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Valleyfair announced it will put on its largest ever event next year called Grand Carnivale, which will include a parade and a street party with food, drinks and music from around the world, according to an Aug. 15 press release. The event will run every day from July 25-Aug. 16 next summer.

Your Jordan City Council voted on Aug. 5 to spend up to $9,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a survey about whether Jordan’s salary structure is competitive with other cities. They chose a Chicago-based firm called Baker Tilley, part of a three-way combination with municipal advisory firms…

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will present the Indian Horse Relays Aug. 22-25 at Canterbury Park. Indian horse relays are one of the rarest sporting events in the country, Canterbury spokesman Jeff Maday said. The sport involves four Native American riders and three horses racing …

Since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division began offering firearms safety training nearly 65 years ago, it has certified more than 1.3 million students — an average of about 20,000 per year.

It takes a while for 5-year-old Payton Duzan to open up to people and share his feelings, but the moment police are mentioned an uncontrollable smile spreads across his face. His mother, Courtney Theis, said Payton’s admiration for police has been around since he was a toddler.

On Thursday evening, Aug. 8, after a week in California (the land of liberal failures), I returned and picked up the Jordan Independent. It is fun to get some local news, updates on the community and the county. I was drawn to the editorial section and read the column offered by Peggy Jo Dunnette.

It was interesting to read the discussion about the proposed homeless shelter. The shelter will address the needs of the people who are already homeless in Carver and Scott counties. While there are certainly pros and cons to the proposal, I was surprised to read that Jordan City Council mem…

I’d just gotten out of the car at Radermacher’s, the hub and the heartbeat of Jordan’s food needs. Another shopper had just exited her car, too, and she glanced down at my bumper. She flashed a grateful smile and gave me a nervous thumbs up. I’ve been making my own signs for decades and this…

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