Waconia Patriot

Although the season may have ended earlier than wished, the Waconia baseball team has a lot to be proud of from the 2014 campaign, including the team’s first Wright County Conference championship since 2008. With a 16-4 overall record, the Wildcats were an impressive 12-1 in the WCC – East standings, easily winning the conference [...]

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Attend Relay For Life to help ‘Finish The Fight’   To the editor:   Do you Relay? If not, then you should! Relay For Life of Waconia is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. People (like you and me) raise money to help people with cancer. I got involved with Relay because all [...]

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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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