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Mound Westonka High School had 120 students participate in the 2019 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference, which was held March 3-5 in Minneapolis. Continuing a long tradition of excellence for the Westonka DECA program, 19 students are headed to Orlando next month to compete at…

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Every year the Westonka Food Shelf encourages local schools to help them with their March Minnesota FoodShare fundraising campaign by “stuffing the bus.” This year students from Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), Shirley Hills Primary School, Hilltop Primary School, Our Lady of the Lak…

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Two Westonka Destination Imagination (DI) teams are headed to state competition after competing in regional tournaments on Feb. 23 at Maple Grove Senior High School and March 2 at Coon Rapids Middle School. The state tournament will take place on Saturday, March 23, at Champlin Park High School.

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The Orono Westonka Soccer Club hosted one of the first large events in the newly opened Orono Activities Center last weekend. The club’s Futsal Tournament took place Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Orono Foundation for Education has officially slated their largest fundraising event of the year. The Red & Blue Bash will take place on Saturday, April 27 at the Lafayette Club. This year’s theme? Vegas Style.

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On Monday, Feb. 11, the Westonka School Board announced that in the Spring of 2020 they will be ending their cooperative agreement with Holy Family, and stepping away to make their own Mound Westonka High School Boys Lacrosse team. This will be exciting for the boys, as it will mean they wil…

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Every student in the Westonka Schools band program will participate in the All-District Band Concert on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Mound Westonka High School. The concert, featuring students from fifth- through 12th-grade, begins at 2 p.m. Prior to the concert, a huge silent auction begins at 12:30…

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This year, for their DECA Chapter Project, Mound Westonka High School students Katherine Clarke, Grace Hanson, and Lauren Lachenmayer decided that they wanted to use their project to raise awareness about and encourage interest in women in coding.

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The Mound Westonka wrestling squad hosted the Leopold-Haglund invitational on Friday, Feb. 8, at Mound Westonka High School. The White Hawks wrestlers placed fifth overall in the ten team field. “There were some tough teams and this was a great tune-up for sections,” said co-head coach Joste…

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The White Hawks Girls Hockey team defeated New Ulm 5-1 on Saturday night to advance to the Section 2A Championship game. That game will be played on Thursday, Feb. 14th at Gustavus. Game time is 7:30 p.m

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The Mound Westonka High School Rotary Interact Club partnered with the Mound Westonka Rotary on a service project in January at Mary’s Place (Sharing and Caring Hands) in Minneapolis. The high school students delivered caps and mittens to Mary’s Place to be distributed to the residents there…

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The Mound Westonka boys basketball team continued in their winning ways by beating the host Dassel Cokato Chargers 62-32. It was their sixth straight win which moves them into second place in the Wright County Conference.

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The final time Orono would face Delano this season, brought all the aspects and drama of this classic Wright County East rivalry. This was a close and hard fought battle that would have 29 lead changes. A game that had only a slight margin on the scoreboard for most of the night would balloo…

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The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is coming to life on the Westonka Performing Arts Center stage March 8-10. The Mound Westonka High School Theatre is excited to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” This musical will delight audiences with a contemporary take on a…

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Four Orono High School seniors took part in National Signing Day on Feb. 6 at Orono High School. On National Signing Day, high school seniors across the country sign letters of intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Asso…

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A team of eight seventh-graders from Orono Middle School recently competed at the Minnesota Regional Finals of the annual Future City Competition, a non-profit educational program that asks middle school students in grades 6-8 to imagine, design and build cities of the future.

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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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The Mound Westonka Nordic Ski team competed in the Section 6 Championship Meet on Feb. 4 at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. As usual for Nordic Skiing, weather played a big factor on the day. Freezing rain overnight made for treacherous travel to Wirth. Navigating the ice-covered roads, …

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks boys basketball team has recently moved into third place in the Western Division of the Wright County Conference. The streak started with a home game against Watertown Mayer. Westonka’s pep band helped support the team and entertained the crowd. The gym was roc…

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Orono Activities Center was held at the facility on Friday, Feb. 1. Orono School Board Chair Bob Tunheim and Superintendent Dr. Karen Orcutt thanked everyone who made the facility a reality, including community members and local elected officials. Regula…

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The Orono Middle School auditorium was abuzz during a recent rehearsal of “Madagascar Jr.,” a musical based on the popular film that follows the adventures of a group of animals who escape from the zoo and end up in Madagascar.

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Finishing touches were being put on the new Orono Activities Center last week ahead of the grand opening this weekend. The 96,550-square-foot space includes five basketball courts with optional setup into volleyball, pickleball or tennis courts, baseball/softball and golf cages, weight and c…

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North Shore Men’s Gymnastics Optionals’ team headed west to compete in the 12th Annual Junior Rocky Mountain Open at the US Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, CO, with 670 gymnasts from across the nation on January 11-13. On Saturday evening, the athletes were invited to attend t…

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Five Mound Westonka High School seniors were invited to take part in this year’s prestigious Dorian Vocal Festival, hosted by Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Jan. 12-14. Seniors Sarah Brammer, Joey Colianni, Nick Drilling, Camryn Ess and Emma Jordahl were chosen to perform with over 1,100 s…

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling team faced the Chaska/Chanhassen Storm Hawks in a dual meet at home on Thursday, Jan. 17, and came out with a 43-27 victory. The Storm Hawks are an old rival from the White Hawks previous section, and both teams decided to keep the rivalry going with …

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A total of 14 Mound Westonka High School musicians were chosen to participate in the Annual Wright County Conference (WCC) Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival on Jan. 5 at the Annandale High School Performing Arts Center. About 180 students from 14 school districts were selected for the even…

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The Mound Westonka Boys Hockey team head into the final stretch of the regular season at 13-5-0 after a loss on Jan. 17th to Holy Family, 7-0. But it was the game prior that brought the momentum up a notch, as they beat the defending state champions, Orono, 4-3 in Overtime on the road on Tue…

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As the opening of the Orono Activities Center draws closer on Sunday, February 3, Orono Community Education is excited to offer many new adult fitness classes and programs in the school district’s newest facility. The building boasts a spacious studio room, walking track and court space that…

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Mound Westonka High School has chosen seniors Lauren Kelly and Aiden Maloney to represent the school at the regional Triple “A” Award banquet. An on-court recognition ceremony for the state-wide winners will be held in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Sponsore…

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestling team wrestled five duals in two days, which included three conference duals. Unfortunately, the White Hawks come out on the losing end of all three. On Thursday, Jan. 10, the White Hawks traveled to Dassel Cokato to take on the Chargers and the Annand…

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On Thursday, Jan. 3rd, the Orono Spartans came dressed for battle wearing their crimson and blue, as the 2017 State Champions defended their home turf against the high flying White Hawks. After the teams’ battle cries sounded, and tip off commenced, both teams clashed back and forth like the…

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Over the past seven years, Mound Westonka High School has offered a high school engineering program that addresses the growing need for careers in this field. MWHS offers a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) four-year engineering program. Students have the opportunity to earn college cred…

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The Mound Westonka White Hawks wrestlers returned to action from holiday break on Thursday, Jan. 3, competing at Spectrum High School in quad with the host Sting as well as Rockford and St. Croix Lutheran. The White Hawks faced Spectrum in the first match of the evening, and after losing a f…

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18 Orono High School students were chosen to play in the Wright County Conference honor band and choir at Annandale High School. 11 students played in the band and seven played in the choir. Roughly 160 students were selected to play at the event, representing 14 schools. The musicians are s…

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The MWHS/W-M/SW Christian Varsity Girls Hockey team returned to play after the lengthy holiday break and tied Delano last Friday night 3-3 at Thaler arena. A large crowd was on hand to watch the back and forth game between two of the top contenders in Section 2A battle it out.

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Even after the holiday season there are still many opportunities to serve within the Westonka community, and a great one coming up will be the Many Hands Many Meals event at Hilltop Primary School. This will be the third year that Hilltop Primary School partners with the Mound Westonka Rotar…