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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.
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.
This fall’s 41st annual Incredible Festival will stand in sharp contrast to the ones held in previous years.
Orono fifth-grader Abby Stovern added knitting to her repertoire of soccer, gymnastics and the church choir.
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.
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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Every Wednesday is the start of a week. Every week, a hatchback drives up. Maybe it’s black truffle mushroom this time. Or shishito pepper...what to do with that?
Orono Public School’s 2020 graduates now have a permanent way to remember their senior year and their time as Orono students. On Aug. 4, seniors were invited to participate in a time capsule burial and view a Class of 2020 boulder donated by Outdoor Excapes of Long Lake.
The Westonka school board approved a base learning plan Aug. 10 that would have all primary students returning to the classroom five days a week this fall while middle and high school students follow a hybrid schedule.
Organizers for Mound’s Spirit of the Lakes announced July 21 via Facebook that the festival will be canceled this year, to return July 16 and 17, 2021.
Just because folks aren’t stuffing themselves to the gills at the Fish Fry this year doesn’t mean the Mound Fire Department has let fundraising get away from it.
With many other events postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church of St. George has decided to modify their annual Corn Days fundraiser.
Minnesota public school officials expect to hear by the week of July 27 state recommendations on K-12 students’ return to school this fall, giving staff at districts across the state just over a month to refine and put into action one of three plans for the start to the 2020 school year: dis…
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Three months after $150 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds were allocated to state and local governments, Minnesota cities are finally getting the cash in hand. The funding is part of the larger $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law …
With cabin fever strong after an extended period of isolation and with social distancing apt to guide every aspect of our lives for the foreseeable future, Minnesota’s miles upon miles of trails and its numerous parks have been beckoning us for some time.
Minnetrista Police Department received more applications for permits to purchase a firearm during the first six months of 2020 than it normally would in an entire year. Likewise, Orono PD has already processed 15 more of these applications than it did in all 12 months of 2019, and West Henne…
As restaurants, malls, local businesses and parks open back up, local city halls and in-person services are opening back up to the public, as well.