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The St. Michael Albertville School Board met June 15 electronically as allowed by State and Federal Emergency Executive Orders. They provided a link for the public to also attend electronically and a recording of the meeting is available for review.

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In a normal year, there would be photos from Albertville’s Friendly City Days in this space, but the annual festival, regarded as a local curtain-raiser on the summer season, is one among many events across the state and the nation to be canceled this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The filing period for state legislature candidates is complete. The local races look to be fairly straightforward, with one Republican and one Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate filing to run in most cases. No local races will require a party primary.

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UPDATE: Readers please note, after this item went to press for the the June 11 print edition, a location in Delano dropped out of the June 17 food distribution. There are now FIVE locations available, as listed below.

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The annual Albertville Friendly City Days celebration, which would have been held next week, was canceled in April due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but in the wake of that decision, organizers and the Albertville City Council had discussed the possibility of holding a fireworks show instead.

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Last week, the Crow River News recognized the winners of academic awards in the freshman, sophomore and junior classes at St. Michael-Albertville-High school. This week, the senior class of 2020 is up.

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The Wright County Farm Family of the Year selection committee has selected the Neaton family of Sweet Beet Farm as the 2020 Wright County Farm Family of the Year. The Neatons are a family of four: Nick, Amelia, and sons named Albin, 4, and Hugo, 1. Nick Neaton also is coordinator of the Dela…

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The closure of Minnesota schools and cancellation of school activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that St. Michael-Albertville High School will not be able to fete its academic award winners with an in-person ceremony as it would most years. A statement from the school said:

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The class of 2020 will miss out on senior prom dates, awards ceremonies, graduation ceremonies and more than two months of in-person classes, as well as the entire spring sports season and other anticipated events, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the shutdown of school activities. To help g…

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Although no specific plans are yet in place, the Albertville City Council discussed possibilities for an alternative event that would take the place of Friendly City Days this year in its May 4 Zoom meeting. The celebration, which annually acts a something as a “summer opener” for local resi…

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Fifty-nine students from St. Michael-Albertville participated in the annual Minnesota Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis March 5-7. During the school year, over 1,700 Minnesota BPA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events pr…

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St. Michael Catholic School has hired Atlanta-area Catholic educator and NET Ministries alumna Melissa Ginther as its new principal. Ginther will join the school this summer, replacing long-time principal Jennifer Haller, who has been hired by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence in St.…

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On Monday evening, the Albertville Friendly City Days planning committee made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival, which was to have taken place June 10-14, over concerns relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Organizers of a number of popular festivals in towns throughout Minnesota have been forced to make an unfortunate announcement lately, namely that their town’s celebration will not be held in 2020 due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 virus.

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The sign (first photo) informing children that the playground at Swamp Lake Park is closed is, in many ways, a sign of the times as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter our way of life. In these strange times, it also possible to see signs of hope and inspiration (subsequent photos). Alt…

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“Desperate times call for desperate measures” is a familiar saying, and Love INC-Heartland has been taking that to heart recently. Despite the shelter at home order, there are still unmet needs in the community, so Love INC staff has been working to strike a careful balance between serving n…