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Last week’s surprise announcement that the iconic A Taste of Minnesota festival would be held at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia July 3-6 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily) pretty much guaranteed that the 4th of July is going to be pretty memorable for folks in Waconia and Carver County this year. The festival, which features [...]

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In contrast to the storms outside, a calm discussion regarding Waconia Public Schools facilities occurred inside the Education Service Center during a special Waconia School Board meeting on Monday, June 16. At the meeting, the board detailed a plan to address the district’s ever-increasing enrollment and the resulting strain that growth has put on district [...]

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The NLN Report SPECIAL TO THE PATRIOT   Yes, he had heard that back home in Minneapolis it has been one of the worst winters since the late 1800s. But Tim Bristol, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, of Waconia, was feeling no pain. When the NLN Report caught up with him last January, he and [...]

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With reports of more than six inches of rain falling in some areas during a 12-hour period on already saturated ground on Thursday, June 19, citizens in several parts of western Carver County are dealing with flooding issues. In Waconia, several ponds are overflowing and spilling onto nearby trails, streets and fields. The aptly named Pond Lane entrance [...]

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It’s not often that one can say they played a role in the creation of a new, popular attraction at an iconic place like the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., but Jim Strehlke of Mayer has that distinction. Near the end of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride, which officially opened at the Magic Kingdom [...]

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