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UFC Farm Supply has officially slated two great events for those looking for some free horse and dog product giveaways, a chance to chat with like minded animal enthusiasts, or an opportunity to learn more about raising chickens in your own backyard. Their annual Hooves & Paws Swag Night…

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When the Maple Plain Food Center closed last year after 52 years in business, many area residents wondered what would become of its former home in the shopping center on the eastern edge of town.

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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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On Friday, Feb. 8, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Maple Plain Fire Department (MPFD) and West Hennepin Public Safety were dispatched to the 400 block of County Road 110 in Independence for a report of a pole shed on fire.

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The Orono Rotary Club is hosting a sew-a-thon from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Orono Discovery Center (Room 102) in Maple Plain. Rotarians and community members will be assembling feminine hygiene kits for the nonprofit organization Days for Girls International.

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At its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, the Maple Plain City Council presented the 2018 Good Neighbor Award to Jason Admonius, the owner of Monie’s Bar and Grill in Maple Plain.

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It was a packed house at B’s on the River on Friday, Jan. 25, as current and past members of the Maple Plain Fire Department, as well as their families and city officials from Independence and Maple Plain, gathered for a retirement celebration for three longtime MPFD firefighters.

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A group of Orono students recently spent their winter break giving new life to the warming house at Rainbow Park in Maple Plain. The project is part of a service learning challenge with Destination Imagination (DI), an after-school activity through Orono Community Education in which students…

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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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West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) has announced the dates for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy will start on Feb. 14 and will end with graduation on April 4. The Academy runs for eight weeks with instruction one day per week, on Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m.

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On Monday, January 7, Caitlin Cahill and John Timpe officially started their 2019-2022 term as City Councilmembers for the City of Maple Plain after taking the oath of office. Caitlin Cahill has served on the Maple Plain City Council since 2017 after being appointed to fill a vacancy and was…

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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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The City of Maple Plain is seeking applicants to serve on one of the City’s advisory commissions. Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, January 15 for the Economic Development Authority (EDA), Park Commission, and Planning Commission. Serving on a commission is a great way to become…

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The City’s final property tax levy as well as the General Fund budget for 2019 was approved by the City Council on Monday, Dec. 17. The City is proud to share that for the second year in a row, the City’s property tax levy has decreased. This signifies that the total amount of taxes collecte…

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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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On Saturday, Dec. 1, the West Hennepin Public Safety Reserve Officers hosted the popular event “View Santa” in Maple Plain and Independence. The Police Reserves escorted Santa in his sleigh around town to visit with and see children throughout many neighborhoods. In doing so they collected f…

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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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From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, Santa was at UFC Farm Supply in Maple Plain. He took photos with kids of all ages and pets. There was also a special appearance by Katie K9 from myTalk 107.1. (Diana Stein/Laker Pioneer)

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The youth at Maple Plain Community Church took the stage at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in a Christmas musical, “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen.” The play follows a detective from Bethlehem Police and two top-notch reporters as they investigate some shepherd’s claims about angels and a myste…

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An early winter snowfall didn’t stop Santa on his visit to Independence and Maple Plain on Saturday, Dec. 1. The 38th annual View Santa event, put on by the West Hennepin Public Safety Police Reserves, began at Independence City Hall at 3:45 p.m. Santa and his decorated sleigh traveled to No…

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The holidays are fast approaching, and, for many, ‘tis the season for purchasing presents, decking the halls and making holiday party plans. However, the holidays can be a lonely time for senior citizens, especially those living in assisted living facilities without family members close by.

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A razor-thin margin of victory has resulted in an election recount in Maple Plain. The City will hold a recount for the City Council election on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The recount was announced on the city’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Nov. 21.