Mille Lacs County property taxpayers could see as much as a 3 percent increase in the county portion of their property taxes in 2015 in order to levy about $15.17 million. The County Board approved the preliminary levy amount on Sept. 16 to meet the end-of-September deadline to certify what its maximum levy could be [...]

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The Mille Lacs County Board Sept. 16 approved County Attorney Jan Jude’s request to fill the assistant county attorney vacancy in her office, created by the departure of Tara Lopez Ferguson, and to promote a staff member to legal secretary. Jude prefaced her request by reviewing her office’s case load, stating that lately some people [...]

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By Nathan Sommer Murphy News Absentee voting has officially opened across the state for the Nov. 4 general election, and for the first time, registered voters are not required to provide a reason for voting early. According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, voters have the option to vote prior [...]

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  I’ve heard from many people that certain humorous rumors are spreading about me. The first is that I have promised to hire Jan Jude when I become county attorney. Of course this is false. I am working hard to bring a fresh start to the county attorney’s office. What’s not funny is that if [...]

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  Several weeks ago I had a minor bicycle accident. This was caused by three factors: 1) My front brake cable failed. 2) I was distracted; I was trying to reach for a safety card in my pocket. 3) Fellow bicyclists were biking on the wrong side of the road. This was a reminder to [...]

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  On Sept. 13, I had rented space at the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds for its first community garage sale event. I was very pleased with the outcome and I hope that there will be more in the future. There was talk of possibly having another one around the same time next year and possibly [...]

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  Riches and rogues! The more I look, the more I find some of each, and a lot between, on the Internet. Families and educators have a huge task helping young people learn how to gather information on the Internet. Here are five guidelines to consider. But first, a brief story. Youngsters in schools today [...]

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