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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.

05/14/2015

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Fire Destroys Greenhouse, Damages Two Other Businesses

More than 150 firefighters from more than a dozen north metro departments responded Wednesday morning to battle a massive fire near Forest Lake that destroyed a greenhouse and damaged two other businesses.

04/15/2015

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Forest Lake Couple Charged In Public Assistance Fraud Scheme

A Forest Lake couple is facing felony charges, accused of bilking taxpayers for about $115,000 in public assistance benefits they weren’t entitled to.

03/30/2015

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Forest Lake Ski Team Involved In Fatal Car Crash

An Alpine ski team from Forest Lake High School is OK after being involved in a deadly crash Tuesday morning. According to officials, the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. on Highway 33 near Cloquet.

02/11/2015

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School Closed In Forest Lake Due To Water Main Break

A water main break in Forest Lake has shut down Southwest Junior High Wednesday. There will be no school for students Wednesday as city officials say the school will be without water for nearly the entire day.

01/21/2015

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Forest Lake Introduces New Gov’t Center To The Community

The community of Forest Lake was first invited into the city’s new government center last month. This brand new building gives the city departments a “front-door” to Forest Lake residents.

01/14/2015

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With Time Running Out, Father & Son Bond On Football Field

The Forest Lake Rangers did not win a football game in the fall of 2014. By most accounts, that would constitute a miserable season. For one head coach, it has been a memory of a lifetime. Jeff Wilson took over the team as the head coach this fall. He added a special offensive line coach — his father, Gary.

10/28/2014

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Minnesotan Implicated In National Guard Bribery Scheme

Six people were implicated Wednesday in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said. The Department of Justice unveiled the charges the individuals face in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court documents show the schemes involved two businesses headed by retired National Guardsmen, one from Minnesota and another from Virginia.

10/01/2014

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Minn. Man Making Old-Time, Sustainable Soda Pop

Step inside a Forest Lake industrial park and the product flowing from the factory is “pop.” Soda pop to be exact, made from simple recipes and all natural ingredients. Whistler Classic Soda is new to the market, but it harkens the tastes of decades ago.

07/07/2014

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3 Seriously Injured In Wash. Co. 3-Car Crash

Three people suffered serious injuries in a three-car crash in Washington County Saturday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened at about 10:15 a.m. at Highway 97 and Healy Avenue near Forest Lake.

07/05/2014

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Prep Blog: Friday’s Top Metro Baseball Match-Ups

From a weather standpoint, the high school baseball season in Minnesota doesn’t feel like it’s underway until probably the end of May. From a calendar standpoint, the regular season is over by the end of May and teams are battling through section brackets to determine the state tournament teams.

05/16/2014

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MN Man Pleads Not-Guilty In Immigration Fraud Case

A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he entered the U.S. under false pretenses by concealing his military service and concealing crimes committed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

05/12/2014

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Charges: Drunk Man Steals Cheese From Ex’s Fridge

A Forest Lake, Minn. man has been charged with three criminal counts after he allegedly broke into his ex-wife’s house and stole cheese from her refrigerator. The criminal complaint says police in Lino Lakes responded to a call very early the morning of March 28.

04/02/2014

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Forest Lake PD Seek Suspect In Attempted Sex Assault

Forest Lake Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in an attempted sexual assault. The incident happened Monday evening in the Washington County Library’s parking lot when a woman was approached by a man in a vehicle who offered her $20 for sexual favors. After the woman told him no, he got out of his car and grabbed her arm and breast.

03/12/2014

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Principal Skydives After Students Read Their Way To Victory

Educators use all kinds of incentives to motivate their students, but this may be the most extreme. Principal Kip Lynk, of Eden Lake Elementary in Eden Prairie, presented a challenge to his students.

03/10/2014

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Update: Forest Lake Walmart Reopened After Evacuation

The Walmart in Forest Lake has been voluntarily evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a potentially dangerous snow load on the roof, according to the police. Police say the evacuation was prompted after an employee noticed what looked like a bend in the roof truss

03/09/2014

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Heavy Snow Takes Toll On Minn. School Bus Garage

Time and snow have taken their toll on a school bus garage in east-central Minnesota. Forest Lake Area Schools closed its bus garage this week because of structural concerns.

02/25/2014

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TCF Bank To Close 8 Cub Foods Branches

TCF Bank announced Wednesday that they will close eight branches locating inside Cub Foods stores by the end of March. According to a company spokesperson, the branches affected are located in Chanhassen, Elk River, Forest Lake, Hastings, Lakeville South, Mankato West, Northfield and Rogers. Chanhassen, Elk River and Forest Lake will still have free-standing TCF locations.

01/29/2014

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Police: Forest Lake Motorcyclist Collides With Car, Dies

A 40-year-old Forest Lake man died Friday afternoon in Oak Grove when his motorcycle collided with a car at an intersection, authorities said. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place at 5:08 p.m. at the intersection of Vikings Boulevard and University Avenue.

09/07/2013

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Sisters Charged With Hoax Kidnapping At Forest Lake Walmart

Four sisters are in trouble with the law after allegedly staging a dramatic kidnapping outside the Forest Lake Walmart. Authorities said the girls’ mother turned them into police.

08/02/2013

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Forest Lake Police: Possible Kidnapping ‘An Attempt At A Prank’

A possible kidnapping caught on tape at a Wal-Mart Sunday was “nothing more than an attempt at a prank,” the Forest Lake Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon.

07/08/2013

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Forest Lake Woman Was In Running To Be Guess Girl

In the fashion world, being a “Guess Girl” is a huge honor. Models like Claudia Schiffer, Anna Nicole Smith and Drew Barrymore have all represented the iconic denim brand. Valerie Carpender of Forest Lake made it to the top five in a contest to be the next Guess Girl.

06/21/2013

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Police Looking For Suspect In Forest Lake Armed Robbery

Authorities in the north Twin Cities metro are looking for a suspect after a man committed an armed robbery in Forest Lake Thursday morning. The incident happened at Dazy Maze, an incense store on the 700 block of Lake Street South in Forest Lake, at about 10:45 a.m.

06/13/2013

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: The Lottery, Phone Chargers & ‘CCO Pet Adoptions

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is a record $600 million. And Kjirsten Johnson from Forest Lake asked: What happens if a winner doesn’t claim it? By law, if someone wins, but doesn’t claim their prize, the money goes into the state’s General Fund — the main bank account for state government.

05/17/2013

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Can’t Bet On The Derby At Running Aces

For the first year, Canterbury Park in Shakopee has exclusive Minnesota rights to Kentucky Derby bidding. That means Running Aces is shut out of one of racing’s biggest days.

05/03/2013

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