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The Lake Elmo City Council voted to forbid Councilmember Anne Smith from having one-on-one interaction with city staff following claims of ongoing “inappropriate behavior.” During the Sept. 2 council meeting, the council reviewed a letter from a staff member that reported inappropriate behavior directed from Smith toward Lake Elmo staff. Smith was absent from the [...]

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Oak Park Heights residents may notice a difference in how their water smells or tastes for the next week, but the Minnesota Department of Health says the water is safe to drink. The city began chlorinating its water Aug. 29 as a precaution after non-harmful bacteria were detected during a routine city test Aug. 25. According to [...]

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  The victims of a double homicide in Fitchberg, Wis., will be laid to rest later this week. The funeral for Stillwater natives Ashlee (Putnam) Steele, 39, and Kacee (Putnam) Tollefsbol, 38, is planned for Friday, Aug. 29, in Stillwater. According to police reports, Steele and Tollefsbol were alledgedly shot to death by Steele’s husband, [...]

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Recent controversy around Stillwater’s Oasis Cafe’s minimum wage fee highlights the effect the Aug. 1 Minnesota minimum wage increase is having on restaurants. The Oasis Cafe received national media attention after the owners added a flat 35 cent minimum wage fee to each bill. This fee has provoked controversy among customers and debate on social [...]

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