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There are no movies listed on the marquee at the Waconia Theatre these days and none playing inside. But coming soon watch for new feature attractions and a whole new viewing experience.

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Ten years ago, you wouldn’t see a lot of fresh produce in School District 110 coolers or fresh food items on the plates of students in cafeteria lines. Much of it was “heat and serve.”

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It’s not surprising that the term lockdown conjures up alarm and even hysteria given the events at Columbine, Sandy Hook and other horrific school shootings in recent years. And there was a bit of that two weeks ago when two Waconia elementary schools were placed on lockdown at the suggestio…

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In existence since 2014, Carver County Veterans Court is possibly one of the most unique services offered to veterans. This problem-solving court specializes in helping US military veterans charged with criminal offenses who struggle with overcoming chemical dependency and/or mental health p…

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The Tri-County Toastmasters awarded Watertown resident, Mike Burns, a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of participation in and contributions to the club. A founding member, Burns has been a part of the Watertown-based organization since its inception 46 years ago and is the last…

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“Welcome to my passion,” WCCO’s Mike Lynch said as he opened the stargazing event held on Jan. 26 at Bayview Elementary School in Waconia. 

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The Winery at Sovereign Estate captured honors in six wine categories, including three “Double Golds” at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, known as the “Super Bowl of wine events.”

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There will be more than 70,000 fans inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4 for Super Bowl LII. Outside, there will be 10,000 volunteers helping with the event starting this Friday through the Super Bowl. Among them, more than a half-dozen area residents selected to serve on Bold North’s “Crew 52.”

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In existence in 2014, the Carver County Veterans Court is possibly one of the most unique services offered to veterans. This problem-solving court specializes in helping US military veterans charged with criminal offenses who struggle with overcoming chemical dependency and/or mental health …

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Veterans Court takes place at the Carver County Courthouse.

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Join the Carver County Historical Society in welcoming local syndicated political cartoonist Dave Granlund to its 78th annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28. The general meeting of members will be held at 1 p.m. Granlund will begin his presentation at 1:30 at the Historical Society & Museum,…

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You are cruising into town on a cold winter day. On your left is a new Jimmy John’s, a Culver’s and a new Holiday gas station. Up ahead, there’s a Dollar Tree, a Starbucks, a Sports Clips and other new commercial facilities. A new Subway and an ALDI market are under construction, and a coupl…

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Two years ago, Waconia had very few offerings for its senior citizens. The community’s assisted living facilities offered programs for senior residents and visitors, but those living in their own in homes and apartments were limited in their options. 

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And there, right in front of me was…a flash fiction contest! Calling anyone and everyone with a story to tell, the Arts Consortium of Carver County (ACCC) has announced their 2018 flash fiction writing contest. What is flash fiction, you ask? Literary Liaison for the ACCC, Jim Kane, explaine…

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Waconia Lanes has been vacant for around two years now, save for a few squirrels darting in and out of the building. But later this year, the building should feel the thunder of bowling balls rolling down the lanes again, and visitors imbibing in food and drink.

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Let’s face it, you either love lutefisk or you detest it. The smell either brings back fond holiday memories or makes you wretch.

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This is the time of year when grocery carts and holiday tables are filled with the bounty of the season. But it’s not that way in all households, and that’s where Waconia United Food Shelf is ready to lend a helping hand and some holiday cheer.

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For nearly two decades, countless couples, families and friends have bundled up, hauled out to the countryside near Cologne, grabbed a saw and hopped aboard a tractor-pulled wagon in search of the perfect Christmas tree. The destination: Z’s Trees.

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Students at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria will have additional resources available to them as they move to pursue a career in technology, engineering and science thanks to a grant from a local engineering firm.

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Susan Mason Solem is a loving wife to her husband, Mark, and mother to her sons, Joshua and Andrew. Susan is a 1992 Waconia High School graduate who also attended Crown College in St. Bonifacius. Susan and Mark have been married 18 years, and are settling into life’s busyness, with their boy…

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During their most recent meeting, the Minnetrista City Council got an update on Waconia School District project from Superintendent Pat Devine. Devine presented a video to the council explaining the results of the Waconia Schools’ branding process. 

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The temperature is creeping from brisk to cold, and throughout Carver County and the west metro, communities are preparing to kick of the holiday season with themed events aimed at bring the communities together in a spirit of good will and spreading cheer throughout the area. Here are some …

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The plight of a little gray kitten trapped in an underground drainpipe captivated local residents, and – even better – it has a happy ending.

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A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge, welcomes Christmas with no welcome at all. One Christmas Eve changes his “bah-humbug” attitude when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit him. He remembers happy memories, feels the sadness of the present and the cruel reality o…

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In the Land of 10,000 lakes, there are 854 towns – but only 10 made the cut to vie for the Best MN Town title from Minnesota Monthly magazine.