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The Orono Mound Westonka (OMW), Boys Swim & Dive team delivered a solid performance at the Wright County Conference (WCC), Championship in Hutchinson on Feb. 10th. The team finished first in five of the 12 events and finishing second in two others, but came up short in points with Hutchi…

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For the duration of Super Bowl week the Orono Police Department served as dignitary protection for the owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, and his son Jonathon Kraft the Team President. The police were paid by the New England Patriots for their service, and only two of their 29 …

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Back by popular demand, Siberian huskies will be paying a visit to Long Lake’s Birch’s on the Lake this Sunday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The purebred Siberian huskies come from a group called Silent Run Adventures, and will be giving $10 rides around the lake.

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On Friday, Feb. 2, the Spartans boys basketball team hosted Hutchinson but for many, it was the game played at halftime that stole the show as Orono’s Unified basketball teams took center court and played in front of an energetic crowd.

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The Orono Squirt A Hockey Team captured third Place in the 32 team field “Squirtacular” Tournament held at the Schwan’s Super Rink on Jan. 18-21st. The team won five of the six games played with aggressive offense, stellar defense, and amazing goaltending by Brady Bauer. The team had wins ov…

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What makes a Minnesotan? That “yeah, sure, you betcha” attitude? Wearing shorts and flip flops in 15-degree weather? Making time year-round to enjoy one of our 10,000 lakes? For the Long Lake community, it’s flannels. The Long Lake Chamber of Commerce and downtown business district asked all…

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Five Lake Minnetonka chefs will battle it out 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at the sixth annual Sizzle for a Cause cooking competition and ICA Food Shelf fundraiser at the Lafayette Club, 2800 Northview Rd., Minnetonka Beach.

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Freshman Lance Munsterteiger competed in the Ninth Grade League state tourney on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Champlin Park. Munsterteiger won his first round match with a 6-1 victory over Isaiah Brown of Rogers, but fell to eventual runner-up A.J. Aitkin of Maple Grove in the quarterfinals.

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At the invitation of board members, 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie) visited NorthWest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth to attend part of an afternoon prayer session and hold a community discussion Feb. 9.

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North Shore Gymnastics held its 22nd Annual John Roethlisberger Iceberg Open at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion on Jan. 25-27, hosting over 530 boys representing 35 different teams from across the country. During the afternoon session on Saturday of the Iceberg meet, the MN Golde…

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Mound Westonka High School was honored when their own English teacher Corey Bulman was selected as Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year for 2017. Now, Bulman plans to present the message he has given in speaking engagements across the state this year: Teaching Matters. All members of the communit…

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The Mound Westonka High School Nordic Ski Team competed in the Section 6 Championship Meet on Feb. 5 at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The morning skate race was fast due to expertly groomed trails and brisk temperatures. Leading the White Hawk boys after the morning race was junior Cha…

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The Orono Spartans continued their strong season as they took on the Delano Tigers in its annual “I Heart Hockey” fundraising event on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in what was a typical grind-it-out crosstown rivalry. This year the boys selected The Pay It Forward Fund as the designated charity. The Pa…

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The Mound community is being called to join together once again to donate blood to save local lives. “You can impact up to three lives with one donation, it’s only an hour of your time, and I personally would not be alive without blood donors, so I am forever grateful for people who show up,…

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Orono traveled to Watertown-Mayer (WM) Thursday and Totino-Grace (TG) Friday for a series of dual meets and came away splitting the four match-ups 2-2. As a team, it appears the Spartans are snake bit. On a positive note, senior Lukas van Dyck finally made it back into the line-up after bein…

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling squad wrapped up the dual meet portion of the regular season with seven duals in two days. On Friday, Feb. 1, they hosted a five team meet, and came out with three wins over Robbinsdale Cooper, St Agnes and Minneapolis North. The White Hawks only blem…

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Orono Middle School eighth-grader Jack Prisendorf won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee Jan. 23. The school bee, at which students answer questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee. Prisendorf also won the school bee last year.

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Valentine’s Day is coming up and we all know what that means: chocolates, greeting cards, and flowers. Local flower shops agree that Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year for the floral industry. In honor of this major holiday, I spoke with local florists at Lake Minnetonka…

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The Lady Spartans played two games on the road last week against two highly-ranked opponents. While gaining valuable experience, Orono failed to gain another victory.

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Westonka girls basketball hosted a first ever dedication game at home on Feb. 2 before facing off with Watertown-Mayer for a second time this conference season. Each Varsity and JV player selected someone for whom they dedicated their play of the game. The person selected impacted their life…

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The Mound Westonka High School Rotary Interact Club organized an event on Jan. 28 called “Stick It To Hunger,” a four-on-four hockey tournament to raise money for the Westonka Food Shelf. Each team that signed up to play brought a bag of food items to donate to the food shelf.

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Summertime farmers markets are just one of the many fun activities to look forward to in the Mound Westonka community. So much so that Laura Lloyd, a coordinator and vendor for the local farmer’s market reports, “I’ve lived here for 10 years and I help run the farmer’s market, and I’m a vend…

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The Orono Mound Westonka (OMW), Boys Swim & Dive team finished their regular conference schedule with a loss to a very strong Buffalo High School team. Coach Buecher looked to finalize adjustments to the line-up with the Wright County Conference Championship in Hutchinson on Feb. 10th in mind.

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During the month of January, students at Shirley Hills Primary School partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to collect “Pennies for Patients.” The school exceeded its initial goal of $6,000 by raising $6,400.

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The USA U18 Women’s Hockey Team dominated Sweden with a 9-3 win at the World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia on Saturday, Jan. 13. This marked an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship win for the team. Also unprecedented, Orono High School student Lizi Norton played for the team for…

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The Mound Westonka Boys Basketball team was able to get back to their winning ways and earned a split for the two games played last week. On Jan. 30, the White Hawks hosted the Dragons from Litchfield. Both teams were challenged to score in the tightly contested first half of the game. The l…

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On Tuesday, Jan. 30 our White Hawks traveled to face off against conference rival the Hutchinson Tigers. Similar to last week, the real question was if the White Hawks were looking past this game in anticipation to the big rematch with No. 3 state ranked Orono, at Thaler arena, on Friday, Feb. 2.

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Mound Westonka High School had its own celebrity sighting during Super Bowl week when Herculean actor Kevin Sorbo came to town. Sorbo, a 1977 MWHS graduate, returned to his alma mater on Feb. 1 as part of the Westonka School District’s yearlong centennial celebration.

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks seventh through ninth graders participated in the Ninth Grade League Region Three tourney at Mound Westonka High School on Saturday, Jan. 27. The White Hawks placed seven wrestlers for an 11th place overall in finish in a tough region. Placing for the White Haw…

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Shirley Hills Primary School invites the Westonka community to participate in one of the school’s biggest fundraisers of the year! The Shirley Hills Carnival and Silent Auction will take place Friday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Rapidly melting snow brought on by 45-degree temperatures and a 15 mph SSW wind challenged the skiers and ski waxers gathered at Baker Park for the Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference (TCNSC) race on Friday, Jan. 26. Orange cones guided the racers away from pavement and bare ground. The aftern…

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The Mound Westonka Boys Basketball team entered their third week of the league schedule seeking to get back to their winning ways. On Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, the White Hawks traveled to Glencoe-Silver Lake to play the always feisty Panthers. The White Hawks raced out to an early 7-0 lead, but th…

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The Kris Humphries Foundation partnered with The Westonka Food Shelf this year to identify local families in need at the holidays, hosting a party for them at Surfside Bar and Grill in Mound on Dec. 21.

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The Spartans played two conference foes last week, continuing a run of improved basketball that has seen Orono win three of its last four games. The lone loss during that stretch came Tuesday at home in overtime to the WIldcats from Waconia.

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The Mound Westonka/W-M/SW Christian Girls hockey teams knew they would be in for some intense hockey last week. Their two opponents were No. 9 ranked Delano/Rockford on Thursday and No. 10 Proctor/Hermantown on Saturday. Both games were on the road.

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Just after the holidays, on Jan. 2, the DECA Public Relations Chapter Project, Westonka Compliments, partnered with National Honor Society for the second annual ‘Blanket Making Bonanza’. The event drew a total of 32 students, who dedicated their morning to making blankets for the local nonpr…

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Rep. Cindy Pugh, R-Chanhassen shared a controversial social media post last week. In the post, a local Republican Party official warned on Facebook of a plot to “mobilize Muslims to infiltrate our Republican caucuses on Feb. 6.”

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On Tuesday, Jan. 23 our White Hawks played host to conference rival, the Wildcats from Waconia. The real question was if the White Hawks were looking past this game in anticipation to the big rematch with No. 10 ranked Delano on Friday, Jan. 26. The answer came very quickly with the White Ha…

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The Orono Mound Westonka (OMW) Boys Swim & Dive team traveled to conference rival Watertown-Mayer/Delano last Thursday, Jan. 25. Coach Buecher kept tinkering yet again with his line-up, having some swimmers in events for the first time or the first time this season. This produced heighte…

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The Westonka Walleye Program (WWP) is a program that has been important to the Lake Minnetonka community for five years now. The walleye population in Lake Minnetonka is no longer self sustaining, and the community is getting involved to help that population grow again.

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The Mound Westonka Boys and Girls Nordic Ski team competed in the Twin City Nordic Ski Conference Championship meet on Jan. 26 at Baker Park in Medina. The snowstorm earlier in the week added to the small base of snow, just enough to set classic tracks and hold the race on natural snow. The …

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At pickup and drop off times, school zones can be a nuisance to drive through, especially on single lane roads. Old Crystal Bay Road, which runs by the Orono schools, has been one of these nuisance zones for a while now.