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After losing a conditional use permit last November, the Arcola Mills historic foundation had their work cut out for them to bring the site of their historic mansion up to code. A number of dangerously dilapidated cabins from the 1970s needed to be removed, and one of them would take extra c…

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How area business adjusted during the pandemic 

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In response to a pair of incidents of racist graffiti in Scandia and May Township, the Scandia City Council passed a formal resolution condemning the hateful messages.

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The Marine City Council devoted significant time at its July 8 meeting to civic participation after resident Scott Spisak expressed concerns about late agendas, incomplete council packets and when residents are allowed to speak. 

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Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota continue to experience the nationwide trend of unusually warm temperatures and low rainfall. As the drought becomes more prominent, the attention in this area turns to agriculture. 

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The Minnesota Transportation Museum is pleased to announce the reopening of the historic Minnehaha (Princess) Depot at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. The depot has been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Princess will reopen on the afternoon of Sunday, July 4th.

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway will be decked out in patriotic colors and the Unexpected Company Chorale will lead passengers in a patriotic sing along on Saturday July 3rd at 12:30 pm. There are still train ride tickets available for some trips over the holiday weekend at www.tr…

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Hand-crafted, people-powered watercraft have graced the waters of the St. Croix river for  hundreds of years. On Tuesday, July 6, from 5-8 pm, visitors to the Paddle Crafts-Boat Show will have a chance to learn about, and see the difference between, canoes, kayaks, row boats, jon boats, ding…

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After months of work by the Marine Planning Commission and its expert consultant, the commission will be hosting a public hearing on Tues., June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marine Elementary School. 

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After more than a year of COVID-cancellations, Marine on St. Croix is looking forward to a variety of in-person activities. 

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Minnesota has had a week of unseasonably hot, sunny weather and it’s taking a toll on garden plants and shrubs. So, what can the home gardener do to safeguard their green investment? Wise watering practices can protect flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. 

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Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, as well as multiple emergency medical services departments, responded to a call concerning a missing adult male in the St. Croix River near William O’Brian State Park on Saturday afternoon, June 12.

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NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is a month of events centered on around themes found in this year’s book selection, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Twin Cities author Kao Kalia Yang. The events produced by ArtReach St. Croix and/or our partner organizations connect communiti…

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C.L. Sill is returning as editor of the Sun and Country Messenger, effective immediately. 

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Raingardens have become increasingly popular in the home landscape as a practical, lower-cost solution to minimize the damage of heavy rain, as well as add beauty to the home landscape. But raingardens can do so much more.

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A new chapter begins today for the St. Croix River Association. The nonprofit partner of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is changing its name to become the Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix and Namekagon.

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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that 12 additional white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as part of its ongoing investigation of a farm in Beltrami County. The DNR believes the situation at the Beltrami County deer farm significantly changes…

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Marine General Store: Bringing history to a new level of sustainability

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Water stewardship prompts the Stugas to switch to organic lawn care practices

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Roads took center stage at the May Township Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6. Staff presented a report of roads across the township identified by Supervisors and staff during the annual road tour. The two-page list identified areas in need of patching and crack filling, culvert damage, …

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Two dozen volunteers gathered at the gazebo at 9 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday May Day morning, equipped with gloves, boots and trowels, ready to get to work. They were there to plant 1,500 native plants in Marine on St. Croix that will trap and process nutrients in rainwater that can lead to…

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The annual Forest Lake FFA Chapter Awards Program looked different this year due to COVID-19 precautions. The chapter still, however, took time to recognize students and install new officers in an after school ceremony that was streamed online.  

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The Latehomecomer, a Hmong family memoir by Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang, will take center stage for the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley 2021. The annual one book, one community program presented by ArtReach St. Croix encourages St. Croix Valley residents to read a common book and th…

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The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway is returning to Osceola this May to resume its operations after being shuttered by the pandemic for the past year. The train is scheduled to make the journey from Saint Paul to Osceola on May 4th, and make the Osceola Depot its home for the next six…