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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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The city of Waconia will invite the public to weigh in on a proposed special vehicle ordinance that would allow some vehicles on city streets and prohibit others. The hearing is expected to be held at the city council’s Nov. 2 meeting.

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Marty Cramer was a new volunteer when she first joined Waconia United Food Shelf back in 2003. The local food shelf was just getting started, and Cramer, just retired from a career in childhood education, got involved with the fledging food shelf as a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

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A new building constructed on the fairgrounds in Waconia earlier this year was slated to be unveiled at the Carver County Fair. That didn’t happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the Carver County Fair Board held its own ribbon cutting and tour last Wednesday for county officials.

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On September 22, the Watertown City Council met to discuss a few community items, one of the more impactful items being the 2021 Preliminary Levy. As this was their last meeting before having to submit the proposed levy before September 30, the plan was to approve the levy. As with all preli…

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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…

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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…

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School District 110 leaders have started to make the rounds in the community to share information about the proposed school operating levy question that is on the ballot this general election.

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It’s the final quarter of the year, which means levy season is upon us. As cities, counties, and the state prepare their preliminary levies, they are also having discussions on the plans for 2021. For the public, this means beginning to hear about tax plans and future projects and being able…

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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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Long-time Waconia City Administrator Susan Arntz has accepted the Mankato city manager position. She will start Nov. 30 following the retirement of current Mankato administrator Pat Hentges, who served that community for more than two decades.

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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.

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There’s a new sport on the scene, and it’s different from anything you’re thinking. There’s no ball or running, but teamwork is still the name of the game: esports. Esports are competitions in video games, done through collaboration and knowledge of game mechanics, just like any physical spo…

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A Carver County Fair junior fair board was established this spring to give young people the chance to build leadership skills, get involved in the community and provide input on what they would like to see at the fair.

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Chad Bijou has managed repair and maintenance shops for major auto dealers like the Morrie’s and Lupient auto groups for more than 15 years. He has considered running his own business for the past five years, and had a serious eye on a location in Waconia to start an auto repair business for…

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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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The Girl Scouts have been hard at work, despite COVID-19. Since they were unable to meet in person until July, these girls hit the ground running to work on their Silver Award. The Silver Award projects are painting inspirational quotes throughout the Central Schools bathrooms, as well as ki…

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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…

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Outdoor markets are a staple of summer and fall, and Norwood Young America is happy to bring in their own to the table this year. The new NYA Market Place will be opening up on September 12, continuing to be open every other weekend until October 10. There will be a variety of goods availabl…

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Available and affordable housing are a challenge in most communities. Finding suitable housing is a special challenge for the special needs community – young adults with intellectual disabilities who are ready to live on their own, but not fully independent.

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On Aug. 26, the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce held its first in person meeting since the initial shut down in March. There were several updates from the last few months to give, including plans for the future as well as Chamber plans.

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After years of hard work, the Mayer Fire Department is much closer to a new and improved fire station. On August 10, an official budget was approved for the new station by the Mayer City Council of $2.8 million for the new station. Now, planning has started for the site, and the first meetin…

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Schools are beginning to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year and Carver County’s first public school to open was Cologne Academy. Their plan was to commit to their first day of school date of August 24 and to reopen as normal as possible while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as the pandem…

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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…

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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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Watertown city staff have been hard at work to help keep the local businesses supported. That hard work has resulted in three new programs, courtesy of the Economic Development Authority (EDA), intended to help business impacted by COVID-19. These programs are funded through the federal CARE…

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With protests still taking place across the country demanding police reform, it’s important to remember that perspective is everything. The experiencing groups and individuals have compared to others often leads to debate. For this reason, and even before that, the Carver County Sheriff’s Of…

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The local libraries have been hard at work providing fun, distanced activities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of their summer activities, Virtual Book Buddies, was so successful that they will be continuing it through the fall. And as a bonus, the program has been expanded to include …