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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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A Forest Lake man and former U.S. probation officer for the state of Minnesota pleaded guilty March 1 to two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. He was interviewed by the FBI in August 2016, as the bureau was investigating claims that he attempted to ga…

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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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Judge Suzanne Bollman sentenced Eric J. Coleman, 46, of Chisago City, on Feb. 7 to 12 1/2 years in prison after he was convicted for third-degree murder in December. Coleman drove a snowmobile while intoxicated and crashed into a truck, an ice house and two people on Chisago Lake Jan. 26, 20…

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A water main break by the Forest Lake Car Wash in the early afternoon on Jan. 29 forced crews into bitter wind chills to repair and clean up the spilling water that had quickly turned to ice. Cars plowed through the large puddle of water draining in the Walmart parking lot while crews worked…

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Forest Lake Fire Chief Alan Newman warned locals of poor ice conditions in the area and urged caution for anyone walking on area ice. When it comes to driving on the ice, he recommended against it.

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Eric Coleman, the man who killed an 8-year-old Wyoming boy in a snowmobile crash in January, has been convicted by a Chisago County jury of multiple counts related to the incident, including third-degree murder.

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A Minneapolis man made his first appearance this month for a burglary police believe he committed 2 1/2 years ago – but it was only recently that they had the DNA evidence to allegedly link him to the crime.

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A 56-year-old Columbus man died from a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Aitkin County on Saturday, Nov. 17. According to the Aitkin Independent Age, another APG newspaper, the man, who was identified last week as Gregory J. Nase, of Columbus, was hunting with family on family-owned land i…

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The lights of the new signage on the Forest Lake City Center cast a fluorescent glow the evening of Oct. 15. The Forest Lake City Council’s Oct. 15 work session was canceled.

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Law enforcement officers escort Forest Lake resident and Minnesota corrections officer Joseph Parise to his final resting place at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater Oct. 2 after Parise’s funeral service at Ft. Snelling. Parise died Sept. 24 from a medical incident suffered while on duty at the…

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office debuted a squad vehicle on Sept. 5 that it will use for more than patrolling. The vehicle is also a mobile message to increase awareness about suicide and prevention options.

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Wyoming Fire Chief J.J. Hastings intends to resign by the end of 2018, and the Fire Department has been looking for a replacement. At the City Council’s Aug. 21 meeting, the council selected current Wyoming Deputy Chief Jesse Milligan to be the next chief.

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On July 24, Wyoming Police Department will welcome its newest member: recent White Bear Lake High School graduate Shawn Sieleni. Sieleni, who has Down syndrome, is joining the volunteer force of the Police Department through a new program called the Growth Through Opportunity Police Cadet pr…

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The Forest Lake Police Department reported that a July 9 standoff with a SWAT team in the 23100 block of Hilo Avenue North ended when officers entered the address and found the man unresponsive of an apparent medical issue. The man was declared dead at the scene, and no officers were hurt.

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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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Two men were hurt June 4 when they were hit by a car while they were walking in a crosswalk in the Broadway Avenue-Lake Street roundabout in Forest Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Vendors covered their wares and performers sheltered in the gazebo, but rain didn’t halt some attendees of the June 19 Arts in the Park event at Lakeside Memorial Park from having a good time.

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Local law enforcement arrested a man in Forest Lake June 26 after he appeared to possibly set a fire in a garage and possibly attempt to set fire to himself, according to a press release from the Forest Lake Police Department.

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A Wyoming family has been left homeless after a fire destroyed their house in the 2600 block of Finley Avenue early in the morning of June 25.

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After months of negotiation, the Wyoming City Council approved its contract with Law Enforcement Labor Services, the union that represents the Wyoming Police Department officers. The contract will cover the year 2018 to 2020. The previous contract has expired in 2017.

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The Forest Lake Police Department reported that there were several incidents of vandalism reported in the southwest part of town the evening of June 10, including small pieces of property being damaged or broken and lewd words and images being spray-painted on buildings and vehicles. At the …