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Voters on Jan. 7, 2017, approved construction of a new school to be built where Teague Park Elementary School, which can be seen in this undated photo, currently stands in Caribou. The Teague Park school as well as Caribou Middle School and the Learning Center will be demolished and replaced by the new school.

Caribou voters OK building new $45 million school

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Feb. 08, 2017, at 3:16 p.m.
The people have spoken, and Caribou will be getting a new $45 million pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school, primarily funded by the state.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaks about the Maine Military Authority's contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority during a press conference on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Maine Military Authority future may hinge on supplemental budget request

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 08, 2017, at 1:35 p.m.
“We need to at least break even going forward.”
Northeast Pellets' Ashland mill after the reconstruction in 2011.

Northeast Pellets employee accused of stealing, selling wood pellets

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 08, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
Police have charged an employee of Northeast Pellets in Ashland of stealing wood pellets and selling them on the black market.
A map of the electrical service area that is covered by the Houlton Water Company in Houlton, Maine.

Houlton’s municipal electric utility to unplug from Maine grid

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 07, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Houlton’s municipal electric utility has approval to disconnect from the northern Maine power grid and connect directly with Canadian lines.
The Mars Hill town office and a stretch of Route 1 Main Street, seen in October 2016. On the left is the old J.J. Newberry building that is slated to be turned into Timberwolves Restaurant.

Maine classics, skillet cooking planned for new Mars Hill restaurant

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
A new restaurant is in the works for Mars Hill, led a by a resident who’s looking to help the downtown rebound.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus being serviced can be seen on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Maine Military Authority's facility at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Board OKs extra $1 million for bus contract with Maine Military Authority

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:24 p.m.
Hugh "Tim" Corbett speaks to Gov. Paul LePage in a 2014 photo.

Negotiations continue for Maine Military Authority

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 06, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
Gov. LePage is asking the Legislature to approve a $7 million bailout for the state-owned enterprise in Limestone.

John Martin steps down from local school board

on Feb. 06, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
The legislator has been a fixture in Augusta and had served on the MSAD 27 board for 22 years.
Crews from contractor Ed Pelletier & Sons at work on the first phase of the Presque Isle bypass between Conant Road and Fort Road, on January 26, 2017.

Work continues through winter on Presque Isle bypass

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 06, 2017, at 6:58 a.m.
Construction of the first phase of Presque Isle’s Route 1 bypass is moving ahead mostly on schedule, according to the Maine DOT.
A potato field in Wicklow, New Brunswick, across the border from Mars Hill, being fumigated with chloropicrin in the fall of the 2015, as part of a trial McCain Foods is conducting with its processing potato growers on both sides of the border.

Select potato growers trying soil fumigation for McCain Foods

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 04, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
The largest buyer of potatoes in Aroostook County, McCain Foods, has started trials examining soil fumigation with several of its growers.
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 2.3.17 edition

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 10:52 p.m.

Police: Maine teen inside home during burglary helps locate suspect

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 02, 2017, at 6:47 p.m.
The teen snapped a photo of the suspect’s vehicle and was able to obtain a license plate number, police said.
Pre-kindergarten student Livianna Therrien chucks wood for the Woodland Consolidated School’s sixth annual Woodchuck Day on Thursday in Woodland.

Woodchucks chucking wood a popular tradition at Aroostook County school

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Feb. 02, 2017, at 5:13 p.m.
The students of Woodland Consolidated School spent some time outside on Groundhog Day, chucking wood in celebration of the elementary school’s sixth annual Woodchuck Day.
Maine Focus
Steve Sherman, first assessor of Oxbow Plantation, hangs the American flag outside the community center, where residents came Nov. 8, 2016, to vote in favor of dissolving their local government.

Maine’s efforts to help rural towns didn’t work. Here’s what it can learn from Vermont

By Corlyn Voorhees on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
“We don’t come in with our own agenda. It’s about helping communities become collective teams for action.”

State police charge Fort Kent man with impersonating a police officer

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
Police have charged a Fort Kent man with impersonating a public servant.
An older farmhouse-style home on Elm Steet in Presque Isle, built in 1900, has been for sale by owner for at least two years.

Sales go up, prices down for homes in Aroostook, some other rural counties

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 01, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
Aroostook County’s numbers “mean’s there’s not significant pressure” on prices, and that’s a benefit for homebuyers.
A trial crop of field peas growing in the summer of 2013 at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle.

Potato crop rotation research in Presque Isle points to peas

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 31, 2017, at 8:16 a.m.
In the search for a third rotation crop for potatoes, trials at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle are showing some promise for field peas, a crop that once had a successful run in the region until the 1970s.
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.27.17 edition

on Jan. 27, 2017, at 12:22 a.m.
Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill.

Thaw closes slopes at Bigrock

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 26, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
“We made a decision today to close and let this go another day.”
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Dr. Jessica Meir, an astronaut who graduated from Caribou High School in 1995, stops by the school’s performing arts center on Jan. 26, 2016, to speak to students about her time as a student and her current career with NASA.

Caribou native preparing for possible space station mission

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
Meir is preparing for the trip she has dreamed of since childhood.