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May 12, 2017

The remains of Kenneth Scott Kleppen were found in Sandstone, near Robinson Park, on Saturday, May 6. Kleppen, of Sandstone, has been missing since March 3, 2015.


On May 6, members of the United Legacy search group were conducting a private search for the remains of S...

April 19, 2017

Spending spring break serving others isn’t how most college students envision spending their vacation. But for the the Chi Alpha chapter on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, that is exactly what they did this year in the heart of Chicago.

The Chi Alpha team, co...

April 14, 2017

Pine County currently ranks 67 out of the 87 counties in Minnesota for length of life. But for some Pine County seniors the phrase “you’re only as old as you feel” holds very true, and they are feeling great!

The Courier surveyed a number of senior citizens asking a var...

March 17, 2017

Six weeks ahead of schedule, the Finlayson Municipal (bar and liquor store) has opened on Monday, March 13th. Mayor Xavier Villarreal  said that at least 150 showed up on Monday for the grand opening. "As of 8:00 p.m., we sold approximately 605 drinks and made $2000 pl...

January 20, 2017

Pine County Prosecuting Attorney, Reese Frederickson, and defense attorneys for Jonathan Michael Loun reached a plea agreement on Thursday, January 5.


Loun, 32, of Hinckley, plead guilty to second degree murder of a 2-year-old toddler, Dante Sears, before a silent cour...

November 29, 2016

Stewart Mills, Republican candidate for U.S. Representative District 8 seat, is calling for a vote recount against Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan. Mills’ top reason for requesting a recount is the approximate half-percent margin in the vote.

Of the 356,971 votes cast o...

November 27, 2016

According to recent data from the Center of Disease Control, one in 10 babies are born too early in the United States. And during National Prematurity Month, Pine County’s Public Health wants to get out the message that they are there to come alongside parents who migh...

November 18, 2016

When approached for an interview, Joan Hansen, of Sandstone, asked why the paper would want to interview her. We soon learned that her response was a very humble one and that her art alone would answer that question.


Joan Hansen has exhibited her artwork at the Old Sch...

November 10, 2016

Shelly Sampson

At the end of a stressful day for dog owners, we go home to find the unconditional love of a very special companion. And if there's something most of the Americans can agree on, it's the love of animals, particularly the love of dogs. So putting aside pol...

November 4, 2016

And the winner is ... 

This year, the East Central students participated, along with many other school districts across the state, in the Minnesota Students Vote 2016. This was the first year the school did a mock vote. High School Social Studies Teacher Todd Lindstro...

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