Waconia Patriot

By Brady Lass In 2014, people are starting to realize that events or memories that seem like yesterday happened nearly a decade ago. One of the things that happened in 2004 was the opening of a new location for the Waconia Library. On Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Friends of [...]

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UPDATE-10:48 PM-Republican Jim Nash is leading late in the GOP House District 47A race against Bob Frey. With 16 of 21 precincts reporting, Nash has a 1,263 to 811 vote lead over Frey. Nash is benefitting from his home turf with Ward 1 and 2 voters in Waconia providing him with 483 votes to Frey’s [...]

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Waconia Manufacturing, Inc., which operates in Waconia and recently opened a new facility in Norwood Young America, was recently honored at the state level by the American Legion for its commitment to the employment of veterans. The business received one of three statewide 2014 Employer of Veterans Awards. The awards are based on an employer’s [...]

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Gymnasts at Waconia’s Laketown Gym were excited last week, and rightly so, as legendary choreographer Geza Pozsar was in town to work with Laketown’s competitive athletes. Pozsar, who has trained Olympic greats like Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, the “Magnificent Seven,” and most recently, McKayla Maroney, spent last week at the Laketown Gym, working one-on-one [...]

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By Jim Gilbert The first wide open giant sunflower blossom was seen in our area on July 25. Examining a sunflower closely we see it is not a single flower but a whole bouquet. We can see many, hundreds or a thousand plus small flowers packed together in a structure known as a head. The [...]

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If you run into Lisa Fontanna of Waconia, don’t tell her she looks great, even if she does. As someone who is battling carcinoid cancer, Fontanna would prefer to focus on things other than appearances. “I don’t look like someone who has Stage 4 cancer and is dying,” said Fontanna, who was diagnosed on Jan. [...]

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