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Area public transit agencies Timber Trails and Heartland Express are looking into merging as the two begin a move to have a shared upper administrative position. The idea is to increase efficiency, said Helen Pieper, director of Timber Trails Public Transit. Timber Trails is run by Kanabec County and provides public bus service for Kanabec [...]

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Mille Lacs County ranks 85th in health outcomes and 83rd in health factors among the state’s 87 counties, according to the latest of the five annual health-ranking studies from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The institute ranks counties according to a standard formula to measure the health status of their residents and how [...]

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Members of the Princeton City Council wanted to know what residents on the north end of 13th Avenue thought about a proposal to reconstruct their street as part of a Public Utilities Commission project to replace water mains. Specifically, councilors where curious about what improvements residents were interested in and how much of a bill [...]

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota has asked the Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services to investigate why the Braham-based Riverwood Centers, that was a regional mental health services provider, closed March 17. The agency, which for many years had served a number of counties including Mille Lacs, closed without notice after Mille Lacs [...]

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Following community concern about the closing of the regional Riverwood Centers mental health provider based in Braham on March 17, Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Jude responded with a March 21 press release. Mille Lacs County had been contracting with Riverwood to provide mental health services for residents of the county who were uninsured or [...]

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Mille Lacs County’s non-renewal on Jan. 1 of its contract with the Braham-based regional mental health agency Riverwood Centers brought criticism of the county when Riverwood folded on March 17. Known for decades as the Five County Mental Health Centers because it originally contracted with the counties of Mille Lacs, Isanti, Chisago, Pine and Kanabec, [...]

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