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Jill Veerkamp became the head librarian at the St. Charles Public Library in December, after over five years as the editor of the St. Charles Press.
Matt Jensen has been playing chess since he was four years old when his grandfather taught him on a camping trip. Not soon after he fell in love with the game. That love and passion for chess have pushed him to become a national master and Rochester's highest-rated player.
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Judge Matthew J. Opat has served the community in Fillmore County since 1977.
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Get to know Zach Zurn, owner, head engineer and producer of Carpet Booth Studios in Rochester.

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