Independence

The 29th annual Coats for Kids collection drive begins Sept. 15. Pilgrim Cleaners sponsors the annual project, accepting new and gently used coats, then cleaning them and distributing to various local charities to help families in need stay warm this winter. Pilgrim Cleaners has set a goal of 10,000 coats. Coats will be collected until [...]

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Community market NOW THROUGH OCT. 17 – A community market will be open on Fridays between 3 and 7 p.m. at the Rockford Mall parking lot (inside in bad weather) through Oct. 17. Look for fresh farm produce, local products like honey and syrup, crafts, jewelry and a wide assortment of items. The fee for [...]

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Corcoran council AUG. 28 — Corcoran City Council will meet Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at city hall at 8200 County Rd. 116. Albertville City Council SEPT. 2 — Albertville City Council meets Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5959 Main Ave. STMA board SEPT. 2 — St. Michael-Albertville School Board [...]

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Country Days AUG. 15-16 — Don’t miss Corcoran Country Days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16, back for 2014 Bigfoot monster truck car crash demonstration during the free family day. Kids can build a birdfeeder, play on inflatable’s, plus there’s food games pony rides trout fishing pond and more Saturday 11 to 5 bands [...]

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All Minnesota registered voters can vote in the Tuesday, Aug. 12, state primary. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Rogers, all residents who live on the north side of Interstate 94 live in Precinct One and will vote at the Rogers Activity Center located at 21080 141st Avenue (Co. Rd. 144). Voting [...]

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by Amanda Schwarze, The Pioneer and Susan Van Cleaf, Crow River News The cities of Independence and Maple Plain are starting something new this year — a joint community celebration. The collaboration is in its infancy, so the 2014 celebration is happening under its old name — Maple Plain Days. The dates are Thursday, Aug. [...]

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By U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and John Hoeven   Whether it is sending a text, reading an email, or changing stations on the radio, it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a tragedy. In fact, research shows if a driver takes their eyes off the road for just 5 seconds at 55 mph [...]

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After concussions, memory loss, football player becomes advocate for safety By DON HEINZMAN ECM PUBLISHERS   Ben Utecht, who excelled for the University of Minnesota and two National Football League teams, is battling a new opponent: the effects of five major documented concussions. At the age of 33, he is experiencing some pockets of memory [...]

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