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Jeka, Violet and Ophelia, 2-year-old Yorkshire Cross pigs, have been lucky in life and have only known love and kindness from people. Their mom’s start to life was not as happy. A breeding sow, she was rescued from the largest farm animal cruelty case in the northeastern U.S.

Southbound Interstate 35 between Highway 97 in Columbus and the I-35W/I-35E split in Lino Lakes has been reduced to a single lane of traffic as crews prepare to pave the southbound lanes.Motorists on southbound I-35 will need to stay in the left lane to access southbound I-35W, and remain in…

HUDSON—The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) is accepting applications for its Music Education Competitive Grant Program, which supports programs that enhance the quality of K-12 music programs for schools located in the St. Croix Valley.

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STILLWATER — Megan Wagner and Obed Floan love opera—so much so that last fall, the husband and wife duo started Operatunity Theatre, an opera and musical theater company that aims to showcase the musical talent of the St. Croix Valley and establish it as a regional music cultural center.

The Washington County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will celebrate Minnesota Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout August and World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7. This year's theme is "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding." 

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SCANDIA — 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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Trash and recycling in Forest Lake will soon be picked up by a new company. In a special meeting July 17, the Forest Lake City Council approved a contract for citywide refuse and recycling hauling with Republic Services, which it selected in a 4-1 vote (Councilman Sam Husnik voted against) o…

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The City of Forest Lake is inviting the public to a community input session 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. The meeting will focus on the city's strategic plan and is intended to "allow for the free flow of ideas and exchange of information," according to a city e-mail.

Following reports from concerned Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is warning consumers to beware of false claims, deceptive sales pitches, inaccurate water quality data and scare tactics used by some water treatment companies to sell expensive and unnecessary home water …

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