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Calling all aspiring Minnesota writers! The Minnesota Author Project statewide contest is underway and will continue to accept submissions through May 31. The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) joins libraries throughout the state in announcing the call for entries.

In residential developments, you will often see small ponds throughout the neighborhoods. These are stormwater ponds, created to collect stormwater runoff which is rainwater or snowmelt that runs off streets, parking lots, rooftops and compacted lawns.

How patient are you? When we were young and became impatient, we remember our parents saying to us, “Patience is a virtue.” We don’t know about you, but for us, those words didn’t necessarily make us feel better or help us become more patient. Then we wondered, what was so “virtuous” about p…

I speak and write frequently about hope. I know we need food, water and air to live. In my opinion, hope is another thing we can’t live without. It is a mindset. It is a way of looking at the bright side in all situations to give us the strength to keep going.

This year we seemed to zip right past Groundhog Day without even noticing. Perhaps this is because during COVID time, every day seems the same, just like the movie "Groundhog Day." Nothing new or different. Just one day like the other. But for the groundhog, also known as the woodchuck, spri…

Spring is on the horizon. We feel a shift in the air and in the breeze. Carver County Library is also feeling a shift with our digital collection. RBdigital and cloudLibrary are in the process of moving to one platform this spring. Twin Cities metro area libraries will share digital collecti…

As winter loosens its grip on the northern states and it finally feels like spring, my mind turns to all the changes in nature. In particular, the animals in the northern climates that change the color of their coats (pelage) or the birds that change their feathers (plumage) from brown to wh…

As we turn the calendar to March, we are approaching the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Carver County. The county confirmed its first case of COVID on March 8, 2020, and it is hard to believe how much COVID has impacted our lives since then.

The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves, but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shiny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the bison’s efforts.

The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves, but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shiny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the bison’s efforts.