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A development proposal for Manitou Road in Tonka Bay was tabled during a public hearing Feb. 12, after property owner Phillip Jaffe withdrew the building concept to revise and resubmit the plans following comments during the hearing.

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During a Feb. 11 meeting, the Minnetonka City Council opened a public hearing and tabled action on approvals of liquor licensing for Boom Island Brewing Company. The on-sale taproom, Sunday and off-sale licenses were tabled until March 18, when the council will host another round of public c…

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It’s almost March – and that means time for the annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign. For more than 30 years, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches has partnered with local food shelves to provide food to people in need in communities throughout the state.

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The West Hennepin Chamber of Commerce has slated their first Mocha Morning Mixer event. This open house style coffee meeting will be Wednesday, March 20th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the City of Maple Plain Council Chambers.

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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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The American Institute of Real Estate Agents has recognized the exceptional performance of Minnesota’s Agent Raymond Quist as Two Years 10 Best Real Estate Agents for Client Satisfaction.

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March is Minnesota FoodShare Campaign month, and that means that the Westonka Food Shelf is preparing for their biggest fundraisers and food drives of the year. Next month will see the return of the Westonka Food Shelf’s fun annual events including Stuff the Bus, Pack the Pews, an omelet bre…

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A night of beer, wine, cider, food, music, and fun may be just what the doctor ordered in the face of this snowy winter. Fortunately, Our Lady of the Lake’s fourth annual Keg & Cork Fundraiser has been slated. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 2nd from 6-9:30 p.m.

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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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Kraus-Anderson Construction (KA) has completed a $27.4 million indoor activity center for Orono Public Schools. Located at 795 North Old Crystal Bay Road in Long Lake, Minn., the Orono Activity Center will provide a 96,296-square-foot recreation center with new indoor facilities and athletic…

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Walleye season is coming to an end. To make the most of the end of the season, the Westonka Walleye Program will be teaming up with Back Channel Brewery to host a “Last Call for Walleye” fish fest event. Ice fishers, their families and friends, and anyone else who loves the lake are invited …

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Over a month after their official opening, Painter Creek Winery invited the Westonka Community and Commerce to join them in a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new winery. On Thursday, Jan. 31 the owners, managers and employees of Painter Creek Winery were joined by members of the Westonka Com…

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Lake Minnetonka Shores (LMS), a Presbyterian Homes Senior Living Campus, hosts their annual Christmas Boutique the weekend before Thanksgiving as a way to raise money for charities and campus needs. Various vendors attend to sell their products, and a bake sale and raffle along with a flea m…

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When you first walk into the new Lake Minnetonka Wellness Center, you can expect to be greeted by two feline friends, Tom and Huck. The cats take turns spending weekends with different employees at the center, but otherwise make themselves at home at the center. The pair even have their own …

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February is officially here, and that means that Valentine’s Day isn’t far off. Making romantic plans for the special day can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work. So for those looking for a local, unique way to spend the day, Gale Woods Farm will be offering a Lovebirds’ Local Foods Din…

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In the interest of always doing things a little bit different, Back Channel Brewery will continue to roll out some unique experiences this month. Perhaps the most unique is their invention of a new sport: shufflepuck.

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Frontier Communications has failed to provide adequate, reliable phone and internet service to its Minnesota customers, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department.

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Families are always looking for new ways to strengthen their children mentally and socially. There are many great opportunities available in the Westonka area for families to take advantage of, but the latest is unique in that it combines the mental development of making music with the commu…

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Wheels to Waves has officially set up shop in Mound. The 10-year-old business specializes in audio, video, and electronics for home, auto, and boat installment. Business partners Dave Allen and Greg Powell decided it was about time they set up shop, after nine years of Wheels to Waves operat…

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It may be the heart of winter, but there’s still plenty of reasons to get out on the lake. This weekend, Birch’s on the Lake is introducing Sled Dog Sundays, a chance to shoot across snow-covered Long Lake on a quarter-mile run behind a team of Siberian huskies and enjoy a brunch buffet in t…

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As the new year gets underway, there are big changes in store for Long Lake True Value. Owners Mike Kokesh and Mark Schaefer want customers to know that while they are having a massive sale during the month of January, offering 50 percent off on more than 7,000 items, it isn’t a closeout sal…

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The city of Mound has added several new businesses recently, but within the city are also two gems that have been serving the community for years. Penny Wise and The Langdon are two local shops that sell donated items at a discounted price, and 100 percent of their proceeds go towards local …

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The Long Lake Council, at its meeting on Dec. 18, heard a request for variances and a conditional use permit for parking from an applicant seeking to open a Carbone’s Pizza in the current Budget Printing building, located at 2069 Wayzata Boulevard.

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The newest boutique in Mound, Goonga Baloonga, officially cut the ribbon on their new shop on Monday, Dec. 10 at noon. They were joined by members of the Westonka Community Chamber and Commerce and Mound City Hall staff to celebrate the shop’s official opening.

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It’s the season of giving. As you plan your holiday gift-giving, please consider the small businesses in your own community. When you support a local business, you enjoy benefits that you can’t possibly get from shopping at a national chain.

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Adams Publishing Group announced Dec. 3 they have purchased the assets of the Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership from W.D. Hoard & Sons Company. The Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership publish 13…

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Western Community Action Network (WeCAN) believes in working collaboratively to address the low-income community’s most critical needs. One of their important services is on-site free counseling provided by Relate Counseling Center of Minnetonka.

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This year’s Small Business Saturday saw many community members braving the cold to support local small businesses. Among those supported was Back Channel Brewing, who celebrated the holiday by releasing their inaugural imperial stout: the Soviet Slayer.

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Several years ago, Mitchell Thompson and Amanda Myers decided to build their family in the Westonka area in order to take advantage of the excellent schools in the Westonka School District. Now, they have both decided to build their businesses here as well.