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Anglers in the southern two-thirds of the state have until the end of the day on Monday, March 2, to remove their fish houses from Minnesota lakes. The removal deadline for those in the northern one-third of the state is Monday, March 16.

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For the last several years, Sara's Tipsy Pies have been a staple at the Minnesota State Fair. Now that owner Sara Hayden has opened a retail storefront in Stillwater, locals need not travel far (or wait until August) to get their fix of her handheld pies, which also come complete with a litt…

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The Scandia City Council created a new committee called the Internet Action Committee (the “IAC”) in November, 2019.  The IAC is tasked with facilitating the expansion of fast, reliable and affordable Internet service to all of Scandia.   

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Marine on St. Croix city council met 16-year-old student and environmentalist, Olivia Nienaber during the Feb. 13 meeting seeking community involvement in her 4-H OWLS (Outdoor Wilderness Leadership & Service) project during the spring and summer of this year. The project’s purpose is to…

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Even though we had our coldest night of the winter last week, signs are favorable for warmer weather. The sun is rising sooner in the morning and setting after we come home from work. You can feel it in the air, springtime is coming.

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If you want to win your Oscar party pool, you’d be well served to be part of the Marine on St. Croix Oscar Night party. For the seventh consecutive year, those attending this event on the eve of the actual Oscar ceremony chose a short film nominee that ultimately won an Oscar the following night.

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Learn more at a workshop: Feb. 20 in North Branch or March 2 in Stillwater

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The cost of a ticket for a missing a head or taillight is often enough to ruin someone’s day. To others on the road, however, it could mean the difference between life and death. In an attempt to help keep Washington County Roads safe and prevent any financial hardship, Washington County She…

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Cook County Attorney’s Office recently charged Thomas Patrick Gearin, of Forest Lake, with 14 tax related felonies. Mr. Gearin is charged with four counts of failure to file income tax returns, four counts of failing to pay income tax, t…

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Marine Documentary Night will wrap up its 2019-2020 season on Thursday, February 6 with the very popular documentary, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM. In conjunction with the film, the Marine Community Library and the Marine Film Society are collaborating with the Scandia Farmer’s Market.  Several d…

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Discussion of bringing a new charter school to Marine began during a meeting Saturday, January 25. The new school is planned to occupy the former Marine Elementary site and hopes to open its doors in 2021.

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In an effort to bring reliable Internet services to underserved Minnesota communities, $23 million dollars in aid have been granted to 30 projects with Scandia being a recipient of $510,358 to extend their current services. In a show of appreciation, Scandia Mayor Christine Maefsky awarded t…

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The Academy Awards have been moved to Feb. 9, the earliest date in recent memory. One night earlier, the Marine Community Library, in conjunction with the Marine Film Society, will celebrate the Oscars with its 7th annual Oscar Night party. This year’s Marine Oscar party will be held Saturda…

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Emma Blank, a sixth grade student at Scandia Elementary IB World School, had the winning design for the City of Scandia's Vinterfest on January 25. Vinterfest is Scandia's community festival celebrating winter.

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The city of Marine on St. Croix took the next step in considering a proposed cell tower after a motion was made to send a compilation of information to the planning commission for study, analysis and public comment later on in the process. A proposal for the project was prepared by the Commu…

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“When we came in and pitched the idea, we were warmly accepted and we felt it gave Vinterfest the shot in the arm it needed at the time,” says the mastermind behind the annual Minnesotan Cup, Corey Roberts. “It hasn’t changed a whole lot since year one… We just wanted something small and aut…

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The Marine Film Society and the Marine Community Library are thrilled to announce the next film of the Marine Documentary Film series, “The Biggest Little Farm.” 

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Renowned photographer Craig Blacklock delivered a gift of a copy of the museum edition of his book, St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers – The Enduring Gift, to the Marine Community Library Saturday, January 12. This stunning, larger format version of the standard retail edition of the book, which…

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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.