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Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has in...Read More
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Posted: May. 26, 2015 11:16

Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

 

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

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Posted: May. 22, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Updated: May. 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. | Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony Comments 0 Comments

Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year’s Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

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Posted: May. 22, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Updated: May. 23, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend Comments 0 Comments

Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

 

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

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D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

 

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura’s Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

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Posted: May. 21, 2015 3:37 p.m. | D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner Comments 0 Comments
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Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

 

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

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Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

 

With the required state obligation for a “Housing Element” within the city’s General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

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Posted: May. 20, 2015 12:14 p.m. | Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning Comments 0 Comments
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Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

 

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

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Posted: May. 20, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move Comments 0 Comments
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Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

 

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

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Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

Chocoholics Celebrate At Festival

 

Great weather and high attendance combined to make this year’s Oakdale Chocolate Festival a triumph on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

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Passions Rise At OID

Passions Rise At OID

 

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year’s continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

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Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

 

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

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Posted: May. 18, 2015 1:48 p.m. | Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims Comments 0 Comments
Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

 

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

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Posted: May. 15, 2015 2:31 p.m. | Updated: May. 16, 2015 6:26 a.m. | Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move Comments 0 Comments
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California Observes Endangered Species Day

 

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

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Posted: May. 14, 2015 1:49 p.m. | California Observes Endangered Species Day Comments 0 Comments

Escalon Golf Celebrates 35 Years In Business

 

Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.

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Accolades, Farewells At School Board

Accolades, Farewells At School Board

 

It was a night of acknowledgements, general business and a fond farewell as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District hosted its final school board meeting of the traditional school year.

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Posted: May. 13, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Accolades, Farewells At School Board Comments 0 Comments
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Bicyclist Injured In Collision

 

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

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Posted: May. 13, 2015 12:05 p.m. | Bicyclist Injured In Collision Comments 0 Comments
Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship

Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship

 

The newspaper business will be minus one well spoken, mature-beyond-her-years teen as Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan turns her sights elsewhere heading into her collegiate future.

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Posted: May. 13, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship  Comments 0 Comments
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Crowds Come To Market

Crowds Come To Market

It didn’t appear to be the largest opening night crowd in history – but it was also a little difficult to tell.

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Posted: May. 13, 2015 12:01 p.m. | Crowds Come To Market Comments 0 Comments
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Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

 

 

A citizen who thought she was helping a family friend became the victim of a large theft of personal items but turned things around in getting one of the thief’s accomplices arrested when they tried to sell the stolen items back to her.

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Posted: May. 11, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect Comments 0 Comments
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Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

 

A mid-day probation search in a quiet upscale neighborhood resulted in the seizure of narcotics, paraphernalia, and two subjects from the house taken to jail on drug charges.

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Posted: May. 08, 2015 3:35 p.m. | Updated: May. 09, 2015 8:31 a.m. | Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested Comments 0 Comments
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Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

 

A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

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National Police Week Begins May 10

National Police Week Begins May 10

The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.

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Posted: May. 06, 2015 12:59 p.m. | National Police Week Begins May 10 Comments 0 Comments
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Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

 

An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday’s Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.

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Posted: May. 06, 2015 12:54 p.m. | Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War Comments 0 Comments
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Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned

Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned

Upper grade classrooms were empty, halls sounded a bit hollow and local first responders stayed busy as Oakdale High School observed and brought to life the Every 15 Minutes Program on Thursday and Friday.

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Posted: May. 06, 2015 12:49 p.m. | Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned  Comments 0 Comments
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Council Approves Project Expenditures

Council Approves Project Expenditures

After a multitude of proclamations honoring Older Americans Month, National Police Week, Bike to Work Week, and National Public Works Week, the Oakdale City Council went to work approving funds for a host of projects across the city.

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Posted: May. 06, 2015 12:44 p.m. | Council Approves Project Expenditures Comments 0 Comments
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State Observing Wildfire Awareness Week

 

As drought conditions continue to significantly elevate California’s fire danger, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 3-9, 2015 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.”

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Posted: May. 04, 2015 1:49 p.m. | State Observing Wildfire Awareness Week Comments 0 Comments
Highway Patrol Updates Website

Highway Patrol Updates Website

 

Whether you are looking for a local office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), are interested in learning about careers with the CHP or traffic safety programs, wish to file a commendation or report a crime on state property, it will all be much easier on the new CHP Web site that is launching this week.

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Posted: May. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Highway Patrol Updates Website Comments 0 Comments
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Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun

Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun

Oakdale Police reported that they arrested a campus supervisor from the Stanislaus Arts Academy Culinary School for possessing a handgun and ammunition on school grounds on Tuesday, April 29.

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Posted: Apr. 30, 2015 3:27 p.m. | Campus Monitor Arrested With Gun Comments 0 Comments
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Relay 2015 In The Books

Relay 2015 In The Books

What started out under gloomy skies and the threat of rain turned in to a mostly mild, though windy, Relay For Life of Oakdale. The 14th annual event, staged through the American Cancer Society, brought hundreds of people to the soccer fields at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

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Tragedy On Tracks

Tragedy On Tracks

A midafternoon train vs. pedestrian incident along the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe tracks between Riverbank and Escalon on Friday, April 24 claimed the life of an Oakdale woman.

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Farmers Market Adds “Twist”

Farmers Market Adds “Twist”

 

Opening Wednesday, May 6, the Oakdale Farmers Market provides the community with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products that are grown and produced locally. The market, being overseen by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau will run every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. until Sept. 2.

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County Moves To Shut Medical Pot Shop

 

 

Stating that Kiona’s Farm’acy, just outside the Oakdale city limits, falsified its business license application and calling it a “marijuana dispensary,” the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 21 to file a lawsuit to close down the business.

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Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

 

An interrupted residential burglary in the Del Rio area off Stewart Road and McHenry Avenue on Wednesday, April 29, led to a high speed chase with the vehicle being discarded outside of Oakdale off Rodden Road. The suspect fled on foot and swam across the Stanislaus River back into the city causing police to lock down the area as sheriff’s units conducted a neighborhood search for the man.

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Posted: Apr. 29, 2015 4:48 p.m. | Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest Comments 0 Comments
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Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

 

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

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SOS Race Earns Thousands

SOS Race Earns Thousands

 

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

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Posted: Apr. 21, 2015 5:38 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 22, 2015 1:00 a.m. | SOS Race Earns Thousands Comments 0 Comments
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Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Admitting he was kind of “de facto appointed” this year to oversee the Love Oakdale project, local resident Zach Greenlee wasn’t complaining. He was, instead, excited to see the spirit of volunteerism that hundreds of residents brought with them to Wood Park early Saturday morning.

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Posted: Apr. 21, 2015 5:47 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 22, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort Comments 0 Comments
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Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

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City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

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Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

 

Marie McAnally wasn’t just interested in a cake and candles to commemorate her 83rd birthday; that would be too simple. According to McAnally’s daughter Cindy Webb, she pondered her ‘Bucket List’ instead for ideas.

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Posted: Apr. 14, 2015 5:47 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 15, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday Comments 0 Comments
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Countdown To Relay

 

Oakdale’s annual Relay For Life is just around the corner – the 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be hosted at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

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Posted: Apr. 14, 2015 5:51 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 15, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Countdown To Relay Comments 0 Comments
City Meeting Water Goals

City Meeting Water Goals

 

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

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Posted: Apr. 14, 2015 5:52 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 15, 2015 1:00 a.m. | City Meeting Water Goals Comments 0 Comments
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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

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Posted: Apr. 07, 2015 6:27 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 08, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Kids Spring Fest Fun Comments 0 Comments
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Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that’s over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

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Posted: Apr. 07, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 08, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness Comments 0 Comments
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Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

 

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same “business sense” as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

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Posted: Apr. 07, 2015 6:34 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 08, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat Comments 0 Comments
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Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

 

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

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Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

 

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

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Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

 

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was “chosen” to cover the annual event.

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Posted: Mar. 31, 2015 6:10 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 01, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones Comments 0 Comments
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Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

 

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School’s Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

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Posted: Mar. 31, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 01, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations Comments 0 Comments
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Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Posted: Mar. 31, 2015 6:54 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 01, 2015 1:00 a.m. | Annual Spring Fest Saturday Comments 0 Comments

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