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East Central Minnesota filmmakers are revving their engines. The 2014 Highway 61 Film Festival, held Friday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 5 in Pine City, has begun taking submissions. The festival, run entirely by volunteers, is now in its fourth year. And it is open to filmmakers everywhere, though a special emphasis is being put [...]

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By Rachel Kytonen/Isanti County News— Treat your date, friends or co-workers to a fun night out while benefiting an area homeless program. New Pathways is hosting its second annual Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction event Saturday, Feb. 22, at Spectacular Events Banquet Center in Isanti. A prime rib and oven roasted chicken buffet will [...]

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By Mary Bailey/Forest Lake Times— Within a few minutes of meeting someone, you probably know whether you’re interested in them or not. Sometimes less than that. So why bother with online dating, with all its horror stories, or a long, drawn-out first date? “In 10 minutes, you know,” Jessie Ruckle said. Ruckle is bringing speed dating [...]

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Wolf hunting in the east-central zone of Minnesota has closed, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The harvest target for the east-central zone during the early season was nine wolves. Eight wolves were registered as of Nov. 4. DNR managers decided to initiate the wolf hunting closure in this zone in anticipation of [...]

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Sometimes people hit roadblocks in life – jobs are lost, relationships fracture, at times resulting in substantial loss of resources and income, and other problems arise that make it very difficult just to secure basic necessities. Subsequently, people who hit those rough patches sometimes end up on public assistance. Tony Gatenbein, the employment and training [...]

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Fiddler now playing in Forest Lake Take a break from the heat and attend Forest Lake’s Masquers Theatre’s Summer production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Forest Lake High School auditorium at 7 p.m. There are 14 performances July 6-29.  For ticket information, visit masquerstheatre.org or call 651-464-5823. North Branch Farmers’ Market  The North [...]

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