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Snowmobilers performed aerial somersaults, back flips, and daring Holy Man jumps, during which riders are briefly airborne above their sleds, at Snodeo, a weeklong event that drew hundreds of spectators.


On a balmy 32-degree January day, runners donned kilts for the first-ever Robert Burns 10K Road Race, held in honor of the Scottish poet’s 257th birthday.


Demolition of the Verso Paper mill is underway. The mill, which dates to 1930, shut down in October.


Forty-five people lined up outside Baxter State Park headquarters before sunrise on January 14, the opening day for the park’s campground reservation system. By the end of the day, 85 people had made reservations.


Maine State Trooper Eric Paquette used his riot baton to gently nudge an opossum out from under the driver’s seat of James Feely’s car. Feely had pulled to the side of the road after discovering the stowaway.

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" The Trooper knows. Sometimes, we take a short break from fighting…

Posted by Maine State Police – Headquarters on Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Emera Maine deployed utility crews to deal with power outages caused by a massive snowstorm — in Delaware. Noting that Maine is usually on the receiving end of such assistance, Emera president Alan Richardson appreciated the “opportunity to pay it forward.”


Residents and businesses donated hundreds of dollars worth of tools to carpenter Sam Farmer after his own tools were stolen from the house he is renovating for his family. The Farmers are recent arrivals from Florida.

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