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As the coronavirus pandemic has burned across the United States, we’ve heard a lot about frontline heroes. The efforts by doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders are immeasurable to the country.

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The project we coordinated with the Monticello High School that we called, Seniors Supporting Seniors, was a huge success!  Senior citizens were asked to paint encouraging words on rocks to be given to high school seniors.  Those young people are missing out on so much due to the pandemic an…

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 A couple looks at a poster of the Monticello Class of 2020 that has been erected on the northeast corner of Highway 25 and Broadway Street in Monticello.

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Members of the Monticello American Legion Post 260 Honor Guard make their way into Riverside Cemetery along the Mississippi River for the Legion’s annual Memorial Day event. Members of the Honor Guard made changes to the Memorial Day event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which included fol…

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 In the last week I have participated in two very helpful Zoom meetings discussing when and how to safely open senior centers.  One was sponsored by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and the other by the Minnesota Association of Seni…

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Zoey Pierce stands for graduation photos after being filmed walking across a graduation stage with her diploma on the east side of the Monticello High School parking lot on Tuesday, May 19. Members of the MHS senior class had graduation photos taken Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Videos…

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A couple weeks ago I asked for people to help make masks and the response was great.  In fact, we can use more, so please call me at 763-295-2000 if you can help.  This week I have another request…  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in the lives of students. But one thing fifth grade teachers at Pinewood Elementary School weren’t going to allow to change was tradition. It’s been a long-standing practice on the last day of school at Pinewood Elementary to have fifth graders r…

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 As Maria Becker and Don Granger served ice cream sundaes and root beer floats to the residents at Cedar Crest Senior Apartments in hopes to brighten their day from six feet away, Carolyn Granger asked about the experiences they have had during this time of pandemic confusion and self-isolat…

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A favorite place for many in Monticello is Otter Creek park, where water runs beneath both a foot bridge and a railroad trestle and a sculpture of an otter upon a bicycle seemingly changes with the seasons. In this season of change with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, and face prot…

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 The Monticello School Board approved a new contract with its teachers Monday, May 4, capping a long round of negotiations that resulted in teachers working under the terms of their previous contract that expired almost a year ago.

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A special event permit was issued to the Monticello Lions Club  for its annual BrewFest, scheduled to be held on April 15. The Lions anticipate 120 beers to be sampled at 45 tables in West Bridge Park. The Council also approved for the Lions a 1-day temporary on-sale liquor license on August…

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Two F-16 "Fighting Falcon" aircraft from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth flew over CentraCare Health- Monticello  and Stellis Health at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 to honor medical personnel working on the front line of efforts related to the coronavirus.

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If you are looking for a way to put your time and talents to good use, we are looking for people willing to make and donate cloth masks for at risk community members. We are asking you to consider helping with this important task. The website listed below from the CDC indicates how masks are…

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Hello, everyone.  I hope you are staying safe and healthy.  We have been making a lot of calls to people just to check in with them.  People seem to be doing quite well with the stay at home order – what a resilient bunch!  The common thing we are hearing is that it is boring.  And it is!  I…