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Memorial Day Taps

The ceremony was conducted by Wayzata Ernest Aselton, American Legion Post No. 118.

Communities around the area are commemorating Memorial Day with events to honor those who died serving our country. Memorial Day has been celebrated since after the Civil War, but it didn’t became an official national holiday in 1971, at which point it was placed on the last Monday in May.

Savage Police building bikes

Savage Police Sgt. Pat Mans built bikes alongside members of law enforcement from around the metro during Thomson Reuter’s annual Build-A-Bike event on May 21.

The Savage Police Department is giving local kids their first bikes. Through a program set up by Thomson Reuter’s, local law enforcement agencies build new bikes to give to families who haven’t been able to buy their child a bicycle or to kids who have had their bikes stolen. To date, the program’s rolled out 700 bikes for local kids.

Chaska High School

Chaska High School, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska.

Distribution of Chaska High School yearbooks will be delayed this year due to a photo that included a student in blackface. Assistant Principal Jim Swearingen said during a final review of the yearbook they found a small photo of a student in the cheer section at the annual football game. He noted that the school community has talked about the racist history behind wearing blackface.

Mrinalni Iyer

Mrinalni Iyer started Eden Prairie Food Savers, which allows students to donate their uneaten fruit in bins that are delivered to PROP Food Shelf every week.

A student in Eden Prairie is making sure fruit and milk don’t go to waste. Mrinalni Iyer noticed many of her classmates weren’t eating the fruit on their lunch trays, so she teamed up with a local food shelf to give that uneaten fruit to families in need. Through Eden Prairie Food Savers, Iyer has donated 3,180 pounds of fruit since 2018.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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