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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.
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.
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.