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On Sept. 21, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary August 2016 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 3.5 percent. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for July was 3.6 percent and June’s final rate was 3.9 percent. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.4 percent.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host its inaugural UW-River Falls Special Olympics – Run with the Cops on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The public is invited to join officers from local law enforcement agencies for this one-of-a-kind event in support of Special Olympics Wisconsin. Festivities begin at Ramer Field in the Smith Stadium parking lot at 5 p.m. with on-site registration.
Women’s health seminar on perimenopause held October 12 Many physiological changes occur in women experiencing perimenopause. H. Zis Weisberg, M.D., OB/GYN, will talk about perimenopause, menopause and treatments for a healthy transition in a free class offered on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Westfields Hospital & Clinic conference center.
Western Wisconsin string band the Rush River Ramblers will kick off the 2016-17 River Falls barn dance series on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the gym of the River Falls Academy (the former Meyer Middle School) at 439 West Maple St., River Falls, from 7-9:30 p.m.
This is the time of year when drivers are more likely to encounter deer darting onto roads and into the paths of their vehicles. Bucks will be chasing potential mates during the breeding season in October and November. Deer also will be especially active at dusk and dawn while moving back and forth between their bedding and feeding areas.
The Friends of the St. Croix County Fairgrounds recently received two $1,000 matching grants from the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA). The grants are partial matches to the 2016 donations made by Bernard’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, New Richmond, and River Valley Ford, Baldwin. WATDA Foundation Community Challenge Grants provide support to worthy Wisconsin causes in partnership with local car and truck dealers. The grant program is positioned to support dealer involvement in local, community charities.
With the hours of daylight beginning to dwindle this time of year, drivers will need to use their headlights frequently to see traffic and road conditions as well as be seen by other drivers. According to state law, you must use headlights during hours of darkness, which is defined in statute as “the period of time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise and all other times when there is not sufficient natural light to render clearly visible any person or vehicle upon a highway at a distance of 500 feet.”
The number of credit card skimming devices that have been discovered at gas stations by law enforcement has been increasing in recent weeks and Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) want consumers to take heed.
Despite more crashes, few seek return to 65 on interstate
A moderated, videotaped candidate forum that will feature candidates for the 29th Assembly District and St. Croix County District Attorney seats will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the council chambers of the New Richmond Civic Center, 156 East First St. The event is being sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary to the New Richmond/St. Croix County Memorial Post #10818. Candidates for the 29th Assembly District are Democrat Scottie Ard and Republican Rob Stafsholt. Facing off for district attorney will be Democrat Sarah Yacoub and Republican Michael Nieskes.