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Effective July 6, Adams Publishing Group, the parent company of Sun Patriot Newspapers, will be opening its office doors to the public again. Office doors were closed March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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On June 9, the Watertown City Council held a regular meeting via Zoom to discuss a few items. One of these items was utility adjustment rates for bars and restaurants, as well as liquor license fee adjustments due to COVID-19.

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There are plenty of ways residents have had to adapt in response to COVID-19, children included. Their lives were as much turned upside down as their parents’ with school and activities being held over Zoom, if at all. However, with the help of the Cologne community, students at the Elite Da…

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While several events around Carver County are being cancelled, one event in Mayer will still be taking place on July 11 - the Mayer Rising Community Festival. As a part of this festival, the annual Car Show and Craft Fair will also be taking place. There are a few changes in response to the …

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As summer approaches, major street and infrastructure projects are under way in both Waconia and Cologne. Here’s an overview from each community. Both cities are using letters and flyers to update affected residents about impeding work, and weekly project updates are available on each city’s…

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After weeks of discussion, Norwood Young America’s Stiftungsfest committee decided the event would be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 concerns. It was not an easy decision, and there were many factors that played into it, according to organizers.

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While most of the national conversation is on the likely face-off of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and the presumed Democratic nominee, former Vice-President Joe Biden, in the 2020 presidential election, the ballot facing local voters is a heavy one – everything from county com…

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During this year of the pandemic when many spring and summer events have been cancelled, the city of Waconia’s music and movies in the park series will go on. It starts with a concert at 7 p.m. this evening, Thursday, June 25, at City Square Park, a movie this Friday at 8:30 p.m., and contin…

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The beaches at Lake Minnewashta and Baylor regional parks opened to the public June 2 for the summer season (see related article). That’s not the case at Lake Waconia Regional Park, which remains closed while improvements continue at that facility.

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There’s nothing wrong with a little sunshine, and Sunshine Inspiration in Norwood Young America has been hard at work bringing some to folks around the community. One of their most recent efforts brought smiles to the folks living at The Harbor in NYA, who are still under isolation during th…

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Summer is here, and with workplaces everywhere starting to open back up, many parents are looking into childcare for the season. While they are now open to everyone, there area of course a few changes for the time being to keep everyone healthy and happy.

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Laketown Elementary School will have its third principal in only its first few years of operation. Keith Baune was selected for the position recently, replacing Eduardo Navidad who left for another opportunity after just a year.

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Starting July 1, all subscribers to the Waconia Patriot and News & Times will need to reestablish their online accounts to gain full access to all stories and images. We recently updated our online subscription portal and will need to reconnect all existing accounts. Click here to quickl…

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It’s no surprise the news of riots and protests has everyone worried, even when they don’t live in the Metro. While there are plenty of worries, a few around Carver County working to make things a little easier on the folks in the Cities trying to keep things manageable. A few Cologne reside…

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It’s the first week of June, which for 2020 is turning out to be a pretty historic month. This week is seeing the reopening of businesses all around the state, and with those businesses are churches. However, there are of course a few rules on gathering, just like with everyone else.

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School’s out, which means so are school activities. While activities hit a rough spot with the pandemic, that doesn’t mean that everything was completely cancelled. For example, the Norwood Young America has been still been recognizing student achievements in any way they can. A senior in Ce…

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Several Waconia bars and restaurants were expected to open to outdoor business this week following city council action in response to Gov. Tim Walz’s earlier directives regarding a phased re-opening of the state amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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School’s out, but that doesn’t mean children around Carver County have no activities to enjoy. Carver libraries have been working hard despite the virus to prepare for summer. While it looks a little different, the summer programs are already getting lots of community interest, so let’s see …

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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…