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Fire and police agencies from all over Anoka County braved the cold temperatures to welcome home one of their own following his four-month battle with COVID-19. Fire engines and police squads lined Hokah Drive in Lino Lakes in anticipation of retired Centennial Fire District Deputy Chief Gle…

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LINO LAKES — Though there is no cause for concern currently, the city’s public safety director says, there may be in the future if the city doesn’t come up with a plan for daytime response to fire calls.

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The annual Guns-N-Hoses Charity Classic, a hockey fundraiser for Lino Lakes volunteer organizations, will take place for the fifth straight year despite COVID, the organizers announced.

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Getting Frisbees and paper airplanes thrown at you outside the church where you were married is not the usual way for anniversary celebrations to go, but that is exactly how John and Peggy Parenteau of White Bear Lake celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

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CENTERVILLE — After protesters demonstrated outside the Hugo home of Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll on last August, the city of Hugo adopted an ordinance on Sept. 8 setting down ground rules for what is known as “targeted picketing” in residential neighborhoods. 

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The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO),Washington County Sheriff’s Office, (WCSO) and the Blaine Police Department (BPD) were just some of the 2,500 to 3,000 officers from around the country who traveled to Washington, D.C. to assist with the inauguration. 

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Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) Board Manager John Waller will continue to serve the remaining 12 months of his term despite RCWD’s request that the Washington County Board of Commissioners remove him from his appointed seat. 

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Six years ago, Lino Lakes resident Karen Calrin set a goal to collect 5,000 manual wheelchairs from all over Minnesota by 2020. Even though she didn’t quite make that goal, she and all her helpers have not given up. 

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A Hugo resident is doing all he can to ensure that small businesses in the community stick around once this pandemic is behind us. 

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This is the opening week of the ninety-second session of the Minnesota Legislature. Members take oaths of office, elect leaders and officers.

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After being closed since mid-November, bars and restaurants can open for indoor service this week, as can movie theaters and other entertainment venues, following a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions by Gov. Tim Walz.

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‘Tis the season for continuing good works by local community members. A couple that wishes to remain anonymous donated more than $250,000 for a new program that helps both White Bear restaurant owners and residents impacted by the pandemic. 

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If it wasn’t for government funding, customer support and the innovation of business owners, several more breweries would have closed their doors since the pandemic began. 

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As each year comes to an end, it is a tradition of The Citizen to look back at some of the most memorable stories from the year. Although 2020 brought its fair share of challenges, it wasn’t all bad. Some of the 2020’s highlights included: Zoey the toy poodle being found after 18 months away…

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CENTERVILLE — The increase in 2021 city property taxes won't force most Centerville residents to downsize their latte on even one visit to Bigbuck's Coffee next year.

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HUGO — The Cattle House Grill proposal for Egg Lake’s western shore is no more, but a new concept has been proposed. 

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Maplewood native Jimmy Jensen, who played college and professional hockey, has opened a hockey training center on Main Street in Centerville called JETS Machine Shop.  

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HUGO — In addition to offering up to $200,000 in grants to local businesses impacted by the pandemic, the City Council has taken it a step further to aid not only restaurants and bars, but the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf as well. 

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Locals in Hugo and Centerville may have seen disappointing news on social media that the dream of Chef Larry Jiles Jr. is finished. 

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This year’s hunting season had more than a few unexpected variables, but among the most unusual was the weather conditions of the rifle season opener. Temperatures hovered in the 60s and 70s during the weekend of Nov. 7-9. Combined with high winds, hunters did not see many deer during openin…

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Holidays are one of the ways Minnesotans celebrate the people and events that we care about. Some are major U.S. holidays. Others are celebrated in our diverse communities and are important expressions of culture, faith and family connection. Each holiday is special and important, but holida…

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HUGO — At the end of 2020, longtime Hugo Fire Chief Kevin Colvard will retire from his role and Deputy Chief Jim Compton Jr., will step in.

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HUGO — A new business, PowerBatt USA, was recently established in Hugo. Its product uses patented technology to double the lifespan of lead-acid batteries.

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The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak, PhD, 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.