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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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Observing from the outside, 2 year old Charlie Hoeft of Mayer looks like your normal cute, playful, sometimes troublesome, everyday toddler. However, from the inside, Charlie is fighting for his life. “Nope, it was a shocker,” said Charlie’s mother, Sarah Hoeft, when first hearing about her son’s condition. It all started with a concerned visit [...]

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Over 1,000 middle and high school students gathered for Minnesota FCCLA’s (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference held in Bloomington April 10-12. This year’s student-created theme was “Courage to Pursue, Dreams Come True!” Chapters from across the state competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, participated in youth-training [...]

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For more than 50 years, the Model F2-1028 pumper engine from FWD Corp. in Clintonville, Wisconsin has served the Waconia community well. For 47 years, the engine was a valuable firefighting tool for the Waconia Fire Department. When the department retired the engine in 2006, it ended up in the hands a trio of retired [...]

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  A Camden Township man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at his neighbor. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that his deputies received a call at about 9 p.m. Friday, May 23 from a 40-year-old man reporting a suspicious incident near Sunset Road and 102nd Street in Camden Township. The caller reported [...]

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  After filling the vacancy of Watertown City Administrator earlier this month, Shane Fineran has been plenty busy, an aspect that attracted Fineran to the position in the first place. Fineran grew up in Anoka County and went to Saint Francis High School. From there, Fineran would further his education with an Bachleors degree from [...]

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