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Landscaper steps in to fill hole left behind by pool contractor accused of unfinished work

MINNEAPOLIS -- A local landscaper stepped in to help after seeing a WCCO investigation into a contractor who promised families a pool but didn't finish the work. WCCO showed you the Swearengin's backyard in Prior Lake. The family paid $80,000 for a pool and were left with a gaping hole behind their home - until a landscaper saw their plight. His action restored much more than their yard.The Swearengin's backyard looks better than it has in months."It looks great. I'm more blown away by the heart of these people," Steve Swearengin said.You see, about two weeks ago, WCCO highlighted the mess...
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Farmer Seed and Nursery demolition approval turns to TIF debate

Redevelopment of the former Farmer Seed and Nursery site narrowly took another step forward Wednesday. The Economic Development Authority approved demolition of most of the historic buildings. But the vote was 3-2 with the two opponents objecting to an anticipated tax increment financing request. The EDA’s consent to demolish the buildings was required to make the redevelopment project eligible to receive tax increment financing — a form of financial subsidy...
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New interchange could unlock 'a ton of opportunity' in Faribault

A new interchange on Faribault’s north side could help with industrial growth, says Rice County Highway Department Engineer Dennis Luebbe. “I-35 has somewhere in the name of 30,000 vehicles a day going up and down,” said Luebbe. “That’s economic development opportunity galore.” The state has awarded a $500,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study for an interchange connecting I-35 and County State Aid Highway 9, which is also known as...

Autopsy: Elko New Market 20-year-old drowned in Lake Minnetonka

An autopsy released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed that a Elko New Market 20-year-old drowned June 3 in Lake Minnetonka. Brady Alan Aune's death was declared an accident. Aune, a graduate of New Prague High School, was remembered for many things, according to his obituary. "… his ability to make friends everywhere, his true adventurous spirit, his passion to see the world and his kind and generous nature. He was compassionate to those in need and always a shining light to friends. His contagious sense of humor lit up every space he graced. He was adored and treasured by his family members and the innumerable people and friends he touched in his life."
New Prague Times

Monica S. Straiton, 96

Monica S. Straiton, age 96, of Waconia, formerly of New Prague, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society in Waconia. She was born a twin, the younger of the two, on June 28, 1926 in Mendota to Martin and Susan (Hart) Stevens. She grew up in Westbrook, MN, where she graduated from Westbrook High School. She and her sister enjoyed sports throughout their lives and were active as majorettes in high school, one of the few sporting activities available to girls. They were both on the softball team for Norwest Bank, Monica as the pitcher. It was at one of the games that Monica would meet Thomas P. Straiton, who remained the love of her life until Tom’s death in 2021. They married on March 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. Like her sister, Monica was a gifted seamstress and the two were ahead of their time as entrepreneurs, owning their own drapery business, called Monica and Veronica Draperies. The two were always finding innovations that could improve or streamline their creations. They were both gifted with numbers and used that gift helping elderly people with their taxes. Monica was active in the Democratic Party and served as an election judge. When the drapery business closed it’s doors, Monica worked at Casey’s not fully retiring until her early 80’s.

New Jordan coach looking to bring back the 'love of the game'

Sarah Attig will be looking to restore some joy to the Jordan volleyball program. Last fall was a tough season for the Jaguars, finishing 3-23 overall, while losing their only Section 6AAA playoff match. Taylor Sonie has stepped down as coach and in comes Attig, who for the last 14 years has been an assistant varsity coach at Alden-Conger, a Class 1A program in the southern part of the state near Albert Lea.

Cannon Falls Police Department reports

On June 23 ice cream and water were stolen from a business on the 1100 block of Main Street West. No value given. On June 25 a motor vehicle accident was reported on the 300 block of Dow Street North. A 2018 Toyota driven by Jill Johnson, 59 of Cannon Falls, collided with a planter.

87-year-old offers car service around Northfield, up to Twin Cities

Whenever Evelyn Estenson returns to Northfield with City Gal Transportation service, she knows her driver will wait to make sure she has safely entered her townhome before driving away. That's just one of the small courtesies experienced driver — and grandmother — Virginia "Ginny" Klinger extends to her growing list of Northfield-area customers. Klinger started City Gal Transportation a year ago after passing a city inspection, a Minnesota Department of...

Bloomington begins phasing out tobacco licenses for businesses

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The city of Bloomington is taking more steps to end tobacco sales. Starting Thursday, the city will begin phasing out tobacco licenses.It means when a store with a tobacco license closes, the license will expire and not be replaced. It's the first such ordinance in the state.Eventually, the city expects there will be no tobacco retailers.The move is one of two the city has taken to curb tobacco sales in 2022. At the year's start, the city banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products.Public health leaders say the moves are in attempt to reduce the number...
New Prague Times

An incredible evening for Music at the Broz

A crowd estimated at 300 people attended the first Music at the Broz the evening of Thursday, June 30, in New Prague. The band Little Chicago kicked off the summer concert festival at the Hotel Broz along Main Street with a mixture of rock/pop and 1960s and ‘70s songs. There was also an art station for children and families to participate in. Other children spent their time dancing to the music. The New Prague Area Arts Council is organizing the six concerts that will be held at the Hotel Broz through mid August. For more see an upcoming print issue of The New Prague Times. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

News briefs from this week's Cannon Falls Beacon

There will be a Fourth of July sing-along at 10 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Third and Main streets in Cannon Falls. All are welcome to join in singing some patriotic songs before the parade begins. Petition available at booth. If you visit the Cannon Valley Fair in...

Cannon Valley Fair Is a Fun Fest for Everyone

The Cannon Valley Fair in Cannon Falls opens today with family fun for everyone. It's not just a slogan. They truly try to come up with something at the fair that will appeal to every person in the family. From Grandparent to Toddler and everyone in between. Day Care Day...

Viking Terrace residents hope to own park one day; County issues holiday safety reminders; Extra law enforcement on the roads in July

As the residents of Viking Terrace struggle to adhere to, and even understand, policies and changes put in place by the new ownership company, Lakeshore Management, they are also looking for ways to buy the park from Lakeshore and create a resident owned cooperative. Mar Valdecantos of Rice County Neighbors...

Lakefest returns in Waseca

Lakefest, Waseca's annual Fourth of July celebration, is set for 3-10:30 p.m. July 4 at Clear Lake Park off Eighth Avenue. Waseca celebrates Independence Day with music all day and night, including Pete Klug, Miller Denn, Los Tequilleros, Luke LeBlanc and Erik Koskinen. The event features fireworks at dusk, food and arts and crafts. Bring your own beverages and lawn chairs.

Despite boat troubles, Krampitz, Matz nab 2nd place at High School Fishing World Finals

As a part of the Owatonna Fishing Team, local anglers Walker Krampitz and Brady Matz set their sights on Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama, to compete against several of the best high school anglers across the country in the High School Bass Fishing National Championship and the High School World Finals. They’re third-place finish at the National Championship and their second-place finish in the World Finals was impressive, especially considering some of the adversity they faced on their way. ...

Brewers rolling along on diamond heading into mid-season break

Nate Beckman ended the month of June with a pitching and power display for the Jordan Brewers. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts June 30 in the Brewers' 10-0 home win over St. Peter in River Valley Classic League play. He also homered twice, doubled and finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.