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BY MEGAN ALLER PONY EXPRESS Many “bucket lists” are created, but only a few are completed. Mt. Everest was one of Laurie Hansen’s goals. Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world; approximately 4,000 people attempt to climb it each year, but only 600 successfully make it. The weather can range from negative 80 [...]

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BY MARNY STEBBINS GAZETTE COLUmNIST The girl at the drive-through coffee window offered a look of sympathy alongside my latte this morning. I understand. I mean, it is the only reasonable reaction to share upon greeting a woman whose head is wrapped in a full yard of Saran wrap, driving a minivan with seats covered [...]

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BY ANNA BJORLIN GAZETTE INTERN Local EMT-Paramedic Mark Hoffman recently received the chance to shine when a fellow runner dropped from cardiac arrest around mile 11 of the Twin Cities Marathon. Not only did Hoffman stop to help the runner, he also managed to complete the marathon in just two minutes over his initial goal. [...]

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BY JONATHAN YOUNG THE GAZETTE Residents of the Inspiration neighborhood south of Barker’s Alps Park in Bayport are concerned about the possible construction of a 75-unit senior living facility. Developer J.G. Hause presented a concept plan to the Bayport City Council Oct. 6, in order to get feedback before determining whether to complete the application [...]

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Hiking guidebook author Rob Bignell will offer up some of the area’s “haunted” trails during a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Chapter2Books in Hudson, Wis. Trail recommendations will be drawn from Bignell’s recent books, “Hittin’ the Trail: Day Hiking the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway” and “Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of [...]

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