Subscribe|Advertise|Contact Us|Order Photos

Features & People

feature photo
Assessment: EMS stabilizes the spine of the injured person while the second person does an assessment to determine type and severity of injuries.
Recent Features

To say this job is easy ... Rubbish!

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures purchases ... BIG SANDY LODGE

Tamarack Postal Carrier retires at age 96

Local efforts continue to help improve ATV riding opportunities

Fun on the lake ... 'Up North'!

Cards headed to ... STATE!

Women behind the wheel

March Madness

4th graders spend a day on the ice

Lacey (Keil) thanks Dollars for Scholars

Mock fatal crash leaves impact on McGregor students
By Shari Horton Contributing Writer • April 26, 2016
 

McGREGOR, Minn.— The scenario that played out in the parking lot of the McGregor High School the morning of April 20 involved two cars, teens consuming alcohol and a fatality. Thankfully, it wasn’t a real-life situation but instead a “mock” fatal crash staged by the Aitkin County Toward Zero Death (TZD) Coalition to drive home the immense responsibility that goes along with being behind the wheel of a car.

Emergency service responders from the McGregor Ambulance Service, McGregor Fire Department, Aitkin County Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota State Highway Patrol and Northland Memorial Ambulance Service of Brainerd quickly arrived on the scene. Also on hand were Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Wyatt’s Towing. The impact was palpable as somber students watched as one classmate was extracted from a car while another was zipped into a body bag and loaded into a hearse.

Following the mock crash, Paul Bruggman, coordinator of the Aitkin County TZD, an organization that works to create a culture in which traffic fatalities and serious injuries are no longer acceptable, thanked the ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

__________
feature photo
Ready to go: Jessie Hooper, co-owner of Lakes Sanitary in McGregor, logs 400-500 miles per week in her Lakes Sanitary truck.
Recent Features

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures purchases ... BIG SANDY LODGE

Tamarack Postal Carrier retires at age 96

Local efforts continue to help improve ATV riding opportunities

Fun on the lake ... 'Up North'!

Cards headed to ... STATE!

Women behind the wheel

March Madness

4th graders spend a day on the ice

Lacey (Keil) thanks Dollars for Scholars

Youth Bowling

To say this job is easy ... Rubbish!
By Shari Horton Contributing Writer • April 19, 2016
 

McGREGOR, Minn.— She logs 450 to 500 miles a week on the road. On her busiest days, she climbs in and out of her truck 400 times or more. Jessie Hooper of McGregor drives a garbage truck for Lakes Sanitary Service, and to say this job isn’t difficult is, well, rubbish!

Hooper, a Cromwell native and graduate, began working with her step-father in the logging business when she was just 16 years old. She learned to operate and drive heavy equipment such as skidders at that time, but she never dreamed that experience would lend itself to her current occupation.

When she met Jeff Hooper, his parents owned Lakes Sanitary, which they opened in 1983. Jeff was driving routes at the time and Jessie would often ride along helping him with roll-offs. Jessie then began working in the office doing bookkeeping in 1994. Despite Jeff’s persuasion, Jessie said she assured him she would NEVER drive the trucks.

Jeff and Jessie purchased the business from Jeff’s parents in 2004. In 2012, one of their long-term employees was moving and quit his route and Jessie recalled, “It was fall ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

feature photo
VIEW FROM THE DECK: A view of Big Sandy Lake from the deck of Big Sandy Lodge.
Recent Features

Tamarack Postal Carrier retires at age 96

Local efforts continue to help improve ATV riding opportunities

Fun on the lake ... 'Up North'!

Cards headed to ... STATE!

Women behind the wheel

March Madness

4th graders spend a day on the ice

Lacey (Keil) thanks Dollars for Scholars

Youth Bowling

School board's message: Here's an idea ...

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures purchases... BIG SANDY LODGE
John Grones Publisher • April 12, 2016
 

MCGREGOR, Minn.— The announcement came at a Governor’s Fishing Opener meeting held this past week. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV) announced the purchase of Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, in McGregor. The resort is located on Davis Bay, on the south shore of Big Sandy Lake. The sale includes the resort’s 18 lodge rooms, seven cabins, fourteen townhomes and one seasonal rustic retreat log home. As well as The Pines Restaurant, The Bear’s Den Sports Bar & Grille, an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Don and Elisa Proulx owned Big Sandy Lodge & Resort since May of 2010 and expressed their goal to complete construction of the resort. “When we bought the lodge is was only about half done,” said Don. “The lodge was done, but most of the housing was not. We’ve built or finished 25 homes.”

The goal.... “Take this fabulous property and bring to fruition,” added Don. “It would be a catalyst for growth in the McGregor area.”

Don and Elisa admitted that the resort was way too much for two people to handle and our happy with how they stabilized the business. “Now it is ready to ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

__________
__________

Riverwood Northland Village link Cinnie Smith link Grand Timber Bank Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online! Advertise online!

. i