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In a letter dated Aug. 20 addressed to the Mounds View Public Schools community, Superintendent Christopher Lennox announced the school year will begin with the distance learning model, instead of the blended (hybrid) learning model as originally planned.

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The League of Women Voters of White Bear Lake invite the public to submit questions in advance of virtual candidate forums planned for MN State House District 38B and for North Oaks Mayoral and City Council elections. Candidates who have confirmed participation so far include Elliott Engen a…

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At first glance, Dasher Nintzel may appear to be just your average happy, go-lucky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, always looking for a tasty treat to nibble or a warm lap to snooze on. But Dasher is about to become famous. He is the star of a children’s book, “The (Mis) Adventures of Dasher,…

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The 2020–21 school year is going to be different because of COVID-19. Many parents, health experts, politicians and teachers have many different views about what should happen in their districts. But what do kids think about the upcoming school year? I interviewed a few North Oaks students t…

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Earlier this summer, Eric Bradt of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department’s Water Patrol (and also a North Oaks resident) received a call from some concerned parents that their kids’ catamaran sailboat was unable to make it back to shore due to choppy water conditions on Pleasant Lake. Upon …

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With summer coming to an end, most of us are settling into our fall routines. Students are returning to school and we see more school buses on the roads. When we’re late for work, school, or other obligations, poor decision making can combine with a lack of patience and create a dangerous si…

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If you’ve ever poured yourself a refreshing glass of tap water in Saint Paul, chances are you’re drinking water that has passed through a Minnesota Land Trust protected property. While the Land Trust protects thousands of acres in the headwaters of the Mississippi River and adjoining waterwa…

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On Wednesday, July 22, Gov. Walz issued Executive Order 20-81 requiring Minnesotans to wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces and businesses, such as restaurants, retail stores, and public transportation. The order also requires those working outdoors to wear masks when soc…

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Ospreys are a common sight in North Oaks, soaring over our lakes and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming. Ospreys, also know as fish hawks (although technically they are not a hawk), are unique among North American birds of prey (raptors) for their diet of live fish and …

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