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Sixteen years ago, on June 1, 2006, Amy Greenly took over as owner of a well known, small town cafe in Sandstone. Amy’s Country Cafe has been a staple in the town, and the community has grown with Amy at their sides. 

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East Central Eagles Varsity Volleyball Team received the Gold Academic All State Award given by the Minnesota State High School Volleyball Coaches Association to teams with a 3.75-4.0 Cumulative GPA.  Pictured are Seniors Carly Watrin, Abby Priske, Kenzie Ludwig and Izzy Olson

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The Sandstone skate park was moved to it’s new location last week. It can now be found in Panther Park across from the Rock. New features have been added and are ready to be used!

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On Halloween, members of the East Central National Honor Society went trick-or-treating in Askov, Sandstone, and FCI staff housing. Instead of asking for candy, individuals were asked if they were willing to donate any non-perishable food items that would be donated to the local food shelf. …

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The Sandstone-Finlayson American Legion presented a short program for Veteran’s Day last Friday. They were joined by the local cub scout pack who led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance, Peter Champion played taps and the National Anthem was sung by Sierra Kingen. Thank you to all vet…

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Things are toning down out there. But fear not, fellow leaf peepers, we have some colors left. Drift toward southeastern Minnesota and enjoy everything the Driftless region has to offer, including spectacular bluffs, scenic drives and, of course, the last of the brilliant fall colors.

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137 artists from all over the five county region have entered the 2022 IMAGE Art Show with a variety of mediums, including but not limited to; watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, photography and mixed media.

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Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars cross country runners participated in the Great River Conference meet on Tuesday, October 18, on the Pine City Golf Course. For the girls, Pine City placed first, Hinckley-Finlayson was second, and East Central third. For the boys, Pine City was first, Rush City se…

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The school bus is the official beginning of the school day.  A classroom on wheels.  Our students are met each morning by a caring driver, who welcomes them to the school day.  A friendly face with a smile and a cheerful good-morning.  I have often said that being a school bus driver is the …

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Do you have an interest in gardening? Would you like to take a basic University of Minnesota horticulture online course? Would you be willing to share your gardening knowledge and experience in your community? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you should apply to become a U of M…

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Chris’ Foods held their annual “Best Bagger” competition last Thursday. The top three winners were Tyler Thorvig, Cassidee Thorvig and Nickolas Dixon. Tyler now moves on to represent Chris’ Foods at the state competition on Aug. 27. The state competition will be at Energy Park Financial Cent…

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The next meeting of the Sandstone City Council is at 6 p.m. Aug. 17, 2022. Meetings are at the Sandstone City Hall.

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Carmen (Gimpl) Carpenter, a 1987 graduate of East Central High School fondly recalls her first day at East Central. She remembers the overwhelming feeling of being home. It was, and still is, she says, the most welcoming rural school she has been in, even to this day. Carpenter has now retur…

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Golfer Ken Connell shot a hole in one at the Sandstone Area Golf Course. He used a driver for 285 yards. The shot was witnessed by Ken’s wife Shannon. Congratulations.

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Minnesota went to “no excuse” absentee voting in 2014. This means that any eligible voter can vote prior during the absentee voting period which begins 46 days prior to the election. Absentee voting is not mail voting. Yes, you can vote absentee by mail, but as previously discussed, actual m…

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