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The journalists/word nerds at Southwest News Media have some favorite books we've read on those quiet days by the lake and blistering hot days in the sun. If you're looking to expand your summer reading list, here are some suggestions to tuck in. Happy reading!

Gary Rue is proud to present some of the original cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY-Award-winning production of “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Waconia High School Performing Arts Center.

Gary Rue is proud to present some of the original cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY-Award-winning production of “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Waconia High School Performing Arts Center.

Spring is here, and as snow continues to melt into our favorite local lakes and streams, it carries with it an entire winter’s worth of salt. In the Twin Cities, about 365,000 tons of salt is applied every winter. All this salt, now trapped in lakes and rivers, is a permanent pollutant, mean…

Spring and Lent are just around the corner, bringing a beloved community tradition back to several local churches. Not sure what to serve your family for dinner Friday nights? Head out to one of several area fish fries to enjoy a meal and time with neighbors while supporting church and local…

Have you ever wondered how your maple syrup makes its way from a tree to your breakfast table? Join naturalists at Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park Reserve to learn about maple syrup production from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

If you're missing those long summer days on the lake, get back on the (frozen) water by heading out to Lake Auburn and trying your luck ice fishing from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6.