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  From the Watertown Archives: Tom Schmidt What do The Basement Band, Traveling Band, Butch Automatic, The Four Speeds, and Roe Samuel all have in common? Besides the fact that all these bands have Watertown roots, there are a variety of other things that tie them together. Roe Samuel, which started in the 1960s has [...]

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On Thursday, July 17, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported the current state of restrictions on the following bodies of water:   Waconia • Lake Waconia-Wake restriction within 300 feet of shore. This is a change from the slow-no wake restriction that had previously been on the entire lake.   Victoria • Lake Zumbra-Wake restriction [...]

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As fire departments across the state struggle with budget issues and recruitment and retention shortfalls, the lingering question is what the future of firefighting will look like in Minnesota. Nationally Minnesota ranks 47th in fire investment, even though the state is 21st in population and 20th in land mass, Eden Prairie Fire Chief Greg Esbensen [...]

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By Jim Gilbert During the last couple of years we have noticed a big decline in the numbers of monarch butterflies, the official Minnesota state butterfly since 2000. There are several reasons for this but one is the decrease in numbers of milkweed plants that are the feeding and growing places for their caterpillars. Since [...]

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Carver County’s Encore Adult Day Services Program and Augustana Emerald Crest Assisted Living  provide a monthly Caregiver Support Group to address the issues of caring for the aging. This month, a special training session will be presented by experts from Ridgeview Medical Center including Susan Tabor, RN, Jill Smith, RN and Kim Schneider LSW. The [...]

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Felting is a process that has been around for centuries as a means of producing fabric, but to Amanda Doster, it is much more than that. It is a form of art. Doster’s work will be on display at the Waconia and Watertown libraries July through August. Doster uses different techniques to felt, or tangle [...]

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