The 26th annual Holiday Boutique at the Gillespie Center opens Nov. 27 and just as in Christmases past, your shopping local will put you on the nice list with 20 percent of the vendors’ sales also benefiting the Mound community center.

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Orono is one of the school districts in the area that are transitioning to a solely distance learning model. The school board approved the shift during their Thursday, Nov. 12 meeting.

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The annual tree lighting at Veterans Memorial Park in Mound won’t be quite the same festive fete as in years past: no bonfire flaming high, no clip-clop of horses’ hooves down Auditors Road and no carols and hot cider to warm heart and hands…

The holiday season is quickly approaching but holiday shopping will look differently due to the ongoing pandemic. This season, Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake is adjusting their annual Act Globally Appreciating People Everywhere (AGAPE) gift market accordingly.

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.

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.

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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Mound Westonka High School has reported a third case of COVID-19 among either its staff or student population, according to an Oct. 22 email notice sent out to families of MWHS students.

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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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.

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.

The Orono Public School District sent out a letter to Orono Intermediate School students, family and staff to inform them of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.

A fish fry for 3,000-plus people might not be the best public health etiquette right now, but an open-air golf tournament fits pandemic protocol to a tee.

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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…

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.

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…

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.