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In one Dakota legend, the horse was created during a thunderstorm, when a bolt of lightning struck a whirlpool in the Missouri River, and a horse emerged from the depths. It is easy to imagine this origin story while looking at the Nokota horse, a descendent of the wild horses that once roam…

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Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a new reporting app on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range.

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Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has a big vision for capital investment this year: to create a whole weekend of accessible infrastructure at one of Minnesota’s most visited state’s parks. The target of his ambition is William O’Brien State Park, which is split betwe…

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Celebrate spring as it blooms in the St. Croix Valley. Marine on St. Croix’s Millstream Day is set for Sunday, May 20, at the millpond at Burris Park near the Village Center. 

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Get ready to grab a net, study native wasps and hunt for non-native emerald ash borers. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has infiltrated and destroyed millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. Join the St. Croix River Association and Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails …

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While the City of Marine on St. Croix is considering the purchase of the former Marine Elementary school from Stillwater Schools, and if it can attract the new River Grove charter school, or part of it, back to the city, the advice of a longtime Stillwater charter school principal-superinten…

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Monument repair may be the most visible aspect of a restoration project in the works for Marine’s Oakland Cemetery this fall. But if the project goes as organizers hope, it won’t be the only outcome. 

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The 26th Annual St Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors to seven pottery studios Fri., Sat., and Sun., May 11, 12, 13. Each studio is a short drive from the others, allowing several or all to be visited in a single day.

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River Grove school is partnering with Stillwater’s Zephyr Theatre to bring music and performance to all grades in the school. The partnership is also key to preparations for the sixth grade play, a longtime Marine Elementary tradition that will continue at River Grove.

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St. Croix River Association hosting spring gathering at Science MuseumCelebrate and inspire culturally diverse connections and leadership in nature with the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) and Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 11, at Elements Cafe in the Sc…

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The water that falls on Craig Blacklock’s house flows, eventually, to the St. Croix River. The Moose Lake, Minn., photographer is best known for his images of another water: Lake Superior. But a recent endeavor found him exploring and documenting, from source to mouth, the river for which hi…

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After shooting down the idea of closing the Wind In The Pines Park parking lot earlier this month, the Scandia City Council is still looking for a solution.

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Following $1.7 million in budget cuts with $300,000 more planned, Forest Lake School District superintendent Steve Massey announced last week that the district would return to voters this fall with a request to increase the operating levy.

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UPDATE April 25, 7:15 a.m.: The St. Croix River has exceeded the 683-foot threshold for slow no-wake and the signs will be posted at the accesses and marinas. The river is predicted to rise to 686.3 feet by Wednesday, May 2.

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Four artists have been selected to live and work at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station’s historic Pine Needles cabin this summer. They will each spend two to four weeks on the banks of the St. Croix River, studying their surroundings, interacting with water scientists, and creating new…

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River Grove: A Marine Area Community School is seeking nominations for board members to help shape and lead the school. The founding board of directors, which began meeting more than a year before the school officially opened, will gradually transition off the board over the next three years…

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Sometimes people come into Abrahamson Nursery to reconnect with the rich scent of the earth, said Joie Nielson. In the long Minnesota winters, it's something that she and the other employees of Abrahamson appreciate deeply. 

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May Town Board members gave a warm reception, if inconclusive, to the notion of a folk school running in tandem with River Grove Elementary School in Wilder Forest.

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Michael Mackner has been involved in model railroading and collecting early toy trains for more than 60 years. He began as a member of the Twin City Model Railroad Club (TCMRM) in 1957 when the layout was in the St. Paul Union Depot.

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A proposed multi-housing development along Highway 95 next to William O’Brien State Park north of Marine on St. Croix needs a zoning change to go forward.

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When the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) worked with one farmer to restore one wetland that fed one small fishing lake, the result was a 60 percent reduction in phosphorous loading to Moody Lake within six months.