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The Maple Plain City Council approved the 2021 proposed general fund budget and the 2021 preliminary property tax levy during their Sept. 28 meeting. The city scheduled a public hearing for the budget and property tax levy for Dec. 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.

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An impressive total of 52 Mound Westonka High School students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams last school year. Despite a difficult fourth quarter, MWHS AP students added 15 more scholars to the roster and increased their overall aver…

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Orono Rotary is offering yard clean-up help to veterans this fall, taking the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” back to those who have laid it all on the line by putting their service in the military above their own selves.

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The cities of Mound and Orono allocated significant portions of their CARES Act money to the Westonka and Orono school districts, helping to offset what each district is projecting will be more than $1 million in pandemic-related expenditures for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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Westonka’s Grandview Middle School reported its first case of COVID-19 Oct. 26. The case at Grandview did not impact others in the building due to the affected person self-quarantining at the time.

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With adjustments being made in local businesses and to events, this Halloween is no exception. While most trick-or-treating events have been canceled this year, there are a few events that have made adjustments for families to enjoy some trick-or-treating and other Halloween fun this fall. W…

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The League of Women Voters Plymouth-Wayzata Area chapter hosted virtual candidate forums for Mound city council and mayoral candidates on Sept. 30.

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Spring Park, after more than two years of looking into the possibility of regulating—and thereby allowing—vacation rentals, has now reversed intention and adopted an ordinance to more strictly prohibit them.

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Mound Westonka High School has seen its first two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a communication emailed to parents of MWHS students Oct. 11.

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Orono Intermediate School (OIS) students have been distance learning since Wednesday, Sept. 30 after four additional cases of COVID-19 within the school were confirmed following the news of one confirmed case.

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A new city ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2021: the Point of Sale Sewer Service Inspection Program. This means that an inspection of a home’s sanitary sewer service line must be completed prior to the sale of a property.

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Stonebay of Orono Senior Living held a grand opening open house on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at their Kelley Parkway location. The senior living community officially opened its doors on July 15.

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The city of Mound is looking at a maximum 5 percent increase to its total net tax levy for 2021 with that increase driven by twin goals of reducing current city debt and future reliance on bonding and assessment for funding of capital and street infrastructure projects.

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A bugle sounds from atop the Legion, which in the 6 o’clock sun half-darkens the scene below: a small group of Legionnaires had come out to the post on Wilshire Boulevard to retire some 200 American flags. Acrid smoke filters skyward as one by one the men inspect the flags and pass them into…

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When Independence councilmember Linda “Lynn” Betts first heard she was nominated for the Minnesota Women in City Government (MNWCG) Elected Official of the Year award, she was surprised and honored when presented with the plaque.

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McGarry’s Pub in Maple Plain is continuing to provide the community with a variety of local items. Recently, they’ve been working towards bringing local vendors together as part of their market.

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One of the largest questions around cities’ use of federal coronavirus relief funds has been in determining whether public safety payroll can be considered eligible costs for reimbursement through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act as much seems to hang on the phra…

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The first reports accounting for Minnesota cities’ use of federal coronavirus relief money were due Aug. 10 and Sept. 10, but some municipalities are still marking down a zero expenditure as they grapple with how, exactly, the funds can be used.

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Minnetrista lifted its city-wide emergency order Aug. 17 after council members determined that the order has had no real effect on city business over the past five months or on its positioning to receive federal COVID reimbursement dollars; one council member further alluded to the sour tast…

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Spring Park opted to leave the regulation of its long-term rental properties with Hennepin County after council members rejected a proposed ordinance that would have transferred some of this authority to the city, particularly with regard to licensure and inspections.

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Sherrie Pugh, Mound city council member, announces her candidacy for mayor of Mound. The Pugh family has lived in Mound for more than 54 years with three generations currently living in the community.

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The 1945 fire that destroyed Hotel Del Otero...the public lives of the Andrews Sisters...“Roundhouse Rodney” taking kids on a tour of the old Tonka Toys factory...maybe even that 1985 “Cranberry House” fire set in Mound by Marjorie Congdon Caldwell (she of Glensheen fame): the big stuff gets…

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Westonka school officials received Aug. 20 the updated health data around COVID-19 that provided the final approval for reopening its school buildings for the first day of school Sept. 8.

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The Orono school board approved their back-to-school plan that offers options for students enrolled in all levels during their Aug. 17 meeting.

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Following intense public outcry against plans for high density housing in the city’s downtown, Mound city council members voted 5-0 Aug. 12 to summarily deny all seven of Schafer Richardson’s requests for redeveloping the Commerce Place shopping center into a three-story apartment complex.

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A small evangelical church in Minnetrista made a commitment to frontline workers Aug. 16 when an honor guard saluted the U.S. flag, a new banner now flying high on the church grounds. “I want to make sure we’re standing firm in what we believe in,” said Bill Breimhorst, senior pastor at Fair…

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The Orono City Council held a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13. During the meeting, the council approved its consent agenda and provided feedback on changes to the city’s text amendment related to the city code subdivisions ordinance.