Waconia Patriot

Several long-serving staff members retired from Waconia Public Schools this year, including Superintendent Dr. Nancy Rajanen, who discussed her career and retirement plans in a recent edition of the Waconia Patriot. Of course, Rajanen isn’t the only staff member retiring this year. Others include Peter Gustafson, the principal at Clearwater Middle School whose career spanned 35 [...]

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In a world of activities that require specific skill sets, lacrosse pulls the best from traditional sports and blends them into a fast-paced, racquet-wielding game that looks like a cross between field hockey, ice hockey, and soccer. A little bit of everything is included: hockey’s physicality, basketball’s footwork, and the wrist flexibility needed to cast [...]

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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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The Carver County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting on Friday, July 11, to discuss the temporary ordinance that is currently imposing slow-no wake restrictions across area lakes. Unfortunately for boat users of Lakes Waconia and Bavaria, the slow-no wake restrictions remain in place, but have been lifted on Reitz Lake. In a 4-0 [...]

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On July 1, the gavel was handed over to Kelly Dohm as she assumed the role of President for the Waconia-West Carver Rotary this coming year. Dohm, a member of the club since 1998, noted that her goals for the club this year are to provide more opportunities for the Rotary Club to serve the [...]

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