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Mound Westonka High School has reported a third case of COVID-19 among either its staff or student population, according to an Oct. 22 email notice sent out to families of MWHS students.

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The Milaca Public School District has been given guidance from Mille Lacs County Public Health and the Regional Support Team (MDE/MDH) to change learning models due to the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, reports Superintendent Dave Wedin.

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In accordance with the governor's mandate and directions from MDH, MDE, Mille Lacs and Sherburne County Public Health Departments, the Princeton School District will move into Distance Learning for middle school, high school, ALC and Onward students, and into the Hybrid Model for primary and…

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The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to offer free COVID-19 testing in Waconia. The testing event in Waconia will be held Tuesday, October 27 through Thursday, October 29, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day at the Lake Waconia Event Center. Testi…

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With adjustments being made in local businesses and to events, this Halloween is no exception. While most trick-or-treating events have been canceled this year, there are a few events that have made adjustments for families to enjoy some trick-or-treating and other Halloween fun this fall. W…

    Since COVID-19 reached the United States earlier this year, non-profit organizations across the United States have had to figure out what their next step will be. Great River Arts (GRA) in Little Falls is no different.

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, seeing firsthand how prevalent domestic violence is whether across the United States or right in Morrison County, Assistant Director Johanna Klinkner with Hands of Hope in Little Falls said awareness about it should be every month.

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The Carver County Library is bringing fun to the community, one brick at a time. Well, one Lego brick at a time, with their bi-weekly Lego Challenges. These challenges have a range of challenges, and children around the county get the chance to show their knowledge and architectural skill in…

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The Twin Cities Marathon, originally scheduled for early October, usually draws upwards of 8,000 runners and some 300,000 enthusiastic spectators spread along the 26.2-mile route. It’s annually one of the largest marathons in the U.S. and often dubbed as “the most beautiful urban marathon in…

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Princeton’s girls soccer team was all geared up to head into Section 7A play and battle third-seeded St. Francis on Oct. 13 on the road. The opportunity to upset the Saints and advance past the first round was ripped from the Tigers’ hands as a positive COVID-19 test cancelled the game and e…

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Mound Westonka High School has seen its first two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a communication emailed to parents of MWHS students Oct. 11.

    A true hero. That’s how Richard Holly of Milaca describes his 11-month-old granddaughter, Presley Holly, of Pierz. Since she was diagnosed with high risk epilepsy when she was two months old, she is literally fighting a battle for her life, he said.

What better place to go exploring for ghosts than in the city of Anoka, Halloween Capital of the World? Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. So much so that the Anoka County Historical Society gathered up all the stories people brought to us and turned them into a …

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While it’s been a hectic 2020 for everybody, many are still hard at work organizing projects and community activities. One of those groups hard at work is the Norwood Young America Lions Club. Meetings may be difficult, but this doesn’t mean that they’ve been silent during the COVID-19 pande…

Orono Intermediate School (OIS) students have been distance learning since Wednesday, Sept. 30 after four additional cases of COVID-19 within the school were confirmed following the news of one confirmed case.

While we are still waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine, there are other ways to help protect yourself and your community during the pandemic. As with every year, flu season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start getting flu shots. Now more than ever, the flu vaccine can make a big…

    More than 33 years has passed since Paul Marcus of Little Falls started working as a service technician for Center Point Energy in 1987. The first seven years in Burnsville and then in Little Falls after he and his wife, Tracy, relocated to Little Falls.

Community members can kick off Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 4-10, by visiting the closest Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View fire station for education, fun and an opportunity to get to know local firefighters.

Volunteers are vital to the survival of many charitable organizations. Without people willing to offer their time and expertise free of charge, many nonprofits would find it difficult, if not impossible, to meet their missions.

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One of Norwood Young America’s favorite restaurants will finally be reopening its doors on October 1. After a long summer of waiting to see what the future held, Northside Grill is ready and excited to see their customers once again. They had a few reasons for the delay, but they can’t wait …

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The start of fall typically marks the beginning of election season, and locally the 2020 campaign season is under way.

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Early this spring to the end of June, Waconia Public Schools through its Café #110 offered free mobile lunches to district families when classrooms were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Waconia Lions mark their 75th anniversary this fall. Even though the Waconia Lions 75th anniversary recognition event has been postponed for this year due to the pandemic, these pages are featuring some historical reflections and information from Lions’ archives to mark th…

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The first day of school is a big day every year as parents snap photos of their kids departing for school, and as students board buses and enter school buildings for the first time to start the school year.

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One of the largest questions around cities’ use of federal coronavirus relief funds has been in determining whether public safety payroll can be considered eligible costs for reimbursement through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act as much seems to hang on the phra…

An attempt to maintain some sense of normalcy in Ramsey was rained out Saturday, Sept. 12.

The first reports accounting for Minnesota cities’ use of federal coronavirus relief money were due Aug. 10 and Sept. 10, but some municipalities are still marking down a zero expenditure as they grapple with how, exactly, the funds can be used.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though the Waconia Lions 75th anniversary recognition event has been cancelled for this year, these pages will carry some historical reflections and information from Lions’ archives in the coming weeks to mark the occasion.

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Nickle Dickle isn’t a big one-day event this year; it is 10 days, running Sept. 17-26. Get your Waconia Bingo card here or other local merchants for lots of deals, giveaways and fun activities to do around town. Complete five squares in a row and get BINGO! Enter your card to register to win…

The City of Robbinsdale is accepting registrations for National Night Out block parties, which will occur Oct. 6. Due to COVID-19, block parties will not be visited by local public safety officials, sharing of food and drink is being discouraged and street closures may be prohibited. Accordi…

Hunger Solutions, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is accepting applications for the Minnesota COVID Food Fund Grant.

Minnetrista lifted its city-wide emergency order Aug. 17 after council members determined that the order has had no real effect on city business over the past five months or on its positioning to receive federal COVID reimbursement dollars; one council member further alluded to the sour tast…

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The Andrew Peterson Farm east of Waconia was settled just a few years before uncompromising differences between free and slave states led to the American Civil War.

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The 2020 Carver County Relay for Life virtual event was held on Friday, Aug. 21, via Facebook Live from the Mayer Community Center. Although this year’s event had a very different feel to it, they were still able to succeed in bringing together those who have been affected by cancer to celeb…

While things may be slowly returning to normal, many are still struggling with the long-term financial consequences of the full shut down in spring of this year. In an effort to help local businesses through their own struggles with COVID-19, the Carver County CDA has put together a new Smal…

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Princeton School District Superintendent Ben Barton has a simple request for parents and students at the start of an unprecedented school year. His message is straightforward: It’s going to take a true team effort to educate children during a continuing pandemic.

   Showing llamas this year was done differently from what sisters Marizza and Mickaila Lenz of Royalton are used to. Due to state regulations amidst COVID, the shows were held virtually. Members of the Minden 4-H Club, they usually show at Benton County Fair.

    After a long evening of threshing corn stalks with her father, Winifred Klevenberg, he and Arliss (Klevenberg) Godejohn, gathered around the table with the rest of the family for a late supper in their Cyrus farm home. It was her sister Shirley’s turn to say grace, a prayer she knew by heart.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $500,000 contract with Bluestone Physician Services on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to provide COVID-19 testing for high-risk and high-need populations in the county.