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The Washington County Board of Commissioners will take comments on the county’s 2021 budget at an evening meeting Dec. 1 in the County Board Room at the Government Center in Stillwater, starting at 6 p.m.

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To protect the community, staff at the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment are encouraging members of the community interested to take a free suicide intervention course. The QPR Gatekeeper online course teaches participants how to question, persuade and refer a per…

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Croixdale’s Monarch butterfly season is wrapping up. We have raised and released a total of 180 butterflies in 2020. We collected them as eggs, gathered and washed milkweed to feed them, cleaned their enclosures, watched them grow, and prayed over them as we released them back to Mother Natu…

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Citing the increase in COVID-19 infection rates across the state, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea issued a statewide order limiting in-person activity in courthouses. The order goes into effect on Nov. 30 and will remain in until Jan. 29, 2021.

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Exhibitions currently on view in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts feature a group exhibition by seven regional artists titled “Where We Are From” that include new paintings by Andrew Nordin, of New London; collage and paintings and sculptures by Matthew Winkler, of Pine Island.

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Ruth Hjelmgren, speaker, educator and Community Relations Director at Artis Senior living of Woodbury, partnered with The Woodbury Foundation, Artis of Woodbury and other organizations in the City of Woodbury to start an action team that’s focus it to improve this lives of those who are affe…

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Due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 infections, the Stillwater Area Public School Board at its meeting Nov. 19 changed the district’s learning model to remote instruction for all students.

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Washington County is partnering with the City of Cottage Grove to offer free COVID-19 testing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Environmental Center in Woodbury. Schedule an appointment at https://www.primarybio.com/r/stillwater.

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When a cougar was found dead at the interchange of I-494 and 35W in Bloomington earlier this fall, it raised a few eyebrows: a cougar? Here? Really?

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Washington County will receive $330,000 from the state Department of Human Services to provide emergency services for those who are experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

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Join other grateful souls in the St. Croix Valley at “A Community Thanksgiving Service,” sponsored by eight area churches, which will air on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. on Valley Access Channel 15.

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The Minnesota Department of Health opened new longer-term COVID-19 testing sites across the state. Ten of the testing sites will be at National Guard Armories in Stillwater Albert Lea, Anoka, Crookston, Fairmont, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Inver Grove Heights, Morris, , and Wadena.

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In collaboration with students attending Stonebridge Elementary School in Stillwater with “Thanking a Veteran,” a display of thank you letters written by Carla Benning’s fifth grade class, Emily Domeier’s first grade class, and Katie Swendra’s first grade class will be on display Wednesday, …

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Washington County Library has added 400 Wi-Fi hotspots and 100 Chromebooks to its collection to help residents access the internet outside of the library. The devices are available to checkout for up to a month with a library card registered in Washington County.

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Angeline Gard owned and ran Plie Dance Studio in Oak Park Heights for 13 years, but once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she turned the 6,500 square foot, two-level dance studio into a multi-vendor boutique called Rust and Rose, 5525 Oak Park Heights. 

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Based on the Governor’s Executive Order 20-99 that was issued on Nov. 18, Washington County Parks cancelled the 28th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse Holiday Bazaar this weekend from Nov. 20-22.

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The Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will be a hosting a Rotary Reindeer fundraiser by selling handmade wood-carved locally sourced reindeer made from birch. The proceeds will fund the local rotary’s community projects and also help fund global service projects. The reindeer:

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Lakeview Health Foundation’s first virtual gala on Oct. 22 raised more than $100,000 for Lakeview Hospital’s Homecare & Hospice program, which serves patients across the St. Croix Valley and Western Wisconsin. Funds raised at the gala will be used for programs and equipment including mas…

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Living Thankfully will host a giving thankfully drive though from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at First United Methodist Church, at the corner of Myrtle and Greeley streets, as volunteers will take donations from cars as they drive through the parking lot.

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On Nov. 16, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will issue a new five-year MS4 General Permit to guide stormwater management in nearly 300 communities around the state. It’s one of those boring government programs that never quite makes headline news, but quietly benefits millions of Minn…

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Stillwater FFA members recently claimed top honors in two Region 4 FFA Virtual Career Development Events. The Fish and Wildlife CDE team earned a first place finish in a field of 12 FFA chapters in the regional virtual event coordinated by Minnesota FFA. Team members advancing to state this …

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Despite the pandemic, Stillwater area residents met, masked and socially distanced, at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial across from the historic Washington County Courthouse on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor those who served in the United States military.

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Minnesota bars and restaurants must stop serving at 10 p.m. and attendance at weddings, funerals and social gatherings will be limited under new restrictions Gov. Tim Walz announced Nov. 10 to try to slow the accelerating spread of  the coronavirus.

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Stillwater nonprofit Valley Friendship Club’s annual Funds for Friends breakfast event be held online at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov 7. VFC members and a guest emcee, Kat Perkins (from NBC The Voice), will regale you with her amazing music and lead you through the morning program.

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The White Bear Lake Area League of Women Voters invites the public to attend their November general meeting, which is an online discussion about the impact of the recent general election, with Professor of Political Science at Augsburg University Andy Aoki, on, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Minnesota Department of Health is continuing a statewide push to increase access to “no-barrier” COVID-19 testing with an eighth week of testing locations. MDH is partnering with local public health officials and other community partners to offer testing the week of Nov. 8 in Burnsville,…