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More than 500 volunteers came together Dec. 9 at King of Kings Lutheran Church for Christmas Palooza. What started out as an idea from church staff four years ago has turned into a holiday staple. The event, entitled "A Party with a Purpose," allowed volunteers to rotate through workstations to complete service projects and help those in need. Throughout the two-hour event, volunteers assisted in a variety of ways, including: • Assembling 2,028 weekend food packs — the equivalent of 12,168 meals — for students in District 833 that are in need.
Washington, Dakota and Goodhue counties were included in an air-quality alert issued for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 through 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to the alert:
Ryan (right) and Kyle McFadden (left) of Troop 9005 in Woodbury became Eagle Scouts on Oct. 8. Both have been Scouts for almost nine years. Kyle's Eagle Scout project was designing and building a 12-foot-by-8-foot shelving unit for the St. Ambrose Early Childhood Center in Woodbury. Ryan's project consisted of designing and building three birdhouses and two butterfly houses now located behind the Health East Sports Center. Both projects were completed with the help of other Scouts from the troop. Submitted photo
The American Red Cross will hold the sixth-annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Inwood Oaks, 484 Inwood Ave. N., Oakdale. It is Minnesota's largest, one-day Red Cross blood drive.
The first phase of the District 622 facilities master plan began this school year with the remodeling and additions at Castle Elementary School in Oakdale and Richardson Elementary School in North St. Paul.
As plans formed for a new bridge spanning the St. Croix River — connecting the Twin Cities to St. Croix County — a coalition of Wisconsin municipalities joined to protect and preserve the natural environment. The bridge is now open, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is honoring the St. Croix Crossing mitigation teams with the annual DNR Secretary's Director Award for the west central region.
Brookview Elementary School received American Institute of Architects Minnesota's highest recognition for design at the association's annual conference on architecture in November. The recently opened school was one of only four projects to be recognized this year with the Honor Award.
Here's a recap of some of the top stories for the week of Dec. 2, 2018.
A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall on an infant ibuprofen product distributed to Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar retail stores. The product was found to have potentially higer levels of ibuprofen than what is listed on the box, according to a news release Dec. 5, 2018 .
Lane closures are scheduled to begin 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 on I-494 in Woodbury and I-694 in Oakdale for median work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.