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Allison Basye and Greg Doak are planning a trio of businesses in downtown Presque Isle, starting with the Allegro coffee shop opening in December.

Cafe duo has big plans brewing for downtown Presque Isle

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 03, 2016, at 2:56 p.m.
In a long-empty building in downtown Presque Isle, Allison Basye and Greg Doak are opening a new cafe, Allegro, which they hope will be the first of a trio of food ventures.
 Madawaska's finance committee Chair Steve Collard (left) discusses the latest school budget proposal with fellow committee member Derrick Hebert on Monday in Madawaska.

Divided committee sends fourth school budget proposal to Madawaska residents

By Don Eno, St. John Valley Times on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
The $6,163,049 proposed budget, however, is the same one that residents rejected at a budget validation vote on Oct. 18.
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A farmhouse in Harmony.

My thoughts upon leaving rural Maine forever

By Dawn Potter on Dec. 03, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
Some of us see hard and lonely as true life.
A Canada lynx sits in an enclosure in October 2013 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

More than $5,000 reward offered in Canada lynx killings in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
It is illegal to shoot Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Snow laden tree crushes coach’s Dodge

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
Even national championship winning soccer coaches are not immune from Mother Nature’s wrath.
Hatchimals, made by Spinmaster, a US company, are the hottest children's toy on the market this Dec. 2016 holiday season. It is also the hardest to get.

Maine parents pained by Hatchimals hunt

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 02, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very afraid that my daughter is going to be disappointed.”
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.1.16 edition

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:51 p.m.
A downtown merchant attempts to keep ahead of Thursday’s storm that closed schools and many businesses in Presque Isle and most of Aroostook County.

Second storm this week ups snowfall total to 22 inches in County

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The second major snowstorm to hit Aroostook County this week already had the total snow depth at 22 inches in Caribou by late Thursday afternoon.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Chip Wilde of Houlton clears snow from his driveway Wednesday morning after nearly a foot of snow fell in the Shiretown. Another storm was expected to hit the area Wednesday night into Thursday.

Aroostook towns get about a foot of snow, more on the way

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 30, 2016, at 2:59 p.m.
A winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service in Caribou on Wednesday forecast another blast of snow for northern Maine late Wednesday into Thursday.
Quoggy Jo Mountain can be seen early Tuesday afternoon at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle.

Warm November ends with more snow in Aroostook County

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 29, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
As of Tuesday, the station is projecting that the month will end with an average temperature of 36.8 degrees, tying with November 2009 for second warmest, said Todd Foisy.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.
Anthony Lord

Man accused of two-county rampage that left 2 dead gets new lawyers

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Anthony Lord was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to charges related to an alleged two-county rampage last year that left two people dead.
Two teens were injured after the 2000 GMC Sierra pickup they were  in slid off a snowy road in Linneus and overturned onto the driver's side Saturday night.

Teens injured after pickup slides off snow-covered road in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.
The two teens were injured late Saturday when the pickup truck they were in went off snow-covered Route 2A and overturned on the driver’s side.
The first major snow of the season hit northern Maine over Thanksgiving weekend. By early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that 10 inches of snow had fallen in some parts of Aroostook County.

Rain to fall across most of the state Tuesday, with snow in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
A fast moving wave of low pressure is expected to sweep across Maine, bringing 2 to 3 more inches of snow to northern Aroostook County and rain to the rest of the state.
Andrew Dolley, a GIS student at the University of Maine Presque Isle, working with a drone at King Grove Cemetery in Mars Hill as a part of a community mapping project with the town.

Presque Isle geographers get their hands on drones

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 27, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
Students and professors at UMaine Presque Isle have been getting acquainted with two new drones.
John Cancelarich, 86, shared his story about efforts to start a sugar beet processing plant in Aroostook in the 1960s during a recent presentation at the Easton High School library.

Remembering the sugar beet fiasco in Aroostook County and its aftermath

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 27, 2016, at 7:11 a.m.
This time 50 years ago, the Maine Sugar Industries plant in Easton was getting ready to start churning out its first batches of sugar made from beets grown in Aroostook County. What followed is now known as an epic failure of big business and government.

Births at NMMC and Houlton Regional Hospital

on Nov. 25, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
A healthy, mature ash tree growing street-side in Caribou is also part of a statewide monitoring project for the emerald ash borer.

Still no sign of destructive ash borer in Maine — yet

By Anthony Brino on Nov. 25, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
The invasive emerald ash borer that has been decimating American ash trees has not been found in Maine — not yet, at least.
Before allegedly stealing a rental van and driving it south from Fort Kent, Pierre Triplett met with Fiddlehead Focus reporter Jessica Potila to be interviewed for a feature on being homeless. Potila had offered to let Triplett sleep in her rental van that night.

Homeless man accused of stealing van from Maine reporter trying to help him

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 23, 2016, at 4:44 p.m.
All Jessica Potila of Fort Kent wanted to do was help a homeless man get home in time for Thanksgiving.