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Homelessness is a force that significantly affects and shapes the lives of those who experience it, especially when it comes to children, youth and their parents. “(Homelessness) could go on for months and months and months,” said Cynthia Fredericks, Emergency Fund Resource Manager for Valley Outreach in Stillwater. “A lot of it has to do [...]

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This story is part one of a three-part look at local homelessness Homelessness in Washington County may not be at the forefront of many people’s minds, but the county and several other service organizations say it’s a problem on their radars. Low incomes and lack of transportation and affordable housing play a role. In response [...]

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A lot can change in 40 years, but Mary Wihren and Sue Peterson know they’ve been in the right place since they started at Lakeview Hospital as young nurses in 1974. The pair reached their 40 year employee anniversary mark at Lakeview early this month. They currently work in the oncology department of the hospital. [...]

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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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