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…

Early voting for this year’s state primary election opened June 26 but with a minor change from previous years: cities will not be required to offer in-person absentee voting leading up to Election Day.

Effective July 6, Adams Publishing Group, the parent company of the Laker Pioneer, will be opening its office doors to the public again. Office doors were closed March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Some video uploads, a five-hour Excelsior city council meeting and work session for instance, can take “six, eight, 10 hours,” said Jim Lundberg. Lundberg is operations manager for the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC).

Hennepin County approved its library reopening plan for the remainder of 2020. The Maple Plain Library and the Westonka Library will open before the end of 2020. Libraries located in Long Lake, St. Bonifacious and Minnetonka will not open before the end of the year.

One tradition is staying put this Fourth of July. The annual Lake Independence July 4 Flotilla is taking place this year as many other events have canceled due to COVID-19.

Westonka Schools is expecting it will need a greater than usual number of short-call substitute teachers this fall to help staff its two primary schools, middle school and high school, citing added precautions being taken around its employees’ health, namely to stay home if feeling at all unwell.

The City of Mound continues to monitor progression of COVID-19 pandemic response activities directed by the Governor along with guidelines and advice from the CDC and MN Dept of Health. The risk of infection is still very present in Hennepin County. Recent efforts to safely re-open public ac…

The Maple Plain Community Food Shelf is continuing to provide food to those in need, but are transitioning their operations to a food-closet model in order to accommodate the changing needs of the community.

The Long Lake City Council met virtually on Tuesday, June 2 ,to discuss special event permits for temporary outdoor spaces for businesses as well as a direction for the Nelson Lakeside Park Swimming Beach.

A busy season is ahead for 4Community Theatre (4CT) as they continue to plan for this fall and next year after canceling their production of “Anne of Green Gable’s” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just after 6 p.m. on a hot-hot Monday a group of 16 friends, four tables of four, was spread out on the back patio of the Narrows Saloon in Navarre for the first time since…well, likely since last summer.

Not until 4 p.m. a little over a week before most classes ended did Westonka Schools receive guidance from the Minnesota departments of Heath and Education around summer classes and community education, the latter of which would start within a month.

May 29 was supposed to be Mound Westonka’s graduation, but as it seems everything these days is up in the air except for those tassled caps, the end of the school year is, so far, going out without a bang.

Each year, Mound Westonka High School celebrates standout athletes from the graduating class. Included in this year’s recognition are the Yost-Haddorff-Leopold and Athena Award nominees and winners, as well as senior three-season athletes, declared college athletes and state tournament parti…

For most kids, summer means carefree days. But for some kids, no school means wondering where their next meal is coming from. Several local organizations are teaming up this summer to make sure kids have access to healthy and nutritious meals.

Wednesday, June 3 marked the graduation day for Orono’s class of 2020. To celebrate the occasion, the Orono School District premiered a graduation video on YouTube as a keepsake for all the graduates.