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U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Deephaven) has announced that he will host a free and open-to-the-public community conversation focused on HR 1, the For the People Act, the campaign finance, ethics, and electoral reform package he and others sponsored in Congress.

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The Orono Lions Club hosted its 32nd annual Snowball Open on Saturday, Jan. 26. The 18-hole golf course on Long Lake was a hit with golfers of all ages. Sponsors provided food, music and entertainment, and Birch’s on the Lake hosted live music. Proceeds from the event benefit local Lions Clu…

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Volunteering comes in many forms; from serving on a civic committee to mentoring students to taking a shift at a food shelf, there are plenty of ways to use your talents and extra time to make the community a better place. Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the area organizations loo…

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The Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) awarded MCWD a $112,000 accelerated implementation grant to assess water quality issues and guide implementation of water quality improvement projects in the Long Lake Creek subwatershed. The grant is a result of a collaborative effort between MCW…

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Mild temps made for a perfect day on the lake at Birch’s on the Lake on Sunday, Jan. 13. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays in Jan. and Feb., Birch’s Sled Dog Sundays lets guests experience a sled dog ride and enjoy a brunch buffet in the brewhouse. Birch’s has partnered with Silent Run Adventur…

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At its meeting first meeting of the New Year, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Long Lake City Council welcomed new mayor Charlie Miner and council member Deirdre Kvale, as well as returning council member Jahn Dyvik.

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NSGA’s competitive team and pre-team gymnasts collected food to donate to a local food shelf as part of their Team Holiday celebration. Instead of exchanging gifts amongst each other, each gymnast collected one paper grocery bag full of food to donate. Over 80 plump full bags were collected …

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A young audience packed the Long Lake Library on Friday, Dec. 28 for a fun-filled performance by Brodini, a popular comedy magician whose act is full of humor, magic tricks and audience participation. Kids’ watched as he used ropes, balls, scarves and coins to test their powers of concentrat…

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Now that the holiday festivities are over, many of us face the task of taking down decorations and packing away the ornaments until next year. For area residents looking to properly dispose of their real or artificial Christmas trees, we’ve gathered some tips on how to recycle or repurpose y…

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It may be the heart of winter, but there’s still plenty of reasons to get out on the lake. This weekend, Birch’s on the Lake is introducing Sled Dog Sundays, a chance to shoot across snow-covered Long Lake on a quarter-mile run behind a team of Siberian huskies and enjoy a brunch buffet in t…

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As the new year gets underway, there are big changes in store for Long Lake True Value. Owners Mike Kokesh and Mark Schaefer want customers to know that while they are having a massive sale during the month of January, offering 50 percent off on more than 7,000 items, it isn’t a closeout sal…

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The Orono Police Department and Santa visited three assisted living centers in the community on Thursday, Dec. 19. They stopped by Harrison Bay in Mound, Trails of Orono and Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park. The department extends a big “thank you” to the residents, facility staff membe…

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The Long Lake Council, at its meeting on Dec. 18, heard a request for variances and a conditional use permit for parking from an applicant seeking to open a Carbone’s Pizza in the current Budget Printing building, located at 2069 Wayzata Boulevard.

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North Shore Gymnastics held its annual Compulsory Kickoff Invitational at the North Shore Gymnastics training facility on Sunday, Dec. 9, hosting 53 gymnasts competing in Levels 4-7.

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It was an evening full of gratitude at the Long Lake City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4. At the beginning of the meeting, outgoing Mayor Marty Schneider presented three individuals/businesses with certificates of recognition for their contributions to the Long Lake community.

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The Long Lake City Council, at its meeting on Dec. 4, voted to reverse an increase to the sanitary sewer minimum fixed charge. The council approved new water and sewer utility rates and tiers in April, which included a sanitary sewer rate with a fixed minimum charge of $80 per quarter for al…

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Friends and neighbors came together around a bonfire at Nelson Lakeside Park at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the second annual holiday tree lighting ceremony (sponsored by the Long Lake Area Chamber of Commerce). Guests enjoyed holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies as the tree lit u…

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At its meeting on Dec. 4, the Long Lake City Council considered a motion to authorize city staff to directly negotiate a contract and pricing with Hoffman and McNamara for completion of the Wayzata Boulevard W. Phase 1 Landscaping Project.

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On Saturday, Dec. 1, members of St. George Catholic Church took the stage after 4 p.m. Mass for this year’s Advent musical production, “An Advent Undersea Adventure.” The show featured original songs by Music Director Kelly Kadlec and the story followed the journey of an adventurous starfish…

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Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis visited the Church of St. George in Long Lake to celebrate Sunday Mass on Nov. 25. A Knights of Columbus Honor Guard lined the aisle as the Archbishop, St. George’s pastor Fr. Mark Juettner, Deacon Bruce Bowen, and five alta…

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Despite the chill in the air, dozens of people gathered on Bollum Circle in Long Lake on Thanksgiving morning for the 15th annual Turkeys on the Luce Thanksgiving Run/Walk, a neighborhood tradition that has grown into a staple of the holiday season for many area residents.

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The Church of St. George will start off the Advent season this weekend with its annual musical production on Saturday, Dec. 1. A cherished tradition at St. George, the play involves all of the church’s music groups, with a special focus on the children’s Cherub Choir.

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From 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, Otten Bros. in Long Lake was transformed in to a holiday wonderland, with visits from Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday face-painting, music, crafts and plenty of hot cider and cookies. Members of the West Metro Bee Club we…