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Summer officially begins this week, and yet, it was one degree above freezing in Superior this morning. Most of Wisconsin was in the 40's and 50's, but a couple spots in the north cooled down to the 30's after a boisterous cold front went through. Northwest Wisconsin had heavy thunderstorms early yesterday afternoon. A pole shed blew down near New Richmond, and hail fell in St. Croix and Polk counties.
More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Wisconsin today as another cold front pushes through. Much of the state was dry for Father's Day, but parts of far northern Wisconsin have been hit with storms for two days in a row. Small hail was reported early last evening at Cornucopia in Bayfield County and McNaughton in Oneida County. Minnesota Power had 7,000 customers without power in Duluth last evening.
The Afton Strawberry fest will be held from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in downtown historic Afton, Minn. The family-friendly event includes food, music, art, vendors and a European-style flea market. For more information, go to ASF
The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer special Father's Day tour of the Octagon House Museum on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to take a guided tour and fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age. Fathers can enjoy the unique architecture and features of the Octagon House and the collection of farming tools, blacksmith equipment, carpentry tools, and much more in the Garden House.
MADISON -- The Hudson Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office at the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) announced today that the Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the June 3 fire that occurred in the State Community Corrections office located in the St. Croix Business Park at 2100 O'Neil Road in Hudson. The fire occurred shortly after 6 a.m.
The Dirty Shorts Brass Band from the Twin Cities will open the Concert in the Park series on the Lakefront Park band shell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. The band is a second line group performing both traditional and contemporary Dixieland style brass band music using the standard New Orleans instrumentation that includes trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, sousaphone, snare and bass drums. They also do a lot of singing. Second line brass bands are heard throughout the music festivals in New Orleans, and are an important part of Mardi Gras.
Another report shows that Wisconsin's economic recovery lags behind most other states. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ranks Wisconsin 49th in an index of leading economic growth indicators. Wisconsin, with a negative index of .74%, was one of just five states to have an overall decline in those indicators.
Summer is only 18 days away, and temperatures still dropped to the freezing mark this morning in Vilas County in far northern Wisconsin. It was 31 degrees at Land O'Lakes at 6 a.m., and Eagle River was at the freezing point at 32. By 7 a.m. it was around 40 in both those communities, and the rest of Wisconsin was in the 40's and 50's. Monroe was the warm spot at 53. Clear skies and virtually no wind allowed the cold to sink in, and temperatures will stay below normal for a while. The National Weather Service says the mercury might not hit 70 until Friday.
United Way St. Croix Valley will be running its fourth annual online auction throughout the month of June. All proceeds generated by this year's auction will be used to support programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. Each week from June 3 to June 30, United Way will post new donated items and services on eBay.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for deer this time of year as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes.