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The Waconia High School Class of 2020 won’t have an in-person graduation ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions, but they did have a chance to get back to school last Wednesday, May 27, for a bit of celebrating prior to virtual commencement this Sunday, June 7.

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As of May 22, the school year for 2019-2020 is over. Students have until May 29 to sort out last bits of work or struggles they’ve been having with distance learning, but the year is officially done. For schools around the state, this means graduation is on the brain. For Central School seni…

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On April 27, the Norwood Young America City Council met once again to discuss several items. The first of these is an ordinance amendment regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), which would allow single-family home owners to create apartments on their property, so long as the space is actu…

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With the announcement of curbside pick-up for retailers being an option, a few businesses around Carver County are finally getting the chance to start reopening. While this is helpful to them, many businesses are preparing for the second phase: a full reopening. With May 18 just around the c…

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Masks are becoming a hot item, both to have and to make. So much so that in order to encourage everyone to be a part of their community, some colleges are offering work studies to students to make masks. The College of St. Scholastica is one of these, and a local student in Watertown, Madiss…

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Choir students at Waconia High School were scheduled to compete April 28 in the Region 2AA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Shakopee High School. Region contest is an opportunity for students to sing individually, perform their selections in front of judges and compete against other students fro…

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The traditional wedding vow states that partners are “to have and to hold, from this day forward,” no matter the circumstances. These vows are statements of love, of devotion, but there are few people in the world that can say that their vows have lasted over 50 years.

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Chaska-based Auburn Homes & Services has identified a confirmed, positive case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in one of its staff members. This staff member has not worked or been on either of Auburn’s two campuses (located in Chaska and Waconia) for over 30 days, according to the company.

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a district court judgement and ruled in favor of the city of Waconia in a long contest dock case. The opinion was filed last Monday, April 20.

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On April 23, Governor Tim Walz announced that for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, schools will remain closed with distance learning being how students will attend until Summer Break. Luckily, with a month already under their belt, many schools in the area know what to do to get t…

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While prom may be cancelled, that doesn’t mean that communities aren’t finding interesting ways to have some fun in the name of the event. The Post Prom Committee of Central has come up with an idea to keep students engaged and have a good time while involving the community. From a distance,…

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Masks are becoming a common item to see when going out, especially now that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has suggested that anyone going out should wear one. Recently, Gov. Tim Walz sent out a call for help from all Minnesotans, as masks are quickly becoming a hard to get item. He a…

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If something good can be taken from COVID-19, it’s that sentiments of charity and helping your neighbor have been kicked into overdrive. There are many ways to help someone during the pandemic. One, though, is always helpful - donating blood. With a drive taking place at the Norwood Young Am…

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There are new operators at Carlson’s Llovable Llamas, the popular local farm attraction. But the name won’t change.

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Soleil Ehalt from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Waconia won the third annual Big Bang Catholic STEM Fair in the 3-5 grade category. The event was hosted virtually by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE). Soleil won a trip to tour the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.

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Everyone is taking the best precautions they can to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some are wearing gloves, masks, and carrying hand sanitizer. However, with the demand going up and the need high in hospitals, it’s becoming a challenge for many to get these items. Even assisted living faciliti…

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While being at home all day certainly has its cons, there’s one pro we can all agree on: pets. Being at home when you have animals means you can devote more time to beloved family pets or even get one you’ve had your heart set on. Of course, they need care, too, and there are a few things to…