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This vintage 1950 Chevy owned by Marine residents David Stephens and Susan Ferron will be on display for the first Red Truck Party on December 7.

Classic red Christmas truck comes to life in Marine BY MATT ANDERSON EDITOR@COUNTRYMESSENGER.COM

The Christmas season is full of iconic images, pine trees, Santa Claus, and snowflakes to name a few. Another of those images often seen during the holidays is that of a bright red vintage truck on plenty of decorations. Hoping to bring that image to life in Marine on St. Croix, Robyn

Dochterman of St. Croix Chocolate Company is starting the Red Truck Party for its first year. “Everywhere I went growing up, I'd see imagery of vintage red pick-up trucks on Christmas items,” says Dochterman. “I'd see them on trays, ornaments, even napkins. We even bought tins to put turtles in at St. Croix Chocolate Company. The truck scenes are nostalgic and bring to mind

In her new children’s book, “The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer,” author Julie Penshorn tells a touching story of rejection and belonging that prepares families and classrooms to make smart, compassionate choices as they face a community with more newcomers, particularly people in transition and immigrants. This is a picture book for all ages, but especially children ages 3 to 8. It’s available now from the author for holiday gift-giving, and is slated for its official release in hardcover and softcover in February. This wonderfully illustrated picture book tells the story of an abandoned dog who wanders into a small farmyard where the pig, goat, donkey, and horse characters tell him he’s not welcome because, “Farmer Jim doesn’t like strangers.” The story shows each animal portraying a

a delightful trip in the snow to get a Christmas tree. Even if we didn't do that as kids, I think a lot of us wish we could have. So it sort of represents an idyllic time, even if it's in our imaginations.” While it is not entirely clear where the red Christmas truck image came from, there are many who can point to it as SEE TRUCK, PAGE 2

Marine Library will receive $6,000 CONTRIBUTED

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed Nov. 26 to provide the City of Marine on St. Croix with $6,000 from the

Jordan bequest to be used for materials and services at the Marine Community Library. In 2001, Elizabeth Jordan made a bequest in her will to the Washington County Library to

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be used for the Marine Library branch. In 2012, an agreement was reached between the City of Marine and the county that, upon request of the city, the county would disburse

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funds from the bequest to support the Marine Community Library. Through a joint powers agreement between the city and the county,

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common prejudice about others, thus encouraging thought provoking discussions. The story is told as an exciting adventure, where the dog gets to show how he can contribute to the community SEE ARTIST, PAGE 2


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ARTIST: Barnyard Buddies FROM PAGE 1

and children are reminded that we all have special gifts and talents to offer a community. Penshorn, Executive Director of Growing Communities for Peace and its project, Smart Tools for Life, points out one of her goals in writing this book was simply to guide children in today’s conflicted, climate-challenged, and polarized world, to communicate respectfully, with consideration and compassion for all. “People are much more mobile than they were when I was a kid,” she said. “I don’t remember ever having a new child in my elementary school! Today, families move more often due to economic opportunities or challenges. It’s not uncommon to have newcomers in a classroom. In order to provide a safe place for all, children need to think deeply and practice how they will treat Penshorn these newcomers.” Though she’s the executive director of the non-profit, Penshorn spends much of her day training horses and teaching riding at Sunborn Stables, where she gets her inspiration for The Barnyard Buddies series. “I love working with horses in dressage. It keeps me fit, and is an art form. Much like this children’s book, it lets me explore how we can move forward in our ways of communicating with others. I like seeing both horses and children reach their full potential,” said Penshorn. “Recently, a local mother told me she wanted to change her child to a different school, but couldn’t get the child to agree. Her seven-year-old didn’t want to leave her friends. This is just a simple example of the importance of belonging. Research has shown it is our number one human need. Without that feeling children can turn to gangs and drugs seeking relief from their pain, their loneliness. I want to make sure every parent, grandparent, and teacher has this book to share with children so they can experience the emotions and lessons in this story and learn from the Parent and Educator Guide that’s included.” Penshorn will be available for book signing and sales at Ecumen Point Pleasant Heights’ Holiday sale, 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City, on December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. She also is seeking volunteers to read her children’s books to kids in classrooms, Sunday schools, and libraries. For books, visit or to make a donation to this non-profit.

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Scandia students learn about bridges The Scandia Elementary IB World School third graders had the opportunity to learn from MnDOT engineer, Scott Larson, in Kelly Duncan’s third grade classroom on Wednesday, November 20. Larson shared information on what engineers do in order to build the right type of bridge and then the students had the chance to build their own bridge and test it in the classroom.

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a symbol of the holiday season. The event planned by Dochterman will be held on December 7 and will have some fun “Red Truck” themed activities and goodies for visitors to enjoy. “We'll have lots of red-truck themed door prizes, live music, samples of fine chocolate, and wine specials during the party from 12-3,” says Dochterman. “The event is family friendly and all are welcome.” During the event, patrons of

Marine on St. Croix can visit and take pictures of a pristine 1950 Chevy owned by local Marine residents, David Stephens and Susan Ferron. The idea behind the display of this truck is to bring people together in a nostalgic image of the holiday season. Dochterman also has plans for the future after the launch of the Red Truck Party this year. “Eventually, my hope is to put together a whole Christmas parade of red trucks in Marine,” she says. “This year we're starting with one, but it's one of the

most perfect red trucks ever, in my view. Every time I see it out on the street, I can't help but smile. My hope is that the party celebrates this connection to a simpler time, and that people come for pictures and do a lot of smiling.” For more information, those interested about the first Red Truck Party in Marine can call the St. Croix Chocolate Company shop at 651-433-1400.

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Washington County will pay the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization (MSCWMO) $118,720 as a cash-in-lieu payment for the South Third Street reconstruction project completed in Stillwater in 2018 to assist with lessening the phosphorous runoff into the St. Croix River. The County Board agreed to the payment Nov. 26. County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 23, or South Third Street in Stillwater, was reconstructed in 2018. The reconstruction project included new concrete pavement, revised curb lines, improved parking areas, underground utilities, a new retaining wall, and subgrade improvements. As part of this project, the MSCWMO required storm water runoff treatment. The primary goal of the requirement is to reduce phosphorus in the runoff that eventually makes it way to the St. Croix River. However, with this project, given the steep grades, the



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fully-developed downtown area, including several historic properties, and the presence of shallow bedrock in some areas, the project team was not able to meet the minimum treatment standards as required. Working with the watershed, the county identified an alternative to meet the requirements and obtain a permit, which would allow the project to move forward. The county became a cost-share partner in a different project nearby that significantly improved overall water quality in the region that will reduce the phosphorous deposited in the St. Croix River. This represented a net overall benefit to the region and more than offset the original requirements related to the Third Street project.

LIBRARY: Jordan bequest FROM PAGE 1

the city residents have maintained access to the county library system and continue to pay the county library tax. A separate non-profit organization, the Marine Library Association (MarLA), maintains a small community

library, which includes privately-purchased materials, as well as materials and services provided by the county library. This request from the city follows directives related to disbursements made to the Jordan bequest as specified in the joint powers agreement.


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Fruitcake Sale

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The Osceola United Methodist Church will be selling fruitcakes at Hiawatha Bank (409 N Cascade St) starting at 9 a.m.

DECEMBER 5 Film Screening in Marine Free screening of “Decoding the Driftless,� a film about the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin and its fascinating geology, archeology, and beauty. One of the filmmakers, George Howe, will be in attendance to discuss the film and filming. Marine Village Hall, 7 p.m

DECEMBER 7 Annie’s Coffee Enjoy a cup of coffee and Swedish treats, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Christmas traditions) at Gammelgürden Museum (20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia). Book now at the Butik (651-433-5053).

Holiday Open House and Book Sale The Washington County Historical Society invites you to our Annual Holiday Open House at the Warden’s House Museum, located at 602 Main Street N. in Stillwater, MN. which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is free to attend. Please contact Gibson Stanton at gibson@ or at 651439-5956 for more information.

Candlelight Swedish prayer services 6 a.m. 8:30 a.m. at GammelgĂĽrden Museum (20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia)

University Guitarists to Perform in Stillwater A house concert featuring two guitarists from the University of Minnesota will be held at 7 p.m. at Big Pink, 1900 N. 2nd Street, at Willow, one mile north of downtown Stillwater. Donations will help the U of M guitar program to bring international guest performers for concerts and master classes. Free refreshments. Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged at 651-439-3362 or

DECEMBER 13 Family Game Night From 5:30-7:30 p.m., have fun playing games, meeting new friends and families, and eating pizza! A gathering for the whole community. Hosted by Marine Community Library every 2nd Friday of the month (next Game Night is January 10, 2020). Marine Village Hall, 121 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN All ages welcome.

DECEMBER 14 Girls & Dolls Tea Parties Bring your granddaughter or daughters and their dolls to enjoy a cup of tea and sweets along with crafts and

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games. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at GammelgĂĽrden Museum (20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia). FFI: gammelgardenmuseum. org.

DECEMBER 16 Christian Women’s Connection Christmas Luncheon Sponsored by River Valley Christian Women’s Connection. The 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Avenue, Center City, MN. Reservations are required by Tuesday noon, Dec. 10 by calling Shirley, 715-755-2656 or text her, 715-338-1473. There is a fee, payable at the door.

DECEMBER 19 Super Story Times with Suzanne Marine Community Library, Marine on St. Croix. Special books, songs, and activities. 10 a.m.

DECEMBER 21 Annie’s Coffee Enjoy a cup of coffee and Swedish treats, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Christmas traditions) at Gammelgürden Museum (20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia). Book now at the Butik (651-433-5053).

ONGOING Fika med Pratstund (Swedish Snacks and Chat) Every Sunday afternoon, July 21 to September 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., Sven SjĂśstedt and

the Lindstrom Historical Society will host “Fika med Pratstund� (Snacks and Chat) at the Karl Oskar House in Ki Chi Saga Park located (29061 Glader Blvd, Lindstrom). Open house format with coffee, donuts and talk of Swedish things.

Stillwater support group for families NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Stillwater Library, 224 Third St. N., in Margaret Rivers Room A. Use Third Street entrance and free parking ramp. FFI: Call Marie or Bob at 651-770-1436.

Alcoholics Anonymous AA Big Book Study: Mondays, 7 p.m., at Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia, in Room LL2 (lower level 2). Enter through the preschool door.

Tri-County Seniors (50+) DFL Luncheon Meeting (Eastern Anoka, Southern Chisago, & Northern Washington County’s) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (First Tuesday of each month) Vannelli’s By The Lake Restaurant - Broadway & 55 - So. Lake Street. Forest Lake. FFI: ckgenz@msn. com or call 763-227-7536.

Mental Health Support Group A NAMI Connection peer support group for

adults recovering from mental illness meets bi-weekly in Stillwater. Free, sponsored by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Led by trained facilitators who are in recovery. Meets: first and third Mondays of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Episcopal Church of the Ascension Office (215 North 4th St., Stillwater). FFI: Call Diane at 651-724-0977 or NAMI at 651-645-2948.

Camera Club The St. Croix Valley Camera Club meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Chisago County Government Center in Center City. Meetings include a presentation followed by casual discussion. Photographers of all interests and abilities are welcome.

BooksMoveMe Yoga Storytime at Hardwood Creek The first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, Learning Tree Yoga will present a free 30 minute BooksMoveMe yoga session for children and their caregivers. Event is free and open to children 6 and under and their caregivers. No registration required. Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake.

Family Storytime at Hardwood Creek Thursdays, from 10:3011:00 a.m. Children of all ages and their caregiv-

ers. Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake. 651 275-7300.

Super Storytime Tuesdays from 10:30 11:15 a.m. A craft or other activity with storytime. Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake. 651 275-7300.

Baby Storytime

Wednesdays, 9:45-10:15 a.m. Hardwood Creek Library invites parents and caregivers with babies 0-24 months. Siblings are welcome! Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake. 651 275-7300.

Toddler Storytime Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers. Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake. FFI: 651 275-7300.

Used Book Sale The Friends of the Osceola Library will hold a used book sale the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 3rd Ave. entrance, lower level.v

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Small shopping, large impact


o, are you done yet? Have you started? I’m talking about your Christmas shopping. With Thanksgiving arriving late this year and Christmas falling early in the week, the shopping season is shorter than last year, so if you haven’t begun shopping, I suggest you get a move on. This past week contained Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, some of the largest dollar volume shopping days of the season. They all have their impact, but Small Business Saturday has the largest impact on our community. It’s estimated that 99.3 percent of all the businesses in the nation considered small businesses, Publisher are comprising the vast majority of firms in the nation. Being small Tom Stangl has many benefits, but these firms are often ignored in the rush to give millions to national chains. I love a great deal as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest with each other — there are real and tangible benefits to shopping locally. In many cases, you will get better service. If you have a question when shopping at a box store, good luck finding anyone, let alone someone who can answer your question. Shopping online is even worse, unless you have extra time to search for reviews and comments. Even when you find comments and reviews, can you be sure they weren’t written by someone who is on the payroll, or worse yet, someone who has an ax to grind? The same is true when it comes to something going wrong. If you have questions or are having problems, good luck with the box stores. In many cases, you will be better off simply buying the product again. That’s a big savings, right? Sending something back is a real treat as well. Local merchants will do what they can to make your experience a positive one. They understand you have many options for places to spend your money. The smart merchants also understand the power of a satisfied customer. Someone who is happy will tell others. Folks who have a bad experience are much more likely to share their thoughts with anyone who will listen. I haven’t even touched on the ripple effect your dollars spent locally have on your community. It’s estimated that nearly two thirds of every dollar spent locally are spent again, amplifying the power of your dollars. A local store pays their employees, buys local goods and services and also spends money on taxes, lowering your tax burden and preserving your property values. Local merchants are also at the top of the list when it comes to helping the community. Fundraisers rely on direct and indirect donations from small businesses to help with everything from little league to fundraisers to pay medical bills. They are easy targets because they are here, day in and day out. I know Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in America, is a good guy, but will he sponsor your child’s little league team? If you have that one figured out, let me know. It’s in your best interest to at least take a look at shopping locally each and every day, not just for purchases made in the next three weeks. The small additional amount you may pay is a small investment in your community, one that you can be proud of making. When was the last time you could say that about something you bought? As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress. com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001.


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The Red Monster I

vividly remember those nights in Rockton after a heavy snowfall. From as far back as I can remember, my Dad would gear up, step out in to the dark and start his monstrous red snow blower. Well, it seemed monstrous to me anyway. I remember the smell of gasoline in the cold and snow. I think at the time, that smell gave me a bit of a headache. I would gear up myself and, rather than grab a shovel and help, I would just go play in the snow. Maybe every now and then I would grab this useless little kiddie shovel and try to be of some use, but nine times out of ten, it was playtime. I’m sure my dad did appreciate the few times I tried to help. I don’t think I have to tell you that Editor winter decided to come in one fell Matt Anderson swoop this year. My wife and I had to plan around storms to travel back to Rockton for Thanksgiving, and even then, our drive back was torturous to say the least. By the time we got to Madison, there wasn’t a snowflake in sight other than the snow caked on cars traveling from up north. Because Rockton doesn’t see half of the winter wonderland that we do here, and because my “snowbird” parents make their way to Arizona during the winter, my Dad decided that the red monstrosity would have more use in my Dresser home. We had been trying to figure out a time to get it back up here for months. Of course, Jack Frost decided to pay a visit before that time. During Thanksgiving weekend, my Dad took the

time to show me what I needed to know about the red monster. Being the father he is, he took it to a repair shop for a new electric starter instead of passing it off to me as “my problem” fix. We stood in the garage and went through all the little details, and as we did, I could almost imagine being back on those cold, snowy nights. He started up that deafening machine and I could smell that gas that would have usually given me a headache. This time, however, that smell acted as a time machine. Despite the misty rain coming down, I could imagine my Dad, geared up on a wintry school night, making each pass down our driveway in the light of the garage and streetlight. I could picture my ten-year-old self in snow pants and a puffy jacket, playing in the yard as he cleared the drive. Just for that moment, that big red monster was more than just a hand-me-down; it was a piece of my Rockton childhood that I was bringing home with me. I came back to reality when we loaded up the red monster into the car. It didn’t exactly clear the back gate, so we had to remove the shoot and handle. Some of those nuts and bolts just snapped off in our hands to remind us that time had passed, but that didn’t matter. The red monster is a part of my memories with my Dad. Now, as I use it here in northern Wisconsin, maybe I’ll feel those nostalgic memories, and the chore won’t seem so tedious. I always welcome your comments, questions, and concerns. Feel free to reach out at any time. Matt Anderson 651-433-3845

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Christmas cookie winner, no contest needed


veryone loves a basic sugar cookie. You really can’t go wrong. Sugar cookies are versatile and they’re easy to make into something special. As much as I loved all the fun and new recipes at Christmas, as a child I liked the basics. When it came to the cookie platter, I’d go for the sugar cookie almost every time. Sugar cookies need to stand alone. They should be perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. Add a little tang or vanilla punch and that’s a good place to start. These simple cookies have been my go-to cookie because you can add some different spices or flavoring to make the cookies unique Wild Chow such as lemon zest, cinnamon, coconut, cream of tartar, or almond Lisa Erickson flavoring. You can even add chocolate chips. This is the recipe I use for Snickerdoodles and for a summer frosted lemon cookie. I also love dressing them up with some colored sprinkles. Make them your own by experimenting and see what your family prefers. Happy cookie baking!


“Transatlantic Turnaround”


y husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read. “Death at sea?” I asked. “No, the part before that!” Peter clarified. Peter thought the idea of a Columnist cross-Atlantic ship sounded fun Carrie Classon and romantic. He began investigating transatlantic trips and once Peter starts investigating a thing, it’s as good as done. Peter discovered that a number of cruise lines reposition their boats from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean in the fall and back again in the spring. Some of these trips are quite reasonably priced. As the boat has to be moved anyway, the cruise line would rather the boat was filled with paying customers. Besides, they figure they’ll make it up during the long days at sea when passengers have nothing better to do than gamble and shop. In our case, they figured wrong. Peter and I are generally opposed to organized activities.

Peter falls asleep immediately at anything that seems intended to be educational. We both dislike gambling. We don’t participate in raffles, shop on a whim, or willingly pile into vans with strangers. Our idea of a perfect day is spent doing a lot of reading, a little exercising, and eating too much. The best part is simply watching the vast ocean as it passes. Peter is due for a little pampering after spending a month in our historic little house in Frigiliana. Peter has had his fill of “historic” and “little,” particularly since he discovered the two so frequently go hand-in-hand. Peter spent a month getting his head banged on historically low ceilings and climbing up steep little antique stairs to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Peter is ready for a major dose of modern convenience after all that historic charm. “Look!” Peter says, on our first night here, “a bathroom on the same floor as our bed!” “Yes, dear,” I reply. “And doorways tall enough so I don’t need to stoop!” The boat is nothing if not easily accessible. It stands to reason, I guess, but folks who have nothing to do but cross the ocean by sea are not a young crowd. They settle into their rooms for two weeks and don’t need to move their luggage for the duration. Some of them look as if they are staying for good. They deco-

rate the outside of their doors with magnetic falling leaves or Christmas decorations or their name accompanied by cheerful greetings. It reminds me a bit of a retirement home—which, given the age of the clientele, is not far from the truth. At some point—in the middle of the Atlantic, more than 1200 miles from land in all directions, the ship will do a full 360-degree turn. They do this, the captain informed us, to check and adjust the accuracy of the ship’s compasses. This seems quaint to me in an era of computer navigation and GPS, but apparently it is still done, and I can see why it might be a good idea. I know there are times when a slow, 360-degree turnaround is the very thing I need to check my own internal compass. To do this slowly, deliberately, when the conditions are ideal—this strikes me as an important bit of housekeeping for both transatlantic boats and lives. It might not be strictly necessary. But it’s always nice to know with some degree of certainty that I am headed in the right direction. Till next time, Carrie Carrie Classon’s memoir, “Blue Yarn,” was released earlier this year. Learn more at

The name game Simply Perfect Sugar Cookies 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1-3/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 Tbsp. vanilla 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar 3/4 tsp salt Plus 1/3 cup sugar for finishing Optional additions:

Snickerdoodles: increase cream of tartar to 2 tsp. and add 2 tsp cinnamon to the finishing sugar Lemon cookies: add 1 Tbsp. lemon zest and 1 tsp cream of tartar Chocolate chip cookies: omit 1/2 cup of sugar and replace with 1/2 brown sugar; omit the cream of tartar and add 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips Cherry cookies: add 1/2 tsp red food coloring and 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

The Funnel, Deer Mountain, Bear Claw, Wolf Valley, The Lake and now The Foothills are names we have given the places where we deer hunt. It’s usually the first guy who harvests a deer at that spot who gives the place its name or the person who found it. Naming a place makes it a subject for conversation so everyone knows the place by its name. This little phenomenon is not just something we do, but it seems to be common among most deer camps. This year Deer Mountain lived up to its name again when I dropped a nice doe from my blind, “The Fortress”. I wasn’t surprised the guys wanted to hunt around Deer Mountain this year. We get along Wild River great and Deer Mountain has been consistent. My son Josh and I have Trails been harvesting more deer on the Mountain than any of the other Jim Bennett guys in any other places the last 10 years. It’s all Location, Location, Location and certainly not skill. I created a ground blind there, a “Lincoln Log” design ten years ago and add logs and branches every year. It fits in the deer woods perfectly by looking like a blow down plus it’s there all the time so deer are used to it. All the other guys use climbing stands.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl, mix butter and shortening. Add sugar and beat until creamy; about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients just until combined.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in finishing sugar. Space cookies 3 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes until slightly golden brown on the edges. Transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

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It’s up on a slightly elevated knob in a major deer travel corridor but no major trail stands out. Instead, lots of smaller trails on the ridge, near a valley below and down in a large bowl shaped open area make it a good spot. Josh Bennett from Hudson, who hunts the other side of the mountain top and taken the most bucks, named my ground blind “The Fortress” because it reminds him of a castle on a hill. One new spot, The Foothills (of Deer Mountain) came into being this year when Chris LeMay from New Richmond dropped a nice doe and later Joel Tupy of New Prague, did the same thing in almost the same spot. Joel and Chris saw more deer there this year by far than anyone else. Now Joel Tupy who harvested a nice doe on the backside of Deer Mountain has a new place to name. DaveTupy, also from New Prague, was hunting south of Deer Mountain but had no real luck. His best spot, the Funnel was forever lost when a tornado flattened those woods for miles around. Although he took a nice buck hunting “The Lake” last year, he decided to move to Deer Mountain this year. We ended up with 4 doe for 5 hunters but although the doe were easy to find the bucks were not. I’m finding that other hunters I’ve been talking to are saying the same thing. Lots of doe but few bucks. Early SEE BENNETT, PAGE 6

Frozen II is a missed opportunity


bet most of the people who will be reading this review are going to see Frozen II because one of their kids or grandkids are going to want to see it. That is not just wild speculation on my part. It’s based on the opening weekend box office numbers Frozen II Contributing where raked in almost one hundred and Writer thirty million Paul Backstrom dollars. This was probably one

of the only movies this year that had a packed house when I went. In fact, I had to wait an extra half and hour because of the demand to see it. Luckily for us, the adults who are dragged to this movie, it is actually a solid movie. It is more of the same from the previous movie. The same characters, similar music, and annoying Olaf jokes…I found them to be more cringe worthy than adorable this time. Most of my complaints about the movie in general are the complaints I tend to have for most sequels. The biggest one being: what does Frozen II actually add to the pre-

vious story? The movie doesn’t really answer this question well. I think we would have been all just as content with having only the first movie unless you are an executive at Disney who wants to make a lot of money. I should have just given Frozen II a “B” and been done with the review because, compared to a lot of the trash I have seen over this year, Frozen II has a story and characters that were competent. However, what I was most disappointed about in the film was how they handled the theme of change. Good and Excellent SEE REVIEW, PAGE 7


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harvest reports from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicate the same thing. The DNR feels that the latest possible season this year, November 23 to December 1, compared to the earliest possible season last year November 17-25, is the reason. Simply put, last year the rut was in full swing and this year it was pretty much done up north with the later season. Makes sense to me.

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stories and movies help us explore deeper themes in our own lives and Frozen II decided to look at how change affects us. When they first started touching on this theme early in the story I was intrigued with where they were planning to go with it. Unfortunately, by the end of the film I realized they were just paying this theme, which many of us still struggle with today, only lip service. The reason, that they were so shallow in their study of this important theme was not because it was a child’s movie but because they refused to have us look at all the characters we know and love through a different lens. This movie could have been a lot more powerful if Elsa or Anna could have wrestled with their own character changes. Granted, there is some danger in doing this because audiences might not like this direction. However, I would argue that this would make the film more relevant and have more lasting power. Personally, I doubt anybody will remember Frozen II in about a year because of this bad decision. Overall, I give this movie a B- (A Good Movie). It is hard for lightning to hit twice in the same place and this is how I feel about Frozen II. It is not as good as the original film, which is a common complaint for most sequels. The music is good but again nothing as wildly popular as the blockbuster hit from the first movie “Let it Go.” When I saw the movie, it was in a packed theater and the kids loved it, especially when Olaf was on the screen. I was disappointed that they didn’t do a deeper dive into the theme of change, which is what the film asks us as the audience to consider. Instead, it is a shallow viewpoint that neither pushes the audience, or the characters into interesting situations or fields of thought. Kids are going to love revisiting the characters, and the story line is okay for adults, but this was a big missed opportunity for this franchise to be something more than just a cash grab. Frozen II is rated PG-13 for action/peril and some thematic elements. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee shared directing credits. Jennifer Lee is the sole writer. This film stars the voice talents of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad.


While early cold temperatures and snow in parts of the Minnesota have many snowmobile enthusiasts excited to take their first ride of the season, most of the state’s trails are not ready for riding, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1 each year. Regardless of the date on the calendar, several conditions must

be met before trails are groomed and ready for travel: • The ground must be frozen. Where trails cross wetlands, 15 inches of ice is needed to support the weight of the trail groomers. • Adequate snow cover, about 12 inches, must be on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming. • Trails must be cleared of fallen trees, signs put in place and gates opened. Snowmobile

club volunteers and DNR staff are currently working on these tasks. “It’s a big job for local volunteers and DNR staff to get the trail system up and running each year, especially with varying weather conditions,” said John Waters, state trails and snowmobile program consultant. “Crews are clearing brush, packing snow in wet areas, checking signs and tuning up grooming machines. We always

hope for early cold temperatures followed by an abundance of fresh snow so snowmobilers can have a safe and lengthy riding season.” Even after a chilly start to November, ice on most lakes is not safe for travel. The DNR recommends a minimum of 5 to 7 inches of new clear ice for snowmobiles. While snowmobilers wait for the arrival of snow and cold SEE DNR, PAGE 11

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Minnesota illness linked to national E. coli outbreak Officials warn consumer not to eat romaine lettuce from Salinas region of California CONTRIBUTED

Health officials are warning consumers to not eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region of California because it has been linked to serious illnesses from E. coli O157 bacteria. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections associated with eating romaine lettuce. Information on the national outbreak can be found on the CDC’s website: Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce. One case of E. coli O157 infection in a Minnesota resident, who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and is hospitalized, has recently been identified and linked to the multi-state outbreak. Nationally, there are 40 cases from 16 states; 65% are female. Cases range in age from 3 to 89 years. Currently, illness onset dates range from Sept. 4 through Nov. 10, but additional cases are under investigation. Twenty-eight cases were hospitalized, and five developed HUS, a potentially fatal complication that can include kidney failure and other severe problems. MDH is investigating additional E. coli O157 cases potentially connected to this outbreak. The Minnesota case interviewed by

DNR announces two December deer hunts as part of CWD management efforts Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 22, and Friday, Dec. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 29, in deer permit areas 643, 646, 647 and 648, which are the only permit areas where the disease has been found to be persistent in wild deer. Additional permit areas (and their included public hunting lands) may be added to this hunt, as pending CWD sampling results come in. Any added areas will be noted on the CWD webpage at by Nov. 28. These hunts are part of the DNR’s three-pronged approach to limit the spread of CWD. Because the disease is spread through direct contact with an infected deer’s saliva, urine, blood, feces, antler velvet or carcass, reducing deer numbers in localized areas helps lower deer densities and remove CWD-positive animals. In some areas, the DNR has also implemented deer feeding and attractant bans to reduce the human-facilitated contact between deer, and restricted how hunters are allowed to move deer they harvest.

Hunt details Hunters must plan ahead and should check the DNR’s website at for complete details about the special hunts, including hunt rules, locations for registration and CWD sampling, carcass movement restrictions, a map of the hunt area, and information about the DNR’s efforts to keep Minnesota wild deer healthy. During these hunts, hunters may tag deer of either sex with disease

management tags or unused tags from a 2019 landowner license, youth or adult firearm license, youth or adult muzzleloader license, or youth or adult archery license. Only antlerless deer may be tagged with bonus tags or early-season antlerless tags. Hunters may purchase an unlimited number of disease management tags. Hunters participating in the disease management hunts in deer permit areas 643, 646, 647, and 648 may use only legal shotguns loaded with single-slug shotgun shells, legal muzzleloading long guns, legal handguns or legal crossbows for taking deer. Private land makes up most of the area within the hunt area and hunters must have landowner permission to hunt that land. Public lands open during the regular season are open during the special hunts. Hunters can check the DNR’s Recreation Compass at for more details about public lands. Permits required to hunt on some public lands Permits will be available on a firstcome, first-served basis for Forestville State Park, Pin Oak Prairie Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), and Great River Bluffs State Park (including portions of King’s and Queen’s Bluffs SNA) starting at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4. There is no fee for these permits, and they can be obtained online or wherever DNR licenses are sold. Permits will be valid for either the first or the second weekend hunt in these locations; the permits will not be valid for both weekends. The Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA, which adjoins the Cherry Grove Wildlife Management Area, and Rushford Sand Barrens SNA will also be open to deer hunting; no special

permit is required for these two SNAs. Too much meat for your freezer? Hunters who choose not to keep their meat can utilize the venison donation program. More details can be found on the DNR website.

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Since CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002, the DNR has tested more than 80,000 wild deer in the state. To date, 59 wild deer have been confirmed positive for CWD in Minnesota. Test results, including locations of confirmed positive test results and statistics, are available on the DNR website at cwdcheck. Keeping Minnesota’s wild deer population healthy remains the goal in the DNR’s response to chronic wasting disease. As part of its response plan, the DNR is monitoring for CWD in disease management zones around areas that the disease has been detected in wild deer, as well as in a CWD surveillance area where the disease was found in captive deer. The CWD management zones are located in southeastern and north-central Minnesota; the CWD surveillance area is located in central Minnesota. The DNR’s three-pronged approach to prevent spread of the disease was detailed in an earlier news release; the department’s CWD response plan can be found on the DNR website. CWD is an always-fatal neurological disease that affects the cervid family, which includes deer, elk and moose. For more information on chronic wasting disease, including maps of 2019 CWD surveillance areas and disease management zones, frequently asked questions, and hunter information, visit



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MDH lab finds vitamin E acetate in 2019 illicit vaping products but not in 2018 products Finding adds to national evidence associating vitamin E acetate with lung injuries Testing by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory has found that samples of vaping products from 2019, including some from patients with serious lung injuries, contained vitamin E acetate, while product obtained by law enforcement from 2018 did not. These findings, reported in a special publication today ( mmwr/volumes/68/wr/ mm6847e1.htm?s_cid=mm6847e1_w.) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provide more evidence that vitamin E acetate is playing a role in the current outbreak of vaping lung injuries. CDC announced on November 8 that it had completed testing of 29 bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples collected for clinical reasons from patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) in 10 states. Five of the samples were from Minnesota residents. A potential toxin, vitamin E acetate, was found in all BAL fluid samples tested by CDC. These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary

site of injury in the lungs, although more research is needed to establish whether vitamin E acetate caused the injuries. Separately, the MDH Public Health Laboratory looked at illicit THC products from several sources, including from 12 confirmed or probable lung-injury patients. Lab tests confirmed that 11 of the 12 lung injury patients vaped THC products that contained vitamin E acetate and the other patient vaped multiple products, some of which were not available for testing. Overall, 52% of 46 illicit THC products belonging to the 12 lung injury patients that were tested at the MDH Public Health Laboratory contained vitamin E acetate. In addition, the MDH lab worked with local Minnesota law enforcement officials to obtain seized-illicit-THC products from 2018 and 2019. The lab found that all 20 of the 2019 THC products seized by law enforcement included vitamin E acetate, while no vitamin E acetate was found in the five cartridges from 2018. Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm praised the MDH lab and partners for their work in the investigation to date. “Thanks to the work of CDC, local law enforcement and MDH’s lab and

epidemiologists, we now have evidence of vitamin E acetate in the lungs of Minnesotans and in illicit THC products from Minnesota during the outbreak,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “We have more work ahead, but every bit of evidence gets us closer to a resolution.” Further work is needed to test additional pre-2019 samples. In addition, more research is necessary to evaluate how vitamin E acetate might cause lung injury and to evaluate the role of other components in causing lung injury. “These are small samples, and the findings do not rule out other possible compounds or ingredients that may be involved in causing these lung injuries,” said MDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. “However, these results are important and support a role for vitamin E acetate in the lung injuries associated with vaping THC.” Cases of severe lung injury continue to be reported to MDH. In all cases, people should avoid vaping illicit THC products. If a person who vapes develops symptoms, they should seek medical care. Patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program should consult with their physicians and pharmacists at the dispensing centers

about what is best for their situation. Patients who have impairment or distress from use of THC-containing vaping products, should consider using behavioral treatment and recovery services for cannabis use disorder. Beyond the acute lung injuries that are associated with vaping illicit THC products, MDH is concerned about the safety of vaping in general and recommends the following: • If you don’t vape now, don’t start. • Pregnant women and young people should never vape. • If you are a smoker using vaping to quit, do not go back to smoking, but do consider switching to other FDA approved cessation methods (vaping is NOT an FDA-approved method) As of November 26, 2019, 125 patients in Minnesota with confirmed or probable lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping have been reported to MDH. Of those patients with complete interview information, 91% reported vaping illicit THC. The MDH Public Health Laboratory is one of 10 Level One chemical laboratories in the national Laboratory Response Network tasked with identifying chemical substances of public health significance.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners reviewed a recommended comprehensive plan for the Department of Community Corrections Nov. 26. The county’s Community Corrections Advisory Board prepared and requested the approval of the Comprehensive Plan for 2020-2021. The plan is a state requirement, and is used by the Commissioner of Corrections to determine if the county is providing services that comply with the state’s Community Corrections Act. The county’s Community Corrections Advisory Board is made up of members of law enforcement, prosecution, the judiciary, education, corrections, ethnic minorities, social services, and a lay citizen. The report noted crime trends in the county for 2017. The Part I crime rate, the more serious crimes, increased slightly in 2017. Overall, the 10-year trend remains down in this category. The Part II crime rate, those that are less serious, increased slightly in 2017. Overall, the 10-year trend remains flat. Disorderly conduct offenses account for the largest number of Part II crimes in Washington County. Some of the strategic plan highlights include peer support for employees who experience adverse work situations, the completion of a recidivism outcome study for clients using Dosage Probation, and review of technology that enhances the safety of victims of domestic violence. Goals of the department are to reduce recidivism, facilitate behavior change, assist clients in meeting the expectations of the court, and create pathways for clients to re-enter the community.

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214 North Third Street N, Stillwater (651) 439-2609 • Rev. Marilyn Baldwin Rev. Daniel V. Pearson, Interim Rector Mindy Boynton, Christian Ed/Youth Nancy Whipkey, Director of Music Sunday: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, no music 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, with music

Hwy. 97 at County Road 34 S.E. Forest Lake (651) 464-5249 Pastor: Rev. David Werner 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship

25402 Itasca Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-462-3535 / Pastor Craig Bertram Regular Worship 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Communion First and Third Sundays 9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Class

Lake Elmo (651) 430-9950 5900 Lake Elmo Avenue N. (Hwy 36 & County Road 17) Pastor Jon Neitzel, Teen Pastor Greg Hamm Children’s Pastor Karen Hynes Sunday Worship and Childrens’ Church 9:30 a.m. Nursery available. Saturday Worship and Children’s Church, 6:00 p.m. Sunday Teen Service 7:00 p.m.

490 Bench St., Taylors Falls, MN (651) 465-7345 Father John Drees Sat. Mass 5:30 p.m. Sun. Mass 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Baha’i Faith For information about Baha’i Faith or times and places of meetings call (651) 433-3686.

Christ Lutheran Church 150 Fifth Street, Marine (651) 433-3222, office ext. 10 Pastors Joel Martin and Hannah Bartos Sunday Worship 8:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Kid’s Church during 9:45 service. Wednesday Life Night schedule: Community Supper at 5:30 p.m. Faith formation classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m.

Elim Lutheran Church Scandia (651) 433-2723 Senior Pastor Scott Westphal Associate Pastor Meredith McGrath 8 and 9:30 am in the Sanctuary 8:45 am Adult Christian Education in the Library 10:35 Kid City Sunday School

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Forest Lake (651) 464-3323 886 North Shore Drive Pastor John Klawiter Sunday Worship: Traditional, 9 a.m. Contemporary Praise, 10:30 a.m.

Grace Church 722 Seminole Ave. Osceola Pastor Mark Barlow Amy Germain, Day Care Bety Greydanus, Office Manager “The Cure for the Common Church” e-mail: or call (715) 294-4222 or (715) 755-3454 Sunday: Praise and Worship Service 9 a.m. with Children’s Church Adult Bible Study 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Christian Child Day Care Monday-Friday 5:30 am – 6 p.m.

Hosanna Lutheran Church (ELCA) Living, loving and serving as Jesus did... so that all may know him. 9300 Scandia Tr. N. Forest Lake (651) 464-5502 Linda Friesen, Lead Pastor Jen Collins, Associate Pastor Sept-May Worship Schedule Sunday 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. In Great Hall (lower level) Wednesday (thru Apr) 6:00 p.m. in Garden Chapel (upper level)

Lakes Free Church Lindstrom (651) 257-2677 29620 Olinda Trail N. Senior Pastor Jason Carlson, Associate Pastor Stephen Moore Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9 & 10:30 a.m.

Maranatha Church Chisago Lakes Campus 10963 Lake Blvd. (Hwy 8) Chisago City (651) 257-8605 Pastor Bill Headley Worship service Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday service 9:30 a.m.

Osceola Community Church 2492 Education Dr., Osceola, WI Larry Mederich, Pastor (715) 417-0608 • Sunday Worship 9 a.m. with provided Nursery Kids Church 9:30 a.m. Meeting in home groups throughout the week. Call for details, 715-294-4332.

Osceola Medical Center Spiritual Care 2600 65th Avenue, Osceola, WI 715-294-5645 fax: 715-294-5712 email: Chapel open daily for meditation.

Osceola United Methodist Church 306 River Street Osceola, WI (715) 755-2275 Sunday: Worship 10 a.m. Fellowship at 11 a.m.

St. Croix Falls Unitarian Universalist Fellowship First 3 Sundays of each month @ 10 a.m. 201 North Adams St., St. Croix Falls, WI 54024 Rev. Kelli Clement -

St. Croix Falls United Methodist Church Upper St. Croix Parish 300 N. Adams St. • (715)-483-9494 Pastor Carolyn Saunders Pastor MIke Brewbaker Sunday Service 10 a.m.

St. Croix Valley Friends Meeting Stillwater (651) 439-7981 Seventh Day Adventist Church, Fifth & Laurel Streets Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Childcare available.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Franconia (651) 465-7345 Sunday Mass: 9:15 a.m. Father John Drees Three miles north on Hwy. 95 from Hwy. 97. West on Redwing 1/4 mile.

St. Joseph Catholic Cluster Osceola (715) 294-2243 Rev. Andy Anderson Saturday Mass: St. Joseph’s, 4 p.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 5 p.m. Sunday Mass: Assumption, East Farmingon 8:30 a.m. St. Anne’s, Somerset 8 & 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s, Osceola 10:30 a.m. Call for weekday mass and reconciliation schedules.

Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS) Osceola (715) 294-2828 300 Seminole Avenue Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday School/Bible Class: 10:15 a.m. Wednesday worship: 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church Stillwater (651) 439-7400 • 115 North Fourth Street Pastors: Dan Poffenberger & Stephanie Vos, Saturday Evening Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9 a.m Traditional; 10:30 a.m. The WALK Contemporary Worship Children’s Learning, Sunday 9 a.m. and on Wednesday 6 p.m. Wednesday 7:15 p.m. “The River” Youth Worship



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DNR: MN snowmobile trails not yet ready for riding



public health investigators reported eating romaine lettuce. The investigation to identify a specific source is ongoing. Health officials warn people not to eat, buy, or sell romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region. Check your refrigerator for romaine lettuce that may have been grown in the Salinas region. If you have it, throw it out. Most romaine products are labeled with a harvest location, but if you don’t know where the romaine lettuce was grown, don’t eat or buy it. Symptoms of illness caused by E. coli O157 typically include stomach cramps and diarrhea, often with bloody stools, but only a low-grade or no fever. People typically become ill two to five days after exposure, but this

temperatures, now is a good time to make sure registrations are current, snowmobiles are in good operating order, safety training is reviewed, and local trail maps are checked for route changes or new trails. Registrations for new snowmobiles may be purchased in person at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at the DNR License Bureau in St. Paul. Renewals of registrations and out-of-state trail stickers may be purchased in person, or online at Local trail conditions are often posted online by local tourism associations, chambers of commerce and volunteer snowmobile clubs. To find the nearest club, visit the Minnesota United Snowmobiler’s Association website at mnsnowmobiler. org.

period can range from one to eight days. Most people recover in five to 10 days. However, E. coli O157 infections sometimes lead to HUS. Those most at risk of developing complications from E. coli O157 include children younger than 10, older adults and those with weakened immune systems. Diarrhea associated with E. coli O157 infections should not be treated with antibiotics, as this practice might promote the development of HUS. Anyone who believes they may have developed an E. coli O157 infection should contact their health care provider. Approximately 120 cases of E. coli O157 infection are reported each year in Minnesota. More information on E. coli O157 and how to prevent it can be found on the MDH E. coli website.

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City of Marine on St. Croix

NOVEMBER 18 At 2:59 p.m. a complaint about an animal on Oak Knoll Drive was received.

City of Scandia

NOVEMBER 17 At 3:50 p.m. public assistance was needed on Scandia and St. Croix trails. At 4:59 p.m. a stop arm violation on Olinda and Pilar was reported. At 5:44 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 15000 block of Scandia Trail. At 11:28 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 18000 block of Langly Court.

NOVEMBER 18 At 7:02 a.m. an accident in the 20000 block of Olinda was reported. At 1:36 p.m. a complaint about an animal on 220the and Olinda was received. At 3:37 p.m. theft of a motor vehicle in the 23000 block of Manning was reported. At 5:04 p.m. public assistance in the 22000 block of Olinda was needed. At 5:42 p.m. a 911 call was abandoned in the 19000 block of Parkview. At 6:37 p.m. an accident on 199th and St. Croix Trail was reported.

NOVEMBER 19 At 7:54 a.m. an abandoned vehicle on Olinda

and Oakhill Road was reported. At 9:52 a.m. theft in the 19000 block of Meadowridge Lane Circle was reported. At 1 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 22000 block of Meadowbrook. At 1:26 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 22000 block of Manning. At 6:52 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 10000 block of 230th.

NOVEMBER 20 At 8:42 a.m. theft of a motor vehicle in the 23000 block of Manning was reported. At 9:21 a.m. a driver in the 19000 block of Olinda was stopped for a traffic violation. At 11:23 a.m. an acci-

dent on St. Croix and Scandia trails was reported. At 1:55 p.m. an animal bite in the 19000 block of Orwell was reported.

NOVEMBER 21 At 8:38 a.m. a complaint about an animal in the 18000 block of Olinda was received.

Scandia and St. Croix trails.

Town of May

NOVEMBER 17 At 7:40 a.m. a welfare check in the 16000 block of Orwell was needed.


At 3:12 a.m. a medical need in the 15000 block of Pilar was reported. At 7:13 a.m. a concern about an animal on Scandia and Olinda trails was reported.

At 6:38 a.m. a road hazard on 170th and Manning was reported. At 12:09 p.m. public assistance was needed in the 12000 block of Quail Way. At 1:55 p.m. a complaint about a driver on Manning and Square Lake Trail was received.



At 2:22 a.m. an alarm sounded in the 16000 block of Quality Trail. At 5:14 p.m. public assistance was needed on

At 2:21 p.m. a complaint about an animal in the 12000 block of Panama was received. At 3:35 p.m. public


assistance was needed in the 14000 block of Square Lake Trail. At 9:30 p.m. officers assisted another agency on 142nd and Manning.

NOVEMBER20 At 11:06 a.m. a driver on 122nd and Keystone was stopped for a traffic violation. At 12:19 p.m. an accident on 170th and Olinda was reported.

NOVEMBER 22 AT 2:06 a.m. a burglary in the 16000 block of 154th was reported. At 6:44 a.m. an accident on 170th and Olinda was reported. At 8:50 a.m. an animal concern on May Avenue and Square Lake Trail was received.

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