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STILLWATER –  The Partnership Plan (TPP) announces the appointment of two new board members to the Board of Directors team. Joining the board are Chris Otto and Kelly Schuna.  

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Chico Rodriguez turned his love of fishing and his daughters into a rhythmic children's book called “The Fish Wish.” It’s about two little girls as they accompany their dad on an exhilarating fishing adventure.

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John Roberto, a correctional officer in the Washington County Jail, received the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Correctional Officer of Year Award at the 39th Jail Administrator’s Conference. Roberto has been a Correctional Officer with Washington County’s Jail Division for 22 years and has…

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When they wade in, most swimmers don’t give a thought to what is lurking just out of sight. Some may fear getting bit by big fish or turtles, but such occurrences are rare. The truth is, most creatures that inspire fear or disgust are completely benign, and those that pose actual threats to …

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AFTON — After his dreams of going into the Air Force were crushed by a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident when he was 17 years old, Cody Kaye didn't know what to do with the rest of his life.

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STILLWATER — Even though the Lift Bridge loop trail has been open for a year, its grand opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community will finally celebrate the newly constructed loop trail system that connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing…

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AFTON — The return of Music in the Trees, a two-day outdoor event showcasing a diverse group of instrumentalists and vocalists, on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in and among the trees near the Belwin Education Center at 1553 Stagecoach Trail S. in Afton. 

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The Highway 36/Manning Ave. Interchange Project is expected to continue for two years. Manning Ave. will be closed from Highway 36 to 62nd Street and traffic will be detoured to Lake Elmo Ave., from the South and East of the intersection. The detour will then take drivers North to 75th St. N…

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The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 130th anniversary with chamber members, local business owners, nonprofits, school administrators, community leaders and elected officials. The event took place outside at 333 Main Street N. in Stillwater at their new office in the D…

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Lake associations have been a part of Minnesota lake life for generations. Historically, they performed many functions, often recreational, safety-related and social. Whether founded recently or decades ago, however, addressing the threats of aquatic invasive species and other conservation w…

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Janine Ketchel, previous owner of KinderGardens Child Development Center in Hugo, has spent the last 15-plus years helping families. Even though she recently sold the business, she plans to continue doing just that. 

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Sarah Kraning was an imaginative child, so her family didn’t think much of it when she said she could see colors and patterns whenever she heard music. No one ever seemed to know what she was talking about, so she started keeping these experiences to herself.  

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In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it may be tempting to think that a boat is requisite equipment for the successful angler. Those who are willing to hoof it in the northeast metro, however, have no shortage of opportunities to catch fish from piers and shorelines.

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Fourth of July will be celebrated this Sunday. The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4 — has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

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STILLWATER — Founded in 1871, Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater celebrates 150 years of God’s story still unfolding. The entire community is invited to celebrate this significant birthday with cake and ice cream on Trinity’s outdoor green space on Monday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please …

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Anglers in the northeast metro area have been stalking the mighty muskellunge for decades. The muskie following today is stronger than ever, but one word is on the lips of anglers and fishery managers alike: change.

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In Minnesota, few things are more synonymous with summer than mosquitoes. Fortunately, those in the seven-county Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) have been getting a break from those tiny pests for more than 60 years.

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More than a million fishing licenses are sold annually in Minnesota. Fishing—and eating fish—is part of our collective DNA. We’ve been casting to our lakes, rivers and neighborhood ponds for generations. There may be no better representation of the natural bounty of our state than the summer…

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Many more people who have family pictures taken include their dogs in the poses. Photographer Kristina Lynn Marshall, owner of Kristina Lynn Photography & Design, has learned a few tricks along the way to get the best shots of those furry friends.

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Before you take your dog out for a walk to the park anywhere this summer, be aware of potential parasites lurking to harm your four-legged friend.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic put students into distance learning last year, six Stillwater Area High School students decided to get together to design and build something really cool — a human-powered rover.

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AFTON  —   Each spring since 2008, NorthStar Bison (Cameron, Wisconsin) has released a group of juvenile males onto Belwin’s prairie. This year’s herd will reside at Belwin through early autumn. The public are welcome to observe the herd from Belwin’s bison platform and viewing area, located…

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Judith Johnson began drawing with chalk when she was a child. That grew into a love of painting, which has continued to this day. Johnson is now well into her 70s, and she doesn’t plan to put down her paintbrushes anytime soon.

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Several bear sightings have recently been reported throughout the north metro. Upon checking with area law enforcement agencies, most of the bear sightings are not reported in an official capacity to police, but rather shared on social media platforms. 

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HUGO — Residents will have an ice cream shop much closer to home just in time for summer. 

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After a year of dealing with the rollercoaster of COVID-19, the restaurant industry certainly has had its ups and downs. Because of fewer restrictions and the fact that people are getting vaccinated, Stella’s on 97 Neighborhood Grille in Forest Lake and Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop in Stillwa…

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Interest in home gardening has blossomed throughout the last year, as COVID-19 has confined people to their homes. With the pandemic stretching into another year and spring, thankfully, around the corner, March is a good time to get ready for the growing season ahead, even if the weather isn…

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Increased traffic from the Highway 36 bridge, opioids, the many challenges brought on by the pandemic including what can be declared as a mental health crisis — that is just a glimpse of what the Stillwater Police Department (SPD) is facing in 2021. 

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The song of the American robin—large, friendly redbreast of suburban lawns and back yards—has long been said to herald the arrival of spring. For scientists who study long-term data, collected by community volunteers, the presence of the robin can signal much more, especially when it appears…

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Minnesotans are no strangers to making the most of the chilly months, but outdoor activities are set to be more popular than ever this year as COVID-19 rages on. If you're looking for to fend off stir crazy feelings, consider the following. Washington County is full of wonders to explore, an…

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What a wild ride 2020 has been! At the end of each year, it is a tradition of the Lowdown to take a look back at memorable moments from the last 12 months. Despite the hardships of this year, there was still some good that managed to come through. Now that 2020 is coming to a much-welcomed c…