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Not a single town on the Mississippi River is relaxing even though most managed to head off flooding as the river was rising in the last few days. The growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest and a forecast calling for more rain suggest river waters could start rising again. In some locations, the Mississippi is now 10 to 12 feet above flood stage. Just a few weeks ago, the river was so low barge operators were calling for federal help. The National Weather Service is forecasting significant rain Monday evening and Tuesday for much of the Midwest.
Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," will perform in concert accompanied by Paul Asbell, guitar, and Peter Riley, bass, on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Singing professionally since childhood, von Trapp has entertained audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, from Schubert to Sting.
"Who's Yer Daddy?" edited by Jim Elledge and David Groff (University of Wisconsin Press, $26.95) is a fascinating look at writers and artists who inspired the work of gay writers and artists by the gay writers and artists themselves. Thirty-nine essays make up the book and I'll zero in on my favorite essay, "The Tallahtchie Meets the Arve, or Unexpected Gay Influences in the '70s." I choose it because I happen to know the poet who wrote it. His name is Greg Hewett.
The forecast was only for 3-6 inches, but up to 14.5 inches of new snow fell in parts of northwest Wisconsin by early today. The region could get up to another foot by the time the storm clears out later today. Hawthorn, near Superior in Douglas County, had the largest snow total by early this morning. That region was expecting 2-4 more inches. Wisconsin storm warnings continue for much of the far northern part of the state.
A teenager from Houlton teenager was killed during a snowstorm Thursday, April 18th after he lost control of his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while westbound on I-94 near Stagecoach Trail near Hwy. 95. The car crossed the median and struck the trailer of an eastbound semi- unit. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Johnathon Pohlen. The driver of the semi, Roger Wilkins, 51, of Eau Claire, received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred at 3:05 p.m.
An accident on westbound I-94 near Highway 65 in Roberts blocked the freeway late Thursday afternoon. The accident, involving a semi and two vehicles, happened at about 4:10 p.m. There were no serious injuries in that accident. A fatal accident on I-94 in Minnesota near the Manning Avenue exit also clogged Thursday afternoon eastbound commuter traffic. All westbound lanes of traffic near Roberts were closed, but some vehicles were able to use the shoulder to bypass the incident. There is no immediate information about injuries.
The committee that will consider changes to the proposed new state budget will hold its final public hearing today (Thursday, April 18) in Baldwin. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee plans a day-long proceeding which begins at 10 a-m at Baldwin-Woodville High School. Co-chairman John Nygren said he expects to hear comments similar to those at the panel's three previous hearings in Green Bay, Lake Delton and suburban Milwaukee. The major issues have been Gov.
Hudson resident Rob Bignell has released a new book titled "headin' to the cabin." Cabin-goers to Wisconsin's north woods now have available the most complete listing of the region's day hiking trails in the new book. Describing more than 100 trails, the book covers nine Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. Bignell, an avid hiker, is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed "Hikes with Tykes" guidebooks.
The St. Croix River Association will hold its annual Spring Gathering on May 14. Guest speaker will be local distinguished author, William Souder, who will share highlights of his new biography, "On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson." Published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson's seminal book, "Silent Spring," changed the way we think about the environment and our place in it. Her book became one of the foundational documents of the environmental movement.
The St. Croix Community Development Department has joined with YMCA Camp St. Croix to host the ninth annual Earth Day event, "Soils: Dig It!" The event is Sunday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. A "tunnel" will entice kids to pretend they are earth worms squirming underground. The journey continues winding through "roots" and discovering underground animals. Other hands-on activities include getting dirty in the soil pit, building extravagant and excavating from the earth ancient trilobite "fossils" and treasure eggs.