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Local band’s new release


The Riverside Swing Band, which has been playing at the Brookside for almost a decade, released a Christmas album the weekend after Thanksgiving.


The many people who have been to hear bands play at the Brookside Bar and Grill in Marine will likely have heard of the Riverside Swing Band. It’s a special time for the band because they’ve recently released their first Christmas album. Greig Tennis, of Stillwater, helped found the group in 2007. He plays upright base in the band and his son Kyle, who lives in Marine with his wife Sara, a photographer, plays guitar and does vocals. The other members

are Dave Strong who plays the saxophone, flute, and sings, Gus Lindquist, trumpet and vocals, Alan Lecher, trombone and vocals, and Tyler Anderson on drums. The band’s home base is the Twin Cities, having played “at hundreds of festivals, bars, casinos, weddings, swing dances, parties, and even funerals,” according to Kyle. The idea for a Christmas album originated around three years ago at the band’s monthly swing dance in Minneapolis at which people frequently requested holiday music. “With the success of our Christmas shows,

we decided to record a handful of songs, including a few classics, a couple originals, and our swing version of The Nutcracker Suite. We decided to record six songs on this album, with the idea that we’d release additional Christmas albums in the coming years. The band spent the spring preparing the music, we recorded it this summer, had it pressed in the fall, and we released it the weekend after Thanksgiving,” Kyle explained. The band recorded this album, their fourth, at the Pearl



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Looking for green gifts? Think wood For holiday gift ideas, consider a locally made gift created from trees harvested in Minnesota. Wooden toys, handcrafts and keepsakes are a great green gift option. Wood is a renewable resource that is natural, nontoxic and eco-friendly. “Wood products are great green gifts for both kids and adults,” said Kristen Bergstrand, DNR utilization and marketing program coordinator. “Uniquely hand-crafted and individually customized wooden gifts are a wonderful option for a person who has everything.” Wooden blocks, rocking chairs or horses, puzzles, rattles, picture frames and artisan bowls or wood crafts are unique items that are often passed down to future generations as


Andy Campeau's seven-foot-tall Christmas tree, made of stacked logs, is on display at the Security State Bank of Marine.

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This year the Security State Bank of Marine is home to a unique and beautiful art piece created by Andy Campeau, a resident of Marine. Recently retired from the Washington County Public Works department, Campeau constructed an approximately seven foot tall Christmas tree out of stacked logs. “It took me a couple of days to figure it out,” he said. Campeau drilled holes in the center of each log and stacked them on a tall umbrella stand, long logs on the bottom and gradually getting shorter as the height increased. Then the logs were turned at different angles to give the entire structure the shape of a pine tree. Campeau stated that he had gotten the idea from a similar, smaller, version he had seen outside a shop in Venice, Italy. The logs all came from buckthorn trees Campeau pulled from his yard seven years ago, he then began the project. Not wanting to waste the logs met with a long time fascination and artistic interest with trees to create this tree. “It’s a hard, dense, wood. Very pretty,” Campeau said of buckthorn, an invasive species. “Why not try to make something out of it?” Campeau and partner Ron Sorenson, an interior designer who did the redecoration of Marine’s bank, have an impressive history of creating unique and beautiful Christmas trees. “Our trees are usually about 16 feet high,” stated Campeau. SEE CAMPEAU, PAGE 2

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Red Cross urges blood donation as gift this holiday season It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do

so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.” Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved

Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.


While there’s no telling whether this will be a white Christmas, Minnesotans face pretty good odds. Historically speaking, how often do we have a white Christmas in Minnesota?

Having a white Christmas is generally defined as having one inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. In the Twin Cities, this happens about 72 percent of the time. In northern Minnesota, the chance of a white Christmas is 90 percent or greater. In the

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Lake Superior Highlands, a white Christmas is almost guaranteed. The chances decrease to the south and west, down to around 60 percent in far southwestern Minnesota.

For more details, including the probabilities of various snow depths in select cities, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr. gov/climate/summaries_ and_publications/white_ christmas.html.

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recording studio in Minneapolis. “We’ve recorded previous albums elsewhere, but the Pearl is our favorite place to record,” said Kyle. Of their other albums, The Midwest Way, In The Night, and Songs from the 30s, the first two are nearly all original songs; the third focuses on classics from the 1930s. They plan to release a fifth album, likely near the end of 2017.

Lastly, Kyle shared that “as a teenager I fell in love with the blues and jump-swing. I couldn’t get enough of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian Setzer, and Duke Robillard. I wanted to recreate what they were doing and figure out why I liked it so much. The more I learned and experimented, the more I was hooked. So, all I had to do was figure out how to do it every day. And like everything else, once I made the decision

to just go for it, the rest fell into place. … Next summer will be the band’s tenth year playing at the Brookside, assuming they have us back, and we have no plans of stopping anytime soon.” So, if you’re still looking for a great gift for someone, even yourself, the albums are available on itunes, Amazon, at all of their shows, or through contacting them at RiversideEntertainmentMN@gmail. com.

Applications open for spring wild turkey A and B season permits

The deadline for firearms wild turkey hunters to apply for early season spring hunting permits is Friday, Jan. 27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The spring season, which runs from Wednesday, April 12, to Wednesday, May 31, is divided into six time periods. Only people age 18 and older who want to hunt using a firearm during the first two time periods (A or B) need to apply for a spring turkey permit. Permits for the remaining time periods (CF) can be purchased over-the-counter. Archery and youth turkey hunters can hunt the entire season without applying for the lottery. Permits for the last three time periods and youth licenses are sold starting March 1. Surplus adult licenses from the first two time periods, if available, are sold starting around mid-March. People applying for permit area 511, the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area, are advised that the sanctuary portion of the WMA will be closed to turkey hunting except for the special hunt for hunters with disabilities. For turkey hunting, a person may only use shotguns 20 gauge or larger, including muzzleloading shotguns. Only fine shot size No. 4 and smaller diameter may be used, and red dot scopes and range finders are legal. Visit turkey for more information about turkey hunting.

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family mementos. Thousands of items are made from wood harvested in Minnesota forests. About 30 percent of the state’s wood fiber comes from state forest lands. The Minnesota forest products industry brings $16.1 billion to local economies. The in-

dustry creates jobs and brings financial support to small and large manufacturing and retail businesses across the state. Making products from trees often requires less processing and energy than plastic or other products. Wood is also renewable and reusable. Most wood products can be recycled and wood waste can be convert-

ed into green energy as biomass. Well-managed forests grow back into a forest after harvesting. And buying wood products also helps the environment. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that causes global climate change, and store carbon in their wood. Locally made products from trees harvested in Minnesota use

less fossil fuel for transportation than imported goods. Visit the DNR wood products webpage at wood-products to learn more about the benefits of buying and using wood products.


masterpieces in the past, including trees so full of ornaments you canw hardly tell there’s a tree in there, a skeletal, dead tree again full of ornaments, a gorgeous frosted pine. Campeau even used a birch tree one year. Sometimes one tree isn’t enough and he has created arrangements of three trees of varying sizes. On Dec. 9 the Security State Bank of Marine will be hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Not only will Santa Claus be there, but there will be sleigh rides as well. Of course you can’t host Santa without having cookies, so the bank will be providing those too. The open house is the perfect opportunity to see Campeau’s tree, but if you can’t make it the tree will be up until sometime in early January.

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Basket Weaving Class Lea Rasmussen, expert basket maker who has been weaving baskets for over 40 years, will be conducting a basket making class at William O’Brien State Park. This Friday, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the William O’Brien State Park Visitor Center. The cost covers all materials, personal instruction and light refreshments. The type of basket is a Swinging - Handle All-purpose Basket. The cardinal tie-on is included! The Finished Basket Size is 15”L X 10”W X 7 1/2”H There are a limited number of spots in the class so please call William O’Brien at 651-4330500 ext. 227 to sign-up. William O’Brien State Park, 2 miles north of

Marine on St. Croix on highway 95.


Christmas around the world Join the Valley Chamber Chorale at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater, as they explore how the Christmas season is expressed around the world. Varied styles and types of music will delight you as you embark on this journey. Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Call 651-430-0124 or go to to order tickets.

DECEMBER 10 Winter Camping: Everything you need to know

Don’t let cold weather stop you from traveling outdoors for half the year. Learning how to

camp comfortably in the winter will allow you to see a whole new wonderful world. This Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. join Bear Paulsen, General Manager of Northstar Canoes, and avid outdoor enthusiast, for a morning of learning about how to stay warm in the cold. He’ll cover how to dress, different clothing strategies and share tips and tricks from hundreds of nights of winter camping. He’ll also discuss food, water, how to choose a campsite, shelter options and winter travel from backpacking to pulling a sled through the BWCA. He has wonderful handouts. This program is free and will be held at the William O’Brien State Park Visitor Center. William O’Brien is located 2 miles north of Marine on St. Croix, MN on highway 95. A vehicle permit is

Pottery and more at open studio event Local potter Guillermo Cuellar will show off new work Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 at his Annual studio open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. He will be joined by daughter Alana Cuellar, who also works with clay; Jacki Bedworth will bring her beautiful, useful willow baskets; and Laura and Patrick McHugh, of Scandia, with their line of Mirasol Farm organic skin care products. Cuellar has pledged to donate 10 percent of his pottery sales to ArtReach St. Croix, a local nonprofit dedicated to making the St. Croix Valley a national destination for arts and culture.

Cuellar’s studio is located at 18855 263rd St, Shafer, Minn. For more information visit

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DECEMBER 31 New Years’ Eve Gala

LaDanza Dance Club will host a Gala Event on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, MN. Reservations close December 17, 2016. A delicious sit down plated meal is included and will be served with your choice of Braised Short Ribs, Thai Ginger Glazed Salmon, Chicken Inwood and a vegetarian option, Butternut Tortellacia. Dessert options are available for a small additional fee. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Rod Cerar and his Orchestra will provide live ballroom dance music

throughout the evening and there will be Casino games and prizes, along with a fun do-it-yourself photo zone. Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express next door to the Envision Event Center. To register and for other information, please email or contact Summer Seidenkranz at 651.331.9940. LaDanza is a registered non-profit 501(c)(7) social club.

ONGOING 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. Led by trained facilitators who have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help

families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The 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. Please use the Third Street entrance and free parking ramp. FFI: Call Marie or Bob at 651-7701436.

Annie’s Swedish Coffee Parties

Annie, Gammelgarden’s longest resident, is the inspiration behind this Swedish threecourse coffee party with a side of Swedish and local history. Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and 10; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required, call: 651433-5053.

Marine Area Community School to host workshop The Marine Area Community School will hold a workshop and its next regular board meeting on Sat., Dec. 10, at the Town Hall, Marine on St. Croix. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m., with a discussion related to partnership opportunities with District 834.

The regular board meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m

The workshop and full meeting agenda can be found at Past meeting minutes and agendas are also available there.



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A great new chapter


n addition to getting ready to enjoy the Christmas holidays, the entertainment industry is gearing up to deliver some of their blockbusters. The holidays are a time for gathering and gift giving, they are also a time for making some money at the box office. I don’t get out to see as many movies as I would like, but over the Thanksgiving weekend, I saw the latest installment in the popular Harry Potter universe, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Author J.K. Rowling, who penned the widely successful seven book Harry Potter series, wrote screenplay for the movie. The Publisher the film is an adaptation and backstory of a “textbook” used by students Tom Stangl of the fictional Hogwarts School of Wizarding. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a young magical beasts enthusiast and activist, who stops in New York City on his way to Arizona. The film is set in the 1920s, and the filmmakers did an excellent job of making the past come to life. Through a series of mix-ups, the suitcase Scamander is carrying gets switched with a “non-magic” person’s nearly identical case. The suitcase that Scamander is carrying is magical and contains numerous creatures that inadvertently get turned loose. There’s a subplot about an evil wizard terrorizing the magical world (there has to be a bad guy, it IS the Harry Potter universe), a love story and lots of computer generated special effects. It was a great two-hour fantasy escape. I own hardcover editions of all seven of the Harry Potter novels. I believe they will pass the test of time to become classics to be enjoyed by many generations. I know that when the novels were first published, there was some controversy about magic and witchcraft. I didn’t think too much about it until my youngest daughter’s fifth grade class began having the books read to them. I figured it was time to find out what all the buzz and controversy were all about, so I read the books myself. My mother taught me that the only person that should decide what I think is proper to read, is me. She was a firm advocate of free thought and free expression and I am the person I am today in great part thanks to this simple, but profound lesson. My sister, who was a librarian in a middle school, had parents expressing concerns about the magic and witchcraft aspects of the books, with some advocating for the series to be banned from the school library. I’ll never forget the answer she gave. She pointed to the large page counts of the books (they ranged from a low of 309 to a high of 896) and explained that she had students who had difficulty reading, happily devouring the books. “Anyone who can get these students who have difficulty reading interested in a topic deserves our support,” she said. “God bless her for creating such good books.” In the end, the books weren’t banned and the matter never went beyond the phone conversation. I enjoyed the seven Harry Potter books with my daughters, as well as the movie adaptations. I recommend the film, even if you don’t know a Hufflepuff from a muggle. Pure escapist fun. Something we all need every once in awhile. 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. Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.


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Get ready – winter’s coming


ust like you I have Christmas, end of season hunting, last minute hunting trips, dogs, shotguns, muzzleloaders and getting ready for winter on my mind. Like my buddy Ben Elfelt said in a text the other day, “My garage is a mess right now. I’ve got deer hunting stuff still out, waterfowl decoys, the boat that I used last week to fish walleyes in and I’m getting my ice fishing stuff ready for a pheasant hunt/ice fishing trip to South Dakota next week!” We can blame it partially on the weather because as of Dec. 1 I still have kale, broccoli, pumpkins and acorn squash in the garden. Geese are flying everywhere and my son is trying to talk to me into a Mississippi Wild River River duck hunt. I’ve got a fall turkey permit left; late season bow hunting Trails goes through January in some Metro Units and the muzzleloader deer hunt Jim Bennett is still going on. I did move the snow blower out and cleaned the garage so it’s not all fun and games around our house, but I am going on that trip to South Dakota with Ben. And then there is Christmas shopping. We have most of it done but I have to try to find a lightweight, large arbor aluminum 5 weight fly reel for someone. This year we did most of our Christmas shopping online. Cyber Monday was so much easier than Black Friday so we already had most of our stuff delivered

to our door before December 2. I like that. And winter is coming! Looking ahead I saw a long range forecast online showing a possible 40 inch snow accumulation for the Great Plains right up and through Iowa along with below zero temperatures and a foot or more snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I can give you a few ideas for Christmas gifts for those outdoor people in your life. If they hunt a new gun cleaning kit is always a good gift. A custom made hunting knife is a very special gift. I know of one man who produces some of the best knives I’ve ever seen. I got a new knife for my son after seeing his work at a gun show. Underwear and socks for winter are always a welcomed gift. I am a big fan of portable icehouses but not of the pop-up shacks of years past. They are convenient but their design has been problematic at best with busted poles and wrecked hubs. Most of those issues are operator error and hopefully they have come up with better hubs and poles this year. I like the smaller underwater cameras and the best auger on the market is the Ion with reverse that will clean your hole after you drill it. We’ve been using an Electric Ion auger for 4 years without a problem and the original battery still takes a full charge.

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Chocolate— need I say more?


rowing up I was not a fan of chocolate, choosing peanut butter for something sweet. Now, as an adult, it’s all I want. The richer, the darker, the better! Research has shown that people who crave chocolate could be deficient in magnesium. The Go Ask Alice website says, however, a deficiency is unlikely. This website has a wealth of information supported by health experts and researchers from Columbia University. They say chocolate is satisfying in many ways and our nose and taste buds know the difference. Some cultures eat an amazing amount of chocolate. No surprise, Switzerland is the world’s largest consumer of chocolate. Some of the Wild Chow world’s biggest producers of chocolate are located there—Nestle, ToLisa Erickson berlone, and Lindt. According to the World Atlas of Chocolate, the Swiss consume an average of almost 23 pounds of chocolate per person, per year. That is about an ounce of chocolate per day. Americans only consume a little over 11 pounds. A few years ago the BBC ran an article about chocolate after the release of new research on chocolate. The British are also particularly fond of chocolate, just behind Switzerland by a few ounces. The study suggests that chocolate cravings are not a recent phenomenon. In fact, people have been craving chocolate for over 300 years. I know I don’t consume an ounce a day—yet! This Christmas I will be making more treats with chocolate in, on top, or dipped in chocolate. These cookies are rich, crunchy, and chewy all at the same time. The rich chocolate flavor shines through. They keep well. I mean, they keep well if you hide them. I would plan on making multiple batches. Happy Christmas cookie baking and chocolate eating!

Double Chocolate Sugar Cookies Adapted from Martha Stewart Makes 3-1/2 dozen cookies

1 ½ cups flour ½ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking powder ž tsp. salt 1 ½ cup sugar ½ cup butter ½ cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla 12 oz. of good quality chocolate like Lindt, melted (Melt chocolate on a double boiler over low heat. Chocolate can burn or scorch very easily. Avoid the microwave; it can create hot spots and ruin the chocolate.)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or use a hand mixer. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in shortening. Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low or mix by hand with a large spoon. Gradually add flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Using a teaspoon, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are firm, about 9-10 minutes. Let cookies cool. Top each cookie with a small amount of melted chocolate. Let cookies cool completely before stacking. Store in an airtight container.

Ask Ingrid Dear Ingrid, Since I moved to the St. Croix River Valley about 12 years ago I’ve had a hard time getting my Minneapolis/St. Paul friends to come out as often as I go in to visit them. When I call and invite them I often hear, “It’s so far� and then they proceed to invite me to their home. They don’t seem to understand that it’s the same distance for me. Missing my old pals

Dear Missing, Yours was the third letter with a similar theme. When folks from the Valley go into Minneapolis or St. Paul, they often plan multiple stops along the way to stores that are not near their home. I have a feeling that when your city friends plan a visit to the Valley, that’s the only thing on their agenda. Hence their hesitation to make the per-

Under the Surface: Hope through underwater photography Conversations of the Valley will hold its public affairs luncheon series, sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Foundation Wednesday, December 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Guest speaker Ben Thwaits leads high-impact therapeutic nature photography programming for teens struggling with severe mental health challenges. Through creative immersion in wild places, Ben’s students discover the strongest side of themselves. As their award-winning work has been viewed by millions through nationwide art exhibitions, on PBS, and even on the big screen at major league ball games, Ben’s students are re-defining the potential of our most marginalized young people. Recently, Ben’s students have been diving under surface of the St. Croix River and beyond, cameras in hand, revealing an unprecedented story of otherwise unseen beauty. Ben holds a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience from St. Olaf College and a M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minne-

sota, where he conducted research on migratory behavior of salmon. However, he migrated away from science to professionally embrace his lifelong passion for nature photography. His program, called In a New Light, emerged in 2010 at Northwest Passage, a non-profit mental health treatment organization based in Webster, WI. Ben is a TEDx speaker and frequently presents to groups related to conservation, mental health, and the arts. The luncheon will be at The Lowell Inn Event Center, 102 N. Second St., Stillwater The cost of the lunch and program is $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation. (Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket, if seats available.) Make a reservation (due in SCVF offices by noon prior to the day of luncheon) by credit card online at: /conversations-of-the-valley, using the PayPal system. There is a $1.00 processing fee per person using PayPal.

Yogadevotion begins new year session Yogadevotion, now in its 12th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new session on Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake. Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions. Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotional

instructor, leads the hour long sessions. Women and men of all ages are invited to participate and enjoy this meditation time, while enjoying the benefits of yoga. No previous experience needed, basic yoga will be taught. The seven week session will run through Sat., Feb. 18. Classes will be held in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at

9 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. Please enter through the north doors. Make up sessions are available at various times and locations. To register, contact Kathy Okeson,, or 651464-5422. Payment is due by Sun., Dec. 27, and will be accepted in the form of checks (made out to Hosanna, memo - Yogadevotion), cash or online through Hosanna’s website.

ceived longer drive. Meeting halfway might be your best solution. But do discuss getting together at each other’s houses from time to time. And start by going to their house first. When your visit is over and you and your friend(s) are saying your good-byes, throw in “My house next time!� People understand fairness. Sometimes they just need a gentle reminder.



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Welcome back Suzanne


he eight weeks of my temporary position have come to an end. Beginning my work as interim editor for the Sun and the Country Messenger I was concerned that I wasn’t familiar enough with goings on in the communities, but I learned as I went. I’m very glad that I was given the opportunity, not only will it be helpful in career endeavors, but I’m thankful to have gotten to know so much more about the area in which I grew up. The community members that I’ve had good fortune to work with have been kind, welcoming, and supportive. I couldn’t have asked for more. Jessica Anderson I’ve appreciated the feedback and advice that I’ve received. The paper is here to serve the community and communication between the two is essential. I’ve also appreciated it on a personal level because feedback is key to im-

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Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program. “This decision was made after careful deliberation of available evidence, consultation with experts in the field and public input,” Commissioner Ehlinger said. “While the process of reviewing these potential additions was difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence, PTSD presented the strongest case for potential benefits. PTSD also has few effective treatment alternatives available for some patients with the condition.” Petitioners put forward a total of nine conditions for consideration this year, including PTSD, schizophrenia, acquired absence of limb (phantom limb syndrome), arthritis, autism, depression, diabetes, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and insomnia. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) also opted to allow manufacturers to develop and provide topical formulations of medical cannabis. According to Commissioner Ehlinger, the evidence suggested patches, lotions, creams, gels and ointments could offer a safe, effective and low-risk method for pro-

viding medical cannabis in known dosage to qualified patients. When the 2014 Minnesota Legislature authorized the creation of a medical cannabis program in Minnesota, the law included a set of nine medical conditions that would qualify a person to receive medical cannabis. State rules also direct the commissioner of health to consider the possible addition of other qualifying conditions and delivery methods. Throughout June and July, Minnesotans were invited to submit petitions to add qualifying conditions. MDH received nine petitions for new qualifying conditions and petitions for new delivery methods including topical, edible and vaporizing the whole plant. The process included nearly 50 public comments, a citizens’ review panel and a set of research summaries for each condition prepared by MDH staff. Under current law, patients certified with PTSD will be eligible to receive medical cannabis from the state’s two medical cannabis manufacturers beginning August 1, 2017. As with the program’s other qualifying conditions, patients will need advance certification from a Minnesota health care provider. More information on the program’s certification process is available on the MDH website at the Office of Medical Cannabis.



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Get Wild hockey discounts with hunting or fishing license Hunting or fishing license holders can order discounted tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 11, Minnesota Wild hockey game vs. the St. Louis Blues, as the Wild and the Department of Natural Resources team up for this special ticket offer. A limited number of tickets are available and will be reserved on a first-come, firstserved basis. Ticket prices vary and the offer is available only through advance online purchase at www.mnd-, to hunting or fishing license holders for 2016 or 2017. The discount is not available at the Xcel Energy Center box office. Buy fishing and hunting licenses at DNR license agents, online with a mobile or desktop device at, or by phone at 888-6654236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers.

A garbage/recycling/composting enclosure is under construction behind Marine Mills on 3rd St. in Marine on St. Croix. The Village Center Task Force has been working with the Marine City Council and Planning Commission to revitalize areas of the downtown village center and take steps towards the city master plan laid out in the Comprehensive Plan. A Ramsey & Washington County grant, facilitated with the help from Waste Wise, was brought to our attention by former Marine resident, Meg Anderson Brownson. Brownson owns a business (Alfresco) in the Stillwater Business District and took advantage of the grant. Kristen Klemestrud (former owner of Savories in Stillwater) came to Marine and gave a presentation to Marine businesses about the program and how it works in Stillwater. The grant funding is an incentive from the state and county to help businesses make the shift to more recycling and composting to reduce waste going to the landfills. A state mandate went into effect on January 1, 2016 which is applicable to businesses that generate more than 4 yards of trash per week and states that they must now recycle at least three materials. As part of an educational grace period, the grant opportunity helps all businesses become mandate compliant before it is more strictly enforced. Businesses that do not fall under the mandate requirements are using this time to implement waste reduction programs BEFORE it

becomes mandatory for all businesses in the state. Meredith Moore from Waste Wise has been instrumental in helping each business analyze their recycling and composting needs and develop a plan for reducing waste by identifying more compostable/recycling opportunities. This can be as simple as ordering new recycling bins, beginning a composting service or as elaborate as businesses collaborating to build an enclosure, as is happening behind Marine Mills (a good example of private/pub-


lic partnership). Colin and Lee (Reynolds) Faulkner, the owners of Marine Mills, saw the availability of grant funding as an opportunity to clean up the back of their businesses and to consolidate and enclose their dumpsters that were sitting out on the city street. The enclosure will discourage illegal dumping which has been a longtime problem. They agreed to have a concrete enclosure placed onto their private property and encouraged the businesses on that block to take advantage of the grant by reducing trash, increasing their recycling output and start organics. This will save money in the

long run because commercial trash is heavily taxed at 52% (17% state and 35% county) compared to recycling/composting at 0%. Participating businesses include: St. Croix Chocolate Shop, The Marine Cafe, Tom Maakestad Studio, Edward Jones and Marine Mills. Please thank them with your patronage for taking a progressive effort towards making a sustainable difference in our community by reducing garbage and increasing recycling and composting. This project is in keeping with Marine on St. Croix being a “Green Step City.” This project is using “local” businesses to design and build the enclosures. Tod Drescher (Tod Drescher Architecture) was the design architect and Dan Froiland (American Community Builders) is the contractor. Roger Peterson (Peterson Excavating) is doing the excavation. The city clerk, Lynnette Peterson has been a valuable resource on this project. The Marine maintenance staff and the city council have been supportive. More Marine businesses are similarly taking advantage of the recycling grant funding. Christ Lutheran Church has already been approved for grant funding, the Marine General Store and Camp Kiwanis are all starting commercial composting service. The Brookside Bar & Grill, Ostlund’s Marine Garage and The Marine Landing are in the analysis process with our Waste Wise representative. Security State Bank of Marine supports the program and will be donating reusable cloth bags to the Marine General Store after they receive their grant.

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CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333

CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333

1. The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted: EcoEcho.

1. The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted: Twinkle Toes by Carissa.

1. The exact name under which the business is or will be conducted: DLM Industries.

2. The address of the principal place of business: 14929 Old Guslander Tr. No., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047.

2. The address of the principal place of business: 570 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047.

2. The address of the principal place of business: 20625 Georgia Avenue North, Forest Lake, MN 55025.

3. The complete name and street address of all persons conducting business under the assumed name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Drew W. Hempel, 14929 Old Guslander Tr. N., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047.

3. The complete name and street address of all persons conducting business under the assumed name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Carissa M. Roach, 570 Judd Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047.

3. The complete name and street address of all persons conducting business under the assumed name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Clayton B. McLagan, 20625 Georgia Avenue North, Forest Lake, MN 55025.

4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Drew Hempel.

4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Carissa Roach.

Dated October 14, 2016. Filed with the State of Minnesota. Published in The Country Messenger November 30 and December 7, 2016

Dated November 26, 2016. Filed with the State of Minnesota. Published in The Country Messenger December 7 and 14, 2016

4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities, I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath: Clayton McLagan. Dated November 29, 2016. Filed with the State of Minnesota. Published in The Country Messenger December 7 and 14, 2016

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Tried and True teen participants Ethan and Dan fixing a snow blower.

If you are a hands-on type of person and are interested in a mechanical field for a future career, Tried and True is for you. Tried and True Small Engines is a Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau program for teens 15-18 years old in the Forest Lake area and Chisago County. What will I be doing at Tried and True? You’ll be working with a professional mechanic and 2-3 other teens in a real shop setting learning how to diagnose, repair, and sell small engines. Small engines include lawn mowers, snow blowers, weed whips, and more. The shop is in Wyoming, Minn., just north of Splitrocks Entertainment Center.

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What is the commitment? Tried and True is a 12-week session. Shop nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. The next session will begin in January. We are currently accepting applications. What do I get out of it? Teens will gain real world experience that is applicable for them now and for their future. Teens can use Tried and True as a work reference for job applications, as previous experience on resumes, and they will learn invaluable skills that are necessary to enter the workforce. How do I apply? Simply contact

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Community conversation on racial equity and healing CommonPlace Event at Minnesota Humanities Center on December 12, 2016 [Editor’s note: The following article is a press release from the Minnesota Newspaper Association, to which the Country Messenger belongs. While its content is not specific to our location, I thought area residents might be interested in attending the sessions or at the very least would be interested in knowing about them.] The Minnesota Humanities Center is launching a two-part series of community conversations on racial equity and community healing in partnership with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, a Twin Cities-based organization dedicated to facilitating healing conversations through storytelling circles and African American food traditions. CommonPlace takes place as Minnesotans respond to racial issues that are tearing the fabric of our communities and country, including the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. CommonPlace will convene local cultural and political leaders, law enforcement officers, educators, clergy, Veterans, students, and parents for conversations on racial equity and building communi-

ty. The day before this convening, 20 CommonPlace participants will bake 50 sweet potato pies in a commercial kitchen at the Humanities Center. Through the act of making and giving pies and joining together in story circles, participants will address the tough conversation on race and violence while engaging in a community process of sharing, listening, connecting, and healing. “Together we share this city and this state,” said David O’Fallon, president of the Humanities Center. “Together we can—and will— make our communities safe and welcoming for every one of us.” As participants share a few of the baked pies, they will gather in circle and to talk to each other and listen to one another’s stories and perspectives on race, equity, and law enforcement and community relations. Small groups of CommonPlace participants will gift the packaged pies to others in the days following CommonPlace. Each group will reconvene a few weeks later to share stories of giving pies and reflect on these experiences. “There is power in the making and giving of pie,” said Rose McGee, founder of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie. “Across this nation, there is an urgency to respond to the hurt, the divisiveness, and the absence of trust,” said McGee. “CommonPlace dialogues will focus on

race in a way aimed to help participants share actions that will lead to healthy solutions.” Sweet Potato Comfort Pie was founded by Rose McGee, a program officer at the Humanities Center and renowned storyteller. The mission of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie is to strengthen — and connect new — community relationships through the creation and distribution of sweet potato pies, the “sacred dessert” of Black culture. With deep roots in African American history and culture, sweet potato pie serves as a catalyst for building connections and demonstrating compassion. The first CommonPlace convening will be held on December 12, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center at 987 Ivy Avenue East in St. Paul. For details about this event and to register to attend, please visit: commonplace. The second CommonPlace conversation will take place on January 15, 2017 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. This event coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday, and volunteers will bake 88 pies to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr’s 88th birthday. CommonPlace is part of the Humanities Center’s mission and articulates what connects us rather than what divides us.

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Hwy. 97 at County Road 34 S.E. Forest Lake (651) 464-5249 Pastor: Rev. David Werner 10:15 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

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

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

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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.

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 5:15 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 Sunday Worship: Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 am in the Sanctuary Christian Education for all ages at 8:45 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA) Forest Lake (651) 464-3323 886 North Shore Drive Pastors: Rev. Philip Peterson, Rev. Paul Brown Sunday Worship: Traditional, 7:45 & 9:00 a.m. Praise Service: 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 Richard Stanghelle, Associate Pastor Jason Carlson Sunday Worship 9 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9 & 10:30 a.m.

10963 Lake Blvd. (Hwy 8) Chisago City (651) 464-3131 Pastor Bill Headley Worship service 10 a.m. Wednesday Clubs 6:30 p.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.

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

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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: 9:30 a.m. Father Frank Wampach 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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DECEMBER 7, 2016

Marine on St. Croix

NOVEMBER 29 At 8:22 p.m. a vehicle vs. deer incident with unknown injuries was reported on St. Croix Trail and Ostrum.

City of Scandia

NOVEMBER 22 At 6:30 a.m. a fire and request to check the area on Oldfield Avenue was received. At 9:36 a.m. heavy smoke was reported on Olinda, north of 223rd. At 3:25 p.m. property damage was reported on Manning, north of Highway 97 near 213th Street.

At 3:29 p.m. harassment was reported on 240th Street and Primrose Lane.

NOVEMBER 23 At 3:24 p.m. a driver on Scandia Trail and Meadowbrook was stopped for speeding. At 4:02 p.m. an obstruction of the right of way was reported on Norell Avenue. At 8:11 p.m. a road hazard was reported on Parrish Road, between Highway 97 and 220th Street.

NOVEMBER 24 At 10:43 a.m. a driver on Scandia Trail was stopped for speeding.

At 6:55 p.m. a welfare concern was reported on Mayberry Trail. At 7:54 p.m. a driver on Manning and Scandia Trail was cited for not having proof of insurance.

At 8:55 p.m. a missing person was reported on Scandia Trail. November 28 At 7:32 a.m. a driver on St. Croix Trail was stopped for passing in a no passing zone.

At 11:33 a.m. a dog at large was reported on 220th Street. At 6:18 p.m. a complaint about poaching came from 220th Street.



At 1:19 p.m. a welfare check was needed on Olinda Trail. At 3:07 p.m. a possible intoxicated driver on eastbound Scandia Trail was reported.

At 3:31 p.m. a report was received of a gas line having been struck on Lofton Court. At 9 p.m. a medical need on 197th Street was reported.

At 5:52 a.m. a welfare check was needed on Olinda Trail. At 2:10 p.m. a medical need was reported on Scandia Trail.



At 7:09 p.m. a complaint about noise on Olinda Trail and Oakhill Road was received.

At 6:53 a.m. a driver on St. Croix Trail and 199th Street was stopped for speeding.

Spotlight on Area Businesses Bill’s Auto Body in good hands When Bill and Rene Waddell wanted to retire, they refused to leave Bill’s Auto Body in the hands of just anyone. Through a referral, they learned of a team of siblings running Fairway Collision Center in Vadnais Heights and, as it turned out, the timing couldn’t have been better. Pam Caruth, Kevin Lund and Carey Lund — the latter two are identical twins — had been waiting for a good opportunity to expand. The siblings had grown into the Vadnais Heights body shop, taking over for their parents at the turn of the millennium. The Lund brothers’ sons, 21-year-old Connor Lund and 22-year-old Kollin Lund, have recently joined the family business as estimators. “It’s been a family-run business,â€? said Caruth. “Our parents started it in 1975 and we took over 15 years ago. We’d thought about expanding to another location, but we wanted the right ďŹ t as well. Bill’s has a great reputation in Forest Lake. We run our businesses in a similar way.â€? In preparation for the changeover, the Waddells and the siblings discussed and planned for months, checking along the way to make sure it was right for everyone. After the sale was ofďŹ cial, the Waddells stayed on for a month, smoothing the ďŹ nal leg of the transition in early 2015. Caruth said the shop would continue to be called Bill’s Auto Body for a while.


DECEMBER 1 At 1:51 p.m. a driver on St. Croix Trail was stopped for unsafe passing. At 4:51 p.m. a car vs. deer incident on Scandia Trail, west of Olinda, was reported. At 5:57 p.m. a driver on St. Croix Trail and 220th Street was stopped for speeding. At 6:37 p.m. a driver on St. Croix and Scandia Trails was stopped for driving while intoxicated.

Town of May

NOVEMBER 22 At 6:49 p.m. a vehicle in the ditch on Manning was reported. At 11:35 p.m. an accident with unknown injuries was reported on Manning.


Avenue. At 6:39 a.m. a car vs. tree incident was reported on St. Croix Trail and 152nd Street. At 7:26 a.m. a low hanging power pole was reported on St. Croix Trail and 144th Street. At 2:37 p.m. an accident on Manning Trail was reported. At 9:55 p.m. during a traffic stop on Manning and 170th Street, was small amount of marijuana was detected.


At 4:21 p.m. a 911 call came from Moonlight Bay.


At 1:09 a.m. a welfare check was needed on Olinda Trail, just north of Ostrum.


At 9:05 a.m. civilian assistance was needed on May Avenue.


At 10:22 a.m. a loose cow was reported on Square Lake and St. Croix Trails. At 11:02 a.m. a medical need was reported on St. Croix Trail. At 7:48 p.m. public assistance was needed on Otchipwe Avenue.

At 2:46 a.m. a burglar alarm sounded on Ozark

“We’ll keep the name for a year or so to let people know that nothing is changing here,� she said. “Bill and Rene had a good thing going and we want to keep it that way, the same customer service and same great repairs.� After a year, the name will likely change to Fairway Collision Center North. Of working with her siblings, Caruth said, “We’ve been really fortunate that all three of us have different strong points. We have our times just like any other partners would have, but we’ve worked together since high school and we’ve built communication with each other over the years. All in all it works very well.�


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