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Nominations are now due for the second annual Minnesota Job Honor Awards, set for May 9 in the Twin Cities. The awards celebrate Minnesotans who have overcome significant barriers to employment and the employers who hire them. The official deadline for nominations is Feb. 16.

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Mental health advocates and friends are invited to gather for Mental Health Day at the Capitol March 15. Key 2018 issues include school-linked mental health services, housing and employment programs, health insurance parity for mental illnesses, funding for children and adult residential ser…

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Yogadevotion will begin a new session in Forest Lake March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 886 N. Shore Dr.

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MN Cup, a contest now in its 14th year, officially opens March 26. The application period ends April 27. The contest is meant to guide and nurture early stage ventures as they compete to be named the best new business idea of 2018.

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In honor of President’s Day, the staff at Family Pathways thrift stores are inviting area residents to consider volunteering on Feb. 19. Students are especially invited to volunteer on their day off from school. Family Pathways helped 21,658 community members in 2017 and constantly welcomes …

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The East Central Regional Library Board in December approved new operating hours at all but one of the 14 library branches across the six county area.

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Jenny Birkholz, Jack Breitbach, Natalie Grogan, Hailey Knoop, Dana Larson, Maria Leeson, Heather Lipp, Allison Long, Madeline Messin, Nicholas Moser, Shayla Schumacher, Samuel Stachel, Josephine Thill, Trevor Thompson, Mackenzie Vanbuskirk, Julia Walton, Forest Lake; Caroline Hansen, Scandia…

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Thanks to a partnership between the Washington County Library and Washington County Public Health and Environment, new and expectant parents utilizing the county’s Women, Infant, and Children program will receive a tote bag full of useful resources to help build their child’s language skills…

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Students of Chisago Lakes Baptist School proved that reading can be lots of fun as the elementary school’s “I Love to Read” month began Jan. 8. The morning began with a magic show called “Amazing Science,” presented by local professional magician Norm Barnhart. Several students were invited …

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On Jan. 23, more than 50 fourth graders from elementary schools in the Forest Lake district were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Forest Lake boys varsity basketball game against Stillwater. Students from Columbus, Forest Lake, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia and Wyoming elementaries …

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Ashley Miller, Forest Lake; Breanna Waddell, Scandia; and Kristina Bramley and Jack Plahn, Wyoming; graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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The American Legion Post 225, Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion will once again sponsor 11th grade students from the Forest Lake area to attend the American Legion Boys and Girls State. The legion state event is a week long educational program of government instruction for U.S. high…

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As Minnesota’s flu season climbs toward its peak, health officials are reminding Minnesotans that it’s not too late to get their flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and lessen its serious effects.

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Guests are invited to spend an hour touring the world through the guitar and voice of Robert Everest during his Latin music program at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at Parmly on the Lake, 28210 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City. The performance will be held inside the chapel.

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Rachel Baniecke, Forest Lake, graduated from North Dakota State University.

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Amanda Grundtner, a seventh grader at Century Junior High School, placed third at the annual Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota. The artwork of those students who placed third or higher in their respective categories will be displayed at the Minnesota…

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Alexa Bremer, Jacob Bush, Omoyemi Davies, and Patrick Murphy, Forest Lake, earned a place on the dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica.

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Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Jan. 20 to 28 as Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week in Minnesota. This an opportunity for the Department of Natural Resources, volunteer safety instructors, and the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association and its 250 member snowmobile clubs to join together to…

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The Scandia-Marine Lions Club gathered for a new member meeting and service event Jan. 9. During this meeting, Lions and prospective members created four fleece-tied blankets for the Scandia Fire and Rescue and Marine Fire and Rescue departments, put bookplates in ten books to be donated to …

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Young girls between the ages of 10 and 12 can apply to become the next Miss Pre-Teen Washington County. The winning candidate will represent the county at the Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota pageant at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul April 28. The young lady chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota will r…

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Forest Lake author Tracy Nelson Maurer’s children’s picture book “John Deere, That’s Who!” received the 2018 American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Book of the Year Award during the Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention and IDE…

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Lakes International Language Academy Kinder Prep, a preschool for ages 3 and 4, invites parents and their children to experience a language-infused program at one of two free sessions on Jan. 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the facility located at 121 11th Ave. SE in…

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The Forest View Glee Club sang a selection of winter songs at the Forest Lake Senior Center Banquet on Jan. 17. The group is comprised of second graders from Forest View Elementary School led by Anna Hogan, the music teacher at Forest View. The students practice during recess twice a week an…

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Forest Lake Area Schools are facing many financial challenges. The district has been forced to cut millions of dollars each year, and more cuts are likely forthcoming. District officials are asking for public input on how to address the issue, and for guidance on what kind of school district…

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Everyone decides to take on a project for a different reason. For the owner of Forest Lake’s Big Apple Bagels, Alex Bulmer, it was to fulfill an objective.