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RSU 29 gets first word on budget
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

HOULTON — The initial report for next year’s school budget brought some less than ideal news Monday evening for members of the RSU 29 board.

According to Superintendent Ellen Schneider, the preliminary figures released by the state Friday show yet another shift in more burden placed on local taxpayers and less money from the state. As a result, the district could be facing a $178,886 shortfall in the next budget cycle, which could mean several cuts would be need

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Wednesday blaze flattens Island Falls barn

17 pigs, cow perish in fire

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

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TASHA CHAMBERS checks on her two horses Friday morning after a fire Wednesday evening flattened a barn on her Island Falls property killing a cow and 17 pigs.
 

ISLAND FALLS — Tasha Chambers knew the instant she saw a bright orange glow coming from the barn that her beloved animals were likely dead.

Tasha and Andrew Chambers’ animal barn, located a short distance from their 439 Cold B

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Moosestompers celebrates 20th anniversary
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

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HOULTON — The Moose is loose and he’s heading back to Houlton for the 20th annual Moosestompers Weekend, Feb. 5-7.

Hosting an outdoor celebration in February is never an easy task. There is a fine line between having enough snow for all of the snow-themed events and having too much snow in the form of a blizzard. And then there is always the risk that temperatures will be sub-zero, keeping folks from coming out and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Potato industry invests in food truck craze
By Anthony Brino
Staff Writer

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NEW POTATO varieties being developed by University of Maine researchers in partnership with the Maine Potato Board on display at the annual Maine Potato Conference.
 

CARIBOU — Americans are eating fewer fresh potatoes than their parents and grandparents. But Van Buren farmer Jay Lajoie thinks that a new generation of eaters will soon see the spud as tasty, wholesome and a great pairing with pretty much anything.

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East Grand student wins math award
By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

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MATH WIZ — Jordyn Cowger, an eighth-grader at East Grand School, was invited to the American Mathematics competition in Bangor. Cowger is the only student north of Bangor to attend the event, and came through with the highest score.  
 

DANFORTH — Jordyn Cowger, an eighth-grader at East Grand School, was invited to the American Mathematics competition in Bangor. Cowger is the only student north of Bangor to attend the event, and c

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Northern Star contest ramps up

PRESQUE ISLE — A new year brings with it a new search for Aroostook County and western New Brunswick’s top vocalist. The United Way of Aroostook has officially launched a new season of its popular Northern Star competition with a call for talent going out to residents age 12 and older in Aroostook County, Maine and Madawaska, Carleton and Victoria counties on the New Brunswick side of the border.

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Maine tribes awarded federal housing grants totaling nearly $400,000

HOULTON -- The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Penobscot Indian Nation have been awarded federal housing grants totaling $388,466, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced in a joint statement released Wednesday.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program awarded $249,462 to the Penobscot Nation and $139,004 to the Houlton Band of Maliseets.

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