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At a Jan. 23 Watertown City Council workshop, city officials discussed potential plans for testing and cleaning the city’s storm ponds. According to city engineer, Andrew Bubbe of Bolton & Menk, the basic function of storm water ponds are to treat storm water by removing pollutants and s…

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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 Watertown-Mayer School Board met on Jan. 24 to discuss results from the Primary Building Visionary Meeting which was held back in December 2017. Superintendent Ron Wilke set the stage by reflecting on when the first high school was built in Watertown. 

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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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In less than one month, 2018 has brought a fair amount of change to the city of Watertown. One of those changes was welcoming a new fire chief. On Jan. 1, Watertown native and graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School, Ryan Schroeder, took up his post as fire chief. 

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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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On Jan. 21, Watertown-Mayer Elementary School hosted the 2018 Kindergarten Round Up. With about 60 families in attendance, the school held two meetings which were divided into two components. The first was a tour of the school so the students and parents could familiarize themselves with the…

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On Jan. 20, audiences piled into the Watertown-Mayer Primary School auditorium for the fourth annual Crow River Radio Hour. This original, Watertown-centric, fictional radio show was created and directed by Watertown resident, Lee Windsperger, as a way to bring the community together after t…

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The Watertown Chamber of Commerce met on Jan. 17, 2018 at the Watertown City Hall. During the meeting, the chamber awarded plaques to its newest members, including to Rob Wilkening with MyGlobalDJ. (Submitted photo)

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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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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the WMES Trash Sorting Superheroes! These superheroes aren’t unlike any other as they represent liquids, recycling, trash and organics. According to a video created by members of the Watertown-Mayer Elementary School, these superheroes are working to make bett…

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Children and their families gathered at the Watertown Library on Jan. 6 to welcome back a couple of familiar friends, Patti Collins and her dog, Flynn. The Watertown resident and her beloved canine companion have left paw prints on the hearts of many children within the community. They are p…

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With the holiday season in the rearview, it’s often a struggle to see past the bitter cold of January. According to Watertown native, Lee Windsperger, there’s a bit of a lull in activities and events during this time. So, the former member of the Watertown Area Fine Arts Council took it upon…

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In preparation for the Christmas holiday, Trinity Lutheran Church held their annual Advent Festival. A time where families can gather, give thanks and celebrate being together, the festival usually takes place at the beginning of Advent—typically during the first week. However this year, the…

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Walking down the streets of downtown Watertown, it’s practically impossible to avoid hearing someone mention Mario’s Italian Kitchen. Whether sharing the story about how the staff catered free food and water to everyone after the tornado hit, to drooling over their pizzas, or to simply drink…

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Community members and school officials reunited in a whirlwind of creative energy as discussion for repurposing space in the primary school ensued. As part of a two-year reorganization plan, kindergarten will be moving from the primary school to the elementary school next year, leaving behin…

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Watertown City Council members adopted a levy and budget for 2018 on Dec. 12. Reflecting a 1.78 percent increase, or $23.24 annually, to the averaged value home in Watertown, the 2018 general fund levy supports operations and debt obligations of the community for items such as general admini…

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Have you ever wondered what Christmas carols would sound like if they were played by 150 tubas? Me either. However, that type of heavy metal performance is exactly what you can expect from Tuba Christmas! 

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As the nostalgia of the holiday season sets in and 2017 draws to a close, people often begin to take stock in their lives. Reflecting on events of the past year, both good and bad, sparks ignite within their hearts as endless possibilities await them in the new year. As a community, Watertow…

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As October came to a close the Watertown City Council made more progress on the city’s capital investment plan. Discussion on the plan began in July, the council said since then they have had seven conversations about the CIP. 

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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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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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Last Friday, Nov. 3, Christ Community Lutheran School celebrated Grandparent’s Day. Their theme was “Salute the Veterans”. The school had placed 164 American flags on the lawn of the school. Principal Jeff Boelke said those were meant to represent servicemen that were connected to their stud…

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It’s built into the idea of representative democracy that making change is difficult, which is why many people get discouraged. But few things can exceed the satisfaction of helping shape the direction and success of your community or nation. One of the gifts of living in a representative de…

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The Waconia Lions Club launched their Carver County Korean & Vietnam Memorial Trip Project in August at the Carver County Fair. The project will involve sending 135 Korean & Vietnam veterans from Carver County to Washington, D.C., to visit their respective memorials on April 28, 2018…

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Last month, the Watertown Park Commission and the Watertown City Council put their heads together in a joint meeting to discuss the future of city parks.

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Rotary members in Waconia are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

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If you thought we were off the hook after a warmer-than-usual fall, Mother Nature has a reality check in store for Friday.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 25. Watertown-Mayer Schools were a sea of orange. Kids and faculty were head to toe in orange, pinky nails painted and orange beads around their necks. Phy-Ed teacher Pam Quarve at the middle school said they had about 150 students in orange that day. The middle school had…

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“If you don’t hear from us that’s a good thing” said Dr. Richard Scott, public health manager at the Carver County Department of Public Health. “But of course one disaster can change everything.”