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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.  

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At its meeting on Wednesday, June 12, the Board of Managers of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District announced the hiring of Mike Isensee as district administrator. 

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Square Lake Film and Music Festival organizers have released the lineup for this year’s event, August 10. The roster features a wealth of regional talent and the festival’s first “Sky Score.”

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Cheryl Seeman is a Master Gardener and bee-lover who lives on Crooked Lake in Andover.  “They call me the Queen Bee,” says Seeman with a laugh, as she leads visitors through her verdant yard and gardens. The lawn is dotted with white clover and dandelion blooms. A wide rain garden borders a …

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Call it serendipity, fate or kismet. The force that brought Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck together in music and life seems to be the same one carrying them across oceans on concert tours. It has the folk duo living prairie-side in a 10 by 16 dwelling. And next week, it will bring Fendrick…

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Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 in Columbus encountered ramp closures at Highway 97 starting July 1. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 1, the northbound exit and entrance ramps at Highway 97 closed, and are expected to remain closed through early August. 

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Marine on St. Croix planning commissioners, residents and hosts of existing vacation rentals convened last week to discuss short-term rentals in the riverside community.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, State Patrol, county sheriff’s offices, and other public safety agencies will increase patrols for intoxicated boaters July 5-7 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at deterring boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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The Minnesota Bankers Association inducted James Lindberg, Security State Bank of Marine, into its Pioneer Club during the annual summit and 130th annual meeting at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, Minneapolis. The Pioneer Club honors bankers who have been in the banking industry fo…

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July 4 is approaching once again, and with America’s 243rd birthday comes the classic tradition of watching colors explode in the sky. Whether you’re local in town or traveling from afar, there is no shortage of fireworks displays across the St. Croix Valley.

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Oakland Cemetery in Marine on St. Croix is a place cherished by residents of the community and loved ones of those resting there alike. However, with the recent work done nearby there has been something disturbing the usually tranquil area.

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Two people were arrested last week in a case involving May Township, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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Visitors traveled from near and far to the Gammelgården Museum's annual summer solstice celebration, Midsommar Dag, June 22.

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The 2019 Scandia Fastpitch Tournament will get underway this Friday Night at 7 p.m., with a game between the Scandia and Stillwater Old-Timers. That game will be followed by a tournament game featuring the local Scandia team in a contest against the Dugout Bar of Cushing, Wisconsin.

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Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 in Columbus will encounter ramp closures at Highway 97 starting July 1, weather permitting. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 1, the northbound exit and entrance ramps at Highway 97 will close, through early August. While the ramps are closed, motor…

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Former Scandia Elementary principal Marilyn Opp and former music director at Elim Lutheran Church, Dennis Alfveby, were inducted into the Forest Lake Area Schools Hall of Fame Monday, June 3.

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9, Washington County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call of a woman found in the middle of the road near Highway 95 and 124th Street North in May Township. 

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The school year is coming to an end, but the programming at Franconia Sculpture Park is just warming up. Educators and youth group leaders looking for fun and affordable summer activities to do with kids are encouraged to sign their groups up for an Art in Rural Places workshop.

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Learning that you have a secret admirer can cause your heart to skip a beat and put a bounce in your step. For a new organization trying to make a go of it with not enough time in the day and limited financial resources, finding out a secret admirer wanted to help could make its leaders jump…

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The body located on June 2, 2019 near the 17600 block of Manning Trail in May Township has been identified as Jose Natividad Genis Cuate, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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Pietro Di Lorenzo was a nature lover. In March, the son of Marine residents Gene and Loralee Di Lorenzo died unexpectedly at 26 years old. To recognize his love of the St Croix River, the Di Lorenzo family created a fund for his memorials, the Pietro Hanka Di Lorenzo St. Croix River Conserva…

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Sunday, June 2, at 4:27 pm, the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a body found in May Township.  Upon arrival, deputies found a deceased body near the 17600 block of Manning Trail North.  The incident is under investigation, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

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Residents of the Tii Gavo neighborhood on Big Marine Lake who were hoping to someday have a private dock are, for now, out of luck.

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Xcel Energy announced plans today to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is another milestone in the company’s clean energy transition that includes expanding wind and solar, using cleaner natural gas and…