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With At the Orono City Council meeting on Feb. 25, three new Orono Police officers were sworn in by Mayor Denny Walsh. Officers Troy Carlson, Aleah Lange and Zach Hway were joined by their family members and Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok as they were welcomed to the force by the council.

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A teenager is reported dead following a traffic collision near the intersection Hwy. 12 and Lake Haughwy Rd. in Independence, according to a release from West Hennepin Public Safety.

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In winter, the deep snow can create a major problem with high-piled snow around fire hydrants. The deep snow often makes it very difficult for firefighters to find the buried fire hydrants. In an emergency, firefighters must have clearly marked and accessible fire hydrants. It normally takes…

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The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has closed motor vehicle access to Lake Minnetonka at Wayzata Beach until further notice. The closure, announced on Feb. 8 by the Sheriff’s Office, is due to a dangerous pressure ridge that makes it unsafe for vehicles to access the lake at that location.…

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On Friday, Feb. 8, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Maple Plain Fire Department (MPFD) and West Hennepin Public Safety were dispatched to the 400 block of County Road 110 in Independence for a report of a pole shed on fire.

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United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced on Feb. 4 the sentencing of Scott Phillip Flynn, 57, to 87 months of federal prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $5 million in restitution. Flynn was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery on January 24, 2019, in…

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It was a packed house at B’s on the River on Friday, Jan. 25, as current and past members of the Maple Plain Fire Department, as well as their families and city officials from Independence and Maple Plain, gathered for a retirement celebration for three longtime MPFD firefighters.

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The many volunteer firefighters of western Carver County have been there for residents through all manners of troubles, from tragic house fires to medical emergencies. Moving forward, however, the most daunting challenge faced by departments may not come from a 911 call.

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The Westonka Snoblazers, in collaboration with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol will be offering a field day youth snowmobile training course on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Hennepin County Sheriff Water patrol headquarters, 4141 Shoreline Dr. in Spring Park in conjunction wit…

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West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) has announced the dates for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy will start on Feb. 14 and will end with graduation on April 4. The Academy runs for eight weeks with instruction one day per week, on Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m.

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Now is the time to talk with kids about the dangers of ice. Ice thickness varies greatly on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the state. Some water bodies have none, while others have several inches, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.