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After 65 years in Newport, John Bartl Hardware store closing its doors

John Bartl Hardware in Newport will close in December after 65 years, owner Tom Bartl said. "Business is OK, but it's not what it used to be," he said. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Tom Bartl, owner of John Bartl Hardware, helps customer Robert Bay (right) find the right fitting for a heating system in his garage. The hardware store, which served Newport for 65 years, will close at the end of this year. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2
For 65 years, John Bartl Hardware in Newport was the go-to place when you needed just one of something: say, a beveled washer for a home faucet repair job, a ...
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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Zombies invade Zywiec's for the Haunting Experience

Each year, as the leaves turn and autumn puts its damp, chilly fingers on the back of the neck, Zywiec's Garden Center on Highway 61 in Cottage Grove is overrun ...
William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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We asked, they answered: Washington County Sheriff candidates

Paul Hoppe (left) and Dan Starry
We asked Washington County Sheriff candidates Paul Hoppe and Dan Starry about a range of topics, including qualifications, citizen/law enforcement tension and school safety.
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Voter guide: Here’s where the U.S. House candidates in CD2 stand on key issues

Angie Craig and Jason Lewis
Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District race has garnered national attention as one of the most competitive midterm elections. The election is a rematch between democrat Angie Craig and first-term incumbent Rep. ...
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Voter guide: Angie Craig talks key issues

Angie Craig
After spending about two decades in the medical device industry, Angie Craig says she can bring a fresh perspective and expertise to the nation’s health care reform movement.
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Voter guide: Q and A with Rep. Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis
Ahead of the Nov. 6 election, U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis spoke with RiverTown Multimedia about key issues, including health care, school safety and climate change. In this year’s rematch against ...
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House 54B: Folch, Jurgens sound off on the issues

Tina Folch and Tony Jurgens
We asked Minnesota House 54B candidates about a range of topics, including legislative priorities, End-of-session gridlock and more.
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House 54A candidates talk legislative priorities

Anne Claflin and Keith Franke
We asked House 54A candidates Anne Claflin and Keith Franke about their priorities, renewable energy mandates and workplace harassment policies in the legislature. Here are their responses.
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Tina Folch Supports Us, Not Insurance Industry

Ive lived in District 54B (Cottage Grove) for more than 40 years. My husband and I raised our family here. I waited to retire until I was 70 years old...

Hoppe for Sheriff

As a resident of Woodbury and business owner, I support Paul Hoppe for Washington County Sheriff. Hoppe is a dedicated law enforcement officer who was born and raised in Washington...

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