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County updates informational video

An updated Washington County video provides general information about the county and is available through the county’s website at, and can be used at community gatherings, the county said.


Grant will buy a heart resuscitator

The Oakdale Fire Department has received a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest. The grant will be used to buy a second device that provides automated, consistent cardiac compressions to a person in cardiac arrest, said Fire Chief Jeff Anderson.

To learn more about the Resuscitation Consortium, visit

Residents warned to watch for frozen pipes

The Oakdale Public Works Department is reminding residents that prolonged low temperatures and the increased depth of frost in the ground could cause water pipes and septic systems to freeze. At special risk, the city says, are slab-on-grade structures and split-entry homes. The city also is advising residents concerned about freezing pipes to run faucets at a slow trickle to alleviate pressure on the pipes. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Oakdale Public Works Department at 651-730-2740.


Minnesota United FC part of racism study

The Minnesota United FC soccer club took part in an international study to determine the effectiveness of the Australian Football League’s (AFL) rules in reducing discrimination in sports.

The North American Soccer League team, which plays its home games at the National Sports Center in Blaine but will move into a new training center at Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury this spring, was the only North American professional sports team participating in the survey, a team news release said.

The study, titled “Assessing the Australian Football League’s Racial and Religious Vilification Laws to promote Community, Harmony, Multiculturalism and Reconciliation,” will focus on the effectiveness of the so-called Rule 30 in the Australian league, part of an effort to “combat various forms of discrimination in sports,” the release said.

The rules were implemented in 1995, after an AFL player spoke out against in-game racism. Australian Rules Football, a cousin of rugby, is a wildly popular sport in that country.

A team of researchers traveled to Minnesota on Feb. 17 to work with Minnesota United players, coaches and front office personnel.

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