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SHARING JOY

Simons happy to share sprawling Christmas village with community

What started as a single painted ceramic Christmas village house given as a gift in 1995 has turned into a 1,000-piece sprawling holiday scene that’s nearly too big to display in any one home. But it fits perfectly in the gallery at the Jackson Center for the Arts. “This is something that’s always been on my bucket list,” said Janette […]

Move to new middle school under way

The move from the current Jackson County Central Middle School in Lakefield to new middle school space across town is under way. A few things have already been moved from one building to the other, furniture is scheduled to start being relocated on Monday and the bulk of the rest of the items that can be moved will be beginning […]

Riverside students head to ‘Elflandia’ next week

Third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School will transport those gathered to watch the school’s annual Christmas program next Thursday to the magical land of “Elflandia.” The program takes the stage at 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center in Jackson. “Elflandia” tells the story of a group of elves wondering if humans exist. Then, Santa brings a […]

CITY DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY

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The city of Jackson has declared a snow emergency starting at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30,  and continuing until the streets are plowed curb to curb. Residents are to have all cars, trucks, trailers, ice houses, garbage cans, etc., off the street by 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Violators will be ticketed.  

MINDING THEIR MANNERS

Local students show off dining etiquette skills in fancy setting

Jackson County Central freshmen last week got a crash course in dining etiquette — and a sneak peek at the newest place in Jackson County at which to show it off. Members of the JCC High School’s exploring ag class traveled to the under-renovation-and-almost-ready-to-open Hi-Lo Club near Lakefield last Monday for a four-course candlelit meal — the final test of […]

That’s how the cookie tastes

Kids try their tongues taste testing Oreos

Forget wine and cheese. A group of local teens and tweens last week pushed their palates to the limit taste testing a real delicacy — Oreo cookies. The cookie connoisseurs walked into the Jackson library meeting room after school last Thursday to find place settings bearing nine different varieties of Oreo cookies. They were asked to sample and rate each, […]

City lands $1M in fixup funds

Jackson homeowners and business owners will have access to around $1 million worth of fixup funds in the near future thanks to a recent award of Small Cities Development Program grant funds through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The state announced the award of $1,035,000 to the city of Jackson last week. The money will be available […]

Holiday project in full swing

The United Community Action Partnership’s annual Holiday Project is in full swing. UCAP is accepting donations for the gift-giving project until Dec. 8. Distribution of the gifts will be Dec. 12-16. As part of the project, families of low- to moderate-income in Jackson County are able to sign their children up to get a gift from a community member or […]

Local food shelf sees high usage

Usage is up at the Jackson Food Shelf as the Christmas season approaches. In the month of October alone, more than 200 households received food from the Jackson Food Shelf, which co-manager Laura Stubbe said is a much higher number than normal. From Jan. 1 through Nov. 13, the food shelf had served 1,678 households comprised of 4,883 individuals — […]

Library to host gingerbread house contest

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Locals are invited to create gingerbread house masterpieces and bring them to the Jackson library for the annual Jackson Holiday Fest Gingerbread Contest. Gingerbread houses can be submitted at the Jackson library starting on Monday and ending next Friday at 5 p.m. The houses will be on display at the library the following week and the winner will be determined […]


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