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Permits to carry handguns skyrocketed in Washington County and statewide last year according to an annual report recently released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Since the state Legislature passed the Personal Protection Act in 2003, there have never been more permits issued in a year. Statewide, sheriff’s offices reported 62,950 applications for permits. [...]

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A new approach to teaching, testing and grading has entered the halls of Stillwater Area Schools with a goal to make students lifelong learners. The learning initiative, which was three years in the making, was piloted at Oak-Land Junior High last year and has spread into classrooms at both Stillwater Junior High and Stillwater Area [...]

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Jessie Diggins enjoyed a successful debut in the Winter Olympics on Saturday at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. The Afton native placed eighth in the 15-kilometer skiathlon thanks to a strong push in the freestyle leg of the race. “I’m on cloud nine right now,” Diggins said. Following the 7.5-kilometer [...]

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Voters who would like an opportunity to shape political parties at a grassroots level may do so during upcoming precinct caucuses. While the caucuses receive less attention during non-presidential election years, participants may still become involved in shaping the platforms of parties or seek election to party positions. A straw poll for the governor’s race [...]

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