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Remember the memories of summer when you and your family traveled to the local fair and spent hours enjoying an American tradition? Cotton candy, ferris wheels, clowns, rides, cattle, homemade cakes and pies. We can all vividly remember these county fair staples from our childhood.
The economy appears to be on the rebound, at last reaching the steady employment numbers of 10 years ago — before the Great Recession swelled the ranks of the jobless. The return of unemployment rates under 4 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents with college educations should have people feeling cautiously optimistic. Businesses, restaurants and manufacturers are hiring. In fact, many local firms can't get enough good workers. "Hiring now" banners fluttering in the wind and "help wanted" signs posted or painted on windows are just about anywhere you look.
Heywood, Cari & Anderson SC recently received bronze certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success By 6 initiative. The family-friendly practices recognized included: a flexible work schedule, a health savings account, and five or more additional days off beyond personal time off for family obligations.
To accommodate heavy traffic volumes expected over the Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is asking contractors to temporarily halt construction work on many highway improvement projects across the state.
The final inmate was apprehended Friday afternoon, May 26, after a transport van carrying nine prisoners was taken over.
Come Memorial Day, a few aging but tough World War II veterans will find the fortitude to attend ceremonies at local cemeteries, riverfronts and community memorials. Some veterans will stand on their own two feet, some will use canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All will stand in pride and sorrow as the names of those who died since Memorial Day 2016 are read. America's "Greatest Generation" is disappearing.
"Mental health is health" is the Minnesota Department of Human Services' theme for May's Mental Health Month. The slogan is a reminder that not only are mental illnesses common and treatable, but access to mental and chemical health care is an essential part of everyone's health.
The U.S. House has passed its American Health Care Act of 2017, but the U.S. Senate is writing its own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. That buys time for careful, thoughtful change.
The public is invited to meet and greet the new llama babies and their mothers at the Shady Ridge Farm open house Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, just south of New Richmond. The llamas will be sporting their new spring haircuts, and llama fiber and fiber products will be offered for sale. Owned by Sheila and Britt Fugina, Shady Ridge Farm breeds for premium fiber and great dispositions in their llamas. "Though we often have an open house in the fall, we've had many requests for a spring event on our farm when we have new llama babies in the pasture," Sheila said.
Tricia M. Davis, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been named interim dean. Davis will start July 1, succeeding Brad Caskey who is leaving UW-River Falls after 27 years. Caskey served as dean for the past eight years and has been named the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.