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On April 4, 2019 at 6:30PM the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a community meeting in reference to a level three predatory offender moving into the City of Rice Lake. The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Building, located at 2030 Arlington Ave in Duluth.
Christopher Ash will be moving into the southern portion of Rice Lake, in the vicinity of Howard Gnesen Rd. and the Charles Rd. Rice Lake residents and community members are invited to attend this meeting where personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and MN Department of Corrections will be on hand to give a short presentation and answer any questions.


Broadband! (posted 3/26/19):

The City of Rice Lake has heard from many residents regarding the need for high-speed internet. The City is performing due diligence and is seeking input from residents and city businesses. Please click the link below to take a brief survey that will help us determine citizen demand for improved Broadband services. We are working with CTC, a broadband cooperative which deploys fiber optics to the premise enabling speeds of 1Gb download and 1Gb upload. The results of this survey will help the City determine our next steps.

Click HERE to take the survey!


Emerald Ash Borer Workshop (posted 3/14/19):

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff will be leading free EAB Field Workshops in the Twin Cities Metro area, Clearwater, and Duluth. These hour-long outdoor workshops will provide an opportunity to get a firsthand look at EAB-infested trees and will assist the community in becoming familiar with early detection. General EAB biology, distribution, management, regulation and treatment will also be covered. Workshops are provided free of charge through support from the US Forest Service. Feel free to share this opportunity with your citizens, other municipalities and any other parties that may be interested in learning more about EAB.


Registration is available at or by calling 651-201-6097. Maps and parking instructions will be provided by e-mail with registration confirmation. Below is a listing of all the workshop sessions available. Workshop sessions are offered daily starting at 9 am, 10:30 am, and 1 pm.

March 25-27

  • Twin Cities Metro: Location TBD, most likely near Fort Snelling depending on flooding

March 28-29

  • Clearwater: Clearwater Travel Plaza, 950 MN-24, Clearwater, MN 55320

April 2-4

  • Duluth: Lincoln Park NW Trailhead, 1220 N 24th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806


  • Dress for the weather as the workshops are held entirely outside.
  • Bring a pair of binoculars.
  • Cancellations due to severe weather only.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Provided

  • ISA – All Certification Categories
  • SAF – Category 1 – CF

For More Information

Jennifer Burington, Minnesota Department of Agriculture


Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact event organizer name at phone number or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this information is available in alternative forms of communication upon request by calling 651-201-6000. TTY users can call the Minnesota Relay Service at 711. The MDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


News from other governments:

Public input wanted as County updates multi-hazard mitigation plan

St. Louis County is updating its Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan as is required every 5 years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The update is being funded by a grant from the Minnesota Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security with an in-kind match from St. Louis County.

Link to Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Media Release from St. Louis County: