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CENTERVILLE — A proposal from a business code-named “Project Banjo” will move on to the City Council later this month with a lengthy list of conditions and “what ifs.” 

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At a time when the Centennial Community Food Shelf (CCFS) should be seeing more families walk through its doors, members of the board are scratching their heads wondering why that’s not the case. 

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Something exciting is returning! This week, nominations open for the biggest and fastest-growing Readers’ Choice Best of the Press Contest in the region. Voting grew by more than 35% last year, topping 30,000 votes. Thank you, readers.  

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has recovered two bodies over the weekend after a boating tragedy on Big Marine Lake in Scandia over the weekend.

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Over 20 readers took the time to complete our “Earth Smarts Quiz,” in the Earth Day week issue. We had entries from White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Pine Springs, Vadnais Heights, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Shoreview and even one entry from Valparaiso, Indiana. 

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Beyond putting together a resource page and webinar for those working with wildlife and birds, the College of Veterinary Medicine Raptor Center (TRC) is also closely monitoring local wildlife populations for positive cases of avian influenza and working with other organizations to better und…

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LINO LAKES — What began as discussions last year during budget discussions will become a reality next month as the Public Safety Department begins its rollout of a daytime duty crew for fire response. 

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CENTERVILLE —The City Council brought in the experts to subdue palpitations brought on by the jaw-dropping increase in property valuations residents received this past month for 2022 property assessments.

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CIRCLE PINES — Minnesota School of Music (MnSOM), located in Circle Pines, recently competed against nine other schools from around the United States and Canada in the 2022 National Music School of the Year Contest. 

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For a hunter, being stuck 7,000 miles away from your stomping grounds during hunting season is more than just a bummer. Add to that the absence of your family and life-threatening challenges of war, and you can imagine the experience of the local members of the Minnesota Army National Guard …

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HUGO — Since 1981, community members have grown accustomed to walking in the doors of the Blacksmith Lounge to be greeted by longtime owner George Reus, who would crack jokes and pour complimentary drinks. 

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Tony Stafki, of Oak Grove, knew from an early age that he had been blessed with the gift of being artistic. He started sketching anything from cartoon characters to wildlife. At the age of 11, he caught the “painting bug” after watching Bob Ross on TV. As a teenager, he took some oil and pai…

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Members of the Lexington Fire Department were recently recognized at an award ceremony and dinner at NE Moose Bar & Grill in Minneapolis.  “It was a great night honoring the men, women, and families of the Lexington Fire Department,” said Lexington Fire Chief Erik Edwards. 

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The Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues of Women Voters (CMAL) recently released an 111-page report that dives into how transparent county governments are in the seven-county metro area. Although there are some similarities, there are certainly differences in how things are done from county…

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Local churches are not about to give up the recipe to the perfect fish fry, but community members are welcome to stop by, try the fish for themselves and speculate as to why the Lenten Friday fish fry is so good. 

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Peace Community of Faith Church (Peace) in Shoreview will host a concert in support of the LGBTQIA+ community with singer/songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

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For the first time since 2014, members of the Power of Centennial (POC) have decided to move up the organization’s spring meeting in hopes that it will not only attract more grant applications, but also be more convenient for teachers. 

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Since the early 2000s, Jeff Karlson has made 10 trips to Ukraine to volunteer through a ministry. So, when he heard the news that Russia was invading the country, he felt helpless. 

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Lino Lakes has been named a Tree City USA for the 31st year by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association…

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ST. PAUL — A new analysis released by the DNR shows that to maintain a court-ordered protective elevation of 922.0 feet for White Bear Lake, pumping limits must be set at 55 gallons per person per day for residential use. That assumes no population growth.