the Alternative Learning Center, Early Ch…

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Students were back to school on Sept. 4, and teachers, staff and community police officers were there to assure a smooth transition back. Forest Lake Area Middle School opened its doors for the first day as a new school, hosting seventh-graders and the eighth-graders across the district. Pri…

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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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The Forest Lake Area School District has set dates for a series of “community conversations” leading up to its per pupil levy increase referendum in November. The community conversations, which were also held last year before a failed levy and bond vote, were created as a forum for district …

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The 2017-2018 Forest Lake Area Schools school year wrapped up earlier than usual due to the facilities project construction schedule, with the media center in the high school already under construction by the time graduation ceremonies were held before Memorial Day. Now as the weeks have rol…