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Sen. Bakk, Rep. Lislegard’s Social Security income tax exemption proposal included in Tax compromise

May 22, 2022

On Saturday lawmakers announced a bipartisan agreement on a package of tax legislation. The agreement includes income tax cuts, increases to local government aid, and significant property tax cuts. Significantly, the package includes a bill authored by Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL – Aurora) and Sen. Tom Bakk (I – Cook) to fully exempt Social Security…

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NERCC escapee may be in Floodwood area

May 19, 2022

NERCC escapee may be in Floodwood area   St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies are asking for an inmate who escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw.   According to the St. Louis County Sheriffs’ office, inmate Kris Richard Severin, 42, escaped from NERCC sometime after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.  He was wearing a…

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Teen in football incident pleas guilty to sexual assault

May 17, 2022

A Proctor teen has admitted Tuesday to criminal sexual conduct against a fellow member of the football team in court. He admitted to being part of a group of players who chased the alleged victim down after practice. “It was a joke that went too far,” he said.   Due to an agreement with the…

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1 dead, 2 injured in Midway collision

May 13, 2022

One person is dead and two people were injured following a two vehicle collision near the intersection of South Ugstad Road and Ugstad Junction in Midway Township this morning around 08:50 a.m. on Friday, May 13. Area first responders and law enforcement responded to the report of a two vehicle personal injury crash. From the…

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Mat, Inc. and Mat NuWood, acquired by LSC Environmental Products of N.Y.

April 20, 2022

LSC Environmental Products, LLC, of New York, is excited to announce the acquisition of industry innovators, Mat, Inc. and Mat NuWood, LLC and Lenoir, North Carolina respectively.   The acquisitions, according to the press release, will augment LSC’s already strong position as a global leader in spray- applied environmental coatings and will enhance LSC’s ability…

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Attempted homicide in Midway Sunday – Updated

April 13, 2022

On Sunday, April 10, 2022, at about 1318 Hours, Deputies were called to the area of I-35, just North of Midway Road near the Ormsby Road, with a report of an adult male limping on the shoulder of the highway. Upon making contact with this person, he was found to have gunshot wounds to both…

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29th Garage Sale Day May 21

March 23, 2022

There is a less than two months to prepare for the 29th annual Community-Wide Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 21. The deadline to submit your ad is May 13. While the event is listed as a single day, many hold their sales over a two or three day period.   The event is also…

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Proctor School Board Selects New Superintendent

March 3, 2022

The Proctor School Board voted to select Kerry Juntunen, former superintendent, Hermantown, as the district’s new superintendent during a special meeting March 3.  The vote was unanimous.   “We believe Kerry Juntunen has the qualifications and skills to move the school district forward. We look forward to working with Kerry Juntunen in his new capacity,”…

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150 years ago speech helped create Proctor

August 4, 2021

Proctor missed another important historic date. It was 150 years ago on January 27, 1871 James Proctor Knott delivered a satirical speech in the House known as Duluth! or The Untold Delights of Duluth. The speech ridiculed a bill subsidizing westward expansions of railroads. The speech is sometimes reprinted in collections of humorous speeches or…

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Fighting for our newspapers

April 25, 2021

By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar —   On May 7th of last year, the Hastings Star Gazette printed its last issue. The paper’s first issue as The Hastings Independent was published in 1857, a year before Minnesota gained statehood. Generations relied on papers like this for local news—they told you who was born and who died, whose daughter just…

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