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The Phipps Dance Company is preparing for its eighth annual performances on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The 2012-13 company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18. It is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell. Included in the versatile concert this year are modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap and Bollywood selections.
"Now that science has attained its youth and superstition is in its dotage, the trembling, palsied wreck says to the athlete: 'Let us be friends.' It reminds me of the bargain the cock wished to make with the horse: 'Let us agree not to step on each other's feet.'" --Robert Ingersoll, 1885 That was Robert Green Ingersoll expanding on his remark that religion had sought to strangle science in its cradle. Several years ago ink-stained wretches such as myself, liked to stay at The Gramercy Park Hotel.
A search continues for a handgun that was accidentally donated to a Goodwill store in either Hudson or Woodbury, Minn. The owner told police that he hid the 22-caliber Smith and Wesson in a stack of pants he was planning to donate.
Wisconsin's problem in attracting new jobs goes deeper than most of us think. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance blames an aging population and an apparent reluctance to take risks in starting new businesses. In the past, Wisconsin consistently attracted larger percentages of new jobs than the national average. But that was back in the 1980's and early 1990's. Since 1996, Wisconsin's annual percentage of job growth exceeded the national rate only 27% of the time.
MADISON -- A key state Assembly panel has joined the Senate in letting its members cast paper or e-mailed committee ballots without having to meet in public to vote and it's raising concerns that the government is trying to do more of its business in secret. Members of the Assembly organization panel submitted or e-mailed their votes to the clerk's office last week when they voted to hire a law firm.
The St. Croix Valley Bird Club is sponsoring speaker Joanna Eckles on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Roberts Public Library, 311 West Warren St. the meeting is from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Eckles will speak on "Protecting birds from the hazards of our built-up world." She works with the Audubon Minnesota Society on the issue of bird collisions with buildings and other structures. This meeting is free and open to the public.
MADISON -- State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has at least nine times as much campaign money as each of her two challengers, but it's not a lot, compared to some races. New state reports show that Roggensack had $55,000 in her campaign fund at the start of the year. Milwaukee attorney Vince Megna had $6,900 in the bank, and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone had $5,400. Roggensack, who's running for her second 10-year term, raised $34,000 in the second half of last year and the Journal Sentinel said over a quarter of it came from groups connected to Republicans.
The Food Resource Collaborative of St. Croix County is committed to recognizing and celebrating outstanding volunteer service in the area of food security for St.
Afton State Park will host a candle-lit hike from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The trail is two miles and suitable for hikers of all ages. Snowshoeing will be a possibility if there is enough snow. Following the hike park and trail visitors can warm up around a fire and roast marshmallows or enjoy a hot drink. The event is free but a vehicle permit ($5/one-day permit or $25/year-round permit) is required For more information, go to MNDNR or call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Five Barbershop quartets from the "Croix Chordsmen Chorus" and one from the Vallee de Croix, Sweet Adelines, will be on the road with "Singing Valentines," on Feb. 14. For a donation to their Youth In Harmony fund of $40, their "Singing Valentine" Quartets will travel all over the eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin area to serenade lucky recipients for Valentine's day. They will sing two songs, present a rose, box of candy, a personalized card and provide a photo of the event, too.