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Have you ever tried to teach your dog to lie down on command? How about come when called while playing with his favorite toy? Now try it from 500 yards away. Sheep herding with dogs is an ancient art and the pinnacle of dog intelligence. Come see some of the best shepherds and sheepdogs in the country compete at the Wisconsin Working Sheep Dog Association's Sheepdog Trials Sept. 1—4 at Badlands Sno-Park in Hudson. Calvin Jones, from Wales and 2015 judge called the location, "One of the most spectacular courses he has ever seen in the USA or the UK."
Today's hot real estate market is far different than the downward spiral and crash that started in 2008 and impacted 2009 values and beyond, according to annual reports from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Equalized values are the foundation to support local taxes levied by towns, villages, cities, school districts and counties. Collectively, properties in St. Croix County lost $1.807 billion (with a "B") from 2009-2012. 2010 was the most painful year when $616 million came off the books.
Pepper Fest began in 1954 as a way to raise funds to build North Hudson Elementary School and has turned into an annual event to assist community organizations throughout the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds from the volunteer-run, nonprofit festival are donated to local youth, school, community and service organizations. This year's Pepper Fest is Aug. 18-20. Events include:
HUDSON, Wis. — Eating better and moving more was the name of the game at PowerUp Week May 5-13. Communities across the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin were inspired to take part in PowerUp festivities ranging from a Cinco de Mayo family triathlon and veggie giveaways to geocaching and celebrations to mark the fourth birthday of Chomp, the larger-than-life PowerUp superhero carrot.
Chunnara Chhay and Tony Lange joined eight other Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond students who traveled to Cleveland, Wis., recently to compete in the statewide Business Professionals of America (BPA) annual competitions. All 10 came home bearing awards.
Emerald Ash Borer is a destructive, invasive insect that kills ash trees by feeding in the vascular system of trees. This pest has killed millions of ash trees in eastern...
The St. Croix Crossing project has announced the full schedule of public paddleboat tour dates for 2016. The paddleboat tours through Stillwater-based St. Croix Boat & Packet allow area residents and visitors to view St. Croix Crossing construction close-up, WisDOT and MinnDOT have announced. The project will offer three tours per month. Wednesday tours will occur from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday tours will occur from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Events are scheduled for the following dates, rain or shine:
OAKDALE, Minn. -- The upcoming River Valley Wedding Fair will feature displays by more than 90 vendors, beer and wine-tastings, a fashion show and lots of opportunities to win valuable prizes. The fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Prom Center in Oakdale, Minn. It is sponsored by the Rivertown Multimedia (Star-Observer is part of the group). Longtime Twin Cities radio personality, Teri Knight, will serve as emcee at this year’s event.
The St. Croix County Emergency Support Services Department, recently implemented the CodeRED mass notification system as part of its total 911 and emergency communications upgrade. The CodeRED alert system, which went live Aug. 1 will allow the county to quickly deliver alerts of major emergencies to targeted areas or the entire county via landline telephones, cell phones, wireless devices, and by voice, text or email.
RiverFest: Party with a Purpose, runs July 21 through July 26 with numerous activities to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the St. Croix River while also recognizing the need to preserve its health and beauty. Two popular events will return for the third annual RiverFest celebration — the Native American Celebration on July 21 and Croix Valley Community Band Concert on July 23. On Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m.