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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.
World War I officially ended when the Allies and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. That centennial is still eight months away. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier, however, when an armistice — a temporary cessation of hostilities — went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Namely, Nov. 11, 1918. Blessedly, that armistice held and today that's when we consider the end of what was known then as "The Great War."
Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, the state will hold a second online auction of unclaimed property from abandoned safe deposit boxes. The auction will include more than 400 items such as jewelry, coins and collectibles. A Randy Moss sports card will be up for bid, the commerce department says.
Dresses, clothing and accessories from the Washington County Historical Society collections will be on view for the first time at the Warden's House Trunk Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and 17. The Warden's House Museum is located at 602 Main St., Stillwater. Admission is $5; members enter free.
The midterm election Tuesday Nov. 6 saw the highest participation rate in Minnesota since the 2002 midterm, according to preliminary numbers from the Secretary of State. More than 2.5 million Minnesotans voted either in-person or absentee, a participation rate of about 64 percent. Here's a roundup of local races you may have missed.
Washington County residents interested in becoming a licensed child care provider may take the first step and attend a free orientation 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Meetings are in the lower level Conference Room 14 in the Washington County Government Center, 14949 N. 62nd St., Stillwater. Basic information regarding the family child care program and requirements for licensing will be discussed. Attendance is required at one of these meetings before a license can be issued.
Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling half-ounce bags of Smartfood Delight Sea Salt Flavored popcorn that were inadvertently filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips that contain undeclared milk ingredients potentially dangerous to people with a milk allergy or severe sensitivity, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration notice issued Nov. 2, 2018. The recalled bags were distributed to retailers in several states, include Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Oltman Middle School announced the Scholars of the Month for October. Students were selected based on their outstanding demonstration of one or more of the following life skills: integrity, caring, common sense, initiative, effort, perseverance, organization, flexibility, pride, problem solving, responsibility, cooperation, sense of humor, patience, friendship, curiosity and courage. Students and their parents attended a breakfast in their honor sponsored by Hy-Vee, Ed's Trophy, Applebee's, Park Grove Bowl, Jimmy John's and Minnesota Historical Society.
Dozens of area Minnesota National Guard soldiers arrived at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait on a nine-month deployment to the Middle East, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 5. They join more than 600 soldiers in the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division leading Task Force Spartan, designed to build capacity, regional self-reliance and stability in 20 countries.
Voters will find statewide, regional and local candidates on ballots Tuesday Nov. 6 for the midterm election. Here are some resources to help get informed before heading to the polls.