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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.
On Nov. 2, Woodbury High School 10th-grader, Esperanza Lee, was awarded the 2018 Champion for Change Award at the Radisson Blu at Mall of America by the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health. Lee started Stick With Hope, an initiative that advocates for youth mental wellness through educational presentations and resources. Working in collaboration with a variety of organizations, Lee disseminates packs of sticky notes with the words "There is ALWAYS hope" to schools and community groups across Minnesota.
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: Mayor
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.
Annie and Andrew Bai, siblings from Woodbury Middle School, were solo performers at the Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer ice show Oct. 19 at the Bloomington Ice Garden. The show was part of a nationwide fundraising series hosted by Olympic champion Scott Hamilton to help Turn Cancer Upside Down. Among the soloists were world silver medalist and French national champion Surya Bonaly, world bronze medalist and U.S. national champion Caryn Kadavy, and junior Grand Prix champion Alex Johnson. Annie and Andrew Bai joined the cast as Minnesota State Champion in Juvenile Pairs.
The 40th annual "Great Minnesota Skate Together" was held at Aug. 16-18 at Bloomington Ice Garden. Renee Greenfeld of Woodbury, representing the Woodbury Figure Skating Club, became the first club state champion in over eight years, winning the gold medal for the adult silver freestyle skating event.
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.