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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…

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The Gammelgården Museum in Scandia, is pleased to announce that we are opening on May 1 and look forward to welcoming you back this season. The Gammelgården Museum, meaning “old farm” in Swedish is the only open-air museum devoted to preserving, presenting and promoting Swedish Immigrant Her…

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – Morrissey Hospitality announces that Brookside Bar & Grill will re-open April 29 to welcome patrons, starting at 11:00 am for dine-in and take-out.

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Even though it took her 10 years to write it, Diane Wilson still enjoyed the progression to The Seed Keeper, which was published last month. 

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giveBIG St. Croix Valley, our annual day of giving, returns Tuesday, April 27.  This year, we are thrilled to announce that giveBIG has expanded to include Burnett County, in addition to Polk, Pierce, and St. Croix Counties.  

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With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients in need of transfusions. During National Volunteer Month this April, the American Red Cross is celebrating the blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mis…

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 Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, April 19, 2021. He has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month to remember, mourn, and honor lives lost due to COVID-19.

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners recognized the Community Involvement Award recipients April 13, and acknowledged the contributions that volunteers make to the community.

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Today, Governor Tim Walz announced that the State has received $135 million in federal relief funding to support child care in Minnesota. The new funding will support child care providers and improve access to child care for low-income families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Greg Seftick was an Afton, Minn., native, Stillwater High School alumnus and lifelong outdoor enthusiast who died at 31 in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park (WY) in 2011. On April 16, 2021, the 10-year anniversary of his death, family and friends will honor his life – via a “Nigh…

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Because severe weather can threaten the lives and property of Minnesotans at any time, April 12 - 16 is designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week. This week is intended to increase awareness and education about steps individuals, businesses, and families can take to better prepare for emer…

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The Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted the 2020 Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Agreement between the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Washington County Sheriff's Office March 2.

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Although the proposed new Marine Elementary School isn’t planned to open until fall of 2022, it’s got a critical deadline looming at the end of this month. That’s when the school’s Board of Directors needs to submit proof of enrollment interest to the charter school authorizing agency. 

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In appreciation for 24 years of service on the Board of Supervisors, April 1 was proclaimed Bill Voedisch Day in May Township. John Adams now fills the role Voedisch held for 23 years as Board Chair. 

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Warm temperatures and dry conditions in northwest Minnesota mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting open burning in the following counties effective immediately: Beltrami (north), Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Penning…

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Joe Kohler of Joseph’s Restaurant on Highway 36 in Stillwater is quite clear about the impact of assistance that Joseph’s received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, funding. “Without grants, we are done, we are absolutely done,” Kohler said about the grants.

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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput and Woodbury Department of Public Safety Chief Lee Vague last week announced an alarming increase in sextortion cases involving juveniles. Multiple cases are currently under investigation by the Woodbury Department of Public Safety. Sextortion is the act…