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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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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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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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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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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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On Tuesday Jan 15, Norwood Young America resident Ann Fitz walked down her driveway to get the mail, as most of us do. However, a small trip outside turned into a three and a half hour ordeal, as she slipped on the ice and fell into the ditch, fracturing her knee. Unable to move and alone, t…

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In an effort to keep students engaged, Watertown-Mayer schools have been adding “exploratory courses”, elective classes designed to apply some of their standard course work in a brand new way. One of these new classes has been Shark Tank, a class based off the popular television show wherein…

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It’s time to get those creative juices flowing to write some poetry. For the 6th year running, the Arts Consortium of Carver County will be holding its Poetry Contest. This is for anyone and everyone in the community to show off their poetry prowess and maybe even win an award.

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In an age of tension, one of the most popular terms being thrown around is “mental health”. There’s been a significant increase in how many are diagnosed with mental illness in the last decade. But what does mental health actually refer to, and where do you go if the mind is unhealthy?

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On Jan 8, the county commissioners had their first meeting for the year. The chair and vice chair for both the board and Regional Rail Authority were elected for 2019 as well as appointing members of the county to various advisory committees. There were also several items on the consent agen…

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It’s fair to say we all have tried out a New Year’s resolution, whether that’s to eat less cookies or finally run that marathon we’ve always wanted to. But a common downfall is to stick with the program for a couple months before spiraling back to our old ways. What if it didn’t have to be t…

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The Watertown-Mayer high school robotics team, the Brotherhood of Steel, just received a late Christmas present: their first robot kit. For the next six weeks they’ll be building, planning, and going around town to show off just what they’re made of for their first year.

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Winter activities seem to be a bust right now with the warmer weather, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and have fun. For its 5th year, the Crow River Radio Hour will be hosting a show at the Watertown-Mayer Primary School’s auditorium.

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Christmas has come and gone, and as usual anyone with Christmas trees has to either pack them away or get rid of them before they shed their needles everywhere. Thankfully, each city in the county offers a way to safely get rid of your real tree without having to worry about how to get rid o…

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Looking for something to do during the winter? River City Theatre Company has you covered with their production of Moon Over Buffalo, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig, writer of Leading Ladies and the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.

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On Dec 10, Mayer city council approved their levy and budget for 2019. Like most other areas in the county, there was an increase overall.

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Accepting help can be a real struggle for anybody, much less a veteran. And while they do have options, they tend to take quite a bit of time, and sometimes rent or food is needed right now. A few counties around Minnesota offer the help for the now, and as of recently, so does Carver County.

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The county commissioners met on Dec. 18 to discuss a variety of topics, including the 2019 tax levy for Carver County and what kinds of things the levy is used for.

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Continuing the trend of levy season, the Watertown-Mayer School Board met on Dec. 18 to discuss their own levy. They also said farewell to a couple board members as well as discussed new courses coming to the high school for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Many aspects in our lives revolve around us being individuals. Facebook is always trying to get you to show off, marketing campaigns often sell themselves by appealing “to you”, and schools especially encourage individual thought. However, schools are often very structured, and don’t always …

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The County Commissioners met on Dec 11 and had quite a few interesting items on the consent agenda before moving into a closed meeting regarding the right of way acquisition along highway 41.

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Watertown-Mayer’s first-graders recently flooded into Bremer Bank to deliver some Christmas cheer! They filled the sleigh with toys and sang carols for everyone in the bank. Give them a big thanks for their generosity, and thanks to Bremer for putting on the toy drive! (Megan Glenn/ CCN).

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We’re all experiencing it; unfamiliar numbers calling almost daily, even multiple times in a single day. Sometimes it’s just a recording, and sometimes an actual human is trying to scam you. Either way, this is becoming frustrating for many since sometimes you’re expecting a call, and never …

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Every year, the county commissioners outline their legislative priorities for the county. These are the items they will push for at the capitol throughout 2019. Most are similar to last year’s, but there are a few new ones being added to the list.

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Every holiday season, there’s a flood of advice on social media on what to buy, or more accurately, what not to buy. One of the most prevalent among those is pets. Pictures of sad puppies and kittens being abandoned out in the snow are everywhere, often with text along the lines of “Don’t ju…

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Celebrate His Harvest at Mayer-Lutheran High School saw over 400 guests this year. With delicious food and decadent desserts for everyone, it can only be described as a great event! (Photos submitted by Kathy Martin).

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The first half of the school year is coming to an end, which means it’s time to reflect on progress, at least for the school board. At the Nov 26 meeting, most of what was discussed were the goals of the 2018-2019 school year, both learning and financial, as well as how they plan to reach th…

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The Watertown Lions and Leos saw a successful Santa Day on Dec 1. We had another very successful event today. With Santa at the community center to take pictures, face painting, games, prizes, and cookies. Mary Lou Jirik's piano students providing the music for over 2 hours, and the Leos als…

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The end of the year coming means a lot of projects are being discussed for 2019. At the Nov. 20 Commissioners’ Meeting, this was very true as the commissioners held public hearings about the recent update to the floodplain map as well as updating county fees for next year.

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A group gathered on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. for the dedication of the Carver County Veterans Memorial.  Mayer Mayor Mike Dodge welcomed the group and stated that this memorial is a welcome addition to the city.  The group then followed Korean War veteran Norville Luebke and Iraq War ve…

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Peace Lutheran Church put together a community worship and Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 21, and from the looks of it, there was an excellent turn out! A great appetizer to get the community excited for Thanksgiving. (Photos submitted by Sandy Fleischman).

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Sometimes after a long day, cooking just sounds like the biggest chore in the world, especially if there’s more than one mouth to feed. There is a chance, though, that Mario Cortolezzis may relieve this burden for a night.

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We live in a rapidly changing world. Technology is probably the best indicator of that. Kids born in the 90s, who still remember VHS and dial-up internet, now carry small computers in their pocket. With these changes come challenges, and Watertown-Mayer schools are trying to come up with a w…

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Mayer’s city council meeting had only few things to cover at their meeting on Nov 13. With an application for a fence to be placed at the storage facility on 521 Bluejay Ave and the need to do some work on the Waste Water Treatment Facility as two of the bigger items on the docket, there wil…

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Watertown-Mayer’s drama students are pictured all dressed and ready for their production of “Once Upon a Mattress”. From what we’ve heard, there were plenty of laughs and fun! (Photos submitted by Joyce Peterson).

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The cast and stage crew of Mayer Lutheran’s run of “Shrek: The Musical” are pictured at their last dress rehearsal before opening night on Nov 16. 

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With all the food and toy drives happening around Carver County, it’s a little overwhelming just to pick one or two. One that’s a little more unique for the area is St. Peter’s Nikolausabend, or St. Nicholas Eve. This drive, while still related to the holiday season, has a bit of a unique sp…

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In celebration of Veterans Day, the Carver County Veterans Memorial and Registry put on its 3rd annual Veterans Dinner. With a dinner catered by B’s On The River, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, and speaker Ryan Yantis as well as a silent auction with items donated from all around Carver Co…