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All romaine lettuce consumption should be avoided while a multi-state E. coli outbreak is investigated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. There have been 32 reported cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in 11 states — including Wisconsin, but not Minnesota — as of Nov. 19, the CDC says. An additional 18 cases have been identified in Canada.
A northern pike caught by Woodbury fisherman Matthew Swanson this past May on the Rainy River is now the largest on record in the state's new catch-and-release record program. Swanson reeled in the monster pike — measuring 45 and 1/4 inches long — while on an annual fishing trip with his father and brother up north along the Canadian border, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 19 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale recently held a Pastor vs. Principal Penny Challenge for the school's annual walk-a-thon. On Sept. 30, at the school's All School Mass, students and members of the church could chose to donate pennies to either Father John Paul Erickson or Principal Andy Jacobson. The total collected was just under $28,000 for the school walk-a-thon with Erickson collecting $662.96 and Jacobson collecting $344.12. As the winner of the challenge, Erickson chose a song for Jacobson to perform to in full costume, lip-sync style on Nov. 4.
Minnesota Comedian of the Year Scott Hansen will be entertaining at the Afton House Inn on Friday, Nov. 23. Hasnen has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, A&E, and numerous radio stations including XM and Sirius satellite radio. Seating will take place at 6:45 p.m. with a 7 p.m. dinner. The comedy show will proceed immediately after from 7:30-9 p.m. On the menu is Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, meat lasagna, mostaccioli pasta, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Cost is $40 per person for the meal, $25 per person for the comedy show.
Minnesota-based food business Schwan's Company will sell a majority stake to a South Korean firm, according to a news release Nov. 15. CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea will purchase 80 percent of Schwan's and its subsidiaries in the retail and grocery food sector and food services. The Schwan family will retain full ownership of Schwan's Home Service Inc., its legacy home-delivery business launched in 1952.
Fiber artist Mary McAlpin, steampunk artist Kevin Slaikeu, and acrylic painter Julia Propst made their public debut at the YMCA art sale fundraiser. The three artists are new members of Artists of Woodbury. "This was my first public sale and I'm so glad that I did it," Slaikeu said. "My art is pretty unusual and unique. It was great to hear so many positive comments."
Ski season at Afton Alps has arrived as five lifts will be up and running on Friday, Nov. 16. The ski area will be open 3:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Afton will continue to blow more snow, and plans to have more lifts open as soon as possible. Afton Alps is located at 6600 Peller Ave. S., Hastings.
The fifth Art Fair in Woodbury's Central Park will be held this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 17. Numerous artists will showcase their art in oil paintings, pottery, fused glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. "Central Park is a bustling place on a Saturday and a great venue for an art show," said fiber and bead artist, Sue Swanson of Artists of Woodbury. "It is fun to talk to new friends and neighbors about our plans to showcase our homegrown artists."
As temperatures fall in Minnesota, the number of people who become seriously ill from carbon monoxide poisoning goes up, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. Illness and deaths from CO poisoning can be prevented when people take certain steps to prepare for heating season, say state health and public safety officials.
The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division assumed responsibility for mission command and control of Task Force Spartan from Pennsylvania's 28th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony Monday, Nov. 12, at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to a news release. The Minnesota National Guard division is on a nine-month deployment to lead nearly 10,000 soldiers from subordinate brigades conducting theater security operations across the Middle East.