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Michele Diers, of Oak Grove, a registered nurse employed by the University of Minnesota Medical Center since 1988, was presented on Thursday, Oct. 23 with the prestigious Nurse Of Vision and Action award. The award recognizes nurses who exemplify excellence in nursing practice.

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A history of the city of Blaine should be available to residents shortly after the first of next year, thanks to the efforts of some interested adults and a group of young people. Five students at Blaine Senior High, under the direction of English instructor Terry Nelson, are compiling a history as part of a special English project. They began shortly after school started in September, and expect to be finished by the end of the semester.

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When most people think of cemetery upkeep, they realize the necessity of lawn mowing, gardening and snow removal. What they might not recognize, however, is that without frequent tending, gravestones can settle and even become lost, literally disappearing into the ground. For the past four years, the Anoka congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been providing valuable, behind-the-scenes service for the city of Anoka’s Forest Hills Cemetery, finding and excavating grave markers.

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Polar vortex was a phrase added to the popular Minnesota lexicon during the winter of 2013-14.  But some unpopular phrases were probably also uttered when homeowners received their energy bills this past winter.

A good place to start in reducing energy bills is to keep the warm air where it should be, in the house, and not leaking out through the roof.  While a natural part of the home owning process, some owners are too busy or just not comfortable spending free time in the attic assessing their insulation’s heat-conserving aptitude.

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