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In 2012, a then fairly new kind of road configuration was installed at the intersection of Highways 212 and 284 in Cologne to address a rash of serious traffic accidents, including fatalities, at that juncture. Now the same kind of traffic management technique will be put in place at two int…

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The Brotherhood of Steel has made a huge leap forward: the robotics team will be participating in the World Championship held in Detroit, MI. The new team won the Rookie All Star award at the regional competition in Duluth. Now the team has to prepare for their surprise competition in roughl…

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Waconia recently welcomed two new businesses, Heal Her Peer Support and Uplift Your Life Feng Shui. These two businesses are both unique in their approach to offering empowerment and healing through their services.

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Last week, Central School District offered the job of superintendent to White Bear Lake principal, Tim Schochenmaier. He has since accepted the position and will be starting on July 1 of this year. On the evening of March 6, the school board met with Schochenmaier to negotiate his contract a…

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Winter started innocently enough with little snow and modest temperatures. But last month saw record snowfalls – about 30 inches for February – and bitter cold temperatures we haven’t experienced in 20 years. And March keeps piling it on, with 4-6 inches added over the weekend.

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The studies are largely complete, reports have been filed and some initial cleanup work has been done. Now comes the heavy lifting to turn Coney Island of the West on Lake Waconia into a regional park.

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Tri-County Riders of Watertown held their annual yearend banquet in Mayer this year on 2/23 and had the pleasure of crowning their new court of royalty. Congratulations goes out to the following:

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Basketball season for all schools in the area is coming to an end. To give one last big game for the season, Watertown-Mayer’s Youth Basketball Association (WMYBA) holds a tournament every year for teams around the state. This fundraiser is the single largest for the association in the year,…

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In an ever-changing world, all sectors of life are desperate to keep up. At the Feb. 25 meeting, Watertown-Mayer school board approved a marketing plan that not only seeks to update how the school district presents itself, but also living up to the goals outlined in their statements. The fir…

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This is the time of year when high school basketball players across Minnesota get ready for section play and what they hope will be a trip to the state tournament. Tourney time typically draws lots of fans, attention and even TV coverage.

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On Feb 11, Watertown-Mayer 6th graders boarded the bus to make their way up north to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. There they participated on various outdoor activities such as hiking, geocaching, and much more. They returned on Feb 15, full of stories about their adventure.

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Every March, Minnesota Foodshare puts together a huge campaign for all participating food shelves in the state. This year, the surrounding food shelves in Watertown, Waconia, and NYA will be ready to receive food and donations throughout March to restock for the coming months.

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At its meeting on Feb. 21, the Hennepin County Board awarded 26 grants that will not only invest in the county’s tree canopy, but also the health and economic vitality of communities, according to a county press release.

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There are few things in the world that give out more good feelings than charity. In a gesture of thanks, Norwood Young America residents Lois Fahey, Peg Boyle, and Candice and Wanda Wilson donated to the NYA fire department. The donation was high enough to allow the department to purchase an…

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Last fall, a new section of County Road 10 opened on the west side of Waconia, along with a new roundabout connection to Waconia Parkway South. Now, road attention turns to Waconia Parkway North, where local residents have raised traffic concerns about that intersection with Co. Rd. 10.

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This week marked the beginning of interviews for the new superintendent for Central School District. With current superintendent Brian Corlett leaving June 30, the school board and school principals have been working hard to gather candidates. Now, the interviews have started and a decision …

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On Feb 11, Watertown-Mayer jazz band students attended a Solo and Ensemble Festival to perform on stage for a panel of judges. Out of 26 different events planned from the band, 20 earned superior ratings, and two of those even received perfect scores for their performance.

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If you can’t wait for the remake, you can always get your "Lion King" fix by going to Cologne Academy’s spring musical. Students between 5th and 8th grade will be putting on the show the first weekend in March.

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With Carver County as a proud farming community, it’s no surprise that it would also be home to a Dairy Expo. For its 27th year, the expo will be held in Norwood Young America’s Central high school on Feb 18. With a range of speakers and vendors, along with a hot lunch, the expo hopes to sho…

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There are several activities for students to participate in for Watertown-Mayer, and just a couple weeks ago one of the extra-curricular clubs saw its students placing in several categories. The Business Professionals of America went to a conference on Jan 25, with 11 of the 18 students plac…

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After receiving a grant from the Minnesota State Clean Water Fund, the Carver County Water Management Organization will be starting up some projects in 2019. The hope of these projects is to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff, and there are a couple solutions for doing so.

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On Feb 5, the board of commissioners held a regular session that included the annual report from the Local Advisory Committee on Mental Health. The board also held a public hearing regarding a county-wide right of way ordinance.

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Waconia Relay for Life marks its 10th anniversary this year and the event leadership team has already been busy preparing for its 10th anniversary event, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 16, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Carver County Fairgrounds.

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A city isn’t built in a day, nor is it maintained and made great by one person. The same can be said of a county, especially one the size of Carver. Instead, the council and commissioners are helped by an array of committees to make things easier. Each committee has their own purpose, and wh…

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At Watertown’s City Council meeting on Jan 22, Jim May, the owner of Marketplace Foods, donated $5,000 to the council’s park fund in the hopes to help create a disc golf course in one of Watertown’s many parks.

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On Jan 28, the Watertown-Mayer school board held its first meeting of 2019. The new members were welcomed as well as a new chair, vice chair, and treasurer. It was also the first reading for the Profile of a Graduate, and referendum was discussed for the near future.

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After a relative lull the past couple of years, building activity in the city of Waconia started to pick up in 2018, and 2019 could be a breakout year.

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A $4.2 million package of improvements along Waconia Parkway and North Walnut Street near downtown was authorized last Monday night, Jan. 7, by the city council following a public hearing.