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End of an era: Houle feed mill closing, for Forest Lake convention center

Every Saturday, Houle’s Feed Store employee A.J. Fetterly removes the giant white board behind the counter and updates the prices of the 46 listed items. Dog food, deer pellets, horse feed, chicken feed and wild bird seed are on the board at the Forest Lake store, along with hog starter and finisher


Forest Lake seeking applicants for council seat

Mara Bain’s election as mayor of Forest Lake has led to an open seat on the Forest Lake City Council. Anyone interested in filling the remaining two years of Bain’s council term has until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1 to apply. Applicants must complete an application and a filing statement.


Four snow plows hit in southern Minnesota during Friday snow

(FOX 9) - Snow falling throughout southern Minnesota is making roads dangerous for travel, even for snow plows. According to officials with Minnesota Department of Transportation, four snow plows have been hit by vehicles in southern Minnesota on Friday.


Should Minnesota be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana? [VOTE]

Minnesota's new Governor Tim Walz says he's in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Minnesotans appear divided on the issue. What say you?. Minnesota legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes in 2014.


Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?

Dozens of college-age men dead from ‘accidental’ drownings—but a team of retired detectives say the boys were drugged and killed by a shadowy gang with a sinister symbol.


Forest Lake’s music man plays his last

Rollie Nelson, a beloved mentor and music instructor in Forest Lake, died at age 97 on Jan. 6. Nelson didn’t intend to become the music man of Forest Lake, but through the years Nelson led far more than 76 trombones in the big parades, from the streets of Forest Lake to New York City.


Minnesota man dies after car falls through ice

63-year-old David Maki from Blaine, Minnesota has died from injuries sustained during an accident that occurred on Jan. 17. According to a release sent out by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, their office Dispatch Center received a 911 call that a vehicle had gone through the ice in the narrows


Small school feel, large school opportunities

The Forest Lake area is a truly unique place to live and call home. We have all of the benefits of rural Minnesota life – wide open spaces, access to a huge variety of outdoor activities and a lake around every corner. As a bonus, we are also part of a major metropolitan area with the business oppor


Human remains discovered in wooded area in Brooklyn Center

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) - The medical examiner's office is working to identify human remains found in a wooded area in Brooklyn Center over the weekend, according to Brooklyn Center Police Commander Rick Gabler.


Open Forum - Jan. 17

EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters will be accepted for the Open Forum for publication in the next available issue after receipt. Letters may be sent to Forest Lake Times, 146 N. Lake St., Suite 125, Forest Lake, or by e-mail to ryan.howard@ecm-inc.com. Letters should not exceed 250 words and must be signed wit


Community Calendar - Jan. 17

The Forest Lake American Legion will host a senior dance at 1 p.m. on Jan. 18, which includes a free lunch with admission. A dinner will be held at the Forest Lake American Legion on Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. Dinner and show tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. The evening will include drinks, a so


Hockey: Bear boys fend off Rangers 3-2, duel for league lead next

White Bear Lake held off a late Forest Lake rally to beat the Rangers 3-2 there Thursday evening, remaining undefeated in Suburban East Conference play. That sets up a duel for the lead against Cretin-Derham Hall at home Saturday, 3 p.m. The Bears are 10-0-1 and the Raiders 8-1-0 in conference with


Crews Battle House Fire In Hugo; None Hurt

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Firefighters from multiple agencies battled a house fire Wednesday night in the north metro. Washington County officials say crews responded to the fire shortly after 8 p.m. at a home on the 1200 block of Falcon Avenue in Hugo.


1 dead after vehicle goes through the ice in Polk County

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports one person is dead after a vehicle went through the ice in the narrows between Balsam Lake and East Balsam Thursday. A release said a report was received around 4:53 p.m. Thursday. First responders were immediately dispatched to the scene.


Two Fridley men arrested for murder of Minneapolis teen

Two men have been arrested in connection to the murder of a teen in Fridley, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. On Jan. 10, Fridley police were dispatched to the 6100 block of 5th Street NE around 5:45 p.m. on a report of shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found Keimonte Rac


The "forever" postage stamps go up again

Remember penny postcards? Remember when we had air mail stamps that you used when you wanted to get a letter to California or New York a little faster? Heck, remember when a first class stamp cost only 15 cents just 40 years ago?


Bothun clinches first shutout for Forest Lake boys in win at Roseville

A 1-4 start seems to be well behind the Forest Lake boys hockey team, which has now won six times in eight tries and owned a four-game winning streak as of the press deadline for this edition.


Driver dies after SUV goes through ice on Balsam Lake in western Wisconsin

One person is dead after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving plunged through the ice on Balsam Lake on Thursday afternoon, according to the Polk County sheriff’s office in western Wisconsin.


Massive Snowstorm Will Impact Parts of Minnesota

UNDATED -- Snow will begin in west central and southwest Minnesota after sunrise, and spread eastward during the day. Heavier snowfall, with amounts of 6 to 8 inches, are expected along the Iowa border. Only light snow or flurries is expected as far north as the Twin Cities metro area, with cloudy s


Multiple agencies needed to put out garage fire

HUGO — The Hugo Fire Department (HFD) was dispatched to a structure fire around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 12200 Falcon Ave. in Hugo. According to Chief Kevin Colvard, when HFD arrived on scene, the garage was fully involved and making its way to the house. The White Bear Lake, Forest Lake and Li