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“I do the lawyering, and Libby does the ‘daughtering,’” says owner of Scandia’s new business Apothecary’s Daughter, Kirsten Libby. The new store is an interesting melding of Kirsten’s career as an attorney with their fascination for natural herbs and remedies. 

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The recovery of the bald eagle has been one of the greatest conservation success stories in American history, but these majestic raptors aren't quite out of the woods for good. Recent declines in eagle populations have some scientists asking where the biggest threats to these birds lie, and …

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Festive activities for the whole family all day long at Vinterfest on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  Play in the snow while sledding or creating sculptures after a pancake breakfast.  Cheer local teams competing in the Minnesotan Cup Hockey Tournament.  Test your skills in the Kubb Tournament …

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Saturday, December 28 was a challenging day for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Marine and May Township area. Before dawn, the roads were clear enough for three birders to drive around listening for owls, but about 7 a.m. the ice began to fall. 

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For many Minnesota families, the holidays and hunting season go hand in hand. Since venison was the main course at that historic Thanksgiving centuries ago, it seems appropriate that Americans still celebrate and give thanks by harvesting wild game to feed their friends and families.

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River Grove students made some curious creatures in December with the aid of teaching artist, Karron Nottingham. The project that Nottingham helped the students create brings attention to the plastic pollution in waterways by creating sea creatures from recyclable materials.

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The continuation of the Art Fair in Marine on St. Croix was brought to the table at the Dec. 12 City Council meeting after the Relief Association voted to continue the fundraiser for another year. A list of challenges making it difficult to keep the event thriving were discussed along with p…

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The Marine on St. Croix City Council moved to set the 2020 levy at $940,558.51 representing a 6.26% increase over 2019 during their monthly meeting Dec. 12. This was reduced from the maximum levy of $1,192,658.60 set in September following a Truth in Taxation meeting Dec. 3, where a village …

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Come join the Scandia-Marine Lions Club for a free Community Breakfast on Saturday, December 14 from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Scandia Community Center. The hearty breakfast includes eggs, sausage, potato cakes, fruit cup, sweet roll, juice, and coffee. Santa and his elves will be present. 

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Reverend Alan Hagstrom led a special service for the annual Lucia Dagen celebration at the Gammelgården museum in Scandia December 8. The candlelit service was held in the historic GammelKyrkan before the traditional Jul Fest breakfast. 

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The May Township Board of Supervisors and property owner William Emison have a disagreement over how his property at 15520 Square Lake Trail, May Township, is being used. The board passed a resolution last week that Emison is in violation of town code, allegedly using the property as an even…

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Focusing on math and literacy with the family, Scandia Elementary hosted its first Literacy and STEM night Nov. 21 with their theme “Under the Stars.” Organized by Academic Support Specialist, Heidi Wiberg, with help from Innovation Specialist, Justine Harren, students, parents and staff, ca…

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In her new children’s book, “The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer,” author Julie Penshorn tells a touching story of rejection and belonging that prepares families and classrooms to make smart, compassionate choices as they face a community with more newcomers, particularly people in transiti…

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Nov. 26 to provide the City of Marine on St. Croix with $6,000 from the Jordan bequest to be used for materials and services at the Marine Community Library.

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The Christmas season is full of iconic images, pine trees, Santa Claus, and snowflakes to name a few. Another of those images often seen during the holidays is that of a bright red vintage truck on plenty of decorations. Hoping to bring that image to life in Marine on St. Croix, Robyn Dochte…

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After a highly successful event last year, the Marine on St. Croix City Council approved the reemergence of the “Enchanting Forest” Nov. 30. Roughly two dozen trees can be purchased and decorated in Gazebo Park to support Small Business Saturday in the community.

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The most recognized house in Taylors Falls open during the festival is the 1855 WHC Folsom House, a Minnesota Historical Society Site managed by Taylors Falls Historical Society.  It is their fundraiser.  Located at 272 W Government Street, guest hours are Friday, Nov. 29, 3-8 p.m., Nov. 30,…

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The International Chocolate Salon Awards have announced the winners of its sixth Annual Chocolate Truffle Artistry Awards, and Minnesota-based St. Croix Chocolate Company took the gold for Best Overall Truffle Artistry.

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Stories of espionage and intrigue are some of the most popular around the world and have been for some time. One only needs to consider the long-lived James Bond film series to see just how captivating these stories can be. However, their far-fetched nature can blur the lines between fiction…

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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