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Nearly a dozen May Township residents attended the Board of Supervisors meeting Nov. 7 to discuss the significant deterioration of Keystone Ave., Kirby Ave., and 130th Ave. The concern of grading frequency, quality of gravel used and alternative solutions were all discussed. 

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For their third consecutive year, the Stillwater Area High School Mountain Bike Team won the Minnesota State Division 1 Mountain Bike Championship Oct. 26-27 in Mankato. If this wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, the team also claimed the highest cumulative points to win the Overall Divisio…

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“I’ve seen estimates that almost four billion pictures are taken every day, but how many of those will we have, let alone cherish, 50 years from now?” says local Marine photographer Evan Johnson. Hoping to capture the essence of portrait photography, Johnson is holding a “pop-up” studio in t…

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A fatal two-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 just north of North Branch lead to the closing of the freeway for several hours, along with a brief search for one of the drivers.

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Creating a YouTube channel is not a difficult thing to do today. But, building a channel about science with more than two million subscribers is an accomplishment to say the least. That’s what co-founders Henry Reich, Alex Reich, and Marine resident Peter Reich have done with the channel Min…

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It may have been a rainy Saturday morning, but the dozen Marine community volunteers were energized and ready to get to work planting trees. 

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Halloween is a lot of fun for kids and parents alike, but dangers are often overlooked for pets during the holiday. Foods like chocolate, candies and other Halloween items can all pose a potential risk for small pets during all the fun. 

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Cycling and geology are often not thought of as combinable activities, but Cycling Scandia’s first Rocks and Rolls event successfully put them together for a fun new activity. Janie O’Connor worked with geologist Dale Setterholm to create this unique occasion.

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Scandia has joined the growing list of cities that now prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 years of age.

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Meet the May Township man turning stones into jewels

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There have been 17 prescription drug overdoses in Washington County so far in 2019 alone according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. In an effort to combat this issue, Scandia will be hosting the county’s Household Prescription Drug Take Back Event Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

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Lilleskogen Park in Scandia opened a brand-new “Story Time” walking path Oct. 9 with stands placed throughout the park that will hold stories and pictures made by Scandia Elementary Students. Scandia Mayor Christine Maefsky, City Councilmember Patti Ray, and Parks and Recreation Committee Ch…

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After receiving several complaints about the chain link fencing that went up recently along both sides of Highway 97, the Scandia City Council went looking for answers.

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For two hours in the early-morning hours on October 4, Christine Maefsky (Scandia’s mayor), Lynne Moratzka (Gammelgarden Museum), Patti Ray (Scandia City Council), and Lynnette Welsch (Scandia-Marine Lions Club) celebrated National Cinnamon Bun Day with 500 people passing through the interse…

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What began as an idea and a graduate school project is celebrating its first year bringing artists and students together to share knowledge and learn traditional skills.  Marine Mills Folk School has breathed new life into a neighborhood and former school building in the city of Marine on St…

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 The music of Simon and Garfunkel is among the most treasured in the American popular music songbook. Hits like “Homeward Bound,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “The Sounds of Silence” have made a mark on all of us. So have many of Paul Simon’s solo efforts such as “Kodachrome” and “50 Ways to Leave Y…

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A successful night of fundraising and community bonding took place September 28 during the 2nd Annual Scandia Heritage Alliance Progressive Dinner. Several courses of dinner were served in neighboring Scandia homes ending with a special dessert at Gammelgården Museum.

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One year ago, a white goat with impressive horns captivated the people and police department of Inver Grove Heights. He peeked into windows, startling families as they ate dinner, and explored construction sites. 

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Celebrate 365 days of poetry with Laurie Allmann

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In June, David Peters took over as Scandia’s dedicated deputy. Peters fills the role previously held by Brandon Yetter, who transferred within the sheriff’s office to become a K9 officer.

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River Valley Potters has announced its fall pottery sale, September 27, 28 and 29. The group of eight ceramic artists and potters with six independent studios in Minnesota and Wisconsin works collectively to promote their studio sales and foster enthusiasm for ceramics in the region. The Wis…

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After announcing closure in March, then pursuing a building purchase in the hopes of staying open, Ostlund’s Marine Garage has closed for good.

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The Lower St. Croix River is an extraordinary place. It’s a beautiful, wild, healthy 52-mile ribbon running along the edge of a major metropolitan area home to 3.6 million people. It has sandy beaches and shady banks, bald eagles and sturgeon.

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Franconia-based painter Jim Denomie has been named the McKnight Foundation’s 2019 Distinguished Artist. The annual award honors a Minnesota artist for significant contributions to the state’s cultural life. 

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Sturdy dishware that doesn’t easily shatter? It should sound appealing to many, especially as the holiday season draws nearer. While art beautifies and enriches our lives, Stillwater woodworker Rod Cameron hopes that his own will also have practical use in the homes of his customers- of whic…

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With renovations nearing completion at the historic Asa Parker House in Marine on St. Croix, the siblings overseeing the project will host an open house this Friday. 

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The Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center last week announced plans to close by the end of the year. The news came after the center’s chief funding agency, Manitou Fund, said it would not renew its longstanding partnership in 2020. In addition to funding operations at the center, Manitou Fund …

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Elim Lutheran is hosting another Living Cemetery Tour on September 15. It is an opportunity to hear the stories of saints who rest in the cemetery. (In Lutheran tradition, all are considered saints and sinners. So these folks were everyday members of Scandia.) 

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A Scandia gardener believes he has encountered something very rare: a garlic-eating pocket gopher. The burrowing rodent left signature mounds as it feasted on 60 of the 600 heads he’d hoped to harvest.

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For decades, the narrative speaking to rural high school students has been that to succeed, they must leave. But what if we could do something about that?

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners continued to review the county’s 2020 budget at workshops Aug. 27.

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The Scandia Heritage Alliance is hosting its Second Annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, September 28, 2019. This event is promoted, supported and carried out by members of our community – and we want you!