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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! 

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It was the weekend after 4th of July and five neighbors in Marine on St. Croix were ready to work. Armed with 1500 native plants, 2000 popsicle sticks, and a cheerful group of friends, family and children, the group tromped into the soggy wild behind their homes and began working to restore …

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Taco Daze, sponsored by the Scandia-Marine Lions Club, will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scandia Community Center and surrounding area. 

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Part 1: Hotter and wetter — Minnesota’s changing climate

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The back-to-school season is upon us. For many parents, this may conjure up images of weeks spent frantically scouring Target for a three-ring binder in the correct shade of magenta, buying new shoes and clothes, waiting in the LifeTouch line for what seems like hours just for your child to …

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Our last stop after Big Bend was to be Balmorhea State Park with its 74-degree spring fed swimming pool covering 1.3 acres. Our drive began in sunshine. One hour later we were engulfed in a smelly dark mist. Scrapping the swim, we drove towards Guadalupe National Park, entering yet another t…

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With the City of Marine’s purchase of the Marine elementary school property completed on April 30 of this year the new purpose of the site is now being worked out. This seems to be good timing for the relatively new Marine Mills Folk School, which has been searching for new premises to share…

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Residents, friends and family (children included) are cordially invited to attend the inaugural annual Marine on St Croix Founder’s Day Soirée Pop-Up Dinner Party.

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Motorists will encounter a traffic shift on Interstate 35 and ramp closures at Highway 97 in Columbus beginning on Wednesday, August 14, weather permitting.

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The Immigrant Fiddle Fest is a long held Swedish tradition where fiddlers gather to play tunes and teach each other new music. The music has never been written. It is always shared by playing only. 

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A public meeting to discuss deer and deer management with DNR area wildlife managers will be held August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area headquarters, 5463 W. Broadway Ave., Forest Lake.

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Constituents from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District filled Scandia City Hall last week for a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R). Questions covered a range of concerns, from gun safety in schools to war with Iran to mining in the Boundary Waters.

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The EF1 tornado touched down at 4:28 p.m., July 28, with estimated peak winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The length of its path was 6.6 miles. Maximum width: 1/4 mile. No injuries or deaths were reported.

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After nearly three decades, the Scandia Cafe closed permanently August 1.

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Starting July 8, Scandia Clinic opened its doors to a new Walk-In Clinic service at 21150 Ozark Court North, offering the community convenient care to common illnesses and injuries for anyone two months and older. The new clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, an…

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Beginning Wed, Aug. 14, we’ll be shifting traffic on northbound I-35 between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97 to the recently paved inside lanes, to start paving the outside lanes, weather permitting.

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Summer may be slipping by at what feels like record speed, but before you have to bring out the rake comes an August milestone, the annual Almelund Threshing Show. There, people of all ages can reminisce and imagine rural farming life more than a hundred years ago in the presence of authenti…

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From bite-size chocolates to giant sculptures, a ghost-town play to a lively drink, upcoming trolley tours will offer a glimpse into the arts and history north of Stillwater.

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A tornado touched down in Scandia Sunday afternoon, July 28, leaving a trail of debris and destruction.

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A new website will help visitors to Marine on St. Croix find shops, restaurants, trails, parks, and anything else they need to build the experience they’re seeking.

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Scandia Mayor Christine Maefsky presented a Good Neighbor Award Proclamation to area resident Dale Setterholm at the July 16 city council meeting. 

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A film crew took to Marine last week, shooting at a home, Ostlund’s Marine Garage and Nita Mae's Scoop.

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Now in its 23rd year, Franconia Sculpture Park has perfected the ultimate summer music series. July 27 at Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheatre, see headliner Scottie Miller Band with opening band Barbaro. 

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The Minnesota Historical Society last week announced it will grant Arcola Mills Historic Foundation $10,000 for an assessment of conditions at the site.

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Imagine seeing the Star Wars Millennium Falcon plummet through the trees.

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On Friday, June 20, family and friends gathered to celebrate the 90th birthday of Paul W. Erickson on the grounds of Hay Lake School Museum and the Erickson log cabin. Both historic buildings are managed by the Washington County Historical Society.  

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As chloride concentrations continue to rise in lakes, rivers and groundwater around Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is working with partners to develop a Statewide Chloride Management Plan that will help to keep residents’ freshwater resources, well … fresh.