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WASHINGTON COUNTY — Substance abuse is not an easy topic to tackle in high schools, but one Minnesota organization is dedicated to bring the truth about drugs to students around the state.

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FOREST LAKE — Forest Lake thrives on the balance of land and water resources, and an upcoming education series will teach residents how to manage their own land to help preserve the future of the area lakes.

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CHISAGO CITY — There’s no easy way to get through the pain of losing a member of the community, especially when that person was a child who was only 8 years old. In the wake of such a tragedy, members of the community have rallied to show support and remember Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. in the be…

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FOREST LAKE — License renewal hearings were held Jan. 29 for two tobacco and e-cig businesses that violated multiple compliance checks.  One of the businesses presented the Forest Lake City Council with not only a defense of the business, but a plan to increase prevention of sales to minors …

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — The bright greens and yellows of the Carolina parakeet still burst with color in the artwork of John James Audubon, more than 50 years after the bird was declared officially extinct. Generations of people have marveled over the animated expressions of hundreds of Audubon’s …

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WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP — Through the many places he’s lived and visited, horses were always a constant in Robert Cuerden’s life. He was born in England, where his father was an equestrian in the English military. As a young man, he spent time living and working on a horse farm, where he gained …

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FOREST LAKE — With the help of one devoted volunteer, the Forest Lake Indian Education program recently received a $5,000 grant from AT&T. Superintendent Steve Massey stopped by the group’s biweekly meeting at Forest View Elementary Jan. 13 to celebrate with the grant recipients. 

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FOREST LAKE — Forest Lake schools have been falling behind in funding for a long time, said Director of Business Services Larry Martini. With the failure to pass a levy in the 2017 fall referendum, the school district has proposed $2 million in budget cuts and is stretching its limits to ser…